Bora Bora is a French Polynesian paradise situated in the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by an incredible coral reef and lagoon. Not only that, but the island is home to Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia which are the remains of an old extinct volcano. The local economy is entirely driven by the tourism industry and this is evident in the fact that a lot of luxurious hotels and resorts have been built on the main and smaller surrounding islets. There are currently 9000 locals living here with most of them situated on the west coast. There are a number of attractions here with some of the most unique ones being exploring the place with “fun cars” and as well as shark diving. The place is also renowned for its water bungalows which stands on stilts and the only downside to the island is that it’s very expensive. Prices here usually range from incredibly expensive to ridiculously expensive and is not recommended for budget travelers.
There are many things tourists can do while here besides the normal tropical island activities such as relaxing on the beaches, scuba diving and snorkeling. One of the contributing factors of Bora Bora’s popularity is that if offers certain activities not found in other places.
The local Lagoonarium is one of the things that sets this place apart from most other tropical destinations and is usually the highlight of many tourists who visit here. At the Lagoonarium you will be able to see and swim with sea creatures such as various tropical fish species, sharks, dolphins, turtles, sting rays and lots more. There are shark feeding exhibitions that are held here on a daily basis too. Read more about the lagoonarium here.
Island circling is a phrase used to describe the activity of traveling right around the island. Visitors to Bora Bora will have two options for island circling, by land or by water. Going by water would involve making use of a local tour operator and then making your way around the island on the lagoon by boat while by land you can rent a motorbike, vehicle or bicycle. To make the most of your vacation I would suggest you circle by land and by water.
On Bora Bora island you will find a number of beautiful ancient sites. They are easy to find and you are sure to spot a few as you make your way around the island while exploring. The best method of learning about these sites is by going on a guided tour as any of these tour operators will take you around to the various ruins while telling you about each one.
Tourists who stay in one of the water bungalows will be able to snorkel from their very own doorstep. Explore the crystal clear waters surrounding your bungalow and swim amongst beautiful tropical fish species such as black tip reef sharks, parrot fish and many others. If you don’t have your own snorkeling gear then management can provide for you.
Bora Bora, as remote as it is, is surprisingly easy to get to, even if you’re flying from the US. Get on a flight from LA, Seattle, Baltimore, New York, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Dallas or Honolulu, and embark on the 11 hour flight to Tahiti.
Once at Tahiti, it’s another flight, although a very short one, to Bora Bora.
The island of Bora Bora, as with most other islands found in the tropics mainly experiences two seasons, a wet and dry season. The dry season takes place from