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1818
May 14th, 2004, 05:20 PM
Hi!
I'm in july,16 Tahitian Princess cruise. I've learn a lot from this board but I did't make my mind about which is the best option in Bora Bora.
All Tahitian Experts: I'm wating your opinion!
Thank you!

Joyce B.
May 14th, 2004, 09:12 PM
We did the 4x4 jeep tour on Bora Bora and LOVED IT!!

You got to visit many sites you can only see when traveling in a 4x4. It was, however, very BUMPY (which we loved)!

We booked this though Princess. IT WAS GREAT!!

1818
May 15th, 2004, 04:50 PM
Thank you Joyce, but what about those gourgeos lagoons and white sand beaches... just postcards? you recomend any special beach or a sunset cruise?

Joyce B.
May 15th, 2004, 09:28 PM
The 4x4 took us around the island, also. We got to stop at Bloody Mary's for a drink. Passed many of the beautiful beaches. Most of the hotels DO NOT welcome cruisers.

Did not go on a sunset cruise and didn't hear about them from others.

karen_cpa
May 15th, 2004, 09:51 PM
We also did the 4x4 tour and it was fabulous!!!! I can not recommend it enough - hubby and I agree it was probably the best excursion of the entire cruise.

If the itineary hasn't changed from last year, you should be in Bora Bora two days. We did the 4x4 tour one day and a snorkeling excursion the next day.

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gvre
May 15th, 2004, 09:56 PM
Having spent 7 days there on the TP on 3 previuos cruises here are some of the stuff we have done. We have done wave runners twice, rented motorcycles and circled the island, dove 3 times with Top Dive, and have done 2 Motu picnic which included, shark feeding, manta rey snorkeling, and sting rey feedings.
If your not a certified diver I would do the Motu Picnic.
When the ship arrives in the lagoon on the first day you can book all of these excusions at the warf where the tenders dock. You'll save money. We like to use Top Dive to book all our excursions on Bora Bora, they are good people!!
You can check out some of our photos at:
Tahiti photos (http://photos.yahoo.com/gvre)
We will be back for our fourth cruise in October.
Richard

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Toto2Kansas
May 15th, 2004, 10:06 PM
Richard, did you book the motu picnic on Bora Bora at Top Dive also? Thanks! And see you in October. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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gvre
May 15th, 2004, 10:31 PM
Hi Toto,
We booked the Motu Picnic with TOP DIVE in advance by email on our first 2 trips to Bora Bora. On our cruise in October of last year we only booked diving, however some of the CC group we were with got off the ship on the first day and booked the Motu picnic for the next day on warf with Top Dive which had a booth set up there at the Warf. They loved it. Having done Marc's on Huahine this is even BETTER, especially if you love to swim, the food was the best, we ate with leaf plates, it was great. The shark feed was unbelieveable. They set up a rope in the lagoon, we all get out in the water, they throw out some chum, and all these 4'-6' black tip reef sharks show up, but never cross over the rope which you are behind. What a rush!!
This is my recommended excursion to do for the first time!!
Let me know if you need more information, but you can see the photos of this excursion on our 2000 Tahiti photos.
P.S. I lost your email address, can you send it to me.
See you on the TP in October!
Richard

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Toto2Kansas
May 15th, 2004, 10:41 PM
On it's way to you Richard. This might be something we would want to book now instead of taking a chance when we arrive. We have always just taken what we can get at the pier when we arrive, but this time I am planning ahead.
Thanks for the info!

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gizmodog
May 16th, 2004, 07:26 AM
My vote goes for Para-sailing. It was awesome and it is a para-sail for two. I hesitated at first but wow....the beauty and how romantic it was up there over the beautiful water with the scenery below, I will never forget it!

1818
May 16th, 2004, 02:03 PM
So, as Joyce and Karen suggested, first half day a 4x4, next day dive /snorkel, seems fair...
Gizmodog, Did you find parasail tour on warf?
And Richard, thank you, the photos are beautiful...
Do you have the Top Dive site or e-mail? Do you think we should go with everything booked ?
We already have Marc's picnic, Bruno in Raiatea/raiatea and Patrick 4x4 in Papeete.
We are looking for people to share Cap. Heifara in Moorea...maybe we are overbooked...

heyjude27
May 16th, 2004, 02:13 PM
Everytime I read that the rope keeps the sharks in their place I nearly faint.
J

gvre
May 16th, 2004, 10:01 PM
Here's the web site for TOP DIVE excursions on Bora Bora. Never had a bad experience with them!!
TOP DIVE EXCURSIONS BORA BORA (http://www.topdive.com/topdive/index.php?cID=4)
Let me know if you need more info.

