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Guide to Bora Bora for Families

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When most people think of destinations like Bora Bora, they think honeymoons, romance, and couples-only travel. The truth is however that Bora Bora is seeing an increase in families looking to holiday in the South Pacific. If that's you, here are just a few of the best family-friendly attractions awaiting you in Bora Bora.

Good for
  • Family
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

13 Places

6 City Tips

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13 Places

Matira Beach

Beaches

Bora Bora Lagoonarium

Aquariums

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

Hotels

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Hotels

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Hotels

Vavau 4x4 Adventures

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Mount Otemanu

Mountains, Volcanoes

Coral Gardens

Scuba & Snorkeling

La Plage Tours

Private Tours, Boat Hire, Boat Tours

Tanoa Private Tour

Private Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling, Boat Tours

Pure Snorkeling by Reef Discovery

Boat Tours, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Scuba & Snorkeling

Diveasy

Scuba & Snorkeling

Bora Bora Stand Up Paddle

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Erin D's City Tips

  • Check hotel websites and the Tahiti Tourism website for the latest specials, and deals for family travelers.
  • Eating out in Bora Bora can be expensive so look for resorts that offer free dining or special children's menus.
  • Historically, tipping was not the norm, but there's now a trend of restaurants including a tip line on their bills.
  • Air Tahiti Nui often runs specials on airfares for families that may include free children's tickets.
  • While some resorts strictly prohibit it, don't be surprised to find some topless sunbathers in certain parts of Bora Bora.
  • The legal age to drink in French Polynesia is 21.
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    Matira Beach
    Beaches
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    Erin D Says:

    Matira Beach is the main public beach in Bora Bora and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It's ideal for families as the water is very shallow and there are only very gentle waves. The shallow lagoon is great for snorkeling and kids will enjoy exploring the colorful corals and hundreds of tropical fish that inhabit the area. Matira Beach also offers several restaurants and other eateries to grab food, making it the ideal spot to take the kids for an all-day, relaxing beach getaway.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Equipment rentals here may be limited so be sure to bring your own snorkel gear and floaties for children who require them.
    • There is not a lot of shade available on some parts of Matira Beach so be sure to bring ample sunblock.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 40 things to do in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Absolutely Beautiful Beach. 18/10/2017
    • Lovely Beach 12/10/2017
    • Matira Beach
    Address:
    Raititi Point
    French Polynesia
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    Bora Bora Lagoonarium
    Aquariums
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    Erin D Says:

    The Bora Bora Lagoonarium is located on a small island east of the main island. This is a great place for families to snorkel as the natural aquarium is fenced so you don't have to worry about your children going too far out. Under the supervision of wildlife guides, families can spot sharks, rays, turtles, and a variety of fish. There are various tour options for visiting the Lagoonarium, some of which may include a canoe trip or BBQ picnic.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be careful while feeding the stingrays as you can get "nipped."
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Vaitape
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gotta see the Groper! 17/09/2017
    • Maybe great if you are not a diver 13/09/2017
    • Bora Bora Lagoonarium
    Address:
    Bp 56
    Vaitape 98730
    French Polynesia
    Phone:
    689 67 71 34
    Other:
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    Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
    Hotels
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    Erin D Says:

    The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa is not only one of the best hotels in Bora Bora, it's ultra-family friendly too, offering food and activities specifically geared towards kids up to 14 years old. Among these are a special children's menu, a drawing kit for the table, and even a TV channel with five cartoons showing per day. Plus, families will enjoy snorkeling the waters around the resort, especially the coral nursery; while in the evening, you can relax in the games room with a pool table, chess, and checkers to keep the kids amused.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask about the children's amenities available upon arrival — special bathroom amenities and candy baskets are themed for various ages.
    • Look for accommodation specials like free stays for children ages 0 to 14 when sharing a room with parents, along with free meals and boat transfers.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Underwhelming and tired! 12/10/2017
    • Gorgeous and authentic 03/10/2017
    • Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
    Address:
    Motu Tevairoa
    Bp 169
    98730
    French Polynesia
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    Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
    Hotels
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    Erin D Says:

    Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is another of the best family-friendly resorts in Bora Bora. Four Seasons offers the 'Kids for all Seasons' program, a supervised program that includes several educational components. For kids aged 5-12 there are a number of perks and amenities available, including a welcome package and program of activities. The Tamarri Club features an indoor playroom with video games, while the outdoor area has a shallow 'splash pad' and playground. Some of the activities in the program include introductory dive lessons, hermit crab hunts, volleyball, coconut painting, water sports, and more.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check out the Four Seasons' "Have Family Will Travel" blog to get additional ideas on the range of hotel amenities and activities are available for kids.
    • Be sure your kids sign up for the specialized snorkeling tour of the inner lagoon, offered daily at no extra charge.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Most Relaxing Vacation in Years 19/10/2017
    • Honeymoon stay 17/10/2017
    • Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
    Address:
    Motu Tehotu BP 547
    98730
    French Polynesia
    Phone:
    011 689 40 60 31 30
    Other:
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    The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
    Hotels
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    Erin D Says:

    The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is another family-friendly resort that will excite and entertain the little ones. The special Kid's Club starts upon arrival with a personalized in-room greeting, and kid-sized bathrobes are available upon request. Kids 5-12 can then enjoy a host of specialized activities and amenities designed just for them. Look for children-friendly menu options, while movies and in-room toys are just a phone call away from your St. Regis Butler.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort website for discounts on additional rooms for your children.
    • St. Regis Bora Bora Resort offers the Family Traditions at St. Regis program, where families can choose a variety of activities to experience together.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This palce is PARADISE 21/10/2017
    • Beautiful Hotel in an AMAZING location (long detailed review)! 20/10/2017
    • The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
    Address:
    Motu Ome'e
    98730
    French Polynesia
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    Vavau 4x4 Adventures
    4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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    Erin D Says:

    Book a half day 4x4 tour for your family and learn more about the flora, fauna, and history of Bora Bora. Multi-lingual guides take you around the island and up through the mountains. These tours offer the best views of Bora Bora and a look at some cool historical sites, like WWII guns and bunkers left behind. Some of the roads are only accessible to guests of Vavau Adventures, making it a more exclusive experience.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look for discounts online when you book in advance.
    • If you're prone to motion sickness, you may want to take a pill as you will be traveling both off-road and on.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 52 Outdoor Activities in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful land tour of Bora Bora 21/10/2017
    • Amazing Scenery & Information 20/10/2017
    • Vavau 4x4 Adventures
    Phone:
    +689 89 45 45 45
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Mount Otemanu
    Mountains, Volcanoes
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    Erin D Says:

    The highest point on Bora Bora, Mount Otemanu is an extinct volcano. While you can hike to the base of Mount Otemanu, it's better to take a 4x4 tour and check out some of the leftover cannons and bunkers from the United States, used during WWII. And if you still really want to see the top of Mount Otemanu, you can always charter a helicopter to take your family on a private flight around the mountain.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can't hike up to the summit of Mount Otemanu due to its brittle volcanic rock, which is too fragile to withstand the weight of climbers.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 40 things to do in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just wow 15/10/2017
    • Sunsets Over Otemanu 01/10/2017
    • Mount Otemanu
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    Coral Gardens
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Erin D Says:

    Coral Gardens is located just across from the Sofitel Marara, and as it's very close to the shore, you only need a mask and a snorkel to check out the delights that lie beneath the waves. Tour operators usually all offer snorkeling trips here, where you can check out fish, rays, and maybe even a shark or two - all in up to 32 feet of crystal clear water. If you book an all day tour, you can combine snorkeling at Coral Gardens with a visit to a private motu, where you'll enjoy a BBQ lunch before heading back to your hotel.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear aqua socks/shoes as the beaches are often coral rather than soft sand.
    • It can be rough on a rainy day so try taking your kids on a calm, clear day.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 44 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Bora Bora
    • Tons of fish, many areas called coral gardens 17/09/2017
    • Must see! 02/09/2017
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    La Plage Tours
    Private Tours, Boat Hire, Boat Tours
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    Erin D Says:

