Things to do in Leeward Islands

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Top things to do in Leeward Islands



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1. Matira Beach

Matira Beach is a postcard-perfect sweep of pristine sand that stretches for a mile (1.6 kilometers) along Bora Bora’s southernmost tip. Soft white sands slope gently into the protected waters of the sapphire-colored lagoon at one of the island’s few public-access beaches. Spend the day relaxing under the shade of a coconut palm or explore the warm waters. With waterfront restaurants, boutiques and tour operators a short stroll away, there’s plenty to keep you occupied for an exciting day at Matira Beach.
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Find out why this is one of Bora Bora’s most popular public beaches when you explore its exquisite white sands, gorgeous lagoon waters and waterfront precinct.

2. Bora Bora Lagoonarium

Like an aquarium but without the glass, Bora Bora Lagoonarium presents a captivating underwater experience on the island’s eastern shores. Spy an immense array of marine creatures swimming in the pristine lagoon or try snorkeling in the aquarium’s pools under the guidance of the Lagoonarium attendants. Join a guided tour and explore the premises via canoe and enjoy a freshly barbecued seafood picnic for lunch.
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Discover the amazing array of marine creatures that live below the surface of Bora Bora’s beautiful lagoon at this natural aquarium on a small islet.

3. Le Meridien Beach

Le Méridien Beach arcs around Bora Bora’s dazzlingly beautiful lagoon on the island’s eastern edge. Fronting the lagoon on a tiny motu (small islet), the beach is a glorious expanse of white sand fringed with coconut palms. Stay at Le Méridien Beach’s overwater bungalows and wake up each morning with views of the island’s remarkable central peak, Mount Otemanu.
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Spend days lazing by the lagoon framed by magnificent Mount Otemanu and explore the waters with your snorkel and mask and visit a turtle sanctuary.

4. Matira Point

Experience one of Bora Bora’s most captivating destinations when you visit Matira Point. With its extensive beaches and easy access to waterfront shops, cafés and tour operators, Matira Point is the perfect spot to spend a day in the sunshine. Stay overnight at a resort on the idyllic promontory to get the best position for watching the island’s breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.
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Overlooked by luxurious resorts and atmospheric bars, Bora Bora’s southernmost tip is a narrow stretch of lush forest skirted by white sands and cerulean waters.

5. Mt. Otemanu

Discover the many different faces of Mount Otemanu, the rugged spire that soars up from the center of the island idyll. Bora Bora’s tallest peak is 2,385 feet (727 meters) tall and its ruggedly beautiful summit can be seen from all over the island and its offshore motus (islets). Explore a range of hiking trails that weave across the mountain’s foothills and appreciate its beauty from below.
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There are plenty of ways to experience Bora Bora’s mesmerizing peak, including sightseeing boat tours, helicopter rides, catamaran trips and hiking adventures.

6. Vaitape Harbor

Visit Vaitape Harbor to experience the action at Bora Bora’s major transportation hub on the western shores of the island’s gorgeous lagoon. Whether it is your destination or a stepping-stone to an exciting island experience, Vaitape Harbor is a great spot to spend some time watching boats come and go and enjoying the magnificent views across the lagoon.
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The gateway to the village of Vaitape provides premium access to Bora Bora’s exquisite beaches, reefs and lagoon-side islets and has a busy marketplace.

7. Motu Piti

The Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island can be found poised on a mound of sand rising like a paradise island from the azure waters of the world-famous Bora Bora Lagoon. It is one of the most lavish resorts on the planet and its enviable location is surely its crowning glory. Experience life at its most luxurious as you while away the days relaxing, enjoying watersports and taking in the 360-degree ocean views.
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Indulge in the utmost in luxury on this private island where the crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches and impeccable facilities are unforgettable.

8. Sofitel Resort Beach

Sofitel Resort Beach is an exceptional place to unwind. More than just accommodation, Sofitel Marara Beach Resort’s beautiful grounds speckled with hibiscus blossoms and its proximity to Matira Point make it a destination in its own right. Make the most of the resort’s direct sea access and check out the cerulean waters of the lagoon and the colorful barrier reef. Pamper yourself at the resort’s spas and recline with a cocktail after a day of beachside fun.
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Enjoy easy access to Bora Bora’s gorgeous beaches, atmospheric restaurants and the town of Vaitape from one of the island’s original luxury resorts.

9. Marae Taputapuatea

Admire ancient stone carvings and wooden sculptures and enjoy the serene landscape surrounding the beautiful Marae Taputapuatea. Wander toward the marae, or meeting grounds, and take in its impressive size as it sprawls across the headland. Dated as far back as A.D. 1000, it is one of the largest outdoor temples in French Polynesia.
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Set into a hidden corner of the island, this rugged volcanic temple offers a look back to a time when tribes ruled Polynesia.

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