Is Bora Bora, Boring Boring?

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Some people believe Bora Bora is beautiful but not worth the trip because they feel there’s nothing to do or feel they’ll be very limited by being stuck in the hotel. And, this might be true to some extent. We, ourselves, had postponed our trip because we worried we’d get bored for the same reasons. You see, we’re the type of people who like to stay active, even on vacation. So, naturally, we assumed just because it was a small island that there would be nothing to do. Boy, were we wrong…

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Now, you’ll always have those who don’t like doing anything, those who are satisfied by just sitting around staring into nothing. True, this is relaxing. But most people would get bored of doing this for a whole entire week. For those of you who would like to know what there IS to do in Bora Bora, I’ll be more than happy to fill you in.

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Now, we’re not talking about anything too strenuous like rock climbing or hiking a steep mountain. So if this is what your looking for, sorry. You won’t find this here. We mean things like everyday activities, such as swimming, kayaking, walking or even running (if you like to exercise), snorkeling, jet-skiing, fishing, paddle-boarding, riding a buggy around the island, riding a regular bike or a scooter around the island… All of these things you can do throughout your time spent in Bora Bora. Something that seemed to be pretty popular there is kite-surfing. And, I’ll tell you what, it seemed like a whole lot of fun. Not as difficult as I’m sure it actually is but something new to try. The waters are calm and warm and in most parts of the island, shallow.
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From the shore of the beach you could walk almost about 15 minutes into the water and it would still be at waist level. At moments, we were actually looking for deeper waters to swim. Yet, where there was deeper water, it was then not recommended because that space was for boats to pass. Now, what we found great was that you don’t need to spend on tours to take you to a certain area for you to paddle board or kayak like some places in the world or even rent the equipment, because the resort you stay in, include the equipment for water activities. Things like your snorkel equipment, kayaks with life jackets, paddle boards, water bikes, etc. All of the equipment is free to use by anyone in the hotel/resort at your convenience.

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Sting ray feeding at our hotel: the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

So, what did we do? We did everything! We snorkeled almost everyday. The coral reefs were so colorful and full of sea life we wanted to stay in the water with them all day! We also kayaked to certain areas outside of the resort (the Coral Gardens) and spent a lot of time just doing that. I mean, kayaking is already time consuming, but getting off of the kayak while it’s still in the water to snorkel? Now, there’s a challenge. We had fun with it…
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But aside from all the activities the hotel included, which we did, we also purchased a jet-ski tour that showed you around the island, rented and rode electric bikes around the island, and of course, the famous swimming with sharks tour. For more information on the shark tour we did, check out our post Swimming with sharks in Bora Bora. We literally went around the entire island about 3 different times.
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As far as the jet-ski tour, we used a company that was located right outside of our hotel called “MikiMiki Excursions”. This is family owned company based out of their home. The guide for the tour was the owner himself and they were extremely friendly and very informative on the tour. Miki (the owner) always made you feel comfortable and safe during the tour. He stopped at different spots around the island for pictures and for cooling down in the rainbow colored waters. He even took some suggestions as to what we wanted to see and do on the tour.
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There are a few different ways to rent electric bikes or even regular bikes. But, what’s the difference? We all know what a regular bike is. So, an electric bike is a regular bike with a small motor that helps you pedal less. The way it works is by turning the battery on, pedal a 2 or 3 times, and the rest is done by the bike. This means you don’t pedal as much or get as tired. Which is great if you want to see the whole island in one day. It took us about 4 hours to go around the whole island. That includes us stopping for some light groceries and other stops to take pictures and buy food. Just make sure that the company used by the hotel or outside charges the bike 100% before handing them over to you. It was 4 of us who rented the electric bikes and 2 of our bike’s battery died half way around the island which made us take a little longer than expected to get back. Luckily, when we spoke with the company who rented the bikes and explained what happened, they were nice enough to refund us some of the money we paid since they had guaranteed the bikes to last all day.
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Well, I hope I’ve answered some questions about activities in Bora Bora. Thanks for reading and please, let us know what you think! Have suggestions on topics? Want to hear about something specifically? Let us know! We would be more than willing to answer any questions or write about what you want to read. Until, next time…
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