Combination 4X4 Tour and Motu Barbecue Lunch
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- Panoramic views: Ride up to four different lookout points around the island for amazing views of the lagoon, and the many islets that enclose the island.
- World War II remains: See large, genuine WWII artillery canons strategically set to protect the island against attacks. They were left behind by the U.S. Navy.
- Mama Ruta's pareo workshop: Enjoy a demonstration of the art of painting pareos (Tahitian wrap-around skirts). See how the patterns are created and painted.
- Polynesian culture: Learn about the tiare flower (like which ear to wear it behind), as well as the importance of the marae (open-air temples) and copra, and many other aspects of Polynesian culture.
- Cultural demonstrations: After your lunch, you can watch expert, interactive demonstrations on how to graft coconuts, and on the traditional Tahitian javelin. Or walk up to the fare pote'e for beautiful views of the main island.
- Polynesian motu lunch: Stop at a private islet, sit on a table with your feet in the water, and enjoy a genuine Polynesian barbecue consisting of grilled chicken and steaks, Tahitian raw fish, rice, potatoes, fresh fruits, water, juices, beer and more.
- Roundtrip transportation: Hotel pick-up and drop-off from most local hotels is included; a small fee may apply at some locations.
About This Bora Bora Tour
In Maori, the word is tao. In French, it's "javelot." We call it the javelin, a long, thin spear used for sports and skills competitions. On this tour, you'll see a demonstration of the Tahitian javelin that'll leave you with a far greater appreciation than you had going in. In the Olympic-type track and field competitions, the javelin throw is done with the intention of covering the greatest distance. Olympians are known to fly those spears over 300 feet before landing. But that's not how the Tahitians do it. For the Tahitians, accuracy is more important than distance. Their competitions entail sticking the spear into a coconut at a distance of more than 70 feet, and a height of about 25-30 feet up in the air. This contest of agility and accuracy is called patia fa in Maori. To further complicate matters, the coconut is divided into five segments, each awarding a different amount of points. The highest part of the coconut gives the highest number of points. The Tahitian competition gives each contestant seven minutes in which to throw a total of ten spears. The thrower must stick his spear into the coconut to count. Whoever gets the most points wins. Piece of cake, right?
We pick up and drop off at any of these locations: Raiatea Lodge, Sunset Beach, Villa Tono, Manava and Fare Vai Nui (extra charge). Tell us your preferred location at checkout to confirm. Look for our representative with the tour's name on a sign.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Dress for the weather with flat, comfortable shoes for walking and don’t forget your sunscreen and bottled water.
Itinerary and order of the visited sites may change without prior notice according to weather conditions or other circumstances.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Dress for the weather with flat, comfortable shoes for walking and don’t forget your sunscreen and bottled water.Vanilla and other products are available for purchase at the plantation.
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over gravel, sand and dirt paths that can be kind of natural. The nature of the terrain makes it unsuited to travelers with limited mobility and those who use a wheelchair.
Adventure, Wilderness/Wildlife, Scenic
Typically, an 8-seat Minibus
Pick Up, Drop Off
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for travelers 3 years of age and older.
Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.
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