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Bora Bora: Lagoon Tour and Snorkeling Experience

1. Bora Bora: Lagoon Tour and Snorkeling Experience

Join a guided snorkeling tour of the Bora Bora lagoon to discover pristine turquoise waters teeming with tropical sea life. Stop at 3 separate locations, each one frequented by different species. Meet your guide at your selected pickup location and hop aboard a traditional motorized outrigger. Your first stop takes you to a spot where you'll be able to swim with stingrays. These elegant and majestic creatures are very curious and friendly, allowing you to get up close to them. From here, you'll move on to your second snorkeling location for the day, one of the best-preserved coral gardens in the lagoon. Explore this underwater paradise and admire the colorful tropical fish before heading to your third and final snorkeling spot. Last but by no means least, your final encounter for the day is with blacktip and lemon sharks. For a truly memorable experience, hop into the lagoon and swim with these impressive animals. Both shark species are regarded as shy and docile and viewed as everyday companions in French Polynesia. Your guide will join you in the water to ensure that you are comfortable. And if you prefer, you can also choose to stay onboard and take in this moment from the boat. Before heading back to your pickup location, stop at a sandbank to enjoy some refreshments. Savor handmade coconut bread served alongside fresh seasonal fruit while admiring views of Mount Otemanu. Eat your snacks aboard the outrigger or step into the warm, shallow waters one last time. 

Bora Bora: Whale Watching Tour with Snorkeling

2. Bora Bora: Whale Watching Tour with Snorkeling

Enjoy a whale watching tour from Bora Bora from July to November when the whales migrate from Antarctica to warmer waters to give birth. Try to spot humpback whales, orcas, dolphins, and rorqual whales. Be picked up directly from your hotel dock and board the boat. Locate and listen to the whales with the onboard hydrophone. Once you see a whale, admire how it plays in the water. Have more of a chance of seeing newborns as this is where they give birth. Learn about the habitat and behaviors of these mysterious creatures. Travel with a company that is registered and approved as a whale watching tour operator with the Directorate of the Environment agency.

Bora Bora by Land and Sea: 4WD Safari and Snorkel

3. Bora Bora by Land and Sea: 4WD Safari and Snorkel

Benefit from pickup at your hotel, or Vaitape pier, and then travel along the mountain roads of Bora Bora by open-sided 4WD vehicle to get panoramic views. Follow a 20-mile circuit around the island, and stop to look at the lagoon from spectacular lookouts, such as Matira Point, the Faanui Cannon, and Amanahune Bay. Learn about the military relics left by US troops after World War II. Marvel at the volcanic rock formations from the ancient caldera, and watch local artisans making coconut oil and tie-dye sarongs at a crafts workshop. Sample tropical fruits at a plantation, and enjoy a delicious lunch at the iconic Bloody Mary’s restaurant with a quirky interior of tiki torches and palm-trunk seats. Spend the afternoon on a boat cruise of the lagoon and search for stunning stingrays and blacktip sharks. Then, snorkel around the coral gardens and marvel at the colors of the tropical fish. The approach here is focused on respect for marine life, ensuring a great experience whilst protecting the flora and fauna (no feeding of sharks, and protecting the coral). Marine life is well represented, but spotting an animal presence cannot be guaranteed

Bora Bora: Private Boat Tour with Snorkeling and Drinks

4. Bora Bora: Private Boat Tour with Snorkeling and Drinks

Let your captain show you the beaches, viewpoints, and snorkeling spots around the Bora Bora lagoon on a private catamaran tour. Try to spot manta rays, dolphins, and eagle rays in the cool turquoise waters.  Be picked up from your accommodation and embark on cruise of the Bora Bora lagoon aboard a spacious catamaran. Sip ice-cold drinks as you discover hidden beaches and snorkel through underwater worlds. Look for black tip sharks, leopard rays, turtles, and schools of shimmering fish. Swim through the colorful world of the coral gardens. Have your questions about Bora Bora answered by your captain. Know that your guide is dedicated to providing an experience that preserves the aquatic marine plant and animal life.

Bora Bora Luxury Tour and Beach Picnic

5. Bora Bora Luxury Tour and Beach Picnic

Kiss your worries goodbye on a relaxing small group tour of the lagoon and barrier reef of Bora Bora. Snorkel with the amazing sea life of the South Pacific Ocean following pickup from selected hotels or Vaitape pier and a 26-mile boat cruise around the island. Search for blacktip reef sharks and stingrays in shallow water, with an approach 100 % focused toward the respect of marine life. You can stay on board the boat to watch them in comfort. Wade into the water for a close-up encounter with the extraordinary fish before going to a vibrant coral garden teeming with colorful fish. Get helpful tips on how to snorkel in comfort and safety. Speed to a motu with Mt. Otemanu as your backdrop and watch your guide prepare a Polynesian-style barbecue picnic. Swim or snorkel in the turquoise waters, and then enjoy a savory picnic of grilled fish, chicken, and beef, with salads and other dishes served at a shaded table. Get explanations on how to cook these local favorites before drop-off at your hotel or the pier.

Bora Bora: Half Day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkelling

6. Bora Bora: Half Day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkelling

Welcome onboard Vitamin Sea former racing catamaran for the ultimate sailing experience. Be welcomed by a dedicated and knowledgeable crew and be taken to your mats where you can lay down, relax, and enjoy the ride. The crew will hoist the sails, turn off the engine, and let the magic of sailing begin. Hear about the history and culture of Bora Bora. Take beautiful photos to capture the experience forever. Sail close to Otemanu mountain, the sandbanks, and then the barrier reef. Encounter marine life and learn about corals while snorkeling at our unique coral garden, where our captain will guide you. Go to the most beautiful shallow water bay called 'Paradise Bay' where you will jump in the crystal clear water to relax and enjoy. Enjoy drinks and snacks on a unique Floating Bar, as lounge music plays on the stereo. Celebrate and live a unique experience.

