Tohora Bora Bora
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Snorkeling Lagoon Tour (6 pax maxi): The purpose of this tour is to make you discover all the aquatic resources of our beautiful lagoon For that, we'll take you safely on exceptional sites to meet manta rays, spotted eagle rays and a multitude of tropical fish as well as the discovery of unique coral reefs. is intended for experienced swimmers as beginners. For your comfort, we provide you with all the modern equipment (fins, masks, snorkels and towels) for the practice of this activity. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available during the tour. Whale-watching Tour (8 pax maxi): Enthusiast(s) by humpback whales, come and share some unforgettable moments to meet these giant of the ocean.The boat is equipped with a directional hydrophone offering exceptional sound quality for listening to their majestic songs. Simon, your guide will give special attention to convey his knowledge of the fauna and underwater flora.
Vaitape, French Polynesia
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Samantha731
16 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We can’t thank them enough for one of the most memorable experiences of our life. We had so much fun being out on the water, cruising around with good music and even better company. But to top it off, Simon and team located multiple pods of dolphins we were able to swim with for quite some time. They were also able to local a humpback that we got to snorkel with and hear him sing. It was truly magical to hear and see him. I would highly recommend booking some time with Tohora Bora Bora.
Written October 22, 2022
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cencier s
Thank you very much Samantha for your comment, During your private excursion we had the chance to start observing spinner dolphins in the lagoon then at the exit of the pass we encountered pods of bottlenose dolphins and bottlenose dolphins after a long observation from the boat j decided to try swimming with them and it was a wonderful experience; we were able to swim several times with them and we were the only ones! Afterwards we had to make the decision to go far because the weather conditions were perfect and it paid off because we found a whale and it was a singing male; it was not easy to see him in the water because the visibility was bad and he was moving but with patience we succeeded and what a joy to see him and hear him sing then he decided to come up to the surface close to us; I hope your video is good and that I managed to film you with this magnificent male. Thank you for your good humor to both of you. Simon
Written October 31, 2022
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Jarrett
23 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
One to check off the bucket list!

Simone and has captain were top notch!

My wife and I went on a private excursion with Tohora Bora Bora, owned and operated by Simone. Simone and his captain came to pick us up bright and earlier , at 8:00 AM. From there Simon briefed us on the whales, from the history of swimming with them, to how to spot them in the deep blue. He is very passionate about the ocean and all its inhabitants. You could tell it from beginning to end.

After our briefing we began our search. It took about an hour, but out of no where, 2,000 feet in the distance, a humpback jumped almost completely out of the water! From there we proceeded slowly to where they were. Based on the whales continuing to surface, Simon was sure there were at least two, maybe three.

Simone climbed into the water first to search. Once he found them he waived for us to swim over to him. The water was a little to choppy for my wife. She stayed on the boat, but I climbed in. Once I got over to Simone, I peered down into the water with my mask. About 50 feet down you could see the white of their fins.

After a couple of minutes, they began to slowly surface. It was two, not three whales. As they got closer, you could make them out more and more, until they got within 15 feet of us. From there they swam in front of us and surfaced about 15 feet away from us, and with a flick of their tails they were gone.

We were able to follow them in the boat for a little while longer, but I didn’t get another chance to swim with them.

It was a rather short experience, but one I’ll never forget. To get within even 15 feet of these beautiful 40 ton creatures, in their home, was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done!

