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Bora Bora Island, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is a island located in the Leeward Islands. The Leeward Islands are comprised of the Western part of the Society Islands. The Society Islands are apart of French Polynesia. These islands are overseas territories of The French Republic in the Pacific Ocean. The island has a total land area of 12 square miles. A Lagoon and Barrier reef surrounds the main island. The remains of a extinct volcano are located at the geographical centre of the island which rises to two peaks called  Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia . The people of the island speak Tahitian and French but as a result of their large tourist population some natives have learned to speak English in order to communicate with the tourists.

Bora Bora and Tourism

ora Bora Island, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is recognized as a major international tourist location and its economy is very dependent on income generated from tourism. It is famous for its aqua themed luxury resorts . Vaitape is the major settlement and it is located on the Western side of the main island. The production on the island is scarce and is only limited to the plentiful coconut trees found on the island and what can be used from the sea. These items were very historically important in the production of Copra. 300,000 visitors were recorded to have visited the French Polynesian islands in 2019.

Motu is home to several resorts which surround its lagoon . The word Motu is a Tahitian word which means “small islands”. The first Water Bungalows were built 9 years after Hotel Bora Bora was opened ( hotel Bora Bora was opened in 1961). Water Bungalows are now a standard feature of the hotels and resorts which are found on the island. A few tourist destinations are on land on the beautiful island but most are aqua centric. World War II cannons serve as one of the major tourist attractions which can be found on land.

In order to travel to the island you would need to take 1 of 5 or 6 daily flights from Tahiti to the Bora Bora Airport located on Mato Mute. There are no forms of public transport on the Island and so , tourists are recommended to use rental cars or ride bicycles around the islands. There are also small two seated buggies which can be hired for transport. If you are looking to explore the lagoons , you are also able to rent motorboats.

Snorkelling and scuba diving are very popular tourist and past time activities in and around the island’s lagoons.

Bora Bora’s tourist attractions

Hotel Bora Bora was the first tourist destination to be opened on the island in the year 1961 and 9 years later, in 1970 the island constructed its first set of over water bungalows on stilts over the lagoon. Water Bungalows can now be found at most hotels and resorts on the island. The Water Bungalows vary from very simplistic inexpensive basic accommodations to very expensive and luxurious ones. The tourist destinations on the island are mainly aqua centric which means that these attractions are mainly centred around water. Vaitape is a large city which is located on the West coast of the island and is also home to most of the island’s population.

Bora Bora’s Economy

Aside from tourism the sea that surrounds the island and the resources it contains is one of the island nation’s biggest earners. The country also earns from the many products that are made from coconuts and coconut trees. Bora Bora is a producer of Copra which is the dried meat of the coconut, Coconut oil can be extracted from Copra which makes it a important commodity for agricultural nations that are a major producer of coconuts. Deep sea fishing is also very important to the Bora Bora economy.

Bora Bora’s wild life

Bora Bora is an island and this means there are plenty species of marine life that swim in its seas and walk along its shores. Crabs forage along the shores of the island. The islands are also the home of sea turtles, hump back whales and dolphins. Many scientists claim that there are more than 500 species of fish swimming around the Tahitian islands. The beautiful island has the perfect conditions for a variety of Manta ray species and the conditions are perfect for them to flourish.

There are many species that have migrated to the formerly volcanic island over the past centuries and as a result of this you can be sure that the island is filled with animal and plant diversity . The few mammals that are inhabitants of Bora Bora were brought there of ships by early settlers. Pora Pora has a very healthy dog population and even though most of the dogs have no owner they roam the streets and interact with the natives and tourist that go about there daily travels. The island has a large variety of bird species which the Polynesian government have put protective measures in order to protect their populations and future.

Snorkelers and scuba divers can interact with and feed a variety of marine life species .The can easily spot the grey manta ray species and even pet them during what is known as “ray feeding”. Deep sea fishing is a major past time as well as a major economical driver in Bora Bora. people who go deep sea fishing never leave disappointed as there is quiet a variety of fish to choose from. Marlon , Yellow fin tuna , sailfish , wahoo and mahi mahi are usually big catches both in size and number.

