I’ve mentioned this before, but Bora Bora doesn’t have a ton of coral. Not like Moorea does. In Moorea, we literally stepped off the beach and into the water and found a plethora of fish and bright colors. That’s not really the case in Bora Bora, but don’t worry – The Four Seasons Bora Bora has you covered. They have their very own snorkel sanctuary right on the grounds, complete with an in house marine biologist.
The lagoon is HUGE – there are so many places to swim and enjoy. In the mornings, you can meet Oliver Martin, the Four Seasons’ marine biologist, for coral grafting. There are complimentary snorkel tours offered daily, and guests who want an more intimate snorkeling experience can book a private tour for a fee. Ever want to feed an octopus? Well, here you can.
The lagoon sanctuary weaves throughout the grounds and is home to over 100 species. It’s really a fascinating place, and it was so much fun to swim around – seeing coral in all the different stages, and learning all about them, is truly amazing!
There are a few sandy areas surrounding the snorkeling lagoon with beach chairs and umbrella’s for guests to enjoy. It’s a peaceful atmosphere – a lot quieter than the actual beach and pool areas, but that’s probably because there’s no lounge service here. You aren’t brought towels, water, or anything. That would be the only thing I would change. I would love to be able to snorkel and be waited on! Then again, I would just love to be waited on all the time – ha!
We brought our own snorkeling gear on this trip, which broke about two seconds in – on our first day in Moorea – but luckily, guests will find snorkeling equipment in their bungalow, so all you have to do it carry it with you.
It took me until this point of our trip to finally get used to using my Sony RX 100 M3 underwater. However, I lost most of my shots not realizing the camera was overheating in the underwater case and the lens cap would stick. So most of my shots had black lines on the top and bottom – Ugh!
For the above shots, it took me a while to get the color back in them in Lightroom, which only makes me appreciate the GoPro even more. With my GoPro shots (below), I didn’t even have to touch them. I did nothing. Easy. I have to say once again how REALLY impressed I am with GoPro. It’s so tiny and easy to use!
Lastly, I put together this little video of the lagoon/snorkel sanctuary:
Up next, we venture off property to go Jet Skiing, more snorkeling, and swim with rays and sharks!