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Bora Bora Diving, French Polynesia: An Introduction

scuba diverApproximately 150 miles north west of Tahiti, and is renowned for being one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Offshore motu islets surround the main island and the crystal clear lagoon in-between is an underwater haven for numerous reef fish. Ringing the offshore motu islands is a coral necklace that only has one navigable pass for boats; this pass faces the principle town of Vaitape.

Outside of the islets the deeper waters are mostly known for schooling Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks and the amazing ballets of the Manta Ray. A wide variety of sharks can also be seen through the clear visibility of these waters. Although famous for hammerheads and mantas on all dives you will experience an incredible variety of hard and soft corals, all teeming with an abundance of reef fish and invertebrates.

It is the ideal conditions that attract the Manta Ray to these waters, plentiful rich plankton regularly grows creating a natural feeding ground for these stunning creatures. Leopard, Bat, Eagle and Stingrays are also commonly seen, although not of such an incredible size there is little that matches the site of a large school of Bat Rays silently gliding by.

From Teavanui Pass it is possible to see pregnant Lemon Sharks skulking about in the shadows of the reef, these docile creatures are impressive in size, approximately 4m, though often stick close to the seabed floor at 35m. Back in the shallows the ubiquitous Black-tips dart against the sunlit surface, at this reef they are joined by plenty of others; large Black Trevallies, jacks, emperors and butterflyfish all observing you curiously from their habitat. The reef itself here is inauspicious though the number and variety of fish is plentiful and diverse, most certainly making up for any slight disappointment.

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Diving in Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Conditions
Currently, French Polynesia is not well known in the scuba world, but that is what you will enjoy about it. With fewer divers it is easier to preserve this little paradise...just for you.
Actually, French Polynesia is the ideal spot for all levels of scuba divers. There are dive locations for the beginner inside the lagoon and more technical ones outside the reef. The visibility is very good in all locations ; however as anywhere else it is dependent on factors outside our control such as weather and currents.

Diving is excellent year round which means that there is no "best" season for scuba diving in French Polynesia. We have both a dry and a rainy season. The rainy season is during the Tahitian summer which lasts from December until February, and typically involves rain in the morning with sun in the afternoon.

What You'll See

If you enjoy seeing big fish this is the place to be. Sharks, sharks, and more sharks.

Tahiti was rated shark capital of the Pacific by Skin Diver magazine and it definitely lives up to its rating. Lemon, grey, black tip, white tip, and hammerhead sharks all make the waters around Tahiti their home.

The waters of Bora Bora are also home to the graceful manta rays. We are very lucky here, as we can see them inside the lagoon which means the dive location is perfect for divers with little experience, as the maximum depth is 60 feet.

To get the most enjoyment out of diving with the big fish it is important to not touch or swim towards them. Instead, when you see one swimming towards you, stay calm, keep your arms close to your body and try to make as few movements and bubbles as possible. You should try to stay out of their direct path so that they don't have to swim around you. If you are careful you can follow them after they have passed, but they are fast and you will rapidly run out of breath if you try to keep up for too long.

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Accommodation at Bora Bora, French Polynesia

hotel boraHOTEL BORA BORA
The ultimate in understated elegance, Hotel Bora Bora is surrounded by a spectacular lagoon and benefits from having unrivalled views running 270° taking in both sunrise and sunset. The hotel is situated on Point Raititi on the southernmost peninsula of the island overlooking the spectacular 25 mile barrier reef, with a backdrop of green-wreathed volcanic peaks.

The hotel itself was founded in 1961 and has grown to become one of the most established hotels on Bora Bora. There are 54 bungalows and villas, the overwater bungalows feature terraces, whilst the beach and garden bungalows have sundecks, and some, private pool or Jacuzzi. All bungalows are spacious with separate indoor sitting area leading onto the sundeck or terrace.