Why should you visit Bora Bora?

Over the past few decades the island nation has become a popular tourist destination mainly because of it is aqua centric in nature. Its locals are very friendly to tourists and it is a great place to vacation with relatives. Tourists are able to explore the coasts and the oceans that surround them. A wide variety of marine life live in vicinity of the Polynesian islands and visitors have the opportunity to interact with them.

Jewel of the South Seas

Undoubtedly the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s leading lady. Her beauty is unrivaled and her fame, unwavering. Bora Bora is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to witness in their lifetime—and once you see it, you are forever enamored.

The Allure

More than just a romantic ideal, Bora Bora is a romantic reality. It comes as no surprise that the island is an internationally acclaimed honeymoon destination. Our newlyweds who decide on a Bora Bora honeymoon often feel as though they have escaped to a private oasis tailored entirely to their special moment of marital bliss—and anyone in the midst of planning a wedding can relate to just how enticing that sounds. 

The Locale

Bora Bora may feel worlds away, but this South Seas splendor is well within reach. Where is Bora Bora, exactly? The island lies just northwest of Tahiti, less than an hour away by plane from Papeete. The airport is located on a small, separate part of the island known as Motu Mete. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a warm smile and fragrant flower lei and transferred by boat to your Bora Bora resort, meaning you hardly have to wait for your first encounter with the island’s famously translucent lagoon.

The inevitable love affair with this island begins right before you touch down. The view from the plane window is a moment you will not soon forget. Have your camera in hand as you begin your descent and prepare for the moment when iconic Mount Otemanu comes into view. From that point on, each experience will only continue to exceed even your highest expectations.

Final Impression

Once seen, Bora Bora is never forgotten. From the day you arrive until the moment you part ways, you will be in awe of how her soaring mountain peaks, turquoise lagoon and luxuriant overwater bungalows somehow look even more spectacular than the pictures.

Places to visit/stay when visiting Bora Bora
Lagoons and Pink Sands

FEATURING LE BORA BORA AND LE TIKEHAU BY PEARL RESORTS

Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of French Polynesia’s islands with this 7-night vacation package to the islands of Bora Bora and Tikehau. Package includes international airfare, inter-island air, daily breakfast, 1 night at the Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort, 3 nights in a beach villa with pool at Le Bora Bora Resort, 3 nights in a beach villa at the Le Tikehau Resort, excursions, and more.

Bora Bora Pearl Honeymoon

FEATURING THE BORA BORA PEARL RESORT AND SPA

Discover Bora Bora and experience first hand the crystal clear waters of its lagoon and the relaxing atmosphere for which it is known. Includes international airfare, inter-island airfare, six nights in an overwater bungalow, a private beach dinner, daily breakfast for two, a shark and ray lagoon tour with motu picnic, a sunset cruise and added amenities for honeymoon guests.

Bora Bora Accommodations

The French Polynesian Island has become synonymous with overwater bungalows. Many of these lavish floating villas have glass floors that supply a window to the lagoon life below. This locale is unique in the fact that most Bora Bora resort hotels are built on their own tiny island, or motu, and visits elsewhere must be arranged by boat transfer. Not to worry, though, you will hardly need to leave your bungalow let alone the resort. From lounging on your own private deck and receiving room service via outrigger canoe, to indulging in a rejuvenating spa treatment, you will pass the time in quiet seclusion and opulent luxury.

ora Bora Island, French Polynesia
Conrad Bora Bora Nui

The new Conrad Bora Bora Nui is tucked in a cove of white sand and black lava rock. Located on the southwest end of Motu To’opua, a small islet floating between Bora Bora’s mainland and coral reef, the resort faces out toward the open ocean. Soaring Mount Otemanu becomes the backdrop to the hotel when approached from the water. The rooms and villas enjoy views of the lagoon and an endless blue horizon.

