Extended Shark & Ray Safari with Motu Tapu Visit & Lunch
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- Swimming with the sharks: You're in the water with just a rope separating you from a group of hungry blacktip sharks as they're fed right before your eyes. You'll be able to see and touch stingrays in water only three feet deep.
- Underwater world: Don snorkel and mask and discover the beautiful coral garden and breathtaking undersea world of multicolor fish, clams, shoals, octopus, and other species.
- Motu Tapu: Spend some time exploring this dazzlingly beautiful islet, reputed to be the most photographed reef island in the South Pacific and once the private beach of Polynesian Queen Pomare IV.
- Picnic lunch: Delicious grilled fish, chicken, or beef will be served with a rice salad and greens at covered tables set along the beach on stunning Motu Tapu islet. Soft drinks, water and beer are included.
- 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
Her name was Pomare IV. She ruled as the fourth monarch of Tahiti between 1827 and 1897. And she had one favorite spot in all of her kingdom, the islet Motu Tapu.
The islet, a few minutes by boat from Bora Bora's mainland, actually had no name when Pomare IV took it to be her private beach. The soft, white sand, sparklingly clear waters and extraordinary underwater world of corals and sea life, made it the perfect sanctuary for a queen.
But while it was there that Pomare IV retreated to be alone, it was also there that she would have parties and hold receptions for a very privileged few. With exclusive access by personal invitation only. All other were forbidden from the islet.
And that's how Motu Tapu got its name. Motu, meaning islet in Tahitian, and Tapu, referring to something holy or sacred that regular people are forbidden from. Motu Tapu is the forbidden islet. Except that on this tour, that doesn't apply to you.
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The name Bora Bora translates roughly to "first son," which indicates the importance that this island holds in Tahitian culture. Except that wasn't exactly the original name. The Tahitian alphabet has 13 letters, 5 vowels and 8 consonants. The letter "b" is not one of them. Bora Bora was actually called Pora Pora, but European explorers mistook the sound of the p for a b. And it's been Bora Bora ever since.
We pick up and drop off at any of these locations: Pontoon of all hotels, Pension Village Temanuata Village & Rohotu Lodge. You must tell us your preferred location at checkout to confirm. Look for our rep/the boat with the tour's name on a sign.
Be careful not to touch or step on the coral reef, and avoid touch any underwater animals for safety and environmental reasons. Wildlife sightings are likely but never guaranteed. Bring a change of clothes and a towel and consider packing water shoes in a backpack to carry it all.
Itinerary and order of the visited sites may change without prior notice according to weather conditions or other circumstances.
Operates everyday, except Wednesday, Sunday, Public holidays, and during the Hawaiki Nui outrigger race.
To fully participate in these water activities, you must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water, and able to cope with occasional currents. This tour is not suitable for travelers with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair.
Adventure, Wilderness/Wildlife, Beach, Water Sports, Food & Wine
Motorized covered boat - up to 16 passengers
Local guides, drinks (soft drinks, water and local beer), grilled picnic lunch - local favorites.Use of beach towels, mask, snorkel
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 4 years of age and older who can swim.
Special Medical Restriction
All travelers must be able to swim and maneuver in and out of the boat. If you have knee or hip problems, have recently suffered an injury, or you are pregnant, this may be a challenge for you.
Any swimming is at each participant's own risk.
Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.
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