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4WD Safaris

Tupuna Mountain Safari. Head for the hills with Tupuna Mountain Safari to check out the WWII guns. The views across the lagoon and to the islands beyond are spectacular. Vaitape, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–75–06. .

Biking

It takes an hour to drive around the island (without stopping too much) and about four hours to cycle. If you don't want to rent a bike, most resorts offer free bikes for their guests to use.

Bora Bora Tours. Bora Bora Tours will rent you bikes, scooters, and cars. PK 2, Vaitape, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–70–31.

Fare Piti Rent-A-Car. Fare Piti Rent-A-Car also rents out bicycles, scooters, and cars. PK 3 north, Fare Piti, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–65–28.

Boating & Sailing

Bora Bora Voile. Bora Bora Voile offers circle island, two-hour, sunset, and full-day cruises on the catamaran Taaroa III. It carries 10 to 16 passengers depending on the type of cruise and is also available for charter excursions. Anau, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–64–30. www.boraboraexcursion.com.

Manu Taxi Boat. Manu Taxi Boat operates hourly, half-day, and full-day boating trips on the lagoon. It also rents out its four boats for personal use. Licenses may be required for vessels larger than 27 feet. Vaitape, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–61–93. .

Moana Adventure Tours. Moana Adventure Tours offers glass-bottom boat tours, snorkel safaris on a 68-passenger catamaran, shark and ray safaris for 12 people, and champagne Blue Lagoon Cruises for just six passengers. Paofai Bay, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–61–41. www.moanatours.com.

Moana Jet Boat. Moana Jet Boat offers a 2½-hour trip aboard a speedboat that includes snorkeling and feeding the stingrays; maximum of 12 passengers allowed. Vaitape, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–68–10. www.moanajetboat.com.

Shark Boy. Shark Boy offers lagoon excursions to feed rays and sharks and snorkel on a choice of four motorboats, a canoe for 12 people, a long boat, or a catamaran. Vaitape, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–60–93. .

Sunsail Tahiti. Sunsail Tahiti, an Australian charter company, is based in Raiatea but cruises the areas around Bora Bora, Huahine, and Tahaa. Sailors must have skippered a charter yacht before to qualify. There are 10 luxury yachts and four catamarans in the fleet. Uturoa, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 60–04–85. www.sunsail.com.au.

Fishing

Moana Adventure Tours. Moana Adventure Tours offers two options for keen anglers: lagoon trolling (light tackle fishing in the lagoon) and surface casting for poppers, an excursion that travels to Tupai (10 mi north of Bora Bora); this is a six-hour trip for fishermen with their own equipment. Paofai Bay, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–61–41. www.moanatours.com.

Guided Island Tours

Bora Bora Safari Land. Bora Bora Safari Land offers island tours in air-conditioned buses, window-down cooled trucks, or an eight-seater Volkswagen van. Vaitape, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–71–32.

Bora Bora Tours. Bora Bora Tours offers a two-hour island tour that stops regularly for sightseeing and shopping. Vaitape, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–70–31. www.boraboratours.com.

Charley Transports. Charley Transports has a Land Rover or minivan to take you on an air-conditioned tour of Bora Bora's great sights. Vaitape, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67-64-37 or 78-27-71.

Jet Skiing

Matira Jet Tours. Spend two hours circling the island on a two-seater Jet Ski visiting a private island for a lagoon swim and watching the Jet Ski guides climb up a coconut tree to knock down a few for an impromptu snack. Matira Point, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–62–73. www.boraborawaverunner.com.

Parasailing

Bora Bora Para Sail. Bora Bora Para Sail will take you to great heights. Customers choose the height they want to fly and can even do side-by-side couple's parasailing. Flights range from 12 to 30 minutes. Novotel Bora Bora, Matira, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–70–34 or 78–27–10. www.boraboraisland.com/parasail/index.html.

Quad Biking

Matira Jet Tours. Matira Jet Tours also runs Quad Bike trips into the interior of the main island. You can do Jet Ski/quad and quad/snorkeling combinations. Quad bikes or ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) go over hills and through streams, carry two people, and are lots of fun.

Best Bets for Cruising

Little rays of sunshine. Take a snorkeling trip to swim with and feed the rays and watch the experts feed friendly reef sharks. It's a thrill you won't soon forget.

Take a ride. Rent a bicycle, scooter, car, or bugster and head off around the 32-km (20-mi) coastal road, stopping at shops and little villages along the way. If time is limited, head south from Vaitape to Matira where you'll find most of the action anyway.

Lovely lagoon. Kayak, catamaran, submarine, aquabike, jet boat, or Jet Ski—explore the lagoon however you can, it's too beautiful to miss.

Bush exploring. Take a bumpy 4WD trip up the mountainside for a sensational view of the lagoon and far-flung islands. Check out the old WWII guns along the way.

Underwater Adventures

Aquabike Aventure. You'll feel like one of the Jetsons (albeit in the water), as you motor about in your little scooter built for two. This is certainly a unique way to check out the fish. Tiputa, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–50–91. www.boraboraunderwaterscooter.com.

Aqua Safari Bora Bora. This is an underwater walk wearing a diving helmet and wet suit. Participants walk on the seabed a few meters below the surface for 30 to 45 minutes. Passengers awaiting their turn at the underwater walk get to snorkel. Amanahune, near Kaina Hut, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 28–87–77. www.aquasafaribora.com.

Bora Bora Submarine. You'll be singing the Beatles' classic pop song as you plunge to depths of 100 feet (30 meters) in a yellow submarine with panoramic windows. Passengers watch the sea creatures swim by in air-conditioned comfort. Nunue, south of Vaitape, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 30–04–01. www.submarineborabora.com.

Bora Diving Centre & Nemo World. Bora Diving Centre & Nemo World are located in Matira and have the same owner. Morning dives are for certified divers (two 45-minute dives); beginners are taught in the afternoon. There are five boats, and hotel and motu resort pickups are arranged. Matira, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–71–84 or 67–77–85. www.boradiving.com.

Moana Adventure Tours. Moana Adventure Tours has been running snorkeling tours for 30 years and offers public and private tours to all the best places in Bora Bora. Paofai Bay, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands. 67–61–41. www.moanaadventuretours.com.