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

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

2. 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.

Private Whale-Watching and Swimming Tour in Bora Bora

3. Private Whale-Watching and Swimming Tour in Bora Bora

Choose morning or afternoon departure time, then be ready with swimsuit and towel in hand for convenient pickup at your Bora Bora hotel. Get individualized attention from your dedicated guide on this three-hour private snorkeling tour from Bora Bora. Aboard a 23-foot (7-meter) speedboat, travel to an area frequented by humpback whales, then dive in to catch an underwater glimpse.  Your guide knows where the whales like to hang out, and will fill you in on whale-related facts and info as you travel. Once you find whales, the crew will determine if it is safe and whether it is the right time to get in the water with the enormous creatures. Strap on your mask, fins and snorkel and slide in quietly, accompanied by your guide. You will swim at a safe distance, being sure not to disturb the whales. Please keep in mind that since whales are wild animals, their presence can never be guaranteed. Return to your departure point the way you came, with some amazing memories.

Tahiti Circle Full Day Private Tour. Culture and Nature

4. Tahiti Circle Full Day Private Tour. Culture and Nature

Pickup at your hotel and start exploring the capital, Papeete first with visiting of central market for souvenirs and pearl shop for Jewelry and bijou. We will walk in downtown to see a colonial style City hall building and a Catholic cathedral. Then we will start our way around the Tahiti Nui Island with lookout to gorgeous lagoon, town, coral reef's patches and green mountains. Then we will visit a famous Polynesian open air temple, marae Arahurahu with impressive Tiki sculptures. Then we will explore beautiful Maraa caves, gorgeous Vaipahi water garden with colorful local plants and sacred freshwater eels, and further the breathtaking black sand surf beach with giant waves and surfers. The lunch with delicious local food in a restaurant of Paul Gauguin will be great starting point to drive to the isthmus between the two parts of Tahiti to explore Phaeton Bay, famous South Pacific hurricane hole with dozens of cruising boats from all over the world. Then our way will get us to spectacular fields and gardens of Taravao plateau and further up to the top of the mounting of Tahiti Nui with unbelievable panoramic view to fringing reef and little tropical islands, motus. Then we will go down to visit the sacred place of local shaman’s ceremonies, Faone twin waterfalls. Following the north road, we will drive to impressive valley of three waterfalls, to get immersed into the atmosphere of old legends of Tiarei area and take pictures in front of big Faarumai waterfall. We will visit famous blow hole and explore the surf waves smashing to the cliffs and will continue our way to a Mahina town with historical Venus point, where we will observe the old lighthouse and amazing black sand beach. Stories about Captain’s Cook circumnavigations, bread fruit and Mutiny on Bounty adventures, as soon as historical facts about Tahitian Royal dynasty Pomare, tattoo culture, arrival of great navigators to famous Matavai Bay and contemporary life of the country will complete your picture about Island of love. We will continue our way through all the Great Papeete towns – Mahina, Arue, Pirae, Faaa and Punauia to see Papeete from the other amazing viewpoint, Tahara. At the end of the Tour, we will bring you to a place of your choice!

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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 tour

Morning: 4x4 land tour at nice spots of the island - noon: lunch at bloody marys - afternoon 2 hours jet ski around the island with 2 beautiful stops -> excellent tour and a high light of my stay on Bora Bora -> super guide Teuira

Unbeatable overall package! And if you still think about this price, it's your own fault! An unforgettable experience. The guides are more than friendly and have fun!

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

Great excursion!! Lots of fun and very informative!