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Bora Bora

City: Papeete       State: Society islands       Country: French Polynesia
Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 ft). The original name of the island in the Tahitian language might be better rendered as Pora Pora, meaning "First Born"; an early transcription found in 18th- and 19th century accounts, is Bolabolla. The beaches on the reef have the white sand of ground-up coral, and the lagoon is the exact shade of blue that all lagoons should be. The lagoon and reefs have a bewildering array of fish, crabs, clams and eels, but the best spots to see marine life are in the open ocean beyond, where barracuda, tuna, red snapper, jackfish and several species of ray are to be seen, as well as black-tipped, grey and lemon sharks and turtles. Between August and October, humpback whales may also be seen on migration. very sort of water sport ever dreamed of is available in the lagoon or the ocean nearby but for the less active, the reefs, with their huts on stilts and palm trees are the ideal place to relax. Glass-bottomed boats show off the wildlife in the lagoon, while among the most popular excursions are the ray- and shark-feeding trips.On the main island, the best way to get around is by bicycle. Other activities on offer include horse-riding and tours up to the twin volcanic peaks for lovely views over the idyllic lagoon.

Climate | When to Visit

Visit during: May to October

Directions | How to Reach

By air from Tahiti or by boat.

miscellaneous | Important Information

Do enjoy diving

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