The Bora Bora islands, one of the most beautiful islands around the world, located 140 miles northwest of Papeete (160 miles northwest of Tahiti) and about 2,600 miles south of Hawaii, in South Pacific. The islands which was known as ” The Pearl of the Pacific” is a perfect place if you are looking for a mellow vacation destination, amid pristine natural surroundings and also an ultimate romantic getaway for the couples. The island was discovered long back in 1722 and was known as Vavau, then Bola Bola and finally Bora Bora. The interesting thing is that there is no ‘B’ in local Tahitian language and the folks call it as ‘Pora Pora’, the meaning of which is ‘first born.’
The island is spread into few smaller islands and a main island and is beautifully surrounded by lagoons. The fabled blue lagoons are so amazing and stunning that is beyond description, which makes the travelers experience it in a number of ways like scuba dive, Windsurf, swim, jetski, bask in its warmth
Four million years ago, the island was originated from Volcanic activity. The center of the island is dominated by extinct Volcano towering peaks which makes an awesome background for the blue waters, and some times these mountains clocked with clouds which gives a charming look for the islands. The two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu peak upto 722 meters.
Location: Pacific Ocean
Largest City: Vaitape
Population: 8880 people (During the August 2007 census)
Language: French and Tahitian are the main languages spoken by the Bora Bora Island folks.
Currency: The local currency available in French Polynesia is known as French Pacific Franc (XPF and some times CPF). They also accept Euro and USD
It is hard to find any other place quite and beautiful like this Volcanic Island in the Society Island. The climate seems to be tropical and can be divided into two seasons, the dry season and wet season.
The dry season is from May to October and is considered to be the ‘On’ season for tourism.
But the wet season from November to April, is considered to be the ‘Off’ season for tourism, and during this period the islands receives 3/4 of its annual rain fall. Even though the wet season is considered to be the Off season and weather is not favorable, if you are more concerned about your budget then this time will be the best option for you. As the average price of most service and products are too low and also the competition for sight seeing, activity and in lodging is less.
Activities To Do In Bora Bora ISland
With its magical beauty Bora Bora Islands make an amazing visual treat with a number of sights and sounds. The blue colored lagoon in the Bora Bora Islands houses a number of water sports and is a perfect location for the watersports lovers. The lagoons make a playground for all your watersports.
You can enjoy sailing, scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling, aquasafari, jetskiing, and waterskiing in the beautiful lagoons.
Scuba diving, a form of under water diving to watch the beautiful colors and different species under the water.
Bora Bora islands also provides you an option for a spectacular world class scuba diving. Scuba diving is considered to be one of the most exciting and thrilling watersports in Bora Bora Islands.
You can watch countless species of fishes and magnificent corals and also move into deeper water where a number of outstanding scenes are waiting for you to discover. You can watch larger fishes like jackfish, tuna, barracuda, sea turtles, different types of rays, eels, sharks, dolphins and the scenes are not ending. Even you can watch humpback whales when it is migrating during August to December. Really exciting right?
Bora Bora Islands’s splendid lagoons offers you a world class snorkeling, a popular recreational activity to watch the underwater life in its natural way without any complications as in scuba diving. Bora Bora island is a dream land of snorkeling lovers and as the lagoons are easily accessable from a number of locations, there is many snorkeling oppurtunities available, so you can choose as per your taste.
Windsurficing, is also a water sports in which a windsurface board is used for sail with the effect of wind . Windsurfing which is popular in the Islands and Bora Bora also offers this facility to the travelers. Large hotels like Maitai, Moana Beach Parkroyal, offers windsurfing.
You can also enjoy swimming, waterskiing, kitesurfing or flysurfing, Surfing in Bora Bora Islands.
You can enjoy the beauty of the Island by a ‘circle island tour’ which will help you to explore the beauty of the Islands either by road or by lagoon as per your choice. 7 giant cannons will definitely catch your attention. These cannons are the remnants of World War II.
To get into the Bora Bora Islands first you have to reach Papeete, the capital city of the main island Tahiti. Air Tahiti offers several services per day and it is easy for you to get there. A large number of sea crafts also schedule regular trips to Bora Bora Islands from French Polynesia. Polynesia Helicopteres will offer you a birds fly over the islands
Once you reach the airport which is located in a small islet Motu Mute, located north of the main island,and you have to reach the main islands by launch, crossing the lagoon to reach Vaitape or you can take a free ferry to Vaitape.
To get around the islands, you can choose from a number of options like rent a car, boat, bike, scooter, bicycle or even you can enjoy the scenery by a long walk and also you can enjoy hitchhiking without more risk. The island also offers Le’ Truck services pick up buses, water taxi and ground taxi services.
Top end luxurious 4 Star and 5 Star Resorts
The Bora Bora Islands offers you different styles of lodging, depending on your budget, desire, taste and your duration of stay. Here is a list of all choices and options from which you can select your accomodation.
There resorts will give you finest and outstanding quality of service, but only with ‘top end prices’
Here are some Luxurious resorts to offer you to discover the sparkling magic of this paradise
Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa
Located at 10 minutes distance from airport and 5 minutes distance from ferrydock
Novotel Bora Bora Beach Resort
Located at 20 minutes distance from airport and 15 minute distance from ferrydock
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
Located at 10 minute distance from airport by boat, 15 minutes distance by Vaitape from the main island by boat.
Le Meridien Bora Bora
Located at 20 minutes distance from airport by boat and 20 minutes distance from ferrydock , is situated in Bora Bora lagoonside
St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora
Located nearly 15 minutes distance from airport by boat, 20 minutes distance by boat from Vaitape is situated on Motu Ome’e, Bora Bora
Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa
Located nearly 20 minutes distance from airport by boat, 15 minutes distance by boat from Vaitape is situated on Motu Toopua, Bora Bora
Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort
Located at 20 minutes distance from airport by boat and 10 minutes distance from ferrydock
Sofitel Bora Bora Motu Private Island
Located at 15 km distance from airport, and 8 km distance from Vaitape is situtated on Motu Piti Uu’Uta, Bora Bora
Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resort
Located at 30 minutes distance from airport by boat and 7 km distance from ferrydock
Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
Located at 20 minutes distance from airport by boat
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Located at 8 km distance from airport
Club Mediterranee Bora Bora (Club Med)
Located nearly 20 km distance from airport, 15 km distance from ferry dock and is situated on lagoonside Bora Bora
2 and 3 Star mid Range Hotels And Resorts
If you want to save your dollars, then this type of hotels will be good. Some of them are too luxurious and others are really affordable.
Bora Bora Eden Beach Hotel
Le Matai Polynesia Bora Bora
Budget Friendly Accomodations
And alos you will find accomadation suitable for a tight budget like pension lagoonarium. Though the aminities are a bit simple compared to the luxurious hotels you can save your hard earned money.
So when you are planning your trip to this beautiful Island?