Bora Bora lies 150 miles northwest of Tahiti in the Society Islands. The main island, home to 4,225 inhabitants, is in the center of a multicolored lagoon, surrounded by offshore "motu" islets inside a protective coral necklace. Its lagoon is world-famous for its beauty. A partially paved road circles the island, passing colorful villages, archeological sites, and old Army bunkers and cannons left over from WWII, when 5,000 American GIs made a "friendly invasion."
As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.
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Discover Bora Bora's remarkable undersea beauty without getting wet during this glass-bottomed boat adventure on Bora Bora's famous lagoon.
Depart the pier in Vaitape aboard a glass-bottomed boat to explore Bora Bora's world-famous marine life. Along the way, you will look through large glass windows that open onto a colorful world of parrotfish, butterfly fish and an abundance of other inhabitants that thrive beneath this tropical paradise. A roof will provide you with protection from the sun and eliminate glare, enabling you to take home great photos of your visit.
As you journey out across this fabulous lagoon, your guide will inform you about the teeming marine life beneath your feet, as well as the visually-stunning ecosystem that exists above the waterline. These interesting facts will make each discovery all the more interesting, and enhance your appreciation of Bora Bora's natural beauty.
Before heading back to the pier, you will observe a crewmember dive under the boat and feed schools of fish right under the glass. While this tour can accommodate those with mobility concerns, due to limitations with the transportation used on the tour, wheelchairs and walkers must remain on the pier with security.
Explore the island paradise of Bora Bora during this scenic orientation tour via Le Truck, a casual, open-air vehicle resembling a windowless bus. Let your guide share with you the daily life of the people of Bora Bora.
Depart the pier aboard a Le Truck for a tour around this island paradise. Drive through the district of Fa'anui, and along the way, you will pass by small villages and fields that offer a glimpse into the everyday life of the people of Bora Bora.
Witness how the popular pareo is made, learn about tupa crabs, taste locally grown fruits and see relics left behind by the U.S. military during WWII. You will also have an opportunity to buy some local crafts. From a lookout point, you will see Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora's highest peak, which stands as a silent sentinel over the Pearl of the Pacific.
Driving by the East Coast you’ll pass some of the famous resorts before reaching Matira point, with the prettiest sand beach of the main island. A stop will be made here to take in splendid vistas and photo opportunities before driving back to Vaitape.
Please note: There is minimal walking on this tour, mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. Le Truck is a casual, open-air vehicle resembling a windowless bus. Due to road conditions in some areas of the island, you should be prepared for a bumpy ride during part of the tour. There is no wheelchair storage available on the Truck so wheelchairs and walkers would be held on the pier. Light-weight clothing, sun cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, a bottle of water from the ship, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. While every effort is made to follow the published tour timing, durations are approximate and are dependent on group interest and traffic/road conditions. The stop at Matira Beach is dependent on parking availability. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.
Enjoy an absolutely spectacular, pyrotechnic sunset from the deck of a catamaran while cruising Bora Bora’s crystal-clear lagoon. The crew practices Polynesian etiquette, so take off your shoes before boarding the catamaran and be ready for a pareo tying and a dance lesson!
After departing from the pier in a catamaran, you will ease into Bora Bora’s beautiful lagoon, a turquoise body of water that couldn’t be more picturesque. From this seaside perspective, you will enjoy a front-row seat of Mount Otemanu, one of two extinct volcanoes at the heart of Bora Bora. It rises more than 2,400 feet above the sea level, and may well be one of the world’s most photogenic peaks, so don’t forget your camera.
Feel free to spend your time onboard doing whatever you please at your own pace. You might sit out on deck while enjoying a cool drink, strike up a conversation with the other guests, join the Polynesian dance lesson or ask the crew about the history of Bora Bora.
The island’s name means “first born” in the Tahitian language, as it was the first of the Leeward Islands according to legend. French is the official language; the result of France annexing Bora Bora in the late 19th century. Despite being just over 11 square miles in size, the island played an important role in World War II once the Allies built an airstrip.
Still, it is the natural beauty of Bora Bora that attracts so many visitors, and cruising the lagoon at sunset offers one of the most picture-perfect views of the island.
Please note: Although there is minimal walking on this tour, guests must be physically fit to negotiate a ladder to access the boat and vessel surroundings. Tour is not available wheel chair guests. Comfortable island wear and alight jacket or cover-up, and comfortable shoes are suggested.
