This is the place you can easily confuse with paradise because let’s be honest, the turquoise water, the perfectly white sand, the eternal blue sky and the warm weather are making Bora Bora one of Earth’s most precious tourist destinations. Bora Bora is the place where all dreams for peaceful and heavenly holiday can come true and you don’t even have to visit it to know that is possible, just take a look of a picture of this place.Even thought it is tiny (only 9.6 km long and 4 km wide), this is one of the most soulful island and one of the most favorite ones for honeymooning and family vacations. It is simply impossible not to fall in love with this tropical getaway, the home of luxurious resorts and friendly locals. If you decide to make Bora Bora your next destination you should know that you can get there by plane (Air Tahiti is quite busy all year around so booking a flight a few months in advance is a must). Cycling or sailing around the island is another way to get to know it and the locals are more than willing to help you with everything.
Where is Bora Bora
This island belongs to the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, which is an “Overseas Country” that doesn’t belong to France but it is financially assisted by them but French Polynesia has more or less autonomy, and if you go there you’ll you will see that they have their own currency and taxation (the official currency of Bora Bora is the French Pacific franc, CPF). It is situated in the Pacific Ocean, located about 230 kilometres northwest of Papeete and is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. The middle of the island was once a volcano and the two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu are witnessing its existence. The 18th-century British explorer James Cook called this island “pearl of the Pacific.” The main languages in Bora Bora are French and Tahitian, but no worries, this is a tourist island and a lot of people speak English, especially resort employees who speak it fluently.
Bora Bora Name history
It sounds very exotic and simply rolls in your mouth as you pronounce it, but what is the actual meaning of these two words. It is believed that the original name was Pora Pora, which means “first born” in Tahitian language. It is believed (according to 18th and 19th transcript accounts) that the island’s original name was Bollabola.
Reasons to put it on your travel map
If the perfection of the beaches, the serenity of the blue lagoons and the clear sky haven’t captured your heart yet, perhaps you would want to know that the island is welcoming tourists all year round. There isn’t specific time of the year when it’s the best to visit, because Bora Bora is perfect all year around. The average temperature is 24 Celsius degrees in winter and 28 in summer. If you aren’t a person who loves to relax below the sun on the white Bora Bora beaches, here you can get some other activities such as snorkeling. The crystal clear water is shallow enough for beginners who would like to explore the sea life of the Bora Bora marina. Jet Ski, renting boats for exploring the island or guided or self-exploration of Bora Bora are also available for tourist who like active vacation. In the evenings the island offers dinners in lovely beach restaurants with tranquil music in the background. But, if you hope to get a wild party here, forget about it. Bora Borans live relaxed and slow life. Their life philosophy is called “Aita pea pea” which translates as “not to worry.”
How to get there
The island has its own airport and Air Tahiti has several flights a day that can take you there. But, since this is a popular destination, travelers are often advised to make reservations months earlier. The airport is located on a small “motu” (islet) north of the main island. The only way to get to the main island or to accommodations located on other motus is by boat. Even if you haven’t booked a hotel, you can get accommodations on the airport because they have counters right there. For the accommodations located on the main island, you will need to take a ferry to Vaitape. Small buses are touring the island and you can get literally everywhere this way. On the island you can rent a bicycle, a small boat or if you don’t like this way of transportation you can always sight see the place by hiking. The main road of the island is small and goes only halfway around the island.
What to do on Bora Bora
Tourist are coming on Bora to see the volcano peaks, the beaches and the lagoons of course. For more adventure ones Bora Bora Lagoonarium offers underwater guide as you swim and come face to face with the exotic fish, turtles and other underwater creatures. This is a captive, enclosed zoo-like environment, preventing free movement beyond the confines of the establishment. Also, there is a little submarine for tourists who don’t like diving. An experienced diver will accompany you during your time under water, but children under the age of 8 and pregnant ladies are not allowed to do this. Another thing that you can do here is explore the island with a 4×4 Jeep Safari and visit three villages and four lookout points. This activity includes an English speaking guide that will tell you interesting things about the places you will see. This way you can see the US Army cannons remains from World War II. Perhaps one of the most adventurous activities is the Bora Bora aqua safari with helmet. This means an underwater walk where you put an air-supplied helmet on your head. It is thrilling to pass by the colorful fish and walk in the clear water on the soft sand bottom.
Ideal for romantic getaways
For the newlyweds or for those who want to relax and add some diversity to their relationship, Bora Bora offers the ultimate romantic solutions. You can get a private romantic tour with a boat where 3 hour your captain will take you to clear and shallow water snorkeling spots with beautiful coral gardens. Couples especially love these tours where they can see and swim with the exotic fish and sharks and learn a little history of Bora Bora. If you don’t like three hours of sailing under the hot sun, you can go on a Private Champagne Romantic Sunset Tour. We don’t even have to say any other word, because Bora Bora sunsets are magical. Newlyweds can take a Private Honeymoon Photo Tour. Nothing better than having a professional photographer that would capture your best moments as a married couple, and not just anywhere, but in paradise itself.