    What better way to spend the day with your family than to rent a private boat - and there's no better spot than La Plage to explore when you do. Choose from trimarans, speed boats, pontoon boats or a fun 13-foot Quintrex that is ideal for two adults and two children.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Boat rentals are payable in cash or credit card (no AMEX accepted however).
    • There is typically a deposit required - verify the current deposit rate on La Plage's website.
    • If you're renting a boat that requires a boat license, you will need to bring the original license documentation with you.
    • Please be sure follow the safety rules thoroughly. Bora Bora also has a fragile ecosystem and it's critical you obey the laws set forth ie no littering or touching the coral.
    • Wondering about boat license requirements? Per French Law, anything under 6hp does not require a license., but anything over does.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 44 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth every cent 11/10/2017
    • Fabulous day! 01/10/2017
    • La Plage Tours
    Address:
    Sofitel Beach Resort
    Matira
    98730
    French Polynesia
    Phone:
    +689 87 28 48 66
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Tanoa Private Tour
    Private Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling, Boat Tours
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    Erin D Says:

    If you don't feel brave enough to rent your own boat in Bora Bora, consider a private tour for your family. Tanoa Private Tours offers several different private boat options, including a private tour and full-day picnic. You'll hit all the highlights of Bora Bora, including fishing, snorkeling Coral Gardens, shark watching, stingray feeding, and much more. Then head to a private motu where you'll have lunch and relax under the cool ocean breeze.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tanoa Private Tours has two and a half hour, four hour, full day, and sunset cruise options.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 44 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Bora Bora
    • Absolutely amazing - so worth the price! 20/08/2017
    • Beautiful day trip 20/07/2017
    • Tanoa Private Tour
    Address:
    Matira
    BP 607 Vaitape
    98730
    French Polynesia
    Phone:
    +689 87 76 17 98
    Other:
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    Pure Snorkeling by Reef Discovery
    Boat Tours, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Erin D Says:

    While you can snorkel from the beach of your resort, you haven't experienced Bora Bora until you've at least snorkeled some of the best spots in the lagoon. Check out the tours offered by Pure Snorkeling, which stop at four different spots around the island. You'll be surrounded by beautiful coral, sharks, anemone fish, moray eels, and best of all — Manta and Eagle rays.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tours are typically three and a half hours long, and include four snorkel stops.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 Tours in Vaitape
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • World's best snorkel experience! 18/10/2017
    • The #1 thing to do in Bora Bora imo 16/10/2017
    • Pure Snorkeling by Reef Discovery
    Phone:
    +689 87 76 43 43
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Diveasy
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Erin D Says:

    Whether your family is already scuba certified or looking to learn, Bora Bora is an ideal spot to do some diving. Laurent from Diveasy is one of the best and most recommended dive masters and instructors around. He's spent over 15 years diving the waters of French Polynesia, earning him high praise from previous visitors. If you want to try a unique snorkel experience as well while you're here, consider booking a tour on the 'underwater trail,' where you'll be given specialized snorkel gear that is equipped with a communication system. Using this you'll listen to music and hear comments about the coral ecosystem as you explore what lies beneath.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are multiple package options available, including discovery dives and certification.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 19 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Vaitape
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Easy Dive is great for all levels of divers 10/10/2017
    • Fantastic Scuba Experience 02/10/2017
    • Diveasy
    Address:
    Faanui
    Vaitape 98730
    French Polynesia
    Phone:
    +689 87 79 22 55
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Bora Bora Stand Up Paddle
    Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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    Erin D Says:

    Stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP as it's commonly called, is becoming increasingly common in many tropical destinations, and Bora Bora is no exception. No matter what your skill level, you will feel right at home with the guys here at Bora Bora Stand Up Paddle, who offer great tours of the area. Beginners will typically start off with flat water paddling, while more advanced paddle boarders can start with a downwind - getting pushed out by the wind, experiencing a sensation similar to surf.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Photos and/or video can be included upon request.
    • Tours can be small group, semi-private, or private.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 19 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Vaitape
    • Awesome tour and host 08/07/2017
    • Great morning!! 01/07/2017
    Phone:
    +689 29 14 15
    Other:
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