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Matira Beach is the only public beach in Bora Bora. Its white sand, coconut palms and translucent water also make it one of the most beautiful beaches in French Polynesia. Between its sandbanks, visited by stingrays, and its coral reefs teeming with colorful fish, Matira Beach offers several underwater environments for snorkelers to enjoy.

Matira Beach, Bora Bora
Matira Beach, Bora Bora.

How to get to the Matira Beach snorkeling spot

Matira Beach (aka Plage Matira) is located at the southern tip of the main island of Bora Bora. If you are not staying near the beach (several accommodations are located there), you can easily reach it by car or scooter from other parts of the island. There is a car park north of the beach, right next to Snack Otoamana.

Matira Beach snorkeling map, Bora Bora

Water entrance for snorkeling Matira Beach

We advise that you enter the water directly from the beach in front of the area you want to explore. The recommended entry points are Snack Otoamana for snorkeling the sandbanks (zone 1 on the map), and Snack Matira for the coral patches (zone 2 on the map).

School of goatfish on sandy beds
Thousands of yellowfin goatfish shelter in the shallow sandy areas (zone 1).

Matira Beach snorkeling exploration tips

Matira Beach has two snorkeling areas, each with different features.

1. The sandy areas south of Matira Beach (area 1 on the map).

This part of Matira Beach is arguably the most beautiful, with its pristine sandy beds bathed in translucent turquoise water. Here, the seabed is not spectacular at all, but you can still spot schooling yellow goatfish, a few butterflyfish and surgeons sheltering near the small rocky areas. There are also beautiful stingrays which come and go along the beach (↕1-6 ft/0.5-2 m).

School of bannerfish in coral
A group of threeband pennantfish in a coral area (zone 2). The corals are pretty damaged at Matira Beach.

2. The reef areas north of Matira Beach (area 2 on the map).

This bay features gently sloping sandy beds, punctuated by dozens of patch reefs (↕6-18ft/2-6m). The reefs support very few living corals but attract lots of fish.

The very dense underwater life found in this area includes butterflyfish, triggerfish, surgeonfish, bannerfish, and many other species. On the seabed you be able to see some of the cushion starfish that live in the bay. Stingrays and, more rarely, spotted eagle rays, are also seen in this area.

Spotted eagle ray at Matira Beach
Spotted eagle rays are frequent visitors to Matira Beach.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There are restaurants and several businesses to purchase snacks  along the beach. Around the tip of Matira Beach, a few hotels allow you to stay near the snorkeling areas: the Hotel Matira, the InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora, and the Matira House Bora Bora.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth6 ft/2 m in the lagoon area, 30 ft/6 m in the coral area
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes, in front of both snorkeling areas

MAP Spot

These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.