Heyjude, these are professional sharks!! They do this all the time for a living!!

Richard

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ginak1112
May 17th, 2004, 08:41 AM
I sailed on Renaissance several years back and we did a great waverunner tour in Bora Bora. (I don't know if Princess offers it but you might be able to book once you get to the island). It was a lot of fun circling the island and we got to go swimming at a private beach!!!

ginak1112
May 17th, 2004, 08:41 AM
Sorry,not renaissance but radisson.

1818
May 17th, 2004, 09:30 AM
Sorry for my bad English,but what is a waverunner?
Richard mentioned in his first e-mail but I really don´t know what is this.
Thank you for an answer.

1818
May 17th, 2004, 09:34 AM
Richard, the site is great and I think I understand: Is a wave runner a Jetski?

Doug&Nadine
May 17th, 2004, 09:45 AM
When we were in Bora Bora a month ago we did the helmet dive (Aqua Safari). It was a lot of fun! You may want to give it a try!

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the tahiti traveler
May 17th, 2004, 07:55 PM
Ia orana !

Here are my favourite excursions in Bora Bora :

1- Helicopter flight ($$$ but an incredible experience)
2- 4X4 Safari (for the views on the lagoon... but not as nice as the helicopter)
3- Island tour by jet ski

Just one more thing... try to do all your excursions on Bora Bora in the morning when the sun is not too high, you'll bring back some nicer photos...

Hope this helps,
Manu

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gvre
May 17th, 2004, 10:27 PM
Hola 1818,

Yes a wave runner is a jet ski, also, TOP DIVE are good folks to use to book excursions thru on Bora Bora. We plan to use them again in October to do our diving on Bora Bora and Moorea.

Tienes mas preguntas?
Diga me

Ricardo

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Chrys
May 18th, 2004, 08:56 AM
Since you have 2 days on Bora Bora, the 4x4 one day or part day and a relaxing day at a beautiful resort is wonderful.
We took a taxi to The Inter Continetal resort, beautiful. I heard The Bora Bora Hotel is beautiful also, for a small fee you can use the facilities & eat the buffet.
Have fun!
Chrysteen

Toto2Kansas
May 18th, 2004, 09:26 AM
gvre, the Top Dive site reservation link has not worked in days, any clue how to contact them? I tried email but received no response.

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1818
May 18th, 2004, 05:33 PM
Thanks Manu, this is a really expert opinion!
Ricardo, mi espanol es mas malo que mi english... Puedes hablar en portugues?
The jet ski was elected by my husband- the only problem: He had back problems...no pain anymore but last year he had a serius crisis... Is the lagoon calm enough? anyway it's a lot of bump. Do you reccomend it?
Toto, TopDive already answer my question in their "contact us" link.
We booked 4x4 Patrick in Papeete, I don't know if I want another tour like this in Bora Bora.
The ideia of a day in a Hotel beach is not bad, Chrysteen, it is possible to snorkel?
Manu, which beach you reccomend? Do you know how much they charge? we'll be in Sheraton Moorea post cruise, is it possible to use their beach for free?
Monica

Toto2Kansas
May 18th, 2004, 06:09 PM
Just received an email from Top Dive, it took them a few days to answer. Now I have to fax a CC number to them for the reservation. ARG!

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the tahiti traveler
May 18th, 2004, 07:57 PM
Ia orana Monica,

If you have back problems, the jet ski should be ok if you drive slowly, but the 4X4 Safari with Patrick will probably be a bad experience for you as this tour is really bumpy.
I have no back troubles but every time I do this tour or the Safari in Bora Bora, I have back pain for at least 24 hours...

Regarding the Beaches :

On Bora Bora, Matira is a very nice public beach and there is a 5$ shuttle to go there from the pier.

Regarding Moorea, the Sheraton's beach should be ok for free as long as you get a drink or a lunch before to go for a swim...

