Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is situated northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia(overseas collectivity of France) and it is a small south pacific island in the Leeward Islands. Some of the sand-fringed islets and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef have been surrounded the island. It is located 265km away from Tahiti. The highest point is Mount Otemanu with a height of 727 meters. The total population in here is 10605 and the total area is 30.55km x km. Bora Bora has become a major tourist destination because of its aqua-centric luxury resorts. On 29th July 1769, James Cook sighted Bora Bora island with the help of Tahitian navigator Tupaia. This island was an independent kingdom until 1888, and after that French annexed the island as a colony.

Bora Bora is a very dirty country with bad roads. It is also a very poor country. It has neither employment benefits nor an income tax. The death of the poverty shows that cite minors living on the streets and more recent accounts of poverty put the figure at 30 percent in Bora Bora.

In safe wise Bora Bora is a very safe country for visitors. Sometimes there can be seen some petty crimes happen in here but the visitor has to concern about their valuable items. Bora Bora’s water is blue due to the tendency of the Caribbean coast to scatter sunlight. Then the sand is light-colored and the water is relatively shallow which makes the water appear turquoise.

Although this is an island there are some sharks Bora Bora, French Polynesiain the waters but they are not dangerous. They do not harm people. These sharks are normally live under the green lagoons and they are used to the people. Blacktip reef sharks are very common and lemon sharks are full of the waters in Bora Bora. The tap water is drinkable in all international resorts in  Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora islands, but in some atolls, tap water tastes slightly salty.

The official language is French and Tahitian. In addition to this person in Bora, can speak English as well. The main religion is Christianity and the official currency is the Pacific franc and USD is also being used in Bora. The best foods on this island are chicken, pork, sweet potatoes, breadfruit, papayas, mangoes, pineapples, and bananas. The most popular dessert on the island is banana or papaya purees. The favorite Bora dish is tuna marinates with lime and coconut. Overall Bora Bora food dishes are not very expensive and people can buy them easily.

There is one airport in Bora Bora and that is Motu Mute Airport and it was opened in 1943 during world war II time. To fly to Bora Bora, there are no direct flights available and first, have to fly to Faa’a International airport in Papeete on the main island of Tahiti. Then have to get the flights to Bora Bora. Some of the main airlines called United Air, Air New Zealand, Air France Hawaiian Airlines all fly into Tahiti.


Bora Bora is having warm weather throughout the year. The first month of summer is December with a temperature between 29.6C and 24.8C. From December to March its low season stretches and when the visitors arrived they are in mosquito bait.  The hottest month is June with a temperature of 29C and the coldest is in January with a temperature of 17C. Rainy Month to Bora is August with a rainfall of 265mm. But some years in December it gets rainfall around 280 mm than August. Therefore, the best time to visit Bora Bora is November and April because then it’s having fine weather with low temperature.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia Beaches

Bora Bora beaches are the most glamorous in the south pacific and having magnificent turquoise waters, four seasons resort Bora Bora boats, luxurious overwater bungalows, and beachfront villas. Low-cost accommodation can be found very easily near the beaches. Bora is having the 10 most beautiful beaches and some of them are Matira Beach, Beach of the four seasons resort, Beach at the Conrad Bora, Beach at St. Regis Bora, Beach at Le Meridien, etc.


Bora Bora islands’ economy is entirely dependent on tourism. There are many resorts that have been built on motu that can be seen surrounding the lagoon. Motu is a Tahitian word and the meaning of it is small islands. In 1961 the Hotel Bora Bora Bora Bora, French Polynesiahas opened and nine years later they built the first overwater bungalows on stilts over the lagoon. Nowadays those over-water bungalows are a standard feature of most Bora resorts. There is a tourist attraction on land such as World War II cannons. The airline called air Tahiti operates five- or six-times daily flights between Tahiti and the Bora Bora airport on motu mute. Also, on this land, the recommended land transports are rented cars and bicycles as there are no public transports available. To explore the lagoon, they have recommended small two-seater buggies and motorboats. Bora lagoon’s most popular activities are snorkeling and scuba diving. There are many species of sharks and rays that can be seen in the surrounding waters. Also, there are two dive operations on the land namely manta ray dives and shark feeding dives.

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