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Bora Bora might be known as a honeymooner’s destination, but there’s fun to be had for the whole family. From rumbling down dirt roads on an ATV to snorkeling with sea turtles to epic kids clubs that’ll entertain little ones from sun up to sun down, these are the best things to do in Bora Bora with kids.
1. Seas the Day on a Lagoon Tour
Bora Bora’s bright blue lagoon is rife with sea life ranging from black tip reef sharks to stingrays to sea turtles to coral bommies where technicolor reef fish hide behind every crevice. Most lagoon tours start with a trip to a shallow snorkeling site, where little ones won’t have to dive deep to get prime views of the reef. Then, you might stop on a white sand motu for lunch and lessons in pareau (sarong) tying, basket weaving, and cooking. Venture out on an outrigger canoe, catamaran, or motorboat. If your kids are the adventurous type, they’ll love this.
It’s best to bring your own snorkeling gear to Bora Bora. Rental gear varies in quality, and sizes are often limited. Foggy masks and fins that pinch can ruin a trip. Plus, having this gear will make any beach you visit an impromptu snorkeling spot for your entire stay.
Bora Bora lagoon tours:
- 4-hour half-day group snorkeling tour
- Full-day group snorkeling tour
- Snorkeling tour from a motorized outrigger canoe
2. Explore Bora Bora’s Interior on an ATV Excursion
Roam the dirt roads of Bora Bora to spectacular lookout points, WWII canons, and tropical gardens. Some stop at the top of Mount Popti, where 360-degree views await, and rumble down into Faanui Valley. ATV drivers must have a driver’s license, and kids are allowed to be the second rider as long as their feet can reach the foot blocks.
For a full day of adventure, combine a half-day ATV tour with a lagoon jetski tour. It’ll be an adrenaline-filled day of exploring Bora Bora on land and sea.
Bora Bora ATV tours:
- 3-hour ATV tour with Manu, includes snacks
- Full-day ATV and jetski tour combo with motu picnic
- 3-hour tour in a 4WD (great for little kids)
3. Build Sandcastles on the Beaches of Bora Bora
One of the best free things to do on Bora Bora with kids is simply enjoy its white sand beaches. If you’re staying on a motu resort, chances are you won’t be far from the resort’s sugar sands. If you’re on the main island of Bora Bora, head to Matira Beach for a day of swimming, sandcastle building, and snorkeling. Waters tend to be calm with a gentle slope into the sea, making it perfect for young swimmers.
There are kayak, canoe, and SUP rental stands available if you want a beach experience that’s a little more active.
4. Venture out on a Sailing Excursion
The calming sound of lapping water, the wind brushing against your face, the sun warming your skin–all this is best experienced on a sailing trip over Bora Bora’s tranquil lagoon. A sailing excursion gives you the serenity you won’t find on motorized boat trips, and you’ll be able to stop and swim, snorkel, and lounge on sandy beaches with nobody else around. These trips typically last around six hours and can include up to 12 family members, with infant seats available.
Bora Bora sailing trips:
- Private full-day catamaran sailing tour with Vitamin Sea Bora Bora
- Shared catamaran sailing tour with Vitamin Sea Bora Bora
5. Discover Scuba Diving
Blow bubbles with sea turtles and manta rays while scuba diving in the waters of Bora Bora. The waters of Bora Bora are one of the best places to learn how to scuba dive thanks to its water clarity and plethora of shallow dive sites–including Arue, where manta rays are frequented. Children ages 10 and up can earn their PADI Junior Open Water certification, which is then upgraded to a full Open Water certification once they reach 15 years old.
Bora Bora scuba dive centers:
6. Take Advantage of Your Resort’s Kids Clubs
You might’ve come to Bora Bora for some rest and relaxation, and this might clash against your kids’ desires for action and play. Enter every parent’s savior, resort kids clubs. At most kids clubs, children will be busy playing beach sports, doing arts and crafts, escaping the heat in a game room, snorkeling, learning how to weave, or even cooking a traditional Polynesian meal! Before you book a stay, check to see if it offers kid-friendly pools, playgrounds, beach areas, or clubs. Most clubs are open from around 9am to 5pm daily.
Hotels with awesome kids clubs:
7. Go Tubing, Wakeboarding, or Waterskiing
Let the little ones get their adrenaline fix out on the lagoon. From mellow banana boat rides to white knuckle tube rides to learning how to wakeboard or waterski, there’s plenty of fun to be had behind a motorboat with a rope. This is one of the best things to do in Bora Bora with kids who just can’t get enough when it comes to thrill-seeking
Bora Bora ocean adventures:
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