Enjoy your vacation ...
Manu

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Chrys
May 18th, 2004, 09:06 PM
The idea of a day in a Hotel beach is not bad, Chrysteen, it is possible to snorkel?

No, these beaches are mostly shallow, white sand beaches. Snorkeling is best near the coral reefs.
We relaxed, swam & took in the beauty. We went to The Inter Continental resort & ordered a drink at the bar and sat outside looking at the huts over the water, the beautiful pool & gorgeous beach. We checked and the rooms over the water start at around $800 per night, I would love to stay there, second best was a day there at the beach!
I hope you have a marvelous time! We sure did.
On Moorea we took the Tour "A" with Hiro's Private tour. If you do the picnic with Princess you are with loads & loads of people. On this tour they take you swimming with the stingrays they are so friendly & soft. Also you see Blue tip sharks. After the wonderful swim they take you to a private beach for a picnic & snorkeling, the best snorkeling we had. His phone number when you get to Tahiti is 78 70 10 or 70 51 08, Hiro Tours.
Have fun!
Chrysteen

NitaBcruising
May 18th, 2004, 09:16 PM
Monica,
I disagree somewhat with the previous poster. The beach at the Sheraton Moorea is nice, but there IS pretty good snorkeling out by the overwater bungalows, also. We just had a drink there, used their beach and lounge chairs, for a couple of hours. I think you would enjoy your day there!

Nita

Chrys
May 18th, 2004, 09:47 PM
Nita,
I must have been misunderstood, I never went to the Sheraton Moorea, I was talking about the Bora Bora Inter Continental. Sorry for the confusion.
Chrysteen

gvre
May 18th, 2004, 10:41 PM
Hi Toto,
What's up? Got your post, yeah they are in Tahitian Time, SLOW......
response.
It usually takes a week or two for me to book our dives with them after we requested a date by email, so what excursion did you request? They have been good folks to book with!! I can't say enough about their operation. They have a beautiful hotel right on the lagoon in Bora Bora.. gottta go
Richard

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1818
May 19th, 2004, 07:07 PM
Thank you all!
specially about back problem-4x4 issue.
And yes, Chrys, I was talking about Bora Bora, just mentioned the Sheraton in Moorea because we'll be there and it could make things easier...

ccarter
May 19th, 2004, 08:58 PM
Hi all,
In your opinion where is the best snorkling in Bora Bora?

gvre
May 19th, 2004, 10:18 PM
1818 We have done the 4X4 on Tahiti. It's a 5-6 hour trek on dirt road in an open Range Rover. Great beauty, wonderful rivers, waterfalls and views, but you'll be worn out by the bumps and you'll be covered with dust. Not good for someone with a bad back!
CCarter snorkeling in Bora Bora is best by boat. We have never done just a beach snorkel there, but have done lots of snorkeling and diving from boats. It's GREAT!
Richard

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CruiseBro
May 20th, 2004, 07:52 AM
My wife and I did the Tahitian Princess cruise last October and one of the highlights of this cruise was doing a circle the island jetski around Bora Bora. Because the island is surrounded by a reef the water is very calm not to mention crystal clear. It took about 2 hours. At that time Princess did not offer it as an excursion, I learned of it from a crew member. When you get off the tender there are many tables set-up offering tours, I booked it there. One suggestion .. this does book quickley so I made an early trip off the ship (1st tender) to book this and was able to reserve the tour for day 2 in Bora Bora as that day had sold out. This is a MUST DO!

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1818
May 20th, 2004, 11:48 AM
Experts, please,
What else to do in Papeete ? We gave up Patrick´s 4x4.
The Bora Bora jet ski was elected "a must". We should do this one and maybe relax in Matira beach as Manu recomend...
And in the afternoon we arrive, it is possible to take "Le Truck" to look around? Where should we go? Where is "Bloody Mary" is it just a restaurant? Why people talk so much about it?

Jim & Louise
May 20th, 2004, 04:47 PM
Hi,

We're on the Sapphire Princess LA to Sydney in November / December and will be in Bora Bora on Sunday 5th December - does anyone know if they offer these activities 7 days or will some of them not be offered on a Sunday?

