Ultimate Shark & Ray Adventure with Lunch on a Motu
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- Shark feeding: Feel your heart pump and you pulse raise as you watch blacktip sharks, and maybe lemon sharks, feed just a few feet away from you.
- Ray swimming: Wade in three-foot water and caress the stingrays, then put on your mask and snorkel (included) and dive in to swim along with them.
- Coral snorkeling: Discover the colorful hustle and bustle of a coral reef. Watch for blue damselfish, yellow angelfish, neon-looking clams, sea turtles, octopus, and more.
- Seaside picnicking: Enjoy a succulent lunch of grilled fish and meat and poisson cru, the specialty Tahitian marinated raw fish in coconut milk. You'll also feast on vegetables, fruit, coconut cake and Tahitian po'e for dessert, and a variety of drinks.
- Roundtrip transportation: Hotel pick-up and drop-off from most local hotels is included; an additional fee may apply at some locations, such as Le Meridien.
About This Bora Bora Tour
Stingrays get a bad rap. Think about it: To begin with, their name is sting–ray. Which makes them sound mean. And nasty. Like something you don't want to challenge. (That's why they named a muscle car after them.)
Stingrays are often depicted as deadly creatures with poisonous tails. They bury themselves in the sand, and if you step on one, it will use its stinger on you. But how would like it if someone stepped on you?
Then there's the way they look. Sleek. Smooth. Hydrodynamic (that's like aerodynamic, but in the water). Stingrays look like a spaceship. So people think of them as cold-blooded aliens that are out to get us.
But the fact is that stingrays are by nature gentle and docile toward humans. As long as they don't feel threatened, they're fine. So other than not stepping on them, don't swim directly above them, nor directly in front – they'll feel you're blocking their escape.
That's all for Stingray 101. Be nice to them, they'll be nice to you. And you might even get to pet them.
Name your poisson
Poisson cru ("raw fish") is not only the signature dish of Tahiti, but of Samoa and Tonga as well. In all three places, it's prepared essentially the same way: Fresh tuna is marinated in lemon or lime juice until the surface is opaque, then mixed with coconut milk and chopped vegetables that can include cucumber, tomato, onion, green onion, and even spicy peppers. The ceviche-like dish can be made with any type of seafood, including crab, lobster, prawns, and calamari.
We pick up and drop off at any of these locations: Four Seasons, St Regis, Conrad (ex Hilton), IC Thalasso, IC Moana, Sofitel Marara, Sofitel Private Island, Maitai, Pearl Beach, Matira. Le Meridien with extra charge. Confirm your location at checkout.
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, Full Day
12-seat covered motorized outrigger canoe
Local guides, drinks (soft drinks and water). 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 3 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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