Best Snorkeling Sites In Bora Bora?

by Danielle
(New Jersey)

We are looking for the best snorkeling sites in Bora Bora as we prepare for our trip there in October. We are starting to research different snorkeling spots, but wanted to check and see if anyone can provide their input.

We've snorkeled in Curacao, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Bonaire (our favorite snorkeling location thus far). So we are anxious to see what Bora Bora has to offer as well.

Thank you!

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Aug 08, 2016
Another Story
by: Nicole & Galen

Hi Danielle, we have not been to that part of the world yet, but there is a visitor page that has some information about Bora Bora snorkeling spots. Check it out here.

Sep 03, 2016
Great Spot Next to Sofitel on Motu
by: Sue

The best snorkeling we found was across the water from the Sofitel Marara, on the right side of the Motu where the sister Sofitel is located. We went in the shallow water next to shore, but the tour boats stopped further out in the water in the same general vicinity. It took us about 20-25 minutes to kayak over from Sofitel Marara -- it was a little choppy that day, and we had to contend with current out in the middle, but it was beautiful water and was still totally doable. Lots of fish, good variety, and even some coral that was in good shape. We wondered if you could just walk from the hotel on the Motu over to a good spot to jump in...

Sep 03, 2016
Sister Sofitel on Motu
by: Danielle

Thank for the info, Sue! Greatly appreciated! We love to explore and snorkel on our own (rather than go with a group), so it's good to know about the tour boats that may be there. We have our camera ready! Based on what you said, perhaps we could try swimming to the Motu from Sofitel Marara, right? Did you see any big fish in that area (sharks, rays, etc.)? - and if not, did you see those larger fish in other areas? Thanks again!

Oct 17, 2016
Bora Bora Snorkeling Sites
by: Ray R

Hi Danielle, hope this catches you before/during your trip to Bora Bora. I spent a week there in Jan 2015 at the Sofitel and had a great time. Agree with most of the comments and sites suggested.

We rented a small boat and tried a few spot snorkels but were generally disappointed.

One spot we did find was up (north) from the Sofitel. If you start snorkeling from the Sofitel the beach transitions into a bar jutting out into the lagoon with a drop off of maybe 10 meters, along this was a great array of fish and hard coral, best we saw all trip. Word of caution though is if you go too far it gets into the boat lane for the Sofitel transfer boats.

Hope you have a great time and enjoy the great french food.

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