Bora Bora: Quintrex 13' Boat Rental

7. Bora Bora: Quintrex 13' Boat Rental

Rent a boat and travel to a motu, or reef iselt, and spend a relaxing day visiting some of the most beautiful sights in Bora Bora at your own pace. Visit the coral garden behind the Sofitel Private Island, Matira Beach, sand banks, and observe rays and sharks directly from the boat. From the lagoon, take in one of the best views of Otemanu Mountain. Your host will provide you with a short briefing on how to navigate your boat and will give you the best tips for possible itineraries, including a detailed map to take aboard.

Bora Bora: 3 Hour Private Lagoon Cruise

8. Bora Bora: 3 Hour Private Lagoon Cruise

The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation and heads to your private boat. Have a chat with the captain to discuss how you’d like to customize the experience to suit your interests. Next, head out onto the glistening waters of the lagoon and soak up the panoramic views of this impressive location. As you sail, listen to your Tahitian guide’s facts and stories about local history, culture, and wildlife. Soak up the sunshine on deck, or cool off with a refreshing swim. Go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life and enjoy the opportunity to swim alongside rays. Back on the boat, sip on a refreshing drink then relax on the return journey to port. 

Private Bora Bora Lagoon Snorkel Cruise with BBQ Picnic

9. Private Bora Bora Lagoon Snorkel Cruise with BBQ Picnic

After pick-up at your hotel or at the Vaitape pier, board your private boat for your exclusive 5-hour snorkel cruise, which permits a customized experience with your own captain who will show you the best of the island’s incredible lagoons and coral reefs. Set off around the island to prime spots, based on your interests and the conditions that day. With the water at knee height and the white sand under your feet, you will probably have the chance to walk among stingrays and blacktip sharks. You will also be able to immerse yourself and swim with the tropical fish. Go in search of the different species of rays present in the lagoon of Bora Bora (Mantas, eagle rays, stingrays). Your guide will give you all the knowledge and recommendations you need to know for an optimal encounter with rays and sharks made with respect for animal life. The approach Is 100% focused on the respect of marine life and ensures you a magical experience while preserving the aquatic fauna and flora (no feeding of the sharks, rays and the protection of coral) Despite the fact that marine life is widely represented, it is not guaranteed to spot an animal presence when going out. If this is the case, the excursion will not be reimbursed. You will also snorkel around colorful coral gardens teeming with tropical fish. Your guide can help you to identify the marine life that you see as you explore. If you are new to snorkeling or nervous in the ocean, your guide will be happy to assist you so that you feel at ease in the water. Follow the itinerary above and stop for lunch at a pristine beach with a view of Bora Bora’s majestic Mt Otemanu and sparkling blue lagoon. While your captain prepares a delicious Polynesian-style barbecue picnic, you can relax on the white-sand beach and cool off in the calm, clear waters.  When lunch is ready, eat at a shaded table on the beach, choosing from dishes such as grilled fish, chicken or beef, served with salad, fruit and other sides. Afterwards, enjoy more time to snorkel, swim or sunbathe at your leisure. At the end of your 5-hour cruise, your guide returns you to your Bora Bora hotel to wrap up a memorable private tour in paradise.

Bora Bora: 3.5-Hour Lagoon Boat Tour with Snorkeling

10. Bora Bora: 3.5-Hour Lagoon Boat Tour with Snorkeling

Begin your Bora Bora lagoon boat tour with a pickup from the pontoon of your hotel. This small-group excursion takes you for a ride on a fast and comfortable boat, equipped with sunroofs to enjoy the sun while being protected, cruising from one snorkeling spot to another.  During this boat tour and snorkeling experience, discover pristine marine areas of the lagoon with an expert and passionate team of guides. Depending on the weather and wildlife behavior on the day, you will see between three to four spots. Head to the manta rays feeding ground, cruise and jump in two renowned local coral gardens, and if the conditions allow, spend time looking for the eagle rays. Your guide will jump in the water with you to point out the different species and help out where required for people who are not comfortable swimmers.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 36 reviews

we were picked up directly from the hotel... After an exciting speedboat ride, we got to the catamaran. Here we were greeted friendly and could choose one of the 4 places. It was great sailing weather with good wind. Unfortunately not for snorkeling, so we had to do without it, which was annoying, of course. There was no offer for a voucher. But there was a stop to get a drink in the shallow water at the Floating Bar (a small tray), chips, grapes and a coconut... The rum punch was delicious. The event lasted about 2.5 hours. Host were then taken directly to the hotel with the speedboat. I even forgot my GoPro, which was then brought to me... Great!!!

Beautiful boat trip to see the rays and the black tip sharks where you can swim with them good and prepared our skipper excellent the visit to the beautiful coral gardens also the second part of the day off-road to see the beautiful island from above of bora bora

Excellent service in a private boat with lunch consistent with the photo;) A surprise: a bottle of champagne! Our guide was professional and caring.

Very good experience for snorkeling on 20 meter sea to chase the menta. Trusted captain make a safe tour!!!

Unique experience! I recommend taking it on this page since it is much more expensive in hotels.