Bora Bora has long been dubbed as one of the most romantic islands in the world and it’s easy to see why. With a milky blue lagoon and luxurious overwater bungalows, it’s the perfect place to crown your love with a tropical getaway. But there is so much more to this stunning island than just romance. In fact, there are plenty of cool and interesting facts about Bora Bora that will surprise you!

1. Bora-Bora was a base for the US during WWII

It might be hard to imagine that this beautiful island was once a battleground, but it’s true. In 1943 the US Navy used Bora-Bora as a base to maintain a supply force supporting the war effort in the Pacific. The island was also a popular filming location for a number of movies including XXX, Couples Retreat, Island Fever and Hurricane, as well as the reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

2. Most resorts in Bora-Bora have a traditional Polynesian style

A lot of the hotels in Bora-Bora still have a very distinct Polynesian feel to them. Typically, they have thatched roofs, bamboo screens and coconut hair ropes as well as sumptuous linens and polished exotic woods. Some have glass floor panels that provide a window to the sea life underneath your feet. You can even eat your breakfast right on the edge of the lagoon!

3. The food in Bora-Bora is incredibly delicious

Considering that Bora Bora is an island, you might think that the cuisine would be limited but this isn’t the case. Many of the resorts offer a fusion of French and Polynesian with some restaurants serving up some seriously impressive dishes. There are also a few upscale eateries that cater to those looking for a more formal dining experience.

4. Fresh fish is a staple on the menus of the island’s restaurants

As you’d expect from a tourist hotspot, Bora Bora’s restaurants feature a wide range of fresh fish and seafood. But it’s not all about fish – there are some excellent vegetarian and meat dishes to be found too.

5. The population on the island is made up of mainly youngins

Over half of Bora-Bora’s residents are under 20 and this is one of the reasons why the island has such an energetic vibe. The younger generations aren’t afraid to be adventurous and take advantage of the island’s many activities and attractions. The most popular is probably jet skiing but there are also a variety of other exciting water sports and land based adventures that can be enjoyed.

6. Bora-Bora is actually a municipality

The capital of the municipality is Vaitape and it encompasses the main island as well as the Tupai atoll. The majority of the island is a national park with most of the buildings on the main island being luxury resorts. The rest of the island is a rural area that’s home to a small community.

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