Cruise on an open-air boat around Bora Bora’s breathtaking lagoon, a sea of blues and greens dotted with beach-rimmed islets known as “motus”even more spectacular at sunset.
After departing from the pier, you will board your boat and soon find yourself cruising into the lagoon that surrounds Bora Bora, an island of almost mythical beauty. As you settle into your covered open-air vessel, you can’t help but be struck by the uninterrupted, panoramic views. Many consider Bora Bora the most beautiful island in French Polynesia, if not the entire world.
Its fabled aquamarine lagoon is so magnificent that even novelist James A. Michener struggled to describe it, frankly admitting that it is “so stunning that there are really no adequate words to describe it.”
This exquisite island has been the backdrop for countless movies, such as the 1962 version of “Mutiny on the Bounty.” The rugged main island of Bora Bora is volcanic in origin, alluringly mountainous and lushly landscaped. It is truly the definitive Polynesian island, and you will have a birds-eye view of this paradise as you cruise its extraordinary lagoon.
The surroundings look even more memorable at sunset, a time of day when the sky reflects an ever-changing palette of colors and the water sparkles like a field of diamonds. Since being discovered in 1722, Bora Bora has continued to gain fame for it boundless beauty and impossibly clear water, the ideal setting for this sunset cruise.
After approximately 1 hour of cruising during which you will be served a complimentary cocktail and light snack, you’ll cruise back to the dock and then be transferred back to the cruise ship pier.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those who suffer from motion sickness or have mobility concerns as there are steps to navigate to enter and exit the boat and there will be motion by the boat. Weather appropriate casual clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended.
Watch the setting sun dip below the horizon from the comfort of a motor boat while cruising Bora Bora’s spectacularly beautiful lagoon.
After departing from the pier in a small and intimate motor boat, you will cruise into Bora Bora’s beautiful lagoon, a turquoise body of water that couldn’t be more picturesque. The dark peak that you will see rising from the island’s center is Mount Otemanu, the remnant of an extinct volcano. As the sun continues its descent, the peak will cast shadows that will change its appearance dramatically, making it all the more photogenic.
As you slowly cruise about the lagoon, you can’t help but be mesmerized by the setting. When famed 18th-century explorer Captain James Cook first saw Bora Bora, he coined it the “Pearl of the Pacific.” James Michener, the author of “Tales of the South Pacific,” described Bora Bora as “the most beautiful island in the world.” It remains stunning today.
It is the natural beauty of Bora Bora that attracts so many visitors, and cruising the lagoon at sunset offers one of the most picture-perfect views of the island. Relax and enjoy a cocktail, and this unforgettable moment.
Please note: Although there is minimal walking on this tour, guests must be physically fit to negotiate boat steps and vessel surroundings. Tour is not available wheel chair guests. Comfortable island wear and alight jacket or cover-up, and comfortable shoes are suggested.
Zip through the spectacular lagoon surrounding Bora Bora on a jet ski, stopping every so often to swim, admire the stunning scenery and stroll the shore of a nearby island.
After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the activity center where you will receive a safety briefing and an orientation on how to operate your wave runner, also known as a jet ski. Then, you will follow your guide as tear off into Bora Bora’s reef-ringed electric-blue lagoon. It’s a wonderfully liberating experience because you can cut your own path through the water as you follow your guide.
In time, you will reach an idyllic strip of sand surrounded by some of the most stunningly beautiful water in the world. It seems to glow with an iridescence all its own. The setting is especially dramatic with Bora Bora’s twin peaks— Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu—as a backdrop. The island is actually a caldera and the peaks are the remnants of an extinct volcano.
Then, it’s back on the jet ski for more thrills as you zip off into the lagoon once again. This time, your destination will be a private “motu” or islet. Here, you will enjoy some refreshments while watching an enlightening coconut demonstration. Afterwards, you’ll have some to stroll along the shore, swim out to the nearby reef, or simply drink in the incredible scenery.
All too soon, it’s time to re-board your watercraft and make your way back to the wave runner center where you will catch your transfer back to the ship.
