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About Bora Bora

So good, they named it twice, one visit may not be enough to appreciate all that this island paradise has to offer. However, it's a good place to start! With its jagged, saw-tooth profile of volcanic peaks providing an unforgettable backdrop to a seemingly endless succession of picture-perfect beaches, it's easy to see why James Cook christened the island the 'pearl of the Pacific'. The blindingly white stretches of sand and brilliant blue bays are perfect for relaxing, whilst the crystal clear waters make for superb snorkelling. Those of an active disposition may prefer a guided hike into the mountainous interior, offering a vantage point to fully appreciate Bora Bora's perfect panoramas.

 

Shore excursions in Bora Bora

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Aqua Bike

Activity high

Duration: 2½ hours

Experience the underwater wonders of Bora Bora's picturesque Lagoon by underwater scooter.

Board our shuttle to Vaitape, where a motorboat will take you directly to the hydraulic scooter platform, where you’ll be briefed on all equipment and safety procedures before you descend to a shallow depth of 3 metres (10 feet). Your dive instructor will guide you to ensure a smooth and easy underwater ride whilst you set off on an adventure in the Bora Bora lagoon on your underwater scooter and explore unknown depths through the secure clear base. The scooter has constant air supply so you can breathe easy and captain this easy-to-use underwater scooter. You don’t need to be a swimmer or diver to enjoy this tour, just hop on and scoot down and enjoy the myriad of tropical fish and colourful corals in crystal clear waters.

Time permitting, some free time will be given for snorkelling before you return to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion operates by shuttle, motor boat and by aqua scooter. 2 people per scooter - only 3 scooters available per departure.Itinerary and order of the visited sites may change without prior notice according to weather conditions or other circumstances. Please remember to wear your swim wear under your clothes, take a towel and sunscreen. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Pregnant women and children under 16 may not participate.

Aqua Safari

Activity medium

Duration: 1½ hours

Discover the underwater delights of Bora Bora without getting your hair wet on this Aqua adventure.

Board your vessel at the pier for a short scenic ride to the reef site. After a safety briefing and wearing your swimming attire you will be given your Aqua helmet. Fresh air is pumped into the helmet so that you can breathe easily whilst underwater. You’ll slowly walk with your guide into the warm waters and get ready to experience all the wonders that await you.

Diving experience is not required and you don’t even have to know how to swim. Your head remains dry in your helmet and you can even wear your prescription glasses.

Accompanied by your certified instructor you’ll walk on the sand amongst colourful corals and tropical fish in the shallow waters.

If you wish, you can have the fish eating right out of your hand. Surrounded by the many inhabitants of the reef, your experience will be memorable. Back on the boat, you’ll enjoy a refreshing drink before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion operates by motorized boat. Please remember to wear your swimwear under your clothes, take a towel and sunscreen. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Itinerary and order of the visited sites may change without prior notice according to weather conditions or other circumstances. Depth of water will be approximately 12 feet. Pregnant women and children under 8 may not participate.

Bora Bora by 4x4

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Take a 4x4 adventure, heading off the beaten track to see some of Bora Bora’s beautiful scenery and coastline.

Discover the interior of Bora Bora's savage mountains, the sacred temples and the American remains from World War II. Travel to the lush Faaanui Valley and climb Tupuna Mountain and experience some of the most spectacular scenery on this emerald lagoon. Take a moment to appreciate the myriad of blues and greens.

Taste some tropical fruits and learn about the Polynesian culture from native guides, famous for their knowledge and their sense of humour.Some of the best sights of Bora Bora can only been seen from off-road locations accessible only by 4x4 vehicles. Your driver-guide knows the island like the back of his hand and can show you all of the most of its breathtaking sights.

Enjoy a visit to the unique Black Pearl Farm of Bora Bora, and learn the secret of the Polynesian Black Pearl, from the oyster farming to harvesting and pearl classification. You will also have the opportunity to see an exhibit of photographs and books.

With an expert driver-guide at the wheel, you’ll enjoy some great sightseeing and learn much about the island’s history and way of life.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4X4 vehicle. Due to the nature of the transportation, this tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 8 may not participate. There is approximately 15 minutes total walking on this tour.

Bora Bora by Fun Truck

Activity low

Duration: 2½ hours

Join your driver/guide for a brief introduction to the highlights of Bora Bora by local sightseeing vehicle, ‘Le Truck’.

Your colourful fun truck takes you on a scenic tour of Bora Bora. Enjoy the sights as you pass by groves of coconut palms and tiny villages hugging the shoreline. Learn about the interesting history traditions and cultures of the Tahitians.

During your drive you’ll see an ancient ceremonial site of ‘Marae’, open-air-temples. Built with several tiers of stone and coral, they recall a time when Polynesian gods and idols were worshipped. Religion is still an important part of the island life, although today, half of the population of French Polynesia is Protestant.

At Taihi Point you’ll have wonderful views over the famous lagoon and see for yourself the amazing turquoise colours of the water, which are constantly changing. Passing through the sleepy village of Anau, you’ll stop at the Anau Lookout for more wonderful island vistas.

One of the only public beaches on the island - the white sands of Matira Beach - stretch a mile along the coastline and is dotted with a few hotels and small restaurants. One of the most famous bars on the island is Bloody Mary’s, where you'll have a brief stop to enjoy the stunning views of Matira Beach. See for yourself the delights of this beautiful destination and take in the relaxed island atmosphere.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by open-air truck. Passengers are recommended to bring bottled water or other refreshment, as this cannot be provided on the tour. There is very little walking involved on this tour, however passengers must be able to negotiate the 3 steps onto and off ‘ The FunTruck’.

Bora Bora by Helicopter

Activity low

Duration: 0¾ hour

Discover the true colour’s of paradise with a bird’s eye view of Bora Bora by helicopter.

Have you ever dreamt about flying above paradise? Reviews say that this is definitely one of the ‘must do’s when visiting Bora Bora , you’ll get so close to Mount Otemanu you could almost touch it.

After a short mini bus ride, you’ll take off from Pago Pago Heliport. Listen to your pilot's commentary using the headphones provided as he points out the sights below.

The 15-minute flight is spectacular and you‘ll have wonderful views over the blue lagoon, private islets and the famous Otemanu mount.

Don’t forget your camera as you’ll truly have a bird’s eye view of Bora Bora. This is a tour for everyone, especially for those who enjoy aerial photography.

Essential information

This excursion operates by helicopter. Tour routes and sights visited may vary according to wind and weather conditions. A minimum of 4 passengers per flight is required. Children under 8 may not participate.

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