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Shore Excursions

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Shore Excursion Points of Distinction:

  • Professional English-speaking experts to guide you through your journey.
  • Peace of mind in knowing that your excursions are carefully selected by skilled vacation planners.
  • A staff of experienced, excursion specialists expertly plans each tour and is dedicated to maximizing your time in each port.
  • Travel with premier, licensed and insured, tour companies aboard the best available, climate controlled luxury transportation.
  • In addition to our group departures, you may choose the Executive Collection – customized, private tours with highly personalized service.

South Pacific

Shore Excursions

Oceania Cruises shares our guests' passion for new discoveries and that has led us to create an award-winning program of shore excursions that explore the most historical, cultural and artisitic gems of all our destinations.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

"le Truck" Island Tour

Tour Code: BOB-002
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 2 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

Explore the island paradise of Bora Bora during this scenic orientation tour via Le Truck.

Depart the pier aboard a Le Truck for a tour around this island paradise. First, you will drive through the district of Fa'anui. 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. A brief stop will be made at Fa'anui Bay for photographs of Mounts Otemanu and Pahia. Your drive will continue on to the ancient ceremonial site of Fa'anui Marae, followed by a look at the bunkers constructed by American GIs during World War II.

Next, a stop will be made at Mama Ruta where you will have an opportunity to perhaps sample some local delicacies such as breadfruit, poe mixed with coconut milk (not marinated), taro and tropical fruit. You will also have a chance to see the ways a pareu can be wrapped and then buy one or two hand-painted local pareus as a souvenir. 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.

Continuing on, you will pass by some of Bora Bora's famous resorts before reaching sandy Matira Beach. A stop will be made here to take in splendid vistas and photo opportunities before driving back to the pier.

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 caps; sunglasses; sunscreen; insectant 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.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Aquasafari

Tour Code: BOB-010
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 1 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

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. Plastic shoes, wetsuits, 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.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora Off-Road Adventure

Tour Code: BOB-003
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 3 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Strenuous

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. Following this, 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.

Your journey draws to a close with stops at the Antena viewpoint and a local pearl farm where you can gain some insight into pearl farming. Afterward, you will travel back to the pier.

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 therefore; the demonstration will take place at the Pearl Farm.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Deluxe Lagoon Tour

Tour Code: BOB-011
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Ride through Bora Bora’s gorgeous lagoon in a deck boat, taking in the island’s astounding natural beauty and then snorkeling through the crystal-clear waters.

After departing from the pier in a small covered deck boat, you will cruise into Bora Bora’s reef-ringed electric-blue lagoon. Every so often, the boat will pause allowing you to admire the almost impossibly beautiful scenery; the silence only interrupted by the sound of the sea and your guide sharing with you information about the amazing sights you are seeing.

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, especially as you pause off Motu Tapu, one of the most photographed islands in the entire South Pacific.

The true beauty of this excursion is that you will also experience nature’s bounty firsthand by snorkeling. 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 wit 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.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Glass Bottom Boat

Tour Code: BOB-004
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 1 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

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 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.

After approximately 50-minutes of viewing time, you'll head back to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes limited walking but guests must be able to negotiate steps to board the boat. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who can make their own way onto and off the boat and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. There is no wheelchair storage available on the boat so wheelchairs and walkers would be held on the pier. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. While it is likely you will see marine life, the prescence of any type of wildlife is never guaranteed and tickets will not be refunded should a sighting not occur.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Jet Boat & Snorkel Adventure

Tour Code: BOB-007
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Explore Bora Bora's exquisite beauty from above and below sea level during this spectacular jetboat lagoon tour.

Depart the pier on a beautifully designed 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.

Following your 30-minute snorkeling session, you will climb back aboard the boat and be served a light refreshment. Your adventure continues as you head to a sandbar just off Matira's white sandy beach where your boat will anchor in shallow water. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to swim and relax while listening to the sounds of local music.

While your jet boat ride does not include any fast turns or brusque maneuvers, on the ride back to the pier, the captain will give you the option of opening up the throttle for an exhilirating (and fast) return trip.