Please note: There is limited walking on this tour; however, guests should be able to board the jet ski without assistance. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition, be strong swimmers, be comfortable in varying depths of water, and able to cope with occasional currents. Guests should not touch or step on the coral reef or touch any underwater wildlife for safety and environmental reasons. Wildlife sightings, while likely, are not guaranteed. Swimwear worn under a cover up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel and bottle of water from the ship; and flat walking shoes or aqua/reef shoes are recommended. The wearing of expensive clothing and jewelry is discouraged. Camera equipment should be carried wit care and appropriate protection. While there is a small, waterproof storage compartment on the jet ski, it is not 100% guaranteed that belongings my not get wet so storing in your own waterproof bags is recommended. The jet ski can carry up to two guests with a combined maximum weight of 440 lbs. For insurance purposes, drivers must be at least 16 years of age and the minimum age to ride as a passenger is 10 years old. Lifejackets will be provided and must be worn throughout the tour. The cost of the tour is per machine, not per person. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and the local operator may require guests sign a waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.
This tour offers the ultimate way to enjoy Bora Bora’s finest attractions by 4x4 vehicle and by boat, with highlights that include scenic overlooks, a factory that makes pareos, the wonders of the lagoon and lunch at famous Bloody Mary’s.
With your guide at the wheel, set up on a bumpy adventure! After departing from the pier in a 4x4 vehicle, you will drive up a winding road that overlooks Faanui Bay, one of the island’s most spectacular settings. Besides enjoying the sweeping views of the bay, you will see the several artillery cannons that were installed on Bora Bora during World War II. The cannons were added shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor to protect Allied ships that re-supplied here.
Visit a factory that makes pareos, the colorful sarongs that are so popular on Bora Bora. Their patterns often reflect the island’s bright tropical vegetation and brilliant turquoise lagoon. You will see that inspiring natural beauty firsthand by pausing for photos at lookouts that include the ones at Matira Beach and Povai Bay.
Lunch at famous Bloody Mary’s follows. Be sure to look at the large wooden plaque of the many celebrities that have dined here, such as Raquel Welch and Denzel Washington.
The sights and mode of transportation will then change dramatically, as you board a boat and cruise Bora Bora’s gorgeous lagoon. After anchoring near a sandbank, chances are, you will see stingrays gracefully swimming by. For a closer look at the underwater wonders, you may snorkel in the shallow waters of the coral garden (mask and snorkel provided). Look out for black tip sharks, as there is always a big chance for a harmless encounter in Polynesian water.
You’ll return to your ship with great memories of your day in Bora Bora.
Please note: Tour is not available for wheel chair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Tour is not recommended for pregnant women, guests with back-neck problems or other physical limitations. Itinerary and order of stops will vary as groups are divided in two for the 4x4 and boat parts of the tour. We suggest you wear your swimsuit under clothing, bring a towel from the ship and use suitable sun protection; reef shoes or aqua sox are highly recommended. Those who participate in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents. Wildlife sightings, although likely, cannot be guaranteed.
Tour not available during the month of December and first week of January as restaurant will be closed.
Sail a catamaran through the gorgeous lagoon surrounding Bora Bora, admiring the stunningly beauty scenery both above and below the water’s surface.
After departing from the pier, you will soon begin cruising the lagoon that surrounds Bora Bora, an island of almost mythical beauty. Settle in wherever you please, as the catamaran features trampolines for sunbathing,and shaded seating if you prefer a covered environment.
Because the catamaran has a shallow draft, it can cruise into areas off limits to other vessels, presenting you with spectacular, up-close views of the lagoon’s coves and Bora Bora’s iconic overwater bungalows. You can expect the shoreline to be jungle-like with plenty of coconut palms swaying in the sea breezes. From this perspective, you will also enjoy an excellent view of Mount Otemanu, one of two extinct volcanoes rising from the center of the island.
In time, you will stop to swim and snorkel(mask & snorkel provided) along a coral reef teeming with brightly colored tropical fish. Although the sights are ever changing, you can expect to see many of the most common species such as clown fish, yellow Moorish idols and emperor angelfish.
If you spot a blue parrotfish nipping at the algae clinging to the reef, it’s a male, as female parrotfish sport different colors. You might also spot graceful eagle rays, spinner and bottlenose dolphins, and perhaps a green turtle, a species ancient Polynesians held sacred.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those who suffer from motion sickness or have mobility concerns as there are steps to navigate to enter and exit the boat and there will be motion by the boat. French Polynesia geological features include coral reef, coral beaches, sea, mountain and some uneven grounds. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and reef shoes are recommended. Those who wish to swim or sunbathe should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up and bring a towel from the ship. The boat may become wet so care should be given to the storage of personal items. Expensive jewelry or clothing should not be worn on tour. Camera equipment should be carried with care and appropriate protection. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents. Furthermore, guests are cautioned not to touch or step on the coral reef, or touch any underwater animals for safety and environmental reasons. The depth of the water varies. At the local operator’s discretion, a liability waiver may be required to be filled out by each guest prior to the tour’s departure. While wildlife sightings are likely, they are not guaranteed.
