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2. STAY AT THE HOTEL MAITAI POLYNESIA BORA BORA
The tropical destination is known for hotels that offer over the water bungalows and Hotel Maitai makes that option the most affordable at a little over $500 per night. But if you're not looking to splurge and sleeping in the middle of the ocean just isn’t your thing, Maitai also offers garden view rooms for $200 per night.
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3. FEED SHARKS AND RAYS
One of the most popular excursions in Bora Bora is getting the chance to feed and swim with (or just watch) the reef sharks and gray rays in the blue lagoon.
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4. TAKE A TOUR OF MOUNT OTEMANU
Travelers can explore the extinct volcano – and also the highest point in Bora Bora at over 2,000 feet – by either a 4x4 tour, helicopter or by foot.
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5. GET A MASSAGE AT THE FOUR SEASONS SPA
While a night at Four Seasons Resort may be out of reach, you can still get treated like a star with any of the five-star luxury hotel spa's treatments from a Polynesian massage to an earth and sea scrub and rub.
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6. VISIT MATIRA BEACH
The most famous public beach boasts white sand and turquoise water with a gorgeous view of Mt. Otemanu. It's also the perfect location if you're hoping to catch a breathtaking sunset.
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7. EAT & DRINK AT BLOODY MARY'S
Popular among celebrities and tourists, the American barbecue and fish joint has a tiki bar atmosphere (with happy hour!) and a chance to eat the daily catch of the local fisherman.
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8. SNORKEL IN THE CORAL GARDENS
There are a handful of tours that take swimmers to the southeast part of the island to explore the coral reef and colorful fish.
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9. HIKE MT. OHUE AND MT. PAHIA
Those looking to seek out a bit more adventure than just relaxing on the beach another day can take a five or six hour hike through the difficult trails. The views from the top make the trek well worth it.