The Conrad Bora Bora Nui (formerly the Hilton Bora Bora Nui) features a variety of guest accommodations including garden villas, infinity villas and overwater pool villas. Guest amenities include three restaurants, three hotel bars, an infinity pool, complimentary water sports equipment, mini-golf, and a private island known as Motu Tapu accessible by boat and available exclusively for guests. The relaxing Hina Spa is found at the very peak of the hillside, providing incredible panoramic views of the resort’s surrounding scenery.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Designed specifically for Polynesia, the Paul Gauguin is a deluxe vessel offering all-inclusive small ship luxury to just 332 guests. Flawless, friendly service from a European-trained staff emulates the delightfully unhurried and unregimented Polynesian way of life. Spacious ocean-view staterooms, most with balconies or verandas, open to sweet-scented tropical breezes and lush island vistas. Each feautures queen or twin beds, marble-appointed bathrooms and closed-circuit television. 

Fine international and French cuisine is served on an open-seating basis in three restaurants. Polynesia’s translucent, shimmering aqua lagoons are begging to be explored. And there is no better place to do so than from the Paul Gauguin’s retractable watersports marina, where you can enjoy complimentary windsurfing, kayaking, and waterskiing or board a Zodiac and embark on an optional diving adventure.

The 7-night cruise departs Tahiti on Saturday evening and includes visits to Raiatea, Taha’a, Bora Bora and Moorea before returning to Tahiti for disembarkation the following Saturday. Cruises range from 8-15 days and are available to destinations throughout the South Pacific including: Tahiti and the Society Islands, Marquesas, Tuamotu Islands, Tonga and the Cook Islands. 

St Regis Bora Bora Resort

The expansive and immaculate St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is the ultimate South Pacific splurge. Located on the secluded northeastern side of the lagoon, this luxurious island lair is home to some of the largest overwater bungalows in the region. While these perched abodes are the most enticing, the resort features a diversity of accommodations including garden villas with private plunge pools and the lavish Royal Estate, which has welcomed a number of the world’s most elite.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is duly prepared to meet every indulgence. Signature butler service is available at the push of a button, while the bridal boutique provides a selection of designer wedding dresses should the occasion arise. The resort also features two swimming pools and a private lagoon teeming with exotic fish, turtles and stingrays. There are four dining options, from casual to gourmet, including the signature Lagoon restaurant by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Tahiti Yacht Charter

Experience the luxury of private yacht cruising in Tahiti with custom cruise itineraries through the island, Raiatea, Taha’a and Huahine aboard your own private catamaran. Enjoy secluded white sand beaches, stop at a remote motu and swim in translucent lagoons – the beauty of Tahiti Yacht Charter is you can do as much or as little as you want. The crew will tailor your sailing experience to your desires, taking into account the type of catamaran, the season and the duration of your cruise. The fleet of 30 modern and luxurious catamarans can accommodate anywhere from two to twelve people. Each is equipped with two kayaks, two floating hammocks, dinghy, snorkeling and fishing gear.

Cruises range from 4-7 days and are inclusive of all meals (except 2 dinners). Your sailing holiday is complete with an English speaking skipper and a chef who will handle every detail, allowing you to simply relax and enjoy your time cruising through the warm waters of French Polynesia.

Bora Bora Recreational activities

The wonderful thing about this island is that you can be as active or inactive as you wish to be. Should you decide to venture away from the resort, you can visit the main village of Vaitape and shop at the local boutiques or dine at one of Bora Bora’s restaurants including the legendary Bloody Mary’s. You can also explore Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu on a guided hike or Jeep Safari tour. Since water is a way of life on the island, popular lagoon excursions include snorkeling, diving, cruising, fishing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, Jet Skiing, and of course, shark and ray feeding. You can also take your experience to new heights by parasailing, skydiving, or touring the island by seaplane.

