About Erin D
Lives in San Pedro, Belize
Since Sep. 2008
35-49 year old female
Full time traveler and digital nomad - visited over 60 countries on 5 continents to date. Three-time expat -- Taiwan, Netherlands, and Belize. I'm a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and I'm an annual passholder to all Disney Parks worldwide, visiting each of the international resorts 2-3 times per year. I work as a travel and food writer and blogger. I write for publications like Viator and Roam Right Travel Insurance. I am AFAR Magazine's Belize expert and authored the Official AFAR Guide to Belize. In 2013, I authored the majority of Belize's official visitor magazine, Destination Belize, and had the honor to work as the English language editor for a renowned international chef's second published cookbook.
4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Boat Tours, Boat Hire, Private Tours
Boat Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling, Private Tours
Boat Tours, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Scuba & Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
Matira Beach is the main public beach in Bora Bora and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It's ideal for families as the water is very shallow and there are only very gentle waves. The shallow lagoon is great for snorkeling and kids will enjoy exploring the colorful corals and hundreds of tropical fish that inhabit the area. Matira Beach also offers several restaurants and other eateries to grab food, making it the ideal spot to take the kids for an all-day, relaxing beach getaway.
The Bora Bora Lagoonarium is located on a small island east of the main island. This is a great place for families to snorkel as the natural aquarium is fenced so you don't have to worry about your children going too far out. Under the supervision of wildlife guides, families can spot sharks, rays, turtles, and a variety of fish. There are various tour options for visiting the Lagoonarium, some of which may include a canoe trip or BBQ picnic.
The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa is not only one of the best hotels in Bora Bora, it's ultra-family friendly too, offering food and activities specifically geared towards kids up to 14 years old. Among these are a special children's menu, a drawing kit for the table, and even a TV channel with five cartoons showing per day. Plus, families will enjoy snorkeling the waters around the resort, especially the coral nursery; while in the evening, you can relax in the games room with a pool table, chess, and checkers to keep the kids amused.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is another of the best family-friendly resorts in Bora Bora. Four Seasons offers the 'Kids for all Seasons' program, a supervised program that includes several educational components. For kids aged 5-12 there are a number of perks and amenities available, including a welcome package and program of activities. The Tamarri Club features an indoor playroom with video games, while the outdoor area has a shallow 'splash pad' and playground. Some of the activities in the program include introductory dive lessons, hermit crab hunts, volleyball, coconut painting, water sports, and more.
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is another family-friendly resort that will excite and entertain the little ones. The special Kid's Club starts upon arrival with a personalized in-room greeting, and kid-sized bathrobes are available upon request. Kids 5-12 can then enjoy a host of specialized activities and amenities designed just for them. Look for children-friendly menu options, while movies and in-room toys are just a phone call away from your St. Regis Butler.
Book a half day 4x4 tour for your family and learn more about the flora, fauna, and history of Bora Bora. Multi-lingual guides take you around the island and up through the mountains. These tours offer the best views of Bora Bora and a look at some cool historical sites, like WWII guns and bunkers left behind. Some of the roads are only accessible to guests of Vavau Adventures, making it a more exclusive experience.
The highest point on Bora Bora, Mount Otemanu is an extinct volcano. While you can hike to the base of Mount Otemanu, it's better to take a 4x4 tour and check out some of the leftover cannons and bunkers from the United States, used during WWII. And if you still really want to see the top of Mount Otemanu, you can always charter a helicopter to take your family on a private flight around the mountain.
Coral Gardens is located just across from the Sofitel Marara, and as it's very close to the shore, you only need a mask and a snorkel to check out the delights that lie beneath the waves. Tour operators usually all offer snorkeling trips here, where you can check out fish, rays, and maybe even a shark or two - all in up to 32 feet of crystal clear water. If you book an all day tour, you can combine snorkeling at Coral Gardens with a visit to a private motu, where you'll enjoy a BBQ lunch before heading back to your hotel.
What better way to spend the day with your family than to rent a private boat - and there's no better spot than La Plage to explore when you do. Choose from trimarans, speed boats, pontoon boats or a fun 13-foot Quintrex that is ideal for two adults and two children.
If you don't feel brave enough to rent your own boat in Bora Bora, consider a private tour for your family. Tanoa Private Tours offers several different private boat options, including a private tour and full-day picnic. You'll hit all the highlights of Bora Bora, including fishing, snorkeling Coral Gardens, shark watching, stingray feeding, and much more. Then head to a private motu where you'll have lunch and relax under the cool ocean breeze.
While you can snorkel from the beach of your resort, you haven't experienced Bora Bora until you've at least snorkeled some of the best spots in the lagoon. Check out the tours offered by Pure Snorkeling, which stop at four different spots around the island. You'll be surrounded by beautiful coral, sharks, anemone fish, moray eels, and best of all — Manta and Eagle rays.
Whether your family is already scuba certified or looking to learn, Bora Bora is an ideal spot to do some diving. Laurent from Diveasy is one of the best and most recommended dive masters and instructors around. He's spent over 15 years diving the waters of French Polynesia, earning him high praise from previous visitors. If you want to try a unique snorkel experience as well while you're here, consider booking a tour on the 'underwater trail,' where you'll be given specialized snorkel gear that is equipped with a communication system. Using this you'll listen to music and hear comments about the coral ecosystem as you explore what lies beneath.
Stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP as it's commonly called, is becoming increasingly common in many tropical destinations, and Bora Bora is no exception. No matter what your skill level, you will feel right at home with the guys here at Bora Bora Stand Up Paddle, who offer great tours of the area. Beginners will typically start off with flat water paddling, while more advanced paddle boarders can start with a downwind - getting pushed out by the wind, experiencing a sensation similar to surf.