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This crystalline lagoon is a popular snorkeling spot on the island of...

This crystalline lagoon is a popular snorkeling spot on the island of Bora Bora.

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Absolutely stunning water and tons of coral and fish.

Corel Gardens is THE spot to snorkel in Bora Bora. We took a boat tour with 25 people to the spot for some snorkeling and loved every minute of it. Then on to swim with the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Corel Gardens is THE spot to snorkel in Bora Bora. We took a boat tour with 25 people to the spot for some snorkeling and loved every minute of it. Then on to swim with the sting rays and sharks. A great adventure.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to snorkelling to this area with Reef Discovery. This area is really something.. there is a huge variety of corals, colourful clams, lots and lots of fish.. its a must do if you are in Bora bora. It is a really nice area to snorkel...

Thank Sushma S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We took a trip organised through our hotel and our first stop was Coral Gardens. Well what can I say, the fish were in abundance and colourful, it was just beautiful. They swam sooo close, unlike other places we have been and we have been to some lovely snorkeling spots. Even the unusual fish came and touched our hands. The... More 

1 Thank smurfTasmania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Kayaked here for free from Le Moana, and put the kayak on the land nearby to snorkel. The site is located directly behind sofitel private island. You'll see where the tour boats stop from Matira point. Anyway, the water is crystal clear, and there are many pretty fish. A lot of the coral itself looks in rough shape, and while... More 

2 Thank wlp07
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This place is absolutely a MUST DO if you are anywhere near Taha'a or Raiatea, French Polynesia. The clarity of the water, the abundance of sealife, the quality and colors of the coral and the ease of access are all so far beyond normal expectations, it's almost surreal. I have no idea about the accommodations at the Le Taha'a, as... More 

1 Thank Dennisvj
Norcross, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

One of the most stunning underwater scenes I've ever seen. My wife and I have snorkeled all over the world, and this tops our list. A stunning array of sea life, including more fish species that I can count, sharks, manta rays and turtles. Just amazing.

1 Thank KatsuJK
clearwater, florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is truly a spectacular place to see so many varieties of fish and sea life. But to some extent it is being over-loved. The boats bring in the hordes of people, drop their ropes and anchors on the coral, and then the snorkelers crowd all over the place, touching and even standing on the coral. I fear all this... More 

1 Thank Kancaribe
Hartford, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This excursion that we took to see the coral gardens was absolutely fantastic. Never before have I seen such a spectacular view.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

If you're staying on the Sofitel Private Island, no need to take a tour. This is right in your backyard. I guess the corals are bleached, but there are tons of fish & so much variety. If you bring some bread, all the fish will gather around you. It's pretty fun. I think most snorkeling tours make a stop at... More 

2 Thank csmirasol
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 344 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This "garden" is reached by boat and is among the best snorkeling on the island. Be certain to wear your water - reef shoes and take your underwater camera to capture this spectacular garden's array of colorful fish and coral. The emerald water is so clear with so many species of vibrant - seemingly electric colored fish that the pictures... More 

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