Simone was top notch and I can’t recommend him enough. You won’t regret it.
Written July 27, 2020
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Thank you very much Jarrett for your comment, We had the chance to see 3 whales including two together, the conditions were not easy, the ocean was very rough but we were able to swim with them despite the waves, it's a shame that your wife did not dare get in the water but she was also seasick and it is not easy to motivate yourself in this case. the important thing is that you were able to see them, a jump more several times with your backs to the surface and what happiness when they came up a few meters from us. On the way back we saw the 3rd whale but your wife felt bad and we preferred to leave. Hope you had a good time celebrating when you came back to your hotel and know the Conrad has some great cocktails. Simon
Written August 11, 2020
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Laura T
Castaic, CA5 contributions
Feb 2020
This was our fourth trip to Bora Bora, and Simon made sure our tour exceeded every expectation. We have such fond memories of previous visits to the island that I was a little worried we might not love it as much this time. After a day with Simon, we love this tiny little piece of paradise even more! He took us to little nooks and secret spots we'd never enjoyed on previous tours. We saw an amazing array of sea life, including manta rays, sharks, sting rays, every conceivable colorful fish, and a massive group of over 70 spotted eagle rays. Simon carefully monitored the water and each member of our small group so that I never felt the need to check up on where my kids or dad might have accidentally floated off to. It was by far my most relaxing snorkeling experience ever. The lagoons of Bora Bora did not disappoint, and Simon was the consummate guide!
Written March 2, 2020
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Thank you very much Laura for your comment. It was a pleasure to welcome all your family on board, it was a challenge for me because it was not the first time that you came to Bora Bora and therefore knew the island and its lagoon well but in spite of everything you have to just do your job properly and it is easy to show off our lagoon because there is so much to see. Maybe see you a 5th time ;) Simon
Written March 8, 2020
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Jill
Switzerland1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Friends
We already booked a snorkelling tour on one of the other islands in French Polynesia and weren't expecting anything special - a boat dropping us of on one or two spots, the possibility to go snorkelling for 15min and that's about it. Little did we know... Simon was such a loveable host and made sure we feel comfortable on board at any given moment. We visited 4 spots, Simon checked them beforehand to make sure visibility is good and it's safe to go in. We've been seeing Manta Rays, Eagle Rays as well as magnificent corals and fish. Simon explained everything so well and gave us valuable background information about life underwater. We enjoyed every minute on board and even got spoiled with dolphins at the end of our trip (do not expect this to happen though - it was pure luck :)). Thank you for this unforgettable day, Simon!
Written October 22, 2022
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cencier s
Thank you very much Jill for your comment, I always try to do the best with the conditions in the lagoon on which we are dependent but with my 19 years of experience I always manage to find sites where we will have the best chance of observing wildlife and flora sometimes it can happen that the conditions of visibility in the water are very bad but for that we can not do anything but it is never on all the sites so it is always possible to appreciate the excursion and to see the maximum. We were lucky enough to encounter this pod of spinner dolphins and it was the icing on the cake as we were on our way back to Vaitape wharf and when this happens we like to enjoy it no matter the time. Thank you very much Jill Simon
Written October 31, 2022
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Exploration480035
Province of Monza and Brianza, Italy1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Couples
Me and my wife had a great time with Simon swimming with an humpback whale and her calf. Simon is a great guy loving his job and of course the whales, he really transmit this to you and it’s a great experience.

We felt secure at all times and in the water you have the feel he has eyes everywhere!

Super recommended!!!!
Written August 19, 2020
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Peique
Vitória3 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
I went with my wife and 2 friends to a full day excursion. It was great!!! Simon is a passionate guy. He loves the whales, and also loves his job. He is always looking for information about the location of the whales (putting a microphone in the water, contacting airplanes pilots, people in other boats, etc). We were able to see whales outside,and inside the water (pictures attached here).

In the end of the day, we missed our transfer to the restaurant we reserved, so, he waited for us to get ready and took us there. What a great guy!

