Bora Bora may be primarily known as a honeymoon destination, but families are increasingly recognizing that Bora Bora’s action-packed water sports, fascinating culture, and unique excursions, make it a destination that the whole family can enjoy and appreciate. Here are some of the top rated activities in Bora Bora for families.
Lagoonarium Bora Bora
Located next to Le Meridien Resort, the Lagoonarium is a fish park where you can swim with turtles, sharks, rays, and tropical fish in an enclosed underwater area. It’s a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with Bora Bora’s exotic marine life in a safe, controlled environment. Tours typically last for a few hours and include a picnic meal.
4×4 Excursion Tour
4X4 Excursion Tours take you along Bora Bora’s secluded inland roads. Learn about Bora Bora’s flora, fauna, culture and history from English-speaking local guides as you journey up the island’s steep mountains. Tours typically cover historic WWII sites, and stop at look-out points that provide remarkable views over the island, barrier reef and lagoon. Some popular tour providers include Maohi Nui Tours, Tupuna Mountain Safari, Vavau Adventures and Bora Bora Safari Land.
Snorkeling in Bora Bora
With clear waters that are home to colourful fish, rays, sea turtles, dolphins and eels, snorkeling in Bora Bora is a truly enchanting experience. As you sink into the warm lagoon waters, you’ll find yourself transported into a magical underwater world. Many of Bora Bora’s best snorkeling sites can only be reached by boat, and therefore you’ll need to sign up for an excursion with a tour company or hire your own boat. There are private and semi private guided tours available, with one or two stops around the Bora Bora’s lagoon to enjoy the coral gardens and amazing barrier reef. Guides can also arrange private dives from beginners to certified level.
Matira Beach is Bora Bora’s only public beach, and there’s truly no better place on the island to simply stretch out in the sand. The waters are fairly shallow, making this beach a relatively safe area for younger children to play, and there are plenty of shops, snack bars and restaurants.
Shark and Ray Feeding
Shark and ray feeding tours typically take you by boat to some of the lagoon’s more shallow waters near the barrier reef. The guides then use bait to attract small groups of sharks and rays. You can watch underwater using snorkeling gear or observe from the safety of the boat. Full day excursions usually include additional stops at diving or snorkeling sites. A number of tour operators in Bora Bora offer this activity, including Tevia Tours and Taremoana Tours. It’s best to book in advance since most tours don’t run every day.
Bora Bora Lagoon Tours
Lagoon tours allow you to get a better view of the picturesque motus that surround Bora Bora’s main island, is a great way to discover Bora Bora and take amazing pictures. Guides typically point out historic WWII sites as you circle the island, and share interesting facts about the reefs, lagoon and aquatic life. Lagoon tours are often included as part of other activity packages, such as shark and ray feeding, or snorkeling. Most include souvenir photos and a glass or champagne or two.
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