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Bora Bora

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Bora Bora, the most famous island in French Polynesia, is located in the Society Islands archipelago, about 172 miles from Tahiti. Bora Bora is composed of a main island consisting of the remains of Otemanu, an extinct volcano located in the middle of the lagoon, the turquoise waters of which are surrounded by coral-reef atolls known as motus (small islets). The following section provides all the important information about Bora Bora: pictures, what to see, what to do and a host of other things.

Its lagoon is the island’s principal claim to fame. The contrast of the turquoise waters of the lagoon with the darker blue of the surrounding ocean has to be seen to be believed. The color of the water changes from cyan through turquoise to cobalt blue due to the play of sunlight on the coral bed that reflects the light at different depths. This indescribable beauty has positioned the island as the honeymoon and luxury tourism destination par excellence, but it has so much more to offer. You have to be there to understand.

Bora Bora was a key allied base during World War II where ships could take refuge behind the Te Ava Nui channel that connects the ocean with the lagoon, between the motus of Toopua and Tevairoa.

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Bora Bora in images

Take a look at some of the pictures of Bora Bora, its turquoise waters and its white sand beaches with the volcano in the background

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Hotels in Bora Bora

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Things to do in Bora Bora

There is a plethora of activities you can take part in on Bora Bora, from photographing its spectacular sunsets from the beach to taking a ride through the crystalline waters of the lagoon on a jet ski. Here are some personal recommendations

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Data of interest

Here are some tips that will come in handy for your trip and to win at Trivial Pursuits

  • Capital: Vaitape
  • Population: 10,550
  • Highest peak: Mount Otemanu, 2,385 ft
  • Trip around the island by road: 20 mi
  • Minimum stay to explore Bora Bora: 2 days
  • Official languages: French and Tahitian
  • Also spoken to a lesser extent: English, Italian and Spanish
  • You can eat well for $15
  • You can get good accommodation from $100

Map of Bora Bora

Since Bora Bora airport is located on a small island called Motu Mute, you will have to travel to your accommodation by boat after landing, regardless of whether you are staying on the main island or on a smaller one. The views and the water through which the boat moves will already have made the trip worthwhile. All the usual transport options are available on the main island. Whether you need a shuttle service to take you to the main island or not will depend on where you are staying. Once you are there you will be able to join an organized excursion, rent a car or motorbike or take a taxi to climb the mountain and see the marvelous spectacle of the blue sky merging with the ocean. This map shows the island’s most interesting features for your trip.

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