The incredibly beautiful & luxurious ‘Bora Bora Island’ in the Leeward group of French Polynesia is one of the most exotic tourist destinations in the Pacific Ocean. The island is located some 230 km northwest of ‘Papeete’ & is renowned for some of the best aqua-centric lavish resorts in the world! The azure lagoon & a barrier reef, which surround the island, have conceived a stupendous landscape that has made ‘Bora Bora’ a hot favorite destination of the honeymooners. An extinct volcano that stands right in the heart of the island dominates the landscape.
Although the island is blessed with the mesmerizing scenery, everything on the island comes at whopping prices. One requires spending his/her fortune to spend a few days in the ultra-luxurious resorts on this island. All the activities in here range from ‘expensive’ to ‘over expensive’ although, these activities are the main draw-cards of this island! Vaitape is the major settlement on the island. Let’s have a look at the top offerings of this ‘uber-class’ island!
- Aquabike Ride: (Cost- $300 onwards)
Exploring the exotic underwater world of Bora Bora’s crystalline lagoon by riding an underwater scooter is one of the most celebrated tourist attractions in ‘Bora Bora’. A hydraulic platform lowers the underwater scooter till you reach to the bottom of the lagoon. An experienced diver accompanies you throughout your duration under water. Two persons can ride the scooter at a time; however, pregnant women & children below 8 years are not permitted. Chaps under 16 are also not allowed to drive the scooter, although they can share the ride with the older partner!
- Aqua Helmet Safari: (Cost: $98 onwards)
The ‘Aqua Helmet Safari’ is the unique idea that lets you to walk on the seabed wearing an oxygen-supplied helmet. This amazing walk gives you an opportunity to encounter with some of the sensational tropical fishes. Pregnant women & asthma patients are not allowed to perform this activity.
- Kitesurfing: (Cost: $220 onwards)
Azure, calm waters & plenty of sunshine set a perfect platform for the adventure activities like ‘Kitesurfing’! You can learn the basic techniques of the sport if you are new to the sport & can try out your hand with it. All the necessary equipment is provided on the spot & highest safety standards are maintained. Participants of any level- from rookie to the experts can try it out as a wide range of surfing options are available here to try.
- Snorkel Safari: (Cost: $89 onwards)
Blessed with the turquoise, shallow waters & opulent sunshine, the lagoon around ‘Bora Bora’ is the snorkeler’s paradise. You can enjoy snorkeling at various spots around the island. The lagoon is the home to the world’s one of the best preserved coral colonies, which provide the perfect living conditions for the wide range of marine creatures. Swimming with the incredible marine species such as elegant manta & eagle rays, Anemone fish, black tip reef sharks will leave you spellbound!
- Stand-up & Paddle Board: (Cost: $92 onwards)
This unique activity consists of standing up on a board & paddling to move forward on the calm waters of the lagoon. The activity comes with a group instructor who guides a group of 4-5 persons to excel in the sport. Beginners can learn their lessons on the calm water, whereas the experienced persons can polish their skills while paddling downwind.
- Private Half-Day Cruises: (Cost: $260/person onwards)
Being famous among the honeymooners, the private tour operators on ‘Bora Bora’ offers a range of private cruise activities exclusively for couples. You can enjoy soaking in the majestic beauty of the island & its surrounding lagoon area while having your sweetheart by your side!
A typical cruise consists of a circle trip around the island in a cozy motorboat. The cruise trip comes with a number of options based on prices & the duration of the cruise trip. A basic, two hour long cruise will include the local sightseeing & a complimentary champagne bottle will be provided to the cruising couple.
The more expensive cruises, on the other hand, take more than 6 hours for the total excursion around the island & include a range of activities, including snorkeling in the lagoon, a halt at secluded Motu Tapu, where the traditional Tahitian cuisines & various BBQ dishes are served along with a complimentary champagne bottle.
The customized, ‘photo-shoot tour’ cruise trips are also available wherein, the couple’s exclusive photo-shoot is done by the professional photographer during which, more than 200 snapshots are taken.
- Fishing: (Cost: $550 onwards)
The serene waterfront of the island offers the best opportunities for fishing. There is no shortage of tropical fishes in the shallow, coral enriched waters of ‘Bora Bora’. Variety of fishes, including rainbow runner, trevally, small barracudas, snappers & jacks are available for fishing. Private charter boats, suitable for a group of 5-6 persons are also available, wherein the professional crew members guide the fishing enthusiasts with the basics to raise the catching percentage & quantity.
- Parasailing: (Cost: $300 onwards)
Parasailing above the azure waters of the Matira beach provides an excellent opportunity to gaze upon the picturesque terrain of the island. You can also locate frolicking marine creatures like turtles, reef sharks & stingrays from top & can get the panoramic view of surrounding islands, including Taha’a & Maupiti.
- Glass Bottom Boat Tour: (Cost: $52 onwards)
If you are uncomfortable with diving or snorkeling, you can still explore the exotic underwater world of Bora Bora’s thriving lagoon. Take a ride through the glass-bottom boat & you will be blessed with the amazing sight of some of the beautiful tropical fishes, which can be seen reeling briskly close to the seabed. You can also get to hear some interesting anecdotes related to Bora Bora’s history & the lagoon from the crew members during your trip.
- Dining at The Blood Mary’s Restaurant: (Cost: $98 onwards)
No visit to ‘Bora Bora’ is complete without tasting the incredible food at Bora Bora’s most famous seafood restaurant- ‘The Blood Mary’s’! You can ask them to prepare your catch as per your liking or can enjoy the restaurant’s exclusive dishes, which include shrimp, steak, crab & several gourmet vegetarian dishes.
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The restaurant’s signature cocktails are also famous among the visitors. The Blood Mary’s remains open only on the weeknights & remains closed in the month of December.