The highlight of our 7 day Windstar cruise in French Polynesia was Bora Bora. We sailed here in the evening after a wonderful day in Taha’a, just 18 km to the south. Our visit to Bora Bora lasted 2 days, allowing us a bit more time to truly enjoy this amazingly beautiful island. Having heard about exotic Bora Bora since childhood, it was a little surreal actually visiting this fabled island and enjoying its many charms.
Bora Bora is pretty quiet – all you see is a small town (Vaitape), some scattered homes, various beach parks and a few restaurants. Most of the resorts (and airport) are on the motus (islets) surrounding the lagoon and main island. Our time was filled with the following activities over our two days:
We started our visit to Bora Bora with a tour that took us completely around the island. This adventure gave us a feel for the island and various views of the island, motus and lagoon.
Glass Bottom Boat Tour
This tour was arranged through Windstar. Our guide knew how to attract the fish for our viewing pleasure! Our guide was very kind and enjoyable, and like so many tour guides, had musical talents!
Private Boat Tour of the Lagoon
We arranged this tour ourselves at the tiny tour desk at the Viatape dock, and it was really worth it. We had the boat and driver all to ourselves. We circumnavigated the island and our captain took us to different spots around the lagoon where we could snorkel, play with the friendly rays, get amazing views of Bora Bora, and swim with the black-tipped reef sharks, just outside the protected lagoon in open, deep water.
Also arranged through Windstar, I took my first dive ever in Bora Bora. While there were several experienced divers in our group, there were also several of us for whom this was a first experience. We received instructions and then did a 30 minute, 6 meter dive (about 20 ft). What a blast. I really loved the dive and what better place try it out than Bora Bora!
Evening Dinner and Show
Windstar hosted a dinner and show on a motu not far from our ship during our overnight stop. The meal, show, and stunning setting made this a very memorable event.