Bora Bora is often regarded as the most romantic island in the world. Its dramatic scenery, overwater bungalows and gourmet restaurants make this a dream destination for couples. But there is more to the island than just romance.
This beautiful and pristine island is home to a diverse and unique ecology. Its lagoon and reef are a haven for marine life, from corals to manta rays and sharks. The volcanic island itself rises to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, giving Bora Bora its distinctive silhouette.
The island’s rich history is rooted in its culture and traditions. The Tahitian language is very important to the islanders, allowing them to maintain their connection to their ancestors. They use it in their songs, chants and during religious rites.
Unlike the rest of French Polynesia, where English is spoken by many, in Bora Bora the official languages are French and Tahitian. However, a good number of locals have some knowledge of English and can communicate with visitors.
Most resorts in Bora Bora are luxurious properties that strive to make guests feel pampered and well taken care of. But some resorts have a little something extra that sets them apart from the rest. These resorts offer over-the-water bungalows, which bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “ocean view.”
Bora Bora has been a popular location for movies and TV shows such as The Beach, Overboard, Out of Towners and more. Besides the exotic and breathtaking beauty, Bora Bora also offers a variety of fun activities and attractions. Here are a few things to do on your next visit to Bora Bora:
The most popular activity on the island is snorkeling. The water is crystal clear and has an amazing array of fish. You can see stingrays, sharks and many other types of sealife in the lagoon and at the coral reef.
You can go snorkeling on your own, or you can take a tour with one of the many companies on the island. Some tours include a snorkeling trip, a boat ride around the island and lunch on a private motu.
During the Second World War, Bora Bora was an American supply base. The island was chosen because of its large lagoon accessible through a single pass and for its natural fortress qualities. The American military used it as a base until 1945. During that time, they built bunkers, installed cannons (such as the famous 9-inch calibre ones at Terei’a Point), and left behind flak guns. The Americans also had 2 docks to supply ships and their crews.
Most people come to the island to relax and enjoy its stunning beaches. But there are some who want to learn about the history of the island. The island’s museum houses some fascinating exhibits that tell the story of the island’s past, including the history of the American presence on Bora Bora.
Although there are no native mammals on the island, thanks to human intervention, non-native animals such as cows, horses and dogs have been introduced to the island. But there are still some native species on the island, such as Black-winged Petrels and Pacific Swallows.