While away the hours on a private beach-rimmed island known as a motu, doing whatever interests you the most.
After departing from the pier in a covered motorized boat, you will soon ease into the surrounding waters, which are stunningly turquoise. Bora Bora is one of the world’s most photogenic destinations, and it is especially spectacular from sea as you can take in the entire island at once. The dark peak rising more than 2,400 feet from the island’s center is Mount Otemanu, the remnant of an extinct volcano that is an easily identifiable icon.
Before long, you will disembark on a motu, the name for a small reef island in Polynesia. During the nearly 3.5 hours that follow, you will be free to do as you please.
You might stretch out on the powdery beach and bask in the sun, take a leisurely walk along the shoreline or do nothing more ambitious than read in the shade of a coconut palm. A limited number of sun chairs and tables will be available on a first-come fist serve basis and shade is limited. Juice and water are included for your enjoyment.
The water around the motu couldn’t be more inviting or refreshing, so swimming is an excellent way to enjoy the island experience. You can count on the clarity of the water to be remarkable, which makes the moment all the memorable.
At a set time, your boat will be back to pick you up and take you back to your ship.
Please note: This is a transfer to and from the ship and is not a guided tour. The motu is privately owned. Guests are not entitled to venture outside of the property and shall respect the privacy of the house owner. Although the area has been rented for our guests, the beach is not exclusive and swimming is not supervised. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on any coral formation, or touch any underwater animals for safety & environmental reasons. We suggest you wear your swimsuit under clothing, bring a towel from the ship and use suitable, eco-friendly sun protection. Those who participate in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents. Amount of walking and level of exertion during free time is at guests’ discretion.
Spend a carefree day at an exclusive waterfront resort, where you will have complete access to the amenities and enjoy a traditional Polynesian lunch.
After departing from the pier by boat, you will soon arrive at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, an extraordinary hotel on Motu Tevairoa, the second largest island in the Bora Bora chain. During your time here, after a welcome from your hosts, you may access the resort’s amenities.
You might spend the day relaxing poolside with a cool drink in hand, lying in the shade under a coconut palm and combing the beach by the traditional Polynesian-style overwater bungalows. Feel free to enjoy the abundant offerings as you see fit. With no schedule to follow, your time at the resort will be all the more pleasurable.
However, if you want to be active, all sorts of watersports will be available. You may paddle a kayak through the turquoise waters and snorkel at your leisure or try a stand-up paddle board. The surrounding waters are nicknamed “The Aquarium,” so you can imagine the variety of marine life. Brightly colored parrotfish, Picasso trigger fish and goat fish are commonly spotted around the reefs.
The activities on land are just as impressive. There is a tennis court, mini-golf, ping-pong, volleyball and pétanque, a lawn game that is wildly popular in southern France. The game was introduced during the 19th century when France controlled Bora Bora.
Please note: Although walking on this tour is mainly at guests’ discretion, participants must be able to manage a few steps to access the boat. Amount of walking and level of exertion during free time is at guest’s discretion. There is no storage available for wheel chairs on the boat, therefore the tour is not recommended for guests who use a wheel chair.
Your day pass includes a two course lunch at a designated restaurant, a bottle of water and a glass of wine or beer. Additional drinks are available for purchase. Water toys, game facilities and lounge chairs are available on a first-come first-served basis and cannot be guaranteed. Swimming is not supervised. Those who participate in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents.
An amazing day on Bora Bora’s lagoon awaits you as you experience its pristine waters and coral garden, followed by a traditional Polynesian lunch on a private motu.
It’s a short cruise to the Coral Garden where you will have the opportunity to snorkel and to discover the lagoon’s ecosystem and its many fish. Next, you’ll be treated to a stingray encounter as your guide introduces you to these gentle rays that will surround you in the shallow waters. Then it’s on to your next stop at the reef. Here, you will be observing the common black-tip sharks and maybe get a glimpse of the fascinating Lemon sharks.
