Bora Bora Water activities

Our most recommended Bora Bora Water activities

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: Shark and Snorkeling Safari

2. Bora Bora: Shark and Snorkeling Safari

Start your two and a half-hour Bora Bora snorkeling tour in the afternoon, boarding a motorboat that will take you across the lagoon. Make multiple snorkeling stops along the way for close-up looks at sharks, rays and other marine life. Stop near the barrier reef and discover a coral garden teeming with nearly 700 species of tropical fish. Black-tip reef sharks are a highlight of Bora Bora. Continue your excursion where you'll have the chance to spot sea turtles, dolphins, whales, leopard rays, and manta rays, depending on the weather conditions and time of year

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: Jet Ski, Lunch & Shark/ Ray Safari

4. Bora Bora: Jet Ski, Lunch & Shark/ Ray Safari

Start your full-day tour of Bora Bora’s lagoons and bays with a 2-hour Jet Ski Tour led by a professional guide. After a morning pick-up from your hotel or the Vaitape pier, receive a safety briefing, strap on a life jacket, then hop aboard your single or double jet ski and take off. Follow your guide to Bora Bora’s scenic bays past motus and lush mountainsides with awesome views of 2,385 foot (727 meter) Mount Otemanu from the water. Learn about island life from your guide, who will point out natural and cultural landmarks and make stops for swimming and a coconut husking demonstration. Satisfy your appetite with lunch at Bloody Mary’s, an iconic restaurant popular for its food and atmosphere. Relax under the thatched roof amid a kitschy interior of tiki torches and palm-trunk seats while feasting on a menu of seafood, burgers, sandwiches and local specials. Back on the water for your 2.5-hour shark and stingray safari, ride a powerboat to a shallow lagoon frequented by black-tip reef 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). The approach here is focused on the well-being of the marine life (there is no feeding of sharks and rays, and the coral is protected)

Bora Bora: Half Day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkelling

5. 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 Adventure Day: 4X4 and Jet Ski with Lunch

6. Bora Bora Adventure Day: 4X4 and Jet Ski with Lunch

Begin your day of adventure on Bora Bora with pickup at your hotel or the cruise port; alternatively, meet your guide and group at Vaitape Pier. Climb into an open-sided 4x4 vehicle for a trip around the volcanic island on rugged mountain roads. Complete the entire 20 mile (32km) circumference of the island, listening to your guide's commentary on the way. Make stops at several lookout points, including Amanahune Bay, Faanui Canon, and East Matira. Snap photos of sweeping views and check out some rock formations made by Bora Bora's ancient caldera.  Stop at a local plantation to see tie-dye sarongs and coconut oil being produced, you'll also have the chance to sample some tropical fruits before heading to Bloody Mary's for lunch. This popular island hangout serves local delicacies as well as sandwiches, burgers, and seafood.  After lunch, get views of the island by sea on a two-hour jet ski tour. Explore the sparkling bays and get views of Mt. Otemanu, stopping on the way for a coconut husking demo and a chance to go swimming. End your tour with drop-off back at your hotel or the cruise port.

Bora Bora: Private Underwater Scooter Experience

7. Bora Bora: Private Underwater Scooter Experience

Have a unique diving experience and see the beautiful marine life on a 30-minute dive in the Bora Bora Lagoon. Admire fish, coral, and the sandy seabed. Dive at one of the prime spots of the lagoon without any experience as this activity is accessible to non-swimmers. Get a briefing from your expert instructor and throughout the activity, float with a surface buoy at a depth of 10 meters. Choose to share your underwater scooters with another person and be able to laugh and talk freely inside the cockpit.

Bora Bora Luxury Tour and Beach Picnic

8. 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: Quintrex 13' Boat Rental

9. 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 Jet Ski Tour

10. Bora Bora Jet Ski Tour

Start your Jet Ski tour of Bora Bora with pickup from your hotel or the Vaitape pier. Then settle onto your Jet Ski, snap on a life jacket and listen as your guide provides a safety briefing before speeding away on your water adventure. Zoom across the crystal-clear lagoon past Bora Bora’s postcard-perfect water bungalows. Get a look at yachts and sailboats, and cruise by the emerald-draped hillsides of Mt Otemanu, the island’s tallest peak at 2,385 feet (727 meters) high.  Your guide stops at two locations where you can jump into the turquoise water for a refreshing swim and soak up the breathtaking tropical scenery. Hear about French Polynesian culture as your knowledgeable guide points out island landmarks and treats you to a coconut husking demonstration. You can select whether you want to ride solo or double. All of the Jet Skis are well-maintained to ensure a safe and thrilling ride. Your 2-hour expedition concludes with a return to your selected hotel or the pier.

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What people are saying about Bora Bora

Wonderful captain & co-captain with explaining as we went along. They played the ukulele & sang throughout the boat ride portion. As we were picking up other passengers from the other resorts we were able to view the high end resorts at the dock and take pictures until everyone boarded on the boat. The fruit & champagne served just before sunset was a very nice touch.

Highly recommend! Great boat and the captain/guide, Glen, was fun, knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. A highlight of our trip!

Our guide was amazing. The views were amazing. Perfect day

Guida molto simpatica, spettacolo naturale incredibile!

OMG what a great time! Ruma and NaNa were the best!