There are a variety of restaurants and bars from which to dine or enjoy cocktails whilst watching the setting sun, in particular the Matira Terrace Restaurant and Bar which overlooks the lagoon. Local musicians entertain in the restaurants nightly and there are weekly beach barbeques and traditional island singing and dancing. Activities from the resort include scuba diving, 4wd safaris, sailing excursions to the neighbouring Leeward Islands and the ultimate attraction of watching experts feed Black-tipped Reef Sharks.

pearlBORA BORA PEARL BEACH RESORT
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort is situated on the island Motu Tevairoa, a ten minute boat ride from the main island Bora Bora. The hotel opened in 1998 and has been designed exquisitely taste in true Polynesian style by renowned South Pacific architect Pierre-Jean Picart capturing the essence of charm and breathtaking beauty of the country.

All accommodation is in the style of traditional bungalows, there are 50 overwater bungalows, 10 beach bungalow suites and 20 garden bungalow suites. All bungalows are traditionally designed and special efforts have been made to recreate the charm of South Pacific homes within.

The resort features the largest freshwater swimming pool on the island, it is situated at the base of a water cascade and is complete with jacuzzi. There are 2 tennis courts, a volleyball court, kayaks, outrigger canoes, snorkelling equipment and a games room for guests to enjoy at no charge. Scuba diving and island excursions can be organised from the hotel for an additional fee.

meridienHOTEL-LE-MERIDIEN BORA BORA

Le Meridien Bora Bora is located on the southern point of the paradisiacal Motu Piti Aau and benefits from a stretch of 6 miles of private grounds. In being only accessible by boat from the main island unrivalled seclusion is mostly guaranteed.

The vast grounds and turquoise lagoon offer maximum space for all 85 overwater bungalows and 15 garden bungalows. Each bungalow offers a subtle harmony of unequalled modelling and an original architecture that is uniquely Polynesian. The overwater bungalows extend far out into the crystal clear lagoon and all have a glass lagoon-viewing floor area through which the marine life can be observed.

This full service resort features a restaurant and bar designed like a Tahitian village with traditional Polynesian evening entertainment, a beachside pool and a host of island activities. Scuba diving, sailing, water-skiing, parasailing, fishing, and ray and shark feeding can all be enjoyed within the tranquil lagoon. For exploration of the luxuriant island 4wd safaris, horse riding and helicopter rides can be undertaken.

beachcomberBEACHCOMBER INTER CONTINENTAL RESORT
The Bora Bora Beachcomber Inter Continental is enchantingly set between two white sand beaches at the famous Matira Point on the main island of Bora Bora. The resort has 14 thatched bungalows that hug the pearl-white sands of one of the best beaches in French Polynesia, and the surrounding gardens are lush in tropical flora. There are also 50 overwater bungalows gracefully arranged over the crystal clear waters, all have glass top coffee tables through which you can look into the natural aquarium of the lagoon.

There are 2 restaurants and 2 bars to chose from for your dining, both serve French and International cuisine infused with Polynesian flavours. Weekly there is a Tahitian feast, and local dance and music is scheduled throughout the week. Breakfast is served within either of the restaurants or can be brought to your bungalow by outrigger canoe. There is a plethora of activities to participate in whilst staying on this exquisite island: scuba diving in the clear lagoons, taking sailing excursions to neighbouring islands, hiking or taking a 4wd safari to the volcanic peaks, or getting a view of the Society Islands from a helicopter, to name but a few.

 


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Boat diving. Diving World prides itself by offering boat diving packages that have access to lagoons and more elaborate dive sites.

Please contact us for a quote. We can arrange land only based holidays and those which include flights as well.

 

 

CLIMATE:
 
The water temperature ranges from 77 degrees during the winter to 86 degrees during the summer. Many divers here dive without a wet suit, but we suggest you dive with one to keep from getting chilly (a 3mm short wet suit should keep you plenty warm).
 

FLIGHTS:
 
Flights Singapore Airlines / Silk AirDeparture every Friday / Sunday / Wednesday from London or Manchester.
 

VISAS
 
Only French citizens can enter French Polynesia without a passport and the visa requirements are much the same as for France itself. Western European, Scandinavian and Australian citizens are allowed to stay for up to three months without a visa.
 

PRICES
We only tailor make holidays to French Polynesia. Please contact us or make an enquiry with your requirements and a package price will be put together for you.
 
     
 
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