Activities in Bora Bora

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Bora Bora is simply amazing and relaxing.  We could have been content sitting on the beach or on the deck of our bungalow lying around, but it would be a shame to not do some exploring. Therefore, we decided to do a few activities in Bora Bora.  We didn’t do a ton of paid activities because there were some great free activities, but the few paid activities we did were great.

Some of the best activities did not cost us a dime because both the IC Le Moana and IC Thalasso offer complimentary rentals of snorkel gear, stand up paddle boards, and kayaks.  One tip is to bring your own snorkel mask and rent their snorkel fins.  For obvious reasons, you probably don’t want to use someone else’s snorkel and fins are bulky to pack.  You can have hours of fun with the stand up paddle boards and kayaks.  We enjoyed stand up paddle boarding at both hotels.  There was a bit more exploring you could do paddle boarding at the IC Thalasso because you could paddle board to have some nice views and pictures of Mt. Otemanu.  I even paddle boarded to my room for a quick rest.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding -  Very Relaxing!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding at IC Le Moana – Very Relaxing!

Since we stayed 1 night at the IC Le Moana, we spent the next morning kayaking out to Coral Gardens.  Talking to people on the island, Coral Gardens is probably the best snorkeling spot on Bora Bora and most snorkeling tours take you there.  However, if you want to do it for free, it is a very close 30-40 minute kayak from the IC Le Moana.  Coral Gardens is actually on the Sofitel Private Island, where many celebrities have stayed.

I recommend kayaking to Coral Gardens early in the morning because the waters are more calm and it doesn’t get as hot.  It was a bit of a workout kayaking out there, but I think if you are somewhat in shape it’s not too bad.  We rented a double kayak and I did most of the paddling :(. Once you get there, you can “park” your kayak onto shore.  Save a ton of money and go on a fun adventure!

The scenery and kayaking are simply amazing.  I used my GoPro Hero 3+ Silver to capture some shots, but I think even the pictures don’t do justice.  The waters were so clear, warm, and plenty of fish/coral to see!


One of the awesome activities we paid for was the jet ski tour.  It was about a 2 hour tour and cost $300 for 2 people total if you share the jet ski.  It was a bit expensive, but I felt like it was the best valued activity because you can ride a jet ski for about 2 hours, enjoy a coconut on a private island where they filmed Couples Retreat, and enjoy the scenery of the whole island.

Jet Ski!

Jet Ski!




Coconut on a Motu

Coconut on a Motu

Also don’t forget about the free stingray feeding at 2PM at the IC Thalasso.  I was able to get quite close to them to feed them and also swim with them.

Stingray GoPro Shot

Stingray Underwater


The other activity we did was a couples massage at the Thalasso Spa.  This is very expensive, but it was the best massage I’ve ever had.  When you lie on your stomach, you can see the fish swimming around.  My one tip is to just go for the Bora Bora deep massage (90 minutes) only, you don’t need the extras from the package, not really worth the additional cost.  The rest of the spa was decent, but nothing to rave about.  Here is a list of the Spa prices. 

IC Thalasso Spa - Fish Swimming Underneath!

IC Thalasso Spa – Fish Swimming Underneath!

Other activities in Bora Bora included snorkeling/diving tours, 4×4 jeep tour around the main island, helicopter tours, and more.  Here is a list of activities with the prices.  I’ve heard good things about the jeep tour and the price seems somewhat reasonable.

Although doing activities in Bora Bora is not a must, I would recommend doing a few of them.  I did not book anything in advance.  There are other operators on the island that do tours, but from my research they aren’t that much cheaper and only accept cash at many times.  For piece of mind and flexibility, I would probably just book activities once you get there.  Hope you get to do some of these activities in Bora Bora!

7 comments for “Activities in Bora Bora

  1. Maury
    July 21, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I went to IC Moana via boat to and from IC Thlasso and saw the beautiful waters surrounding that hotel. I did all the free activities and in addition we did the shark and ray feeding which proved to be the highlight of our stay in Bora Bora. I am thinking of going next year to Moorea with the entire family.

    • July 21, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Awesome! Glad you had a great time

  2. Maury
    July 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I think I lucked out in that Hilton let us stay for four nights at the old AXON 140,000 rate at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort. I booked that resort 15 months out! You can’t beat that!

  3. Allen
    July 21, 2014 at 9:14 am


    Am planning a stay at the IC Thalasso in Jan 2015. We are arriving PPT at 5:55am. There is an Air Tahiti flight (PPT to BOB) departing at 7:15am.

    Is it feasible to make the 7:15am flight? Not sure if PPT customs will make the transfer time (1hr 20 min) too tight… The next one leaves at 10:45am.

    Thanks so much!

  4. Maury
    July 21, 2014 at 9:36 am

    @Allen I took that same flight a few days ago! I did not have any problems. Customs in PPT is quick and easy. Air Tahiti has a kiosk where you print the tickets and then take your bags to a specific line.

  5. Joe
    August 16, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    We are so excited and greatly appreciate all your information, thank you. Do you know how much they charge to rent snorkel and mask?

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