Bora Bora in French Polynesia is a small island synonymous with relaxation, exotic honeymoons, and overwater bungalows. But there are many more activities to enjoy in Bora Bora during an island getaway. Underwater, overland, or sky-high, there is plenty to do to keep everyone entertained on Bora Bora.
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. It is recommended that people do not attempt the climb themselves, as solo hikers have been known to get lost or injured along the way.
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Go on Safari
Discover Bora Bora from the backseat of an open-topped 4×4 Jeep. English-speaking guides take visitors on half-day tours of the island, visiting 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 also learn about Bora Bora’s many legends and ancient Tahitian temples, which were built around 1000 AD.
Have an Underwater Adventure
In Bora Bora, visitors have the opportunity to go on Aqua Safari and 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 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 this excursion, too. There is room for two people in each scooter, so it’s the perfect honeymooners’ activity.
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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 many fish varieties. Under the supervision of wildlife guides, visitors get the opportunity to snorkel amongst these creatures and even feed them. Just check to see if you have all of your fingers afterwards.
Head to the Sky
Now, this includes several options. For example, Bora Bora has many hotels, including the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, that offer parasailing. Or you can head 10,000 feet in the air and go skydiving to 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 in Bora Bora. The couple that jumps together, stays together.
Obviously there is more to Bora Bora than its exquisite (and mega-luxurious) overwater bungalows. The adventurous French Polynesian island is just waiting to be explored, discovered, and thoroughly enjoyed by every visitor.