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Diving in Bora Bora

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Bora Bora

Society Islands, South Pacific

Renowned as one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific, Bora Bora is a huge lagoon dominated by an island at its center. The lagoon and the surrounding reef provide a dazzling array of dives against the stunning backdrop of volcanic peaks. One of the most beautiful places for scuba diving in the world.

bora bora lagoon

Pacific Paradise

Bora Bora is part of the Society Islands, and is located 170 miles (274 km) northwest of Tahiti. An atoll of sparkling beauty that has long entranced writers and artists alike, the main island is only 6 miles (10 km) long, and sits at the heart of a lagoon three times its size. The reef around the lagoon has only one navigable channel, which is crisscrossed by smaller channels and gullies, most of which provide excellent dive sites.

bara bora diving

Abundance of life

Bora Bora’s lagoon and surrounding reefs are home to a huge variety of fish—a recent survey documented 500 different species, although the real number is almost certainly higher. Larger animals encountered on the outer reef and in the cuts in the atoll walls are gray reef sharks, white-tip reef sharks, groups of black-tip reef sharks, lemon sharks, and silvertips. Numerous species of rays can be encountered in the central lagoon, including the groups of manta rays for which the site has become justifiably famous.

Essential Information

  • Water Temperature 79–84°F (26–29°C)
  • Ecosystem Tropical
  • When to visit Thanks to its balmy  climate, diving in Bora Bora can be enjoyed year-round.
  • Must-sees Manta ray encounters

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