Bora Bora is an island in the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, close to Tahiti.
About Bora Bora
Bora Bora was discovered in 1722. It is made up of one larger main island and a few smaller islands. Created by volcanoes, the island is surrounded by coral reefs. One hundred and sixty miles from Tahiti, Bora Bora is over 2,600 miles from Hawaii. Its name comes from the word Vava'u, meaning first born, and is believed to have derived from the Tongan word pora pora, as the local Tahitian tongue does not contain the letter B. The story of Bora Bora's creation contends that the god Taaroa fished it from the ocean after the creation of Havai'i, or Raiatea. It was the explorer Captain Cook who called the island Bola Bola, and later Bora Bora.
Climate in Bora Bora
Summer in Bora Bora extends from November to April. Most of the days are sunny but also humid and hot. The cooler months of June, July, August and October are preferred by tourists. Trade winds bring cool air most of the years.
Tourists and visitors to Bora Bora
Bora Bora is accessed by flight from Tahiti. The one-hour flight passes over Mt. Otemanu. The largest town in Bora Bora is Vaitape. Locals speak the official language of French, and also Polynesian dialects. The population of 4,650 occupies the 16.9 mile land area and uses a currency of Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc. Visitors can snorkel, dive to explore the coral reefs or sail over the waters in outrigger canoes, wave runners, jet skis, catamaran sailboats or Boston Whalers. On land, visitors can hike up Mount Pahia, or take a guided tour. Shoppers on Bora Bora find a wide variety of items to purchase, including local and international products. Local art, Tahitian perfume, local woodcrafts, as well as perfume and world class art are some of the finds.
Things to do on Bora Bora
The lagoon around Bora Bora allows visitor to snorkel or view fish from glass bottom boats. A guide can drop you off at small beaches on outer islands for private picnics. The interior forest roads are best traveled by 4x4 or on horseback, where you can view World War II U.S. Naval guns from 1945 as well as lookout vistas. Bora Bora originated shark feeding excursions. Schools of docile sharks can be handfed in shallow lagoons. Chartered sailboats take you across the Pacific to Tahiti, Moorea or Raiatea, or you can watch the sun set into the Pacific from a catamaran. Parasailers can enjoy the lagoon's quiet waters while archeology buffs can explore the ruins of the ancient coastal temples on the island.