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French Polynesia’s Bora Bora is a small island synonymous with relaxation, exotic honeymoons and overwater bungalows. However, there are many more activities to enjoy during an island getaway. Underwater, overland or sky-high, here are five things to do in Bora Bora.
5 Fun things to do in Bora Bora
1. Climb a volcano
Bora Bora is home to two dormant volcanoes: Mount Ohue and Mount Pahia. Athletic visitors may enjoy climbing one of these iconic summits, which stand at 619 metres and 661 metres respectively. It takes most people between five and six hours to do the return journey from Vaitape, but the panoramic views at the top are worth the treacherous trek. However, it’s recommended that people do not attempt the climb themselves. Unfortunately, solo hikers have been known to get lost or injured along the way.
2. Go on safari
Discover the island from the backseat of an open-topped 4×4 Jeep. On half-day tours of the island, people can visit three villages and four lookout points. Enjoy breathtaking views and even indulge in a local fruit tasting. The safari also stops at a WWII historical site, which includes US Army cannons that have been on the island since 1946. Visitors will learn all about Bora Bora’s many legends and ancient Tahitian temples, which were built around 1000 AD.
3. Have an underwater adventure
While visiting the island, you can go on Aqua Safari. This experience allows you to spend 30 minutes walking underwater in depths of less than four metres. Customers wear a diver’s helmet and weight belt and are fed air from the boat above. A dive instructor also accompanies the participant the entire time.
Alternatively, the island has an underwater scooter named the Aquabike that visitors can enjoy. Immersion occurs via a hydraulic platform and an experienced diver accompanies all customers during the excursion. There’s room for two people in each scooter, so it’s also the perfect honeymooners’ activity.
4. Swim with sharks and stingrays
Lagoonarium is an aquarium naturally made from a portion of one of the island’s many lagoons. The family-owned attraction allows visitors to get extremely up close and personal with its resident sharks, stingrays, turtles and other fish varieties. Under the supervision of wildlife guides, visitors get the opportunity to snorkel amongst these creatures and even feed them. However, remember to check to see if you have all of your fingers afterwards 😉.
5. Head to the sky
Now, this includes several options. For example, there are many hotels like Conrad Bora Bora Nui that offer parasailing packages. Alternatively, you can head 10,000 feet in the air and go skydiving. From up above, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the island’s turquoise lagoons and volcanic landscape. Some companies even offer a honeymoon package for the many newlyweds who celebrate their nuptials here. The couple that jumps together, stays together!
Evidently, there’s more to Bora Bora than its exquisite and mega-luxurious overwater bungalows. The adventurous French Polynesian island is just waiting for you to visit.
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