Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Majestic mountains sculpted by ancient volcanoes, a shimmering lagoon and a barrier reef dotted with tiny motu, or islets - welcome to Bora Bora, perhaps the most stunning island in the South Pacific. Only 4,600 people live a seemingly idyllic lifestyle in the main villages of Vaitape, Anau and Faanui. No wonder those generations of travelers - including novelist James Michener - regarded Bora Bora as an earthly paradise.

Connected to its sister islands by water and by air - the landing strip sits atop Motu Mute, one of the reef's islets - Bora Bora remains relatively unspoiled by the modern world.

Note: Bora Bora is an anchorage port. Transportation from the ship to shore will be via the ship's tender service.

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Points of Interest

  • Circle Island Tour
  • Lagoon Excursions
  • Aquatic Adventures
  • 4WD Excursion
  • Matira Beach
  • Bloody Mary's Restaurant and Bar
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  • Circle Island Tour

    Take a narrated drive on the "Le Truck" along the 22-mile road that circles this legendary island. See all the points of interest, both scenic and historic and stop for numerous photo opportunities.

  • Lagoon Excursions

    The shimmering lagoon welcomes visitors to the most stunning island in the South Pacific. Teeming with tropical fish and colorful coral, explore its beauty on a glass-bottom boat or catamaran cruise.

  • Aquatic Adventures

    Bora Bora is the perfect playground for watersports. You can scuba dive, snorkel or swim in the sea. You can even don an "Aqua Helmet" and view the underwater delights without getting your hair wet!

  • 4WD Excursion

    A rugged adventure that takes you on an off-road guided tour of the Bora Bora's tropical fauna. Learn the island's fascinating history, take in panoramic views and visit popular attractions.

  • Matira Beach

    Ascend Pahonu Hill for capturing views of Matira Beach, the island's finest. A picture perfect tropical paradise, the sparkling lagoon highlights the beach's one-mile stretch of pearl-white sand.

  • Bloody Mary's Restaurant and Bar

    Search the board posted in front of the island's most famous watering hole for names of celebrity patrons. Inside, sit on a coconut stump, feel the sugar sand floor beneath your toes and enjoy!

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Island Drive, Anau Look Out & Bloody Mary's

2.5 hours | Bora Bora | BOB-105
  • Circle Island Tour
  • Bloody Mary's Restaurant and Bar

Discover captivating Bora Bora on an island tour aboard "Le Truck." This narrated tour circles around the 22-mile road that surrounds the island and encompasses points of interest, scenic sights and historic landmarks. Your route takes you past magnificent coconut groves and hamlets. See the main villages of Vaitape, Faanui and Anau and continue passed the American military shelter and relics from World War II. Stop at Anau Lookout to gaze over the coral inlets surrounding the island and stop at Mama Ruta's shop for a traditional pareo demonstration. A stop at the world famous watering-hole Bloody Mary's is a must for all visitors to the island. Search the board posted in front for names of celebrity patrons. When you step inside be ready for a surprise…the floor is entirely covered in sand! Your tour makes a complete circle and returns to the "Le Truck" station.

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Bora Bora's Lagoon by Glass-Bottom Boat

1.5 hours | Bora Bora | BOB-625
  • Lagoon Excursions

Discover the beauty of Bora Bora from dramatic views of Mt. Otemanu to under-the-sea wonders on your glass-bottom boat tour. This is a great way to explore the underwater majesty of the lagoon without getting wet! This relaxing tour glides over crystalline waters to reveal colorful coral and a wonderful array of rainbow-hued fish. Your diving guide helps you to identify the different species. A special treat is when they feed the fish right under the glass. Be sure to have your camera ready, the boat's roof shelters you from sun and glare and provides optimal conditions for great photos. The above-ground splendors include stunning views of the mountains of central Bora Bora. See magnificent Mt. Otemanu, a rocky remnant of an ancient volcano that towers 2,400 feet above the sparkling, aquamarine waters. This tour is a wonderful treat for the whole family to enjoy.

