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
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.