4X4 Cultural Island Tour by Natura Discovery
ora Bora Island, French Polynesia

ircle the island with your professional and experienced guide. Learn the island`s legends, discover the American WWII cannons, visit an ancient temple (marae), and meet a local family who will serve you fruit from their plantation. You will also visit villages where you will learn how to make your own sarong and discover the local fauna of the island. During this authentic experience you will stop at several vistas for breath-taking views of Maupiti Island, Teavanui Pass, Matira Beach, and the sacred stone of “Hiro the Warrior”.

Pick-up location: From mainland hotel lobby or hotel`s mainland base. For those located on a motu (make arrangements with your hotel`s front desk or concierge for your shuttle transfers to and from the mainland).

Activity reservations may be made for all current Tahiti.com clients with minimum bookings of at least one night hotel and when made a minimum 5 business days prior to departure. For Tahiti.com clients traveling throughout French Polynesia on a cruise we are unable to book shore activities. For clients who have not made reservations with Tahiti.com, only private excursions may be requested on days that cruise ships are not in port, and a minimum booking fee of $50 per person will apply, subject to availability.

Eco Shark & Ray Snorkel Safari and Coral Garden

Arrive at a vibrant coral garden where you`ll have the opportunity to snorkel in clear and shallow waters. Your guide will then take you to see the sharks and stingrays. You`ll be able to get in the water and swim with them or simply watch from the boat. 

Pick-up Location:  From your hotel

  • Guests of Four Seasons, Le Meridien and St Regis – Pick up from hotel’s base on Bora Bora mainland
  • Guests of InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa – Pick up from InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

*Activity reservations may be made for all current Tahiti.com clients with minimum bookings of at least one night hotel and when made a minimum 5 business days prior to departure. For Tahiti.com clients traveling throughout French Polynesia on a cruise we are unable to book shore activities. For clients who have not made reservations with Tahiti.com, only private excursions may be requested on days that cruise ships are not in port, and a minimum booking fee of $50 per person will apply, subject to availability.

Dinner at Bloody Mary’s

Experience an evening at the famous Bloody Mary`s restaurant. Often frequented by celebrities, Blood Mary`s is known for its fresh food, signature cocktails and great ambiance. You`ll enjoy the catch of the day prepared to your liking, or choose from a selection of fresh dishes including crab, shrimp, steak, chicken, and vegetarian options.

Pick-up Location:  From your mainland hotel or hotel base. All guests of Motu resorts must arrange transportation to the hotel’s base on the mainland for pickup/dropoff. Additional fees may apply.

  • Guests of InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa – Pick up from InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

Activity reservations may be made for all current Tahiti.com clients with minimum bookings of at least one night hotel and when made a minimum 5 business days prior to departure. For Tahiti.com clients traveling throughout French Polynesia on a cruise we are unable to book shore activities. For clients who have not made reservations with Tahiti.com, only private excursions may be requested on days that cruise ships are not in port, and a minimum booking fee of $50 per person will apply, subject to availability.

Bora Bora Aqua Safari with Helmet

Go for a walk underwater with an air-supplied helmet and find yourself surrounded by tropical fish. This 2-hour excursion includes a boat tour of Bora Bora and snorkeling in the lagoon. This activity is not permitted for pregnant women, people with asthma, or anyone unable to walk. 

Pick-up Location:  From your mainland hotel or hotel base

  • All guests of Motu resorts must arrange transportation to the hotel’s base on the mainland for pickup/dropoff. Additional fees may apply.
  • Guests of InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa – Pick up from InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

Activity reservations may be made for all current Tahiti.com clients with minimum bookings of at least one night hotel and when made a minimum 5 business days prior to departure. For Tahiti.com clients traveling throughout French Polynesia on a cruise we are unable to book shore activities. For clients who have not made reservations with Tahiti.com, only private excursions may be requested on days that cruise ships are not in port, and a minimum booking fee of $50 per person will apply, subject to availability.

Written by zubi chaudhary

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