There’s More To a Bora Bora Vacation Than Beaches

There’s no doubt that Bora Bora is synonymous with South Pacific luxury, but there is more to this island paradise, found in French Polynesia, than sipping cocktails on the beach or on the deck of your overwater bungalow. From shark safaris to underwater scootering to fishing trips, there are a ton of fun day tours you can enjoy on a Bora Bora vacation. We always recommend pre-booking any day tours, since it’s actually cheaper than paying in destination, and often the tours have a limited number of people.

Here are a few of Bora Bora’s best!:

Shark & Ray Snorkeling Safari
Swim amongst colourful fish, black tip sharks, and stingrays in their natural habitat in the coral gardens or the Bora Bora lagoon. Embark on a private tour to meet these majestic underwater creatures up close amid clear tropical waters and coral reefs.  

Shark and Stingray Snorkeling Safari, Bora Bora, Tahiti
Shark and stingray snorkeling safari

4WD and Snorkeling Safari
This tour is ideal for those wishing to explore both the lagoon and the island side of Bora Bora in a single day. Circle the island on a 4WD tour along mountain trails to several view points on the lagoon. Visit the historic village of Vaitape and see the cannons and bunkers that remain from World War II. Enjoy lunch at the famous Bloody Mary’s restaurant, then enjoy a snorkeling safari in the beautiful lagoon of Bora Bora. In the clear South Pacific waters, you’ll discover a kaleidoscope of underwater treasures.

ATV Excursion in Bora Bora, Tahiti
ATV Excursion in Bora Bora

Sailing Bora Bora
Step aboard a catamaran cruiser equipped with comfortable sunbeds, and take in great views of the amazing water flowing underneath you. This is the only catamaran capable of sailing in the shallow waters and taking you to the most beautiful spots in the lagoon. During this smooth and scenic sailing adventure, you can sunbathe and listen to some background music as you enjoy the scenery.

Photographer’s Lagoon Tour
Set the scene for your romantic rendez-vous on the Bora Bora lagoon, as your guide makes your trip unforgettable with professional photos taken, using the island’s most beautiful backdrops. Enjoy the ride in a comfortable Bayliner, and learn all about this beautiful island’s history, legends, and secrets, before enjoying a glass of Coco-Champagne in the sparkling lagoon.

Otemanu Mountain, Beach, and Palm Trees, Bora Bora, Tahiti (French Polynesia)
Otemanu Mountain, beach, and palm trees

Whale Watching Tour
Whales come to Polynesia’s warm waters from August to October to mate and give birth. Getting up close and personal with these wild sea mammals is an unforgettable experience. This Bora Bora excursion will deliver you to the spots with the best chance of viewing whales in their natural habitat.

Guided Jet Ski Tour
Travel around the Bora Bora lagoon on a guided jet ski adventure. It’s the perfect opportunity to witness the lagoon’s blue hues and photograph the island and lagoon (there is a waterproof compartment for cameras on the jet ski). You can sample some tasty local fruit while taking a break on the beach.

Woman Jetskiing in Bora Bora, Tahiti
Woman jetskiing in Bora Bora

Lagoon or Inshore Fishing
Experience a half-day fishing tour in the lagoon or outside the reef aboard a 17-foot Boston Whaler. You may catch kingfish, barracudas, or grouper in the lagoon, or thazars, mahi mahi, or yellowfin tunas oceanside. This morning or afternoon Bora Bora tour ensures that you will not come back empty-handed!

Walk in the Valley of Kings
Embark on an adventure on foot through the Valley of the Kings and learn how Polynesians use plants in their traditional medicine. Hike to the foot of Otemanu and Pahi mountains, where you’ll see a giant banyan tree and ancient wooded landscapes. Along the way, you’ll stop to take in picture-perfect views of the turquoise lagoon.  

Hiking in the Valley of Kings, Bora Bora, Tahiti
Hiking in the Valley of Kings

Aquabike Underwater Scooter
Set off on an adventure in the Bora Bora lagoon with an underwater scooter, and explore unknown depths. Providing constant air supply, the scooter will let you breathe easy and steer this easy-to-use underwater device that can go down 3 metres deep. You don’t need to be a swimmer or diver to enjoy this trip – just hop on and scoot down. It’s a fun and offbeat adventure that will create memories for a lifetime!

Kids in Aquabike in Bora Bora, Tahiti
Kids having fun in the Aquabike

Aquasafari Helmet Dive
Put your feet in the sand 6 metres deep in crystal-clear waters! Wearing a helmet that helps you breathe normally underwater, you will be surrounded by colourful coral and tropical fish coming to eat from your hand! This incredible day tour is suitable for anyone over 8 years of age.

Initiation Dive
The crystal clear lagoon of Bora Bora is a perfect setting for a beginner dive site. Explore the underwater world of the Pacific in Anau, the “Aquarium”, or Toopua – where you will discover colourful marine life, including spotted eagle rays and adorable clown fish.

Spotting a Lionfish While Diving in Bora Bora, Tahiti
Spotting a lionfish while diving in Bora Bora

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Bronwyn Hodge
Bronwyn Hodge

Idyllic Islands General Manager - Growing up in a family travel business, Bronwyn has been travelling from a very young age. Her favourite experience was 3 months spent backpacking through India and Southeast Asia. She counts many countries among her ‘favourites,’ but is especially fond of Australia for its lifestyle, Cambodia for its culture and resilience, and Japan for its contrasts. She holds the proud distinction of being Goway’s only former Bollywood star – having once starred in a Coke commercial in Mumbai.

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