March 22, 2023

Just the right amount of thrill for a unique French Polynesia experience

Blacktip reef sharks are common in the shallow lagoons of French Polynesia, and are typically docile and disinterested in humans.
In an age when human interactions with sharks can range from swimming with whale sharks to cage diving with great whites, many destinations have their own regional offerings for those who want to get up-close-and-personal with these creatures. In Bora Bora, travelers have the chance to swim with – and feed – blacktip reef sharks.

Blacktip reef sharks are typically found in the shallow lagoons of French Polynesia, and are generally docile. The tend to be on the smaller side, and are usually disinterested in nearby humans.

An excursion offered by Lagoon Service Bora Bora gives travelers the chance to swim with blacktip reef sharks, and to watch them feed from an up-close – but not too close – vantage point. A full-day tour offered by the company includes a traditional Polynesian lunch, reef shark feeding, coral reef snorkeling, a sting ray experience and time to relax on a private motu, or small island. The tour costs about $150 per person.

Don’t forget to bring an underwater camera on your adventure. Since you’re actually in the water with the sharks, it’s the perfect opportunity to catch some National Geographic-style photos.

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