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.
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.
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.
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.
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!