One of the best excursions from my life! I recommend to everyone in Bora Bora!
Written April 1, 2015
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Mathieu G
Paris, France4 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
Simon is an amazing guide, very friendly and helpfull. We discovered the lagon with him and had the chance to see many Dolphins, Pilot whales and Humpback whales. He simply made our stay in Bora UNFORGETTABLE !
Simon, see you next Year 😉
Written March 25, 2015
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Marie
Honolulu, HI88 contributions
Oct 2020
I didn't go on the tour with this company myself, but I saw firsthand how the owner treats the guests, animals and other people. I would avoid this company at all cost. I was on a different, private, whale watching boat. Since the owner of Tohora Bora Bora does not have an underwater microphone on his boat, he always came to our boat to hear whether there were any whales nearby. We found whales 3 times on our tour and each time the captain of our boat let him know, which was super nice. For the last whale discovery we were able to get into the water with the whales (note: our boat found the whales, he came afterwards with his stuffed whale watching boat and let everyone in the water; also for the record: I've been living by the ocean for most of my life and I spend a LOT of time in it diving, free diving and swimming with pelagic animals, including whales). The owner of the company was screaming at his guests constantly, disturbing other people on site and THE WHALES THEMSELVES, which are very well capable of hearing screaming on the water surface. He bossed the whale watchers on his boat around and was quite rude to them in the water (note: not all people visiting Bora Bora are accustomed to open ocean swims). When I was having a closer look at the whales that WE DISCOVERED and got in front of his tourist group he grabbed me by the leg and shouted "Get behind my group" - WTF? First of all, we discovered the whales, secondly the whales were already swimming away because of his shouting, and thirdly why the f does he dare to grab me in the water? I had to tell him to not touch me and then he let go of my leg. If you read the other negative reviews on this page as well as his replies to them you can see that this is not an owner who can take criticism and/or change his ways. I would avoid going with this tour at all cost. There are other, better tours who value their customers and the animals.
Written October 22, 2020
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Dear Marie, I am not going to go out and waste my time answering you but it is important when you put a comment to be honest especially when you were not part of the excursion, just say that you did not appreciated that I ask you not to stand in front of my client and put your fins on her face and when I asked you to move and respect my client who was as entitled as you to be able to watch whales you decided to put you even more in front at this moment I indeed grab your ankle to ask you to stop approaching the whales and above all the essential rule is to stay behind or next to your guide which does not was not the case and this for safety reasons and to disturb the whales as little as possible. Yes indeed we have been working together with Fabien and this for years, one day it is he who finds the whales first and another day it is me, but know if Fabien went south it is because I him had previously said where this male was located and that I had to turn around to pick up clients who had not shown up on time during the pick-up so we arrived after you. For the two whales in the North Fabien called me I admit, in my turn I called a friend who worked on a yacht the "Suri" and who was also looking for whales. It was he who managed to find them in the water first and allowed us all to be able to observe them what you and Fabien had not succeeded because you had gone the wrong way !! You forgot to mention that the next day during your tour of the lagoon I was called Fabien to tell him where the manta rays were, which allowed you to see them. You were in a private boat but that does not mean that you had privatized the ocean and the whales, on the other boat the clients have privatized a Yacht (the name is written above) you can go and see what is really "Private" and these people thank me for calling their guide !! To end up having the whims of young girls or taking it for a Princess does not allow you to denigrate my company and myself for proof I enclose the comments of the customers who were on board who have nothing in common with your story ! Panny z a écrit un avis (oct. 2020) 3 contributions Great time! Would do it again! Avis sur : Whale Watching Tours in Bora Bora In regards to mcnie87's negative review, my husband and I were there that day in Tohora's tour boat of 6 people total (in which only 4-5 of us actually went into the water because others were either sea-sick or was only there to watch). I can honestly say...mcnie87's review is quite spiteful and completely wrong about Simon. There are several things I need to address in her review: 1) "Since the owner of Tohora Bora Bora does not have an underwater microphone on his boat, he always came to our boat to hear whether there were any whales nearby." First, the reason your private tour guide found the first whale was because he is friends with Simon. Simon called your tour guide and told him to go to that location at the beginning of the day because he knew whales were in that area. Our tour group only arrived second because we had to turn back to pick up a late couple. Secondly, Bora Bora is a community. Everyone knows each other and HELPS each other all over the island. On our way to find the whales, Simon would greet almost every tour group and fisherman out at sea and they would tell each other where they saw large groups of fish. No one was alone out in the waters because as a community, they had eyes everywhere. 