We had perfect weather for paddling a Polynesian outrigger on a Sofitel Bora Bora snorkeling trip to the most beautiful coral gardens in the lagoon. Even though it was Tahiti winter!
Ask what's our favorite thing to do while visiting the world's most beautiful island and it's easy. A Bora Bora lagoon excursion with a snorkeling stop at the coral gardens! But it can cost up to $200 per person for a boat tour because fuel and goods have to be transported to this remote sanctuary from afar.
At one Bora Bora resort, you can have this extra-ordinary experience (every day) for free! Sofitel Bora Bora snorkeling opportunities include paddling to the best snorkeling spot in Bora Bora. Independently!
Mt Otemanu was watching over us as we set off in a traditional Polynesian outrigger canoe from the Sofitel Private Island beach. For the first time!
We paddled anti-clock-wise around the Sofitel Motu, past the arrival dock and 3 secluded beach bungalows set at the water's edge.
Although the scenery was demanding our attention, we realized that we needed to focus on paddling as a team of two. Or we might end up at the Moana's overwater bungalows instead.
It was the middle of the afternoon and we seemed to be the only ones out on the water. When we arrived at an area with abundant coral we clambered onto a rocky beach and pulled our canoe up on to shore. Very pleased that we had our water shoes on! They're essential in Tahiti, to protect feet from pieces of broken off coral. Leave your high heels for New York, and bring water shoes and flippers. The Bora Bora lagoon is a bath-like temperature.
We have visited the aptly named 'the Aquarium' coral gardens several
times and always seen more tropical fish than anywhere else in Bora
Bora. Uncountable numbers swim all around us.
Gleefully, we had the Aquarium to ourselves. Like on a previous vacation when we hired a motor boat and scooted right around the Bora Bora Lagoon by ourselves. As we were pushing off from shore another adventurous couple arrived and photographed us together. Our beach 'hair' is proof that we don't just loll around the stunning Bora Bora beaches on deck chairs.
This clever craft was designed with the stability to skim vast distances across the Pacific Ocean, carrying supplies. We could see Raiatea and Tahaa in the distance. But the coral reef, that encircles Bora bora and creates the calm lagoon, is a barrier to the sea. There's only one narrow channel through, and that's on the opposite side, to the west.
After snorkeling we took our time returning to the Sofitel's beach, drifting peacefully as we surveyed the awesome 360 degrees of Bora Bora scenery. It was hard to believe that we were actually taking ourselves on this most astonishing of Sofitel Bora Bora activities.
As we rounded the bend, heading back to the Sofitel Private Island resort, the sun was setting behind Bora Bora Island, throwing shadows over it's east side.
We decided that Bora Bora Sofitel snorkeling is one of the best Bora Bora activities. It's awesome! It's free! And you are in charge!
Want to snorkel straight from your Bora Bora over water bungalow? The Sofitel Private Island Resort is a great choice. Find out which of the Sofitel overwater bungalows have the best coral and sea life around them for Sofitel Bora Bora snorkeling. Get the right hut and you don't even have to get wet! You can watch the lagoon life traveling underneath the glass panel. Can't swim? Choose one in shallow water and learn.
Here's more about how to find the best snorkeling in Bora Bora.
See details of our visit to the gorgeous Sofitel Bora Bora. Including which bungalows at both Sofitel Resorts have the best snorkeling around them.
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