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.