Your adventure continues as you glide over the incredible colors of the lagoon to reach your private island where your Polynesian lunch that includes fish, chicken, beef, Polynesian vegetables, raw fish salad with coconut milk, coconut rice, Tahitian coconut bread, and various fruits awaits you. Afterwards, the rest of the afternoon will be yours to enjoy as you please. Perhaps swim in the shallow waters near the shore, do some beachcombing, or enjoy the cultural demonstrations your guide has set up for you, such as a coco show, dance and pareo show.
Following your lunch and beach break, you’ll sail back to the pier.
There is limited walking on this tour, primarily at the guests’ discretion during beach time. Guests should be able to enter and exit the boat with limited assistance which requires negotiating a ladder from the water. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants who wish to snorkel or swim from the boat should be in good physical condition, be strong swimmers, be comfortable in varying depths of water, and able to cope with occasional currents. Guests should not touch or step on the reef or touch any underwater wildlife for safety and environmental reasons. Wildlife sightings, while likely, are not guaranteed. Swimwear worn under a cover up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel and bottle of water from the ship; and flat walking shoes or aqua/reef shoes are recommended. The wearing of expensive clothing and jewelry is discouraged. Camera equipment should be carried with care and appropriate protection. Masks and snorkels are provided, but it is suggested that guests bring their own. Those taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. The local operator may require guests sign a waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour. Tour sequence may vary.
Get acquainted with sharks and rays in a unique new way during this glass-bottomed boat ride in Bora Bora, and a swim with stingrays.
After embarking your glass-bottomed boat at the pier, you will depart for a brief cruise. Your guide will then tie the boat to a mooring in about 25 feet of water, and try to attract black-tipped sharks. You will observe the dance of these ocean denizens, and if you are lucky, spot some lemon sharks known to frequent the area. Next, you will proceed to a shallower, clear lagoon for a rare opportunity to view, embrace and swim with graceful stingrays.
Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: Underwater viewing takes place through large glass windows. The roof provides protection from the sun and eliminates glare, enhancing photo and video quality. Swimming is not permitted during the first stop with sharks, but is highly recommended with the stingrays. Wear your swimsuit under a cover up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a towel from the ship. Although shark and stingray sightings frequently occur, they cannot be guaranteed.
"Discover the fabulous underwater world of Bora Bora on this fun and exciting Aquasafari adventure.
It's a short transfer by boat from the cruise ship pier to the dive site, where you will discover why Bora Bora's spectacular lagoon is considered to be among the most beautiful in existence today. Arriving at the site, your certified diving instructor will give you a safety briefing and diving instructions before helping you put on your special dive helmet. This unique underwater experience allows you to descend down to a depth of up to 10 feet and walk along the ocean floor, surrounded by hundreds of colorful tropical fish and amazing coral formations. As you freely maneuver about in total security just a few feet below the surface, your head remains dry inside your helmet, and you can even wear your glasses! Unlike conventional diving or snorkeling, you are connected to your boat by an air hose that allows you to breathe just as you would on land.
Before returning to the pier, you'll also have some time for swimming or just relaxing on the boat.
Please note: Walking and other activities are mainly at the guests' discretion; however, this tour is recommended for guests in reasonably good physical condition. It will be necessary to negotiate a ladder to board the boat from the water. For safety and security reasons, only 8 persons at a time will be allowed underwater for the helmet dive portion of the tour. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, heart conditions, asthma, or pregnant women, and may not be suitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia. Swimwear worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; biodegradable sunscreen; towel; and flat comfortable shoes or aqua socks are recommended. Masks and snorkels will be available. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on any coral for both safety and environmental reasons. Those participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and at the local operator's discretion you may be asked to sign a waiver before being allowed to participate in the tour. Underwater cameras and t-shirts are available on board the boat and a film/video of your experience may also be offered for purchase directly from the tour's operator."
Behold the underwater wonders in Bora Bora’s lagoon on a unique aquabike scooter that allows you explore below the water’s surface without diving or snorkeling.
Board a boat at the pier for the 10 minute trip to the aquabike platform in Bora Bora’s magnificent lagoon. En route, you may get outfitted with an optional wetsuit should you choose. Upon arrival at the platform, you will be briefed on how to operate your aquabike. Each of these underwater scooters accommodates up to two people and provides an easy way to observe the island’s abundant marine life.
