Bora Bora - French Polynesia
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Bora Bora is an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It's part of the French Polynesian group, an overseas collectivity of France.
The main island, located about 230 km northwest of Papeete (Tahiti), is surrounded by a lagoon and a group of islets emerging from the coral reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 m.
The name is derived from the local Tahitian dialect name – Pora Pora, meaning the first born. The island, though discovered by Europeans only in 1722 (by Jakob Roggeveen) , is about 7 million years old.
The main economic activity in the island is tourism. Several beach resorts, over-water bungalows, and even private islands have been built on small islands surrounding the lagoon.
Tropical island resorts
- First you must take a flight to the French Polynesian Faa’a International Airport at Papeete on the main island of Tahiti. There is direct flights available to this airport from Los Angeles - USA, Tokyo - Japan, Honolulu - Hawaii, Paris - France, Auckland - New Zealand and Santiago - Chile.
- Then from Papeete, there is inter-island flights with Air Tahiti to the small islet - Motu Mute, located to the north of the main island of Bora Bora. There are about 5 flights a day and it takes 50 minutes to get to Bora Bora.
Public transport is nonexistent on the island, so rental cars and bicycles are the recommended methods of transport. It is possible to rent a motorboat to explore the lagoon.
It is also advised to avoid the trip in the month of July because of the big affluence.
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