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This might appeal if the timing suits - http://tahitinuicup.com/ - I sailed the same event in 2001 and can thoroughly recommend it.
We picked up out charter on Raiatea, which is a one day sail from Bora-Bora. Had some excellent snorkelling by taking the dinghy from our anchorage on the east side of Taha''a, about a mile to the outer reef - saw a sea turtle there.
On the east side of the Bora-bora lagoon we scuba-dived with mantas in a bay opposite one of the reef passes - 10 or more of them in twos and threes, with spans of several metres. Scuba just outside the reef at passe teavanui was exceptional - not just the usual myriad tropical fish, but pelagics and lemon sharks too, and 50 - count them - 50 metres of visibility.
The French have done a great job of not spoling the place the way the Caribbean and other areas have been spoiled.