After gently submerging in the aquabike, you will follow an experienced dive instructor, usually descending no deeper than 10 feet. While there is no telling what you will catch sight of along the coral reef, you can expect to see hundreds of brightly colored fish such as clown fish, yellow Moorish idols and emperor angelfish. If you spot a blue parrotfish nipping at the algae clinging to the reef, it’s a male, as female parrotfish sport different colors.
You might also see graceful eagle rays, spinner and bottlenose dolphins, and perhaps a green turtle or two. Named for the color of their skin not their shells, green turtles can weigh up to 700 pounds and are powerful swimmers. Ancient Polynesians held them sacred.
Also, be sure to look closely at the crevices in the reef, as you may see lobsters or even octopi. After approximately a half hour riding an aquabike underwater, you will return to the surface and cruise back to the pier, enjoying a swim break along the way.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, or those with heart concerns, asthma or pregnant women. It is not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia. The minimum age to participate is 8 years old and minimum height requirement is 4 feet tall. The scooters are 2-seaters and you may be sharing your scooter with a fellow guest. A swimsuit, towel from the ship, and reef shoes are recommended. The boat may become wet so care should be given to the storage of personal items. Jewelry should not be worn on tour. Underwater cameras & t-shirts may be available on board the transfer boat. Additionally, a film/ video may be offered for direct purchase on board the transfer boat by a local cameraman. This is an independent service that neither the local operator nor the cruise line can guarantee or is responsible for. Guests wishing to purchase items should be bring along some cash. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents. Furthermore, guests are cautioned not to touch or step on the coral reef, or touch any underwater animals for safety and environmental reasons. The depth of the water varies. At the local operator’s discretion, a liability waiver may be required to be filled out by each guest prior to the tour’s departure. While wildlife sightings are likely, they are not guaranteed.
Sail through Bora Bora’s gorgeous lagoon in an intimate small deck boat, taking in the island’s astounding natural beauty and then snorkeling through the crystal-clear waters. This is a perfect way to discover the beauty of Bora Bora, joining the pleasure of boating in a small group.
After departing from the pier in a small, partially covered deck boat, you will cruise into Bora Bora’s reef-ringed lagoon. The beaches are sugar-white, the water absolutely brilliant, and the lush backdrop of Bora Bora, a veritable Shangri-La. Few places on earth rival this setting. Cruise past Motu Tapu, and see from the distance, one of the most photographed islands in the entire South Pacific.
A stop in clear water will allow you to enjoy a fresh dip and even some snorkeling (mask & snorkel provided). Look for stingrays, as these gracious are often seen in the area; you may enjoy a beautiful encounter with them! As you glide through the typically calm waters of the Coral Garden, you will see schools of brightly colored tropical fish that may include yellow Moorish idols, clownfish and Picasso triggerfish. In time, you will make a brief stop on a sand bank to enjoy some refreshments.
Later, above the water’s surface, you will notice that Bora Bora is actually a caldera, and the two peaks at the center of the island—Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu—are the remnants of an extinct volcano. The peaks look particularly dramatic from the sea.
Before returning to the pier, you will cruise into the turquoise waters off Matira Beach, where huge manta rays are often spotted gracefully swimming by.
Please note: There is limited walking on this tour; however, guests should be able to enter and exit the boat with limited assistance which requires negotiating a ladder from the water. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition, be strong swimmers, be comfortable in varying depths of water, and able to cope with occasional currents. Guests should not touch or step on the coral reef or touch any underwater wildlife for safety and environmental reasons. Wildlife sightings, while likely, are not guaranteed. Swimwear worn under a cover up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel and bottle of water from the ship; and flat walking shoes or aqua/reef shoes are recommended. The wearing of expensive clothing and jewelry is discouraged. Camera equipment should be carried with care and appropriate protection. Those taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. The local operator may require guests sign a waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.
Explore the exquisite beauty and undersea denizens of Bora Bora's lagoon during this sting ray ballet and snorkeling safari aboard a covered snorkeling boat.
Depart the pier aboard a covered snorkeling boat for the cruise by the ancient crater rim of Motu Toopua, then past Motu Tapu. You will then drop anchor on a shallow sandbank to discover the elegant, yet harmless stingrays. You will watch in amazement as your guide hand feeds the stingrays as they glide effortlessly around you. If you are willing, your guide will even help you get close enough to touch them.