Thanks,

Jim

the tahiti traveler
May 21st, 2004, 08:09 PM
Ia orana everybody !!

ccarter , the best snorkeling in Bora Bora is probably at Matira, near the sofitel motu. But if you want a really good snorkeling, forget Bora Bora and go for a snorkeling tour in Raiatea or Tahaa where you can snorkle in the passes.

1818, In Tahiti, why don't you just rent a small car and do an island tour by yourself. This is a good way to discover Tahiti.

Have a nice week end !
Manu

The Tahiti traveler team

1818
May 23rd, 2004, 04:40 PM
Manu, I've been reading in the board about people who booked Bruno's tour and he didn't show up (April, 27 and May, 7). Do you have any advice about it. I booked his tour and don't want surprises...

therhodes
May 23rd, 2004, 11:33 PM
Hi All....just back from the 5/7 TP and 5 nights postcruise stay at the Intercontinental Beachcomber on Moorea. Evernything is absolutely incredible!

On Bora Bora day 1 we just took a tender to shore and grabbed the le truck and headed off to Matira Beach. The "public" beach there is not good for snorkeling at all. It is all sand and no reef, so no fish (catfish..that was about it) Ended up at the Intercontinental right next to that beach. They have a wonderful bar in there with tables and chairs right in the sand. You can snorkel right there too. There are rays and all the beautiful fish right in and around all their OWB's. Just to the left of their pier/walkway there is pretty good snorkeling too. Not the best, but a great way to spend the afternoon. The snorkeling by the Sofitel resort is really good. To get there by le truck, ask the driver to drop you off there (the Sofitel), not at Matira Beach or he'll let you off at the sandy beach. There is an entertaining old lady on the "public" beach though.....she rakes all the coral and shell bits that wash up and it sounds like she's yelling at people that come along in French. Everyone was kind of scared of her at first...she'd watch you put your towel down then come over and yak away at you in this real fast French....we finally figured out she was trying to tell all these people that every few minutes you would get some big waves...which of course got their towels and everything else wet. Nobody listened to her of course. Then she'd laugh and laugh when all their stuff got wet. She's worth a visit to the beach. She could actually speak some English and was a very nice, if not excentric, lady.

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J18ktleo
May 24th, 2004, 06:38 PM
Wow...I need to go back to Tahiti! Wanted to add my vote for the jetski around Bora Bora, we booked it ourselves with someone we found over the internet...around 3 hours for $120 per jetski. It was the most awesome experience. Also, did a sunset catamaran the last nite and that was very romantic (probably helped that everyone thought it would rain so the boat was almost empty which made it much nicer for us!) http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

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pfibilly
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Who did you do the sunset cruise with and how did you book it?

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llarsen
May 24th, 2004, 09:39 PM
DO YOU HAVE THE JET SKI COMPANY NAME, INTERNET SITE, OR EMAIL ADDRESS?
THANKS!

1818
May 25th, 2004, 11:23 AM
J18KTLEO, I´m almost booking my waverunner with Topdive (the same as Richard above)the cost is more than US$200 for 2 hours with a guide.
Did you pay just US$120 for 3 hours? Did you have a guide also? Do they have a site or e-mail?
PFIBILLY
TopDive has the sunset cruise, too . They charge about US$72 each. Princess US$99.

Monica

lprynne
May 25th, 2004, 12:44 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 1818:
PFIBILLY
TopDive has the sunset cruise, too . They charge about US$72 each. Princess US$99.

Monica<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I know that many of the recent TP cruisers have booked a Sunset Cruise thru Taravana : Taravana Website (http://www.taravana.com/charters.htm)

All of the reviews have been glowing about this excursion, but the one caveat is that you may not be able to contact them by email as their computer has been down for a while.

lprynne
May 25th, 2004, 12:45 PM
Whoops. I forgot to note that the Sunset Cruise is US$65.

gvre
May 25th, 2004, 10:01 PM
I have booked over 10 excursions with top dive on the 35 days we have spent in French Polynesia. We booked the wave runners twice, had a guide and I think we paid around $110 for both of us. This was 2 years ago so prices may have gone up, it was a blast! They are excellent. We have tentatively booked the taravana sunset cruise for our October cruise in Bora Bora along with diving.
To tour the lagoon by boat or wave runner is a great way to see Bora Bora. We have seen it by, catamaran, wave runner and motor scooters.

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