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Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Author Taka-0905. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Author Taka-0905

Bora Bora: the most beautiful island in the world

Bora Bora (about 8,800 inhabitants) is a volcanic island, located in the archipelago of Society Islands about 230 km north-west of Tahiti, the island is about 29 square kilometers and is crossed by a single road of 32 km, which runs parallel to the coast.

Bora Bora is a mountainous island dominated by the peaks of the mountains Otemanu (727 m) and Pahia (661 meters), which characterize the appearance making unique the character of the island. A beautiful lagoon surrounding the island which is completely enclosed within a coral reef, on which there is a single opening, the Te Ava Nue Pass.

Inside the lagoon there are a multitude of islets called motu in Polynesian, they form an almost continuous strip along the eastern and northern part of the island, these little islands have idyllic beaches and from here you can have spectacular views of the main island and its characteristic mountain.

The airport of Bora Bora is in the most northern island of the lagoon, the Motu Mute. The most important center of Bora Bora is the small town of Vaitape which is located along the west coast, other small villages are those of Faanui and Anau.


Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Author Tiarescott. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Author Tiarescott

The island of Bora Bora is probably the most famous island in French Polynesia, famous for its beautiful lagoon and the particular form of its highest mountain, Mount Otemanu (727 m).

The island is surrounded by a coral reef almost complete, connected with the Pacific Ocean only by a pass, the Te Ava Nue Pass, along the reef are numerous islets (motu in Polynesian) rich in fine white beach and where you can enjoy wonderful views of the main island with its mountains.

Bora Bora is covered by a single 32 km road that runs along the coast, the road is excellent for biking, are just 32 km of flat road, it takes about 2-3 hours at most stops included. Along the road that goes around the island you can make interesting stops at the ruins of the many artillery of World War II which the Americans mounted here in anticipation of a Japanese attack never came.

The island has also old remains, there are in fact some ancient Polynesian temples (marae), all located along the road or at a short distance from it, including the marae Aehua-tai, Taharuu, Fare-Opu (which has on its stone petroglyphs of turtles), Taianapa and Marotetini.

The only beach on the main island is located at Matira Point at the southern tip of Bora Bora, other beaches are numerous, on the motus in the lagoon.


Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Author Tensaibuta. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Author Tensaibuta

AIR: The most commonly used means of transport to reach Bora Bora is the plane, Air Tahiti the airline of internal flights in French Polynesia has numerous and multiple daily connections to Tahiti and with some of the other Society Islands and the Tuamotu Archipelago.

The route Tahiti-Bora Bora is served by 8-10 daily flights, some are direct flights, while others call at Huahine, Raiatea or Maupiti. The non-stop air route between Tahiti and Bora Bora lasts 50 minutes. Bora Bora is also connected by direct flights to the islands of the Tuamotu Islands of Rangiroa, Fakarava, Tikehau and Manihi.

The island’s airport is located on an island in the lagoon, the Motu Mute, situated in the extreme north of the island, once you arrive at the airport, you will be transferred to a boat and transported to the small village of Vaitape, the journey takes place in the lagoon of the island, this is one of the best transfer in the world.

FERRY: Another way to get to Bora Bora are the ferries Hawaiki Nui (2 trips per week) and Vaeanu (3 trips per week) that connect Tahiti with Huahine, Taha’a, Raiatea and Bora Bora. The time of the journey by ferry from Tahiti to Bora Bora including the stops varies between 16 and 18 hours.

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