2) "He bossed the whale watchers on his boat around and was quite rude to them in the water"- I didn't take his tone as yelling at all! At times, when a whale might be close, he would say, "Quick! put on your gear fast, fast, fast" or "Get in the water, hurry"....I NEVER once thought his tone was demeaning or mean at all. We all wanted to see the whales, and if Simon says to put on your gear fast, we did it, happily! I guess to someone watching our group, it looked like he was yelling, but from someone who was in that tour group, I can assure you he was NOT. Also, I was the weakest swimmer and although Simon had an injury to his leg, he took me by the hand and pulled me all the way to the whales! 3) "I've been living by the ocean for most of my life and I spend a LOT of time in it diving, free diving and swimming with pelagic animals, including whales"- For someone who knows so much about whales, you sure did splash a lot when you swam towards them...which was the first thing Simon taught us NOT to do because the sound of splashing will scare the whales away. 4) "When I was having a closer look at the whales that WE DISCOVERED and got in front of his tourist group he grabbed me by the leg and shouted 'Get behind my group'." Cool, cool...you forgot to mention how you almost kicked me in the face with your fin as you were speeding up to look first. Which, I'm guessing that was why Simon 'grabbed' your leg. In conclusion, as someone who was on Simon's tour boat. I enjoyed it a lot. It was a crazy adventure that I'm so glad we did. We were joined by another tour group towards the end of the trip and we were all able to float directly above a mother and calf before it swam away. I can't forget to mention the captain too! They were both so friendly and passionate about the animals. We were taught to be respectful of the whales and to always keep our distance. I can honestly say, I have so much more respect for our oceans and its beauty because of how much Simon and the captain care about it. I enjoyed the whale tour so much that my husband and I booked a snorkeling tour with Simon 2 days later! Highly recommend to anyone in bora bora! Schöner Morgen! Avis sur : Whale Watching Tours in Bora Bora Am 22.10.2020 schrieb Marie einen sehr negativen Kommentar zu Simon und seiner Firma. Da wir beide an diesem Tag mit Simon unterwegs waren ist es uns wichtig mitzuteilen, dass die Aussagen von Marie unserer Meinung nach masslos übertrieben sind und teilweise sogar etwas unverschämt. Simon hat uns püntklich am Steg unseres Hotels abgeholt, sind weiter zum nächsten Hotel gefahren und da die Gäste nach mehreren Anrufen und längerem Warten nicht aufgetaucht sind, sind wir weitergefahren. Nach 20 Minütiger Fahrt meldeten sie sich dann, sie wären jetzt da und wir mussten umkehren. D.h. Simon holte sie dann trotzdem noch ab. Dann haben wir uns auf die Suche nach den Walen gemacht und die jeweiligen Touranbieter sind immer in engem Kontakt und tauschen sich aus wo Wale gesichtet wurden. Marie hätte wohl lieber ein Exlusivrecht gehabt, doch so läuft das leider nicht. Gemeinsam ist es dann doch einfacher Wale zu finden. Sie hat ausserdem behauptet Simons Ton wäre nicht in Ordnung gegenüber von uns gewesen, was absolut nicht stimmt. Den ganzen Morgen haben wir sehr viel zusammen gelacht und es hat echt Spass mit ihm gemacht. Er verbreitet gute Laune mit seiner Art. Dass er nachher etwas rumschrie war weil er unbedingt wollte, dass wir die Wale dann sehen und uns beeilen. Schliesslech waren wir ja deswegen unterwegs :) Alles in allem finde ich es sehr schade wie negativ er hier bewertet wurde, ich finde nicht dass er es verdient hat. Wir beide sind Taucher und es war nicht einfach den Walen hinterher zu schwimmen so dass er mich une eine andere Teilnehmer sogar mitgezogen hat, damit wir rechtzeitig bei den Walen ankommen. Er war sehr bemüht und wir würden immer wieder eine Tour mit ihm buchen. So wie viele andere auch, was die positiven Bewertungen deutlich hervorheben.
Written November 8, 2020
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Kristin C
Atlanta, GA3 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
One of the most incredible experiences I've ever had was swimming with the whales in Bora Bora. Simon was an incredible, highly knowledgeable, and exciting tour guide. He is very familiar with the area, and had so much great information on the whales. There were 6 of us on our tour, which lasted between 5-6 hours. They came to pick us up on our boat and we headed out from there. During our tour we not only spotted whales, but were also able to swim up close and personal with them, and also hear them sing with Simon's under water equipment. We were able to get some great under water pictures and video of multiple whales, including a mother and 3 week old baby that swam right up to our group in the water. It is definitely a must to take a whale watching tour with Simon and Aea, both great guides, very helpful, safe, and a TON of fun!! "Tout dedans"
Written August 20, 2015
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Elsa-Tahiti
Nice, France27 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
I was lucky enough to go on a whale watching tour with Simon.

It was not my first (with some others companies previously) but definitely the best! Simon knows heaps about marine fauna in general and whales in particular. Besides he is so eager to share his knowledge and passion with tourists.

And to make the tour perfect he knows how to add a lot of fun to it!
Simon is a great guy, full of humor!
Whatever you'll see, you'll have a great time with him.

And be sure that if there are whales to watch, he'll do anything to find them!
A must-do in Bora Bora!
Written April 3, 2015
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