Next, you will continue on for a visit to a pristine coral garden. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety and diving instructions, then have an opportunity to snorkel in depths ranging from 4-5 feet. Along the way, you will see an abundance of tropical and multi-colored fish, including parrotfish and butterfly fish. At the conclusion of your snorkeling session, you will be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: Guests should be comfortable in deep water and wearing snorkeling equipment. Although marine life sightings are frequent, they cannot be guaranteed. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover up with aqua shoes or similar, sunscreen, bring a hat, sunglasses and a towel from the ship. Masks and snorkels will be provided.
Embrace Bora Bora's pristine natural beauty in an exhilarating new way during this exciting off-road adventure along the road less traveled.
Depart the pier with your driver for an off-road, 4WD excursion to places only accessible via off-road equipped vehicles. Leaving the main road behind, your driver will navigate off-road tracks that cover steep terrain, and introduce you to the plants, trees and lifestyles of Bora Bora.
After driving through the small town of Vaitape on the shore of Pofai Bay, you'll ascend Pahonu Hill. Here, you will find expansive views of Bora Bora's natural harbor and Matira Beach. You will then continue on for a second ascent, some more off-road adventure driving and a visit to the cannons still standing in their original World War II locations. Along the way, you will make a stop at a local pareo house where these hand-made sarongs are made. After learning how they are made and how to best wear them, you'll have an opportunity to purchase some as a souvenir of your visit.
Travel along the northern shore of Bora Bora into the lush valley of Faanui, pass by Marae, and view Faanui Bay from a traditional plantation high up in the mountains. On your return, pass by Matira beach, famous public beach of the island, and the Antena view point.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. As this tour involves rough off-road driving and steep ascents and descents, guests with limited mobility, back and/or neck problems, pregnant women or those who suffer from vertigo are discouraged from participating. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Each vehicle carries a maximum of 8 passengers. Every attempt will be made to keep family members and friends together, but this will not always be possible. The stop at the Pareo House for the sarong making demonstration is not open over the weekends.
This wonderful combination tour allows you to explore Bora Bora’s magical lagoon on board a covered boat, snorkel and relax on a pristine beach. You’ll have excellent photo opportunities of the hidden, eastern side of Bora Bora, so be sure to bring your camera.
Cruise from Vaitape Bay, past beautiful Raititi Point and the enchanting islets of Motu Toopua and Motu Tapu. During your cruise, you'll be treated to some wonderful views on the crystal clear lagoon as well as some exclusive sights of the island highest peak, Mount Otemanu. Upon reaching the motu (coral islet), you'll enjoy a typical island beach break and refreshments. Relax, sunbathe, or dip your toes in the shallow waters.
Since snorkeling from the motu is limited due to shallow waters, a snorkel stop is done at another location, popular for stingrays,during the tour.
Please note: Walking and other activities are mainly at the guests' discretion; however, this tour is recommended for guests in reasonably good physical condition. It may be necessary to negotiate a ladder to board the boat from the water. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests who wish to snorkel must be comfortable wearing the snorkeling equipment provided (mask & snorkel), being in deep water, and be good swimmers that are able to cope with occasional currents. Fins are not provided. Swimwear worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; biodegradable sunscreen; towel; and flat comfortable shoes or aqua socks are recommended. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on any coral for both safety and environmental reasons. Those participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. While the motu area used is privately rented, guests are not permitted outside of the property limits. There are no restroom facilities available at the islet.
Take on the other competitors in a fun-filled survivor challenge where you will need skills as diverse as balance, strength and sticking out your tongue. You will compete in different challenges, in a friendly atmosphere, some of them inspired from the Polynesian traditions. This is a unique and excellent way to discover Bora Bora from the sea, while having fun!
After departing from the pier, you will soon enjoy an offshore adventure, where you will snorkel among graceful stingrays and countless tropical fish (mask and snorkel provided). It will be an unusual experience that will get your adrenaline flowing, which is exactly what’s needed for the challenges ahead.
One of the challenges is a friendly race in which the winner will need to cross the finish line while carefully balancing a tropical fruit. It’s harder than it sounds, but it’s all in fun. Another is a heated tug-of-war, during which you will try to muscle your opponents across a line in the sand.
Having worked up a good appetite, you will then cruise to a nearby stingray sandbank before heading to an
islet known as a motu for a traditional Polynesian buffet style lunch.
