30 Amazing Things to Do in Bora Bora!

Complete with a breathtakingly beautiful lagoon, emerald green mountain peaks, exotic overwater accommodations, and an almost indescribable magical atmosphere, Bora Bora offers unique and exciting activities that are sure to excite even the most discerning travelers.  Here are 30 of our favorite things to do in Bora Bora!


  1. IMG_1108Shark and Ray Feeding – This is hands down one of the best excursions in Bora Bora.  Go on a guided tour of Bora Bora’s pristine lagoon where you’ll get the opportunity to feed stingrays and sharks.  Your boat will then exit the lagoon and head into the ocean where you can swim with Lemon Sharks!
  2. Snorkel in the Coral Gardens – Bora Bora’s Coral Gardens are a perfect place to snorkel.  The guided tours will show you the best places to wet your flippers and see some truly stunning fish.  If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a moray eel!
  3. Stargazing – As beautiful as Bora Bora is by day, it’s even more stunning at night.  As the sunlight fades away, you’ll notice how brightly the stars shine in the sky, like diamonds in sheer darkness.  Get out your astrology maps and see how many constellations you can find.
  4. Snorkel off your overwater bungalow – Want to snorkel, but have other excursion plans?  Ask your resort’s pool boy for a set of snorkel equipment and flippers.  (They’re complimentary at the St. Regis, the Four Seasons, and the Hilton.)  Then jump in!
  5. Bora BoraHike Mt. Otemanu, Bora Bora’s highest mountain (standing around 2,385 feet tall) and see the beauty of Bora Bora from the top!
  6. Buy Tahitian Pearls – If you’re going to French Polynesia, you might as well take advantage of the opportunity to buy Tahitian pearls.  We strongly recommend considering the high quality pearls sold at the Robert Wan pearl shop in Vaitape, the Robert Wan shop at the St. Regis, or the Tahia Pearls shop at the Four Seasons.
  7. Have a spa day!  The spas at the St. Regis, Four Seasons, and Hilton are each indescribably beautiful, and each offers its own unique services.  We recommend experiencing a traditional Polynesian couples massage, and if you’re looking for something especially romantic, the Chocolate Massage at the St. Regis is a great choice.
  8. How cool would it be to say you enjoyed lunch on your very own island?  In Bora Bora, you can.  Enjoy a private and romantic motu picnic where you`ll enjoy traditional Polynesian cuisine.
  9. Learn how the local culture!  There are many classes offered by resorts that will show you how to crack a coconut, how to make coconut milk, how weave a plate out of banana leaves, and how to tie a pareo (sarong).
  10. IMAG0071Watch the sunset with your sweetie.  There really is no more beautiful sunset anywhere in the world.  We will say that the location of the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort gives them a distinct advantage in terms of the perfect sunset vantage point.
  11. Get married, or renew your vows!  An authentic Tahitian Wedding is a meaningful and traditional ceremony for couples wishing to wed in the islands. Couples are outfitted in bright pareu, flowers, and shells, while music and dancers enhance the ceremony.  This ceremony is held for couples who are being wed for the first time, or for those who wish to renew their vows.
  12. Enjoy a sunset cruise around Bora Bora!  Sip some Champagne as the sun fades into the horizon of one of the world’s most famous lagoons.
  13. Take a shuttle into Vaitape and see the sites of Bora Bora’s largest town.  While you’re there, be sure to have a drink at Bloody Mary’s.
  14. Go on an exciting 4×4 Jeep Safari ride around Bora Bora!  Visit several villages and lookout points where you can get an amazing view over the lagoon.  You will also visit historical site where US Army cannons remain from World War II.
  15. DSC00197Love to see marine life, but aren’t the strongest swimmer?  Tour the pristine lagoons of Bora Bora on a glass bottom boat!
  16. Explore the gorgeous lagoon on your very own jet ski!
  17. Go on an Aqua Safari helmet dive!  Go for a walk underwater with an air-supplied helmet and find yourself surrounded by tropical fish.  It’s a very unique way to discover the beauty beneath the sea.
  18. Take a private cooking class!  The St. Regis offers private cooking classes with the chef of the highly acclaimed LAGOON Restaurant by Jean-Georges.
  19. Enjoy a wine tasting!  The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa offers a free wine tasting every Sunday at 6pm.
  20. Canoe BreakfastHave your breakfast delivered to your overwater bungalow by canoe!  Lagoonside breakfasts really are incredibly romantic.
  21. Go on a helicopter tour of Bora Bora!  If you think Bora Bora is gorgeous on land, you’ll be stunned by its beauty in the air.
  22. For an extra special treat, the Romance Concierge at the St. Regis can assist you in arranging a custom fireworks show!
  23. Have dinner at one of the most delicious and exclusive restaurants in the world!  Modeled after a Tuscan villa, La Villa Mahana offers gourmet food to seven tables of lucky diners every evening!  It is one of the most intimate ways to enjoy a meal in Bora Bora.
  24. If you’re a traveler on the go, you’ll enjoy a Circle Island Tour.  Just two hours in length, this tour will take you through the whole island, making special stops at ancient sites along the way.
  25. Heiva DancingPartake in the annual summer Heiva celebrations, in which the locals compete in canoe races, dance contests, coconut tree climbs.
  26. See a traditional Polynesian dance show, which incorporates local music, fire, and so much fun.
  27. Try poisson cru, French Polynesia’s famous raw tuna dish, which incorporates carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes.  It’s super refreshing and delicious.
  28. Take a yoga class!  The Four Seasons Bora Bora offers daily yoga classes at both a beginner’s level and a more advanced level.
  29. Work your way through the 80 different martinis on the menu at Bubbles Bar at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso
  30. DSC00389Feed the fish from your overwater bungalow!  The pool boy at your resort can provide you with fish food so that you may feed the fish off of your bungalow at your leisure.  It’s really fun to watch the fish swarm your bungalow.

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