Please note: This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition who are good swimmers. There is a ladder to negotiate to exit or enter the boat from the water. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests must be comfortable wearing the snorkeling equipment provided, being in deep water and able to cope with occasional currents. Mask and snorkel are provided, however fins are not. The snorkeling location selected may vary depending upon sea conditions and visibility. Swimwear worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; biodegradable sunscreen; towel; and flat comfortable shoes or aquasocks are recommended. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on the coral reef for both safety and environmental reasons. Those participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. The minimum age to participate on this tour is eight years old.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Lagoon Cruise W/Beach Break

Tour Code: BOB-009
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 3 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

This wonderful combination tour allows your to explore Bora Bora’s magical lagoon on board a covered boat, snorkel and relax on a pristine beach.

Heading out into the lagoon, you’ll 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. For the next ninety minutes or so, you are at your leisure to relax on the or dip your toes in the shallow waters. Refreshments will be available.

This relaxing trip is also provides excellent photo opportunities of the hidden, eastern side of Bora Bora so be sure to bring your camera.

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. Swimming and snorkeling at the motu is not recommended due to shallow water. 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.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Moana Jet Ski Adventure

Tour Code: BOB-012
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 3 hours)
Tour Effort: Strenuous

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.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Shark & Stingray Snorkel Safari

Tour Code: BOB-005
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 3 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Explore the exquisite beauty and undersea denizens of Bora Bora's lagoon during this shark and stingray snorkeling safari aboard a covered snorkeling boat.

Setting off from the pier, you'll head toward the ancient crater rim of Motu Toopua. Dropping anchor on a shallow sandbank, you'll have the opportunity to discover first-hand the elegant, yet harmless stingrays. Watch in delighted amazement as your guide hand feeds the stingrays while they glide effortlessly around you. If you are willing, your guide will even help you get close enough to touch them. There is also a good chance you will see some harmless black tip sharks in the lagoon as well, so keep an eye out for them.

Next, you will continue on for a visit to a pristine coral garden. Upon arrival, you will receive a safety briefing and snorkeling instructions before entering the water. As you snorkel in depths ranging from 4-5 feet, you'll be treated to an abundance of tropical and multi-colored fish, including parrotfish and butterfly fish. At the conclusion of your snorkeling session, you will climb back aboard your boat and cruise back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition and who are good swimmers. It will be necessary to negotiate a ladder to enter and exit the water from the boat. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests must be comfortable wearing the snorkeling equipment provided, being in deep water as depths cannot be guaranteed, and able to cope with occasional currents. Mask and snorkel are provided however fins are not. The snorkeling locations selected may vary dependent upon sea conditions and visibility. Swimwear worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; biodegradable sunscreen; towel; and flat comfortable shoes or aquasocks are recommended. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on the coral reef for both safety and environmental reasons. While it is likely you will see marine life, the prescence of any type of wildlife is never guaranteed and tickets will not be refunded should a sighting not occur. Those participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Sharks & Rays By Glass Bottom

Tour Code: BOB-008
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

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 during which your guide will share with you their knowledge of these legendary animals. Arriving at the mooring location which is in about 25 feet of water, your guide will then try to attract black-tipped sharks for you to view. If you are lucky, not only will you see some black-tipped sharks, but also some lemon sharks which are known to frequent the area as well.

Continuing on, you will proceed to a shallower, clear lagoon for a rare opportunity to view, embrace and swim with graceful stingrays. An amazing experience you won't soon forget! Afterwards, you will cruise back to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: Underwater viewing takes place through large glass windows on the boat. The roof provides protection from the sun and eliminates glare, enhancing photo and video quality. Swimming is not permitted during the first stop with the sharks, but is highly recommended at the second stop with the stingrays. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Swimwear worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; biodegradable sunscreen; towel; and flat comfortable shoes or aquasocks are recommended. A mask and snorkel are provided. Those participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Although shark and stingray sightings frequently occur, the prescence of any type of wildlife is never guaranteed and tickets will not be refunded should a sighting not occur.