10 Best Things To Do In Bora Bora

Here's the list of the very best things to do in Bora Bora. This pearl of an island offers so many fun activities and excursions to choose from, but these are the top experiences that are uniquely Bora Bora. We also have compiled a list of free things to do in Bora Bora.

1. Take a lagoon tour

There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the dramatic peak of Mt Otemanu from every angle with the ever-changing blue hues of the Bora Bora lagoon in the foreground.

A circle island lagoon tour is a 'must do' Bora Bora excursion. It tops my list of 'best things to do in Bora Bora'. Make sure your camera is fully charged and has a large memory card because you will be snapping postcard perfect pictures for most of the day. Have a look at the Bora Bora boat excursions available for a lagoon tour.

Enjoying a tour around Bora Bora's Lagoon

2. Step foot on a Motu

Bora Bora lagoon is surrounded by a string of little sandy islands. These motus are dreamy parcels of white sand paradise, that look towards Mt Otemanu. They are all privately owned. So to experience private island paradise you will need to take a Bora Bora excursion that stops on one. The best motu excursions include a Polynesian picnic. If you are a guest at the Hilton Bora Bora you can visit the legendary Motu Tapu for the day.

Legendary Motu Tapu

3. Snorkel in the Coral Gardens

Bora Bora lagoon's warm, clear water and beautiful coral gardens make it a snorkeler's paradise. All the Bora Bora excursions on the lagoon visit one or two of the well known gardens for some Bora Bora snorkeling. The 'aquarium' is my favorite snorkeling spot as it has vivid blue water and the largest numbers of fish. You could leave me to float around in this sparkling water all day. There's another beautiful snorkeling spot near Bora Bora's southern reef where you can see the most colorful coral in Bora Bora.

Don't you want to jump in and snorkel?

4. Meet the sharks

I know this sounds unusual! Why would you want to go swimming with sharks? How can this be one of the best things to do in Bora Bora? But yes, this is actually my personal favorite of the Bora Bora activities. And I am not particularly brave. So if I can do it, you can too. The tour providers would not be dangling tourists to the sharks if it was dangerous. They rely on tourism on this island.

You can plunge into the royal blue Pacific Ocean and float above hundreds of black tip, reef sharks gracefully swimming below you, for as far as your eye can see. If you're really lucky you might even see a lemon shark. Although the water is very deep, it is crystal clear so there is amazing visibility. I have watched dolphins and divers moving far, below in the distance. The tranquility of floating above these graceful sharks is a memory that I cherish. Before this adventure I was terrified of sharks, but I now have a huge respect and appreciation for them.

The graceful black tip reed sharks in Bora Bora's lagoon
Colorful coral at Bora Bora's southern reef

5. Swim at Matira Beach

This long stretch of white sand and calm turquoise water is one of the best beaches in the world. And that is not just my opinion! Recently CNN GO awarded Matira Beach the number 1 spot out of the 50 best beaches in the world. Matira Beach is usually at the top of lists for 'best things to do in Bora Bora'.

Matira Beach is Bora Bora's only public beach

6. Taste Poisson Cru

This traditional Tahitian recipe is marinated, raw fish, seasoned with fresh coconut milk and lime. It's an exotic dish that tastes like paradise. You'll find it on most restaurant menus in Bora Bora. It even appears on the breakfast buffet at most resorts.

Our favorite Poisson Cru is served at the Bora Bora Hilton's Tahitian restaurant. They have a trio of divine Tahitian dishes as a shared entrée. It's presentation is an art work and the serving size is very generous.

Poisson Cru being made by our host on a Motu Picnic

7. Watch the sun set from the Bora Bora Yacht Club

To eat the best food in Bora Bora, in a lively, casual atmosphere, go to the Bora Bora Yacht club, a little north of Vaitape on the main island. The fishing boats stop in at the dock and deliver their fresh catch, straight to the kitchen. You won't get fish fresher than this anywhere! Or more friendly service. The chef's Tahitian trio is amazing. So are the Mahi Mahi burgers.

Arrive before dusk and order the best Pina Colada you will ever taste in your life. The coconut milk is freshly squeezed! As you enjoy the magic of watching the sun set over the ocean, you will agree that this is one of the best things to do in Bora Bora.

The Yacht Club is a historical landmark as it is here that ships and yachts visited Bora Bora from the outside world. Yachts still lay anchor here so you may meet interesting characters and hear tales of the sea from sailors passing through.

8. Take a jet ski ride

Our favorite travel agent recommends a jet ski ride around the lagoon for a fast paced way to see Bora Bora. If you only do two excursions, make this your second one.

A jet ski ride with Moana adventure tours

9. Hike the inner island

Not many people leave their resorts sun lounges to do this but it is well worth the effort if you enjoy a bit of adventure. The valley of the kings trail takes you through the ancient paths of Polynesian kings. You can even see remnants of old Polynesian villages. It is possible to hike up to Mt Pahia or Mt Otemanu with the help of a guide.

10. Visit a Bora Bora spa

This is a a great activity that can be done in any weather - even when it is raining (see more wet weather activities here). A morning or afternoon one of the beautiful spa's in Bora Bora is the perfect way to combine relaxation and Paradise. The Bora Bora spas are in the most beautiful surroundings. Watch tropical fish swim below you while have a Polynesian coconut treatment. Relax in a tub looking out to Mt Otemanu. Enjoy the scents and smells of paradise with Polynesian hospitality. If you are going to indulge in a spa treatment, this is the place to do it!

Best things to do in Bora Bora

There's our list of the absolute best things to do in Bora Bora. Looking for more activities and excursions? There's plenty more to do in Bora Bora too!

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