Known for its crystal-blue waters and beachside bungalows, Bora Bora is the perfect place to relax and let your troubles melt away in the sand.
But, for some people, adventure is lacking when you’re sitting outside on the beach all day. In this post, you’ll learn 14 amazing and adventurous things you can do while visiting Bora Bora.
1: SWIM WITH SHARKS
Sharks are always associated with danger, but many will leave you alone as long as you don’t disturb them. In Bora Bora, you can swim with black-tipped reef sharks and lemon sharks. Because of the clear waters, you’ll be astounded as you watch the sharks swim about.
Many say that experiences swimming with sharks in other locations pales in comparison to the beauty and adventure of swimming with sharks in Bora Bora.
2: WATCH THE SUNSET OVER THE SEA
At the end of a long day of adventure, nothing quite captures the beauty of a moment like watching the sunset over the water. You’ll see a beautiful watercolor of purples, oranges, and yellows as the sky turns dark for the night. It is a truly incredible and relaxing way to end your day.
3: TAKE A RIDE IN A HELICOPTER
A lot of people experience Bora Bora on the ground, but make sure you take some time to fly above it for a birds-eye view. There are a number of companies that offer 15- to 30-minute rides around the island and over the water. Once again, the clear blue water will astound you as you watch sea life swim about.
If you can’t afford a helicopter ride, try to get the window seat on your plane so you can catch some amazing views and you land.
4: BOAT TOURS
Get off of the land and onto a boat for a trip and tour around Bora Bora. Get up close with sea life while viewing the island from a different perspective. Many of these boats will take you snorkeling, but we will get to that in just a moment. Some boats even offer sunset dinner cruises!
5: JET SKI TOURS
Now, if you’re looking for real adventure, try taking a jet ski tour around the island. You’re in control and can take on the sea in your very own jet ski. Be sure to pay attention to the tutorials and get ready to face the uncertain waters. This allows you to get personal with the ocean and the sea creatures in it.
6: TAKE A JEEP TOUR
If you’ve been in and around the water enough, take some time to see some of the island. Ride over the terrain and take special stops to learn about local arts and crafts and see the island from a new perspective.
Nothing beats dipping into the water to swim alongside fish, turtles, and other sea life. The sea feels great in Bora Bora, with temperatures ranging between the 70s and 80s (Fahrenheit). Of course, you can go on guided snorkeling adventures. However, if you have a bungalow on the water, you can bring or rent your own equipment and jump right in whenever you’d like.
8: TRY LOCAL FOODS AND BEVERAGES
Whenever you travel, you should always try new things, especially food and beverages. Polynesian food is what’s on the menu in most Bora Bora restaurants, although there are some stores on the island that carry some of your favorite things from back home.
Food and beverages can be expensive after a while, but most resorts have meal plans that can help you spend less while eating great. Make sure you take time to try the local Hinano beer and the mango juice!
9: CHILL BY THE POOL
What beach or island trip would be complete without some time by the pool. Take a break from the salty sea and stretch out in front of the pool. This is great for people with smaller children who want to keep a closer eye on them.
10: STAND-UP PADDLING
Test your balance and try to stand while paddling across the water. This is a great form of exercise, but is particularly great in Bora Bora’s usually calm waters. Be sure to engage your body’s core during this one!
11: GO ON A KAYAKING ADVENTURE
If you’d rather sit than stand, consider kayaking or paddle boating on the water. There are usually free rentals for boats like these. Get out in the ocean and explore it for yourself. You can even stop and hop you for some time in the water.
12: VISIT THE LAGOONARIUM
You’ve heard of an aquarium, but have you ever been to the Lagoonarium? If not, you’re missing out. Make sure you make the Lagoonarium a part of your visit. This open aquarium offers interactions with sharks and manta rays and other sea life you may not see while snorkeling.
13: VISIT THE TURTLE SANCTUARY
Turtles have certainly been in the news lately, as they are one of the most common creatures to be stuck in plastic and other waste products. This can reduce their lifespan and even kill them. In Bora Bora, you can visit the Le Meridian, which has a care center for turtle. Swim with them and learn more about turtle conservation!
14: GAZE AT THE NIGHT SKY
If you think Bora Bora is beautiful in the morning and during the day, you’ll be astounded by the views you can capture at night. Get on a boat or sit outside after sunset and gaze up and the sea of stars in the sky. This spectacular view is worth the wait.
As you can see, there are a ton of spectacular, adventurous, and fun things to do while visiting Bora Bora. The activities are for both the faint of heart and the adventurous dare devils. No matter who you are or who you are traveling with, Bora Bora has an exciting activity for you.