Mount Otemanu#7 in Best Things To Do in Bora Bora
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Mount Otemanu is one of two peaks of an extinct volcano located at the center of the island. Rising 2,400-some feet above the lagoon, this volcanic remnant makes for a dramatic photo op or an adrenaline-pumping adventure. In fact, many say a trip to Bora Bora isn't complete without a visit to the top of this breathtaking mountain. And fear not, hiking isn't your only option; you can enjoy Mount Otemanu in all sorts of ways – a 4x4 tour, a boat tour, a helicopter tour or even some casual snapshots on the beach.
Many travelers are floored by the mountain's otherworldly beauty, which can be seen from just about any corner of the island. And the 4x4 tours come highly recommended from past travelers who said they were able to reach the top of the mountain quickly allowing for more time to take in the incredible views and snap some awesome photos. If you're interested in hiking, consider tackling the smaller of the two peaks, Mount Pahia.
Most tour operators offer Mount Otemanu excursion packages, which can be booked directly through their website. The concierge at your hotel can also set up reservations and offer recommendations. Keep in mind: Tour operators often include transportation to and from your hotel in the package price.
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#1 Matira Beach
Matira Beach is the largest public access beach in Bora Bora making it extremely popular with visitors. The water is crystal-clear and the sand is soft and downy. Matira Beach is also peppered with resorts, shops and eateries, so it's a convenient place to spend most of a day.
Travelers and locals alike have nothing but positive things to say about the beach. Most comment on the incredibly blue water and how the shoreline is rarely ever crowded making it the perfect place for some rest and relaxation. But save your snorkeling for another beach, as the shallow waters aren't the best for spotting sea life. If you don't have time to spend a whole day at the beach, many say the sunsets are at least worth a visit.
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