Approaching this legendary island’s darkly mysterious volcanic peaks feels like one of those good-to-be-alive movements. There’s something almost sacred about the sight. Once on shore, the swaying palms, white-sand beaches and sea in various shades of turquoise are so seductive they’re nearly hypnotic. Romance is quite literally in the air.
Get in the water to snorkel or dive with black-tipped sharks and petting stingrays, their skin velvety smooth. The diving here is excellent. If diving is new to you, try Discover Scuba options in shallow water. Or, for something different, choose a Helmut dive, going down 10 feet while tethered (and without wetting your hair), no experience required. The sights under the sea also may also be viewed from glass-bottom boat tours.
Explore the island and its mountains and lush valleys, stopping in the hills to see American World War II cannons still in their original locations. Or get a birds-eye view of the volcanic peaks on a thrilling helicopter flight. Fans of “South Pacific” will want stop by Bloody Mary’s Restaurant & Bar. You’ll have plenty of time to explore since your Windstar Bora Bora cruise experience includes an overnight in this island oasis, with the option of leaving the ship for a stay in a romantic over-the-water bungalow at one of the island’s leading resorts.
popular shore excursions
Overnight Romance Package – Conrad Nui
Enjoy a unique opportunity to stay at one of the most popular resorts in Bora Bora. Relax and indulge yourself on the beach and take an unforgettable look at the amazing crystal clear waters surrounding you. Your overnight stay will include dinner, breakfast and elegant accommodations. You will be met on the dock in Bora Bora for your boat transfer to the resort where you will be welcomed with a cocktail and a flower lei. Check in and get settled. You will have the delightful experience of staying in an overwater bungalow. The rest of the day is at your leisure and you will have the opportunity to use the hotel pool, the beach and the non-motorized toys at the hotel. Dinner will be at the hotel restaurant. In the morning your breakfast will arrive by canoe. You will have the morning at your leisure before your boat ride back to your waiting ship.
Bora Bora by Jet Ski
Enjoy incredible views of Bora Bora’s lagoon and mountain during this fun Waverunner jet ski adventure. You will be transferred from the pier to the activity center where you will receive your safety and operating instructions from your guide. Then board your Waverunner and enjoy the ride! Led by your guide, you will discover the intense blue waters of the Pearl of the Pacific! Along the way, a stop will be made at a motu islet for an opportunity to swim in the shallow waters and enjoy a pause with some local refreshment. You will then return to the Waverunner center, and back to the pier.
Bora Bora by 4-Wheel Drive
This is a true Land Rover™ off-road, 4-wheel-drive excursion to places accessible only to these special vehicles. Drive through the small town of Vaitape to make your first ascent up Pahonu Hill. Great views of Bora Bora’s natural harbor and Matira Beach await! Continue with more off-road adventure and visit the 7-inch cannons still in their original World War II locations. Travel along the northern shore of Bora Bora into the lush valley of Faanui. Perhaps the highlight of the trip is the view of Faanui Bay from a traditional plantation high up in the mountains. On your return to the main road, pass by Matira Beach. With your guide at the wheel, you’ll enjoy some great sightseeing, learn much about the island’s history and people and see how to wear a pareo (wrap-around skirt).