The competition intensifies afterwards, when you try to best the other guests in a haka dance. This ancient war dance was traditionally performed on battlefields to display tribal pride and strength. It involves foot-stomping, sticking out your tongue and body slamming while chanting. While real haka dances were meant to be frightening, you can be sure this one will be incredibly entertaining.
Later, you will have the opportunity to congratulate the ultimate winner and kid around with the other competitors during free time on the motu.
Please note: This is an active tour that is only recommended to guests in good physical conditions. The activities may require physical strength and multiple entries to/from the boats. Some of the activities will be done in shallow water. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on the coral reef, or touch any underwater animals for safety and environmental reasons. Wildlife sightings are likely but not guaranteed. While the motu area used is privately rented, guests are not entitled to venture outside of the property. Optional snorkeling is dependent on contest timing and participant count. We suggest you wear your swimsuit under clothing, bring a towel from the ship and use suitable eco-friendly sun protection. Those who participate in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents. Reef shoes (or shoes you don't mind getting wet) are recommended.
Explore Bora Bora's exquisite beauty from above and below sea level during this spectacular jetboat lagoon tour.
Depart the pier in Vaitape on a jetboat, for a memorable lagoon tour around beautiful Bora Bora. As you circumnavigate the island, you will visit a magnificent coral garden for a great snorkeling experience and discover the beauty of the ever-changing colors that make Bora Bora's lagoon world famous.
After your snorkeling session, you will embark the boat and be served some refreshments. You will then hang on tight to the support handles as your captain takes you on a fast and exciting ride. A stop will then be made just off Matira's white sandy beach, and your boat will anchor in shallow water. You will then have an opportunity to take a swim and relax to the sound of music. Your guide will provide you with commentary about the island's highlights throughout the tour.
Following your jetboat adventure, you will be returned to the pier.
Please note: Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with aqua shoes or similar, and bring sunscreen, water, a hat with straps, sunglasses, and a towel from the ship. You should be comfortable wearing snorkeling equipment. There are no fast turns or abrupt maneuvers on this tour. The minimum age to participate on this tour is eight years old. Life-vests will be provided, and must be worn for swimming.
Enjoy an exhilarating ride along the winding trails in Bora Bora’s interior, in an all-terrain vehicle, pausing at spectacular overlooks to marvel at the island’s natural beauty.
After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the ATV facility for a safety briefing and riding instructions to maximize your driving experience. Then, put on your helmet and off you will go into Bora Bora’s gorgeous countryside, following the guide in a caravan of all-terrain vehicles.
The guide will determine the exact route based on the conditions, and you can expect an exhilarating ride with outstanding views. When famed 18th-century explorer Captain James Cook first saw Bora Bora, he coined it the “Pearl of the Pacific,” and the island is still visually stunning, especially from the unique perspective of an ATV.
As you race along the natural trails and off road, you will follow the idyllic coastline at times and travel inland, as well. Because Bora Bora was volcanically formed, there aren’t indigenous mammals, but birds are abundant.
Lush vegetation and shades of blue are part of the tour, as the viewpoints will allow some amazing photo opportunities of the Pearl of the Pacific!
Please note: Cost of this tour is per vehicle, not per person, and only one guest per couple needs to book it. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license (presented to the guide before tour departure); passengers must be 8 years of age or older.
ATV accommodates two average-sized adults, and holds a total weight of 440 lbs (200 kg). per vehicle. Like other activities involving high speeds and heavy machinery, riding an ATV can be risky. It is a physical activity that involves balance and coordination, including perceptual skills that rely on good vision. Tour is not available for wheel chair guests, pregnant women, guests with back-neck problems or other physical limitations. Participants must follow common sense and instructions given by your guide at all times for safe riding. The tour operator reserves the right to deny participation to anyone deemed not fit to operate the ATV and a waiver must be signed. Protective helmets are provided and must be worn throughout the tour.
Closed toe shoes or sneakers must be worn as no beach type sandals or flip-flops will be allowed; long pants, sun protection and insect repellent are highly recommended. Each ATV is equipped with a small trunk to store your personal effects. Should damage occur to the ATV during the course of the tour and it is determined that the guest is at fault for the damage, the guest will be held liable for the damage to the ATV. Participants will be required to present a valid credit card to the operator for this purpose before being allowed to participate on the tour.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.