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Lagoon Cruise and Tropical Island visit

hours | Bora Bora | BOB-690
  • Lagoon Excursions

Soak up the true beauty of Bora Bora and spend the day getting to know the area and all its wonders. Take a lagoon cruise and visit one of the region's secluded tropical islands.
In the comfort of a covered motorized catamaran, you depart from Vaitape pier along Bora Bora's famous multicolored turquoise lagoon to a selected spot where ideal conditions preserve teaming sea life of this tropical paradise

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Deluxe Lagoon Cruise & Snorkel

2 hours | Bora Bora | BOB-670
  • Lagoon Excursions
  • Aquatic Adventures

The legendary Bora Bora lagoon dazzles with its blue-green water, coral reef and white-sand shores. Spend two hours cruising the waterway with time to enjoy the sublime waters. Board a comfortable Bayliner deck boat and take in the sights as your captain navigates through the west side of Bora Bora. Photograph the stunning islets of Motu Toopua and Motu Tapu and see magnificent views of the island's highest peak, Mount Otemanu. Warmed by the sun, you'll welcome a refreshing break in the day to swim in the sublime waters. Snorkeling gear is available, and you'll easily find schools of tropical fish. Also look for the graceful stingrays; they are safe to swim with, and sightings make for memorable encounters. Back on deck, sail past breathtaking scenery and approach the reef, where you'll learn about the formation of this incredible island. Stop on a sand bank for light refreshments. Then return to the pier.

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Bora Bora Discovery by 4-Wheel Drive

3 hours | Bora Bora | BOB-500
  • Matira Beach
  • 4WD Excursion

Thrill to an off-road adventure when you explore Bora Bora by 4WD vehicle. An exhilarating safari into the lush interior includes informative narration on the island's history. Begin at Vaitape on the west coast. Your rugged vehicle ascends Pahonu Hill for captivating views of the harbor and Matira Beach. Stop for refreshments along the way then travel to a pearl boutique where you will find the famous Polynesian pearls, as well as an exhibit of photographs and books on these South Seas treasures. Continue on your journey and stop at naval gun sites from WWII. From here, travel the island's north shore to the lush Faanui Valley. Climb to a mountain plantation, where a colorful burst of fruit and flower fields give way to spectacular views of sparkling Faanui Bay. Your ride continues through charming villages as you complete this fun and fascinating adventure.

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Bora Bora Snorkel, Stingrays & Sharks

3 hours | Bora Bora | BOB-790
  • Aquatic Adventures

A snorkeler's paradise - coral formations, tropical fish and warm waters make Bora Bora the ideal location for under-the-sea adventures. Board your comfortably appointed dive boat and explore the inner wall of the island's barrier reef during a guided snorkel excursion. Your expert guides accompany you, answer questions and help with equipment. Basic snorkeling gear is provided and most fin sizes are available, although if you have your own personal equipment you may wish to bring it along. After exploring the secluded reef for approximately one hour, the boat will move to a second site. Here you will have the opportunity to watch as a guide hand feeds the graceful rays. It is an amazing opportunity to see these marine creatures up close and a perfect photo opportunity. Black tip sharks frequent the area and are often spotted. Relax on the deck during your return sail, soaking up the sun and taking in the magnificent coastline vistas.

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Island Circumnavigation by Jet Boat & Snorkel

2 hours | Bora Bora | BOB-780
  • Aquatic Adventures

Bora Bora beckons with its tropical climate, magnificent natural beauty and turquoise lagoon. What better way to take it all in than on a two-hour jet boat tour that circumnavigates the whole island and stops for a snorkeling adventure in the coral garden. Depart from the pier in Vaitape and take in the views of the incredible waterway and Mount Otemanu, the island's highest point. French artist Paul Gauguin painted many paintings of the islands, and you'll easily see why he was so inspired. Upon arrival at a premier snorkeling spot, slip on your gear and enter the refreshing waters. A wide variety of rainbow-hued fish and marine life call these waters home. Back on board, enjoy light refreshments and continue on to your next stop, a natural sandbar. Take a dip or just relax and listen to some island music. Your captain will utilize the boat's high-speed capability for your return to the pier.

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Bora Bora Aqua Safari Helmet Dive

2 hours | Bora Bora | BOB-795
  • Aquatic Adventures

Experience an underwater adventure without getting your hair wet! Don your Aqua Helmet and swimsuit and take a walk along the bottom of the sea. You might look funny but the fish don't mind and you'll enjoy magnificent views of the coral formations and sea creatures on your stroll. Meet your boat for a scenic cruise to the reef site. Wearing your bathing suit you'll be equipped with the Aqua Helmet. Fresh air is piped into the helmet. Your head remains dry in your helmet and you can even wear your prescription eyeglasses. Slowly walk with your guide into the warm waters and get ready to experience all the wonders of the sea. If you wish, you can even have fish eat right out of your hand! Surrounded by the many inhabitants of the reef, your experience is as beautiful as it is memorable.

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