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Bora Bora: Island Tour and Mountains Getaway by Quad Bike

1. Bora Bora: Island Tour and Mountains Getaway by Quad Bike

After a quick initiation on how to drive your quad, cross Vaitape, the city center of Bora Bora, that leads you directly onto the plateau of Amanahune for a superb view of the fifty shades of blue of the beautiful lagoon. You will then head to the legendary Matira Beach and the famous restaurant Bloody Mary's. After several passages on the main road, take a small off-road path that will lead you to the Rock of Anau with a magnificent view of the hotels located on the islets and also a surprising view of the mythical Mount Otemanu. Next, visit another superb viewing point where you’ll discover the first vestiges of the Second World War. Then, drive to a village for a fun stop to see how a pareo is made. The wraparound skirt is not only considered a symbol of Polynesian culture in terms of clothing, but also of artistic expertise. Continue on to a tasting of exotic fruits and coconut water where your guide will present a “coco show” demonstration and lesson on the coconut. You’ll also enjoy a 5-minute stop at the entrance of the Faanui Valley, another incredible viewing point.  To end our tour, take in the mythical place considered to be one of the most beautiful points of the island, the Faanui Canon lookout. Contemplate the lagoon and Faanui Bay with an incomparable panorama making for an unforgettable memory of your time on Bora Bora.

Mo'orea: Guided ATV Nature Tour

2. Mo'orea: Guided ATV Nature Tour

On this adventurous ATV excursion, discover the beautiful island of Mo'orea and learn its legends from your guide. Jump on your vehicle and start out on the roads, crossing rivers and fruit plantations. Pass the agricultural high school and sprawling pineapple fields. Depending on what’s open, you may be offered a free tasting of local products.  Then, head towards the Belvedere and enjoy the amazing views of the Cook's and Opunohu Bays. Head to the Rotui juice factory and distillery, where you can enjoy a tasting (depending on the day).  If you’ve selected the 3.5-hour option, at this point you’ll discover one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the island, the “Magic Mountain”. Finally, take the tracks across the fields to return to Opunohu Bay. Admire the magnificent panoramic views of the Bay and north coast before returning to your meeting point for some rest and a complimentary drink.

Bora Bora: Whale Watching Tour with Snorkeling

3. 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

4. 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 Tour

5. 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.

Bora Bora: Combo Sunset Cruise & Romantic Dinner

6. Bora Bora: Combo Sunset Cruise & Romantic Dinner

Start a wonderful evening with your loved one and treat yourself to a romantic sunset cruise followed by a delicious dinner at a waterside Restaurant. Start the evening aboard a traditional Polynesian outrigger canoe, gliding smoothly along Bora Bora coral reefs and watching the sunset over the island's lagoon. On the sunset cruise, you could be joined by a maximum of five other couples aboard the Polynesian outrigger canoe. After sunset, you will be taken to a private table at the St. James Restaurant or Yacht Club Bora Bora depending on availability. The restaurants are located in Vaitape, overlooking the lagoon, and provide great views and an intimate yet relaxed ambiance. If you are staying at a hotel on Bora Bora's main island, your return transfer to your hotel has been pre-arranged. If you are staying at a resort that is not located on the main island, you must organize this with your hotel.

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: Half Day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkelling

9. 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.

Private Bora Bora Lagoon Snorkel Cruise with BBQ Picnic

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Leeward Islands

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 127 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!!!

Excellent experience, competent guide and ensuring the safety of the participants.