If you want to feel thrills and excitement while seeing the best of Bora Bora and feeling at one with the most beautiful lagoon in the world, then take a thrilling ride around the island while jet skiing.
There are several jet ski tours you can book that take you to see attractions like Mount Otemanu and others that Bora Bora is famous for. You should also consider other Bora Bora tours that combine jet skiing with ATV/quads and snorkeling for some added fun.
For some quick tips before you go jet skiing, each jet ski has a waterproof compartment for essentials. Morning runs seem to average better lagoon and ocean conditions with fewer clouds and stiller water.
We offer some fantastic tour options down below and my own experience doing it.
Bora Bora Jet Ski Tour Options
When it comes to jet skiing in Bora Bora, you have two main options. You can go on a guided jet ski tour where you’re led by an expert to different parts of the island or you can just get a jet ski rental.
Jet ski rentals let you explore at your own pace and see whatever you want to see. You can also decide if you want to go on a group tour or a more private setting with just you and someone else. For those new to Bora Bora, I’d highly recommend simply choosing a guided tour.
Apart from having experts lead you to places of interest, you can also learn more about Bora Bora and French Polynesia as a whole through their interesting stories and cultural knowledge. Plus, it’s also much safer if you have a licensed instructor watching over you.
Another thing you need to consider is whether you just want to go jet skiing or if you want to combine it with another outdoor activity. For example, a jet ski tour like this ATV & Jet Ski Adventure lets you explore the lagoon and parts of the land. It also includes a delicious BBQ Lunch. Two hours are spent on a jet ski and three hours are spent on the ATV.
Other tours like this one let you go jet skiing and then take you snorkeling with rays and blacktip reef sharks. It’s quite a unique experience. Plus you also get to have lunch at Bloody Mary’s, which is up there as one of the best bars and restaurants in French Polynesia. You can visit some of the other motus near Bora Bora and Mount Otemanu. They offer hotel pick-up and drop-off, so you don’t need to worry about how you’ll get there or back.
If you only want to go jet skiing without worrying about anything else, then this tour which offers hotel pick up is a great choice. It lasts two hours and lets you see some magnificent views of Mount Otemanu.
Jet Ski Tour Experience
Here is my own experience going on a jet ski and quad tour while also swimming with stingrays.
You can go on an adventure from the drop-dead beautiful Matira Beach and combine the jet-ski with a quad tour of the island. You get the best of both worlds! Here is the reception we received from jet skis waiting to whisk you away on the thrill of a lifetime.
On a clear day you can see Maupiti (top left) in the distance.
That’s the Hilton on the right of the above photo, in front of which you’ll find sting rays and reef sharks everywhere! It’s a tricky ride through the slightly submerged coral particularly if you’re checking out the sights (as one does). You can see the Hilton, Motu Tapu, and magical views back to Mt Otemanu.
Normally one jets directly through the deep waters of Povai Bay offering one of the most mesmerizing and certainly most memorable views of Mt Otemanu.
In this most sacred of mountains, you’ll see the inclined face of Bora Bora’s former King, the outline of an elephant’s head. Elephants are a sign of royalty & sacred in Asia from where Polynesians originate and some hold they can see the face of Buddha.
You can ripe along on full throttle past Vaitape where with the quickest of glances you can sneak a view of an American WWII cannon atop the point overlooking Teavanui Pass marked by the beautiful Motu Tapu.
Below the cannons, at water level just past the Yacht Club is Marae Marotetini where King Puni, the first king to rule all of Bora Bora, was enthroned.
Around the corner from the Marae is the beautiful Faanui Bay with its distinctive church at the end of the bay. Opposite Faanui Bay near where the Le Bora Bora By Pearl Resort is located are the wonderful waters of Motu Tevairoa.
This is the island where Cpt Cook came to find & purchase from locals an anchor lost by Admiral Bougainville. Check out what we found!
The run continues past a string of fabulous motus towards the end of which you swing around to see some of the world’s best hotels. Cruise by seeing how the rich & famous indulge themselves.
There are some great places to stop along this stretch as you most likely will for some refreshments. Grab a drink or two from a coconut retrieved from atop the tree.
Bora Bora’s lagoon is staggeringly beautiful, an unimaginable range of turquoise & blue changing effortlessly before your eyes. It’s matched only by the mysticism, magic and raw beauty of the mountains scenery looking down upon you.
The shot below shows the area where you can swim with manta rays while just below the ‘V’ on the top of the mountain you can see Ana o Pea Cave.
It’s a sensational climb to try after you go jet skiing. But seriously, can you believe the range of blues you get in the waters of this magnificent lagoon.
Guided by an expert, you don’t have a worry in the world. With the power on, you can just marvel at the sting rays & the reef sharks. Visit motus to refresh yourself with the fruits of paradise and be blown away by the spectacular beauty of the lagoon and the mountains reaching skyward from the shoreline.
On average, jet ski tours last anywhere from 1.5 hours to up to 3 hours. If you combine them with other things like a snorkel or ATV adventure, then you’re looking to spend your whole day. While you might be tired near the end of the tour, trust us it’s a day you won’t ever forget.
I like the power-on run, racing across magical waters to destinations unknown but it’s hard to beat pulling up on a jet ski at your favorite restaurant amidst some of the world’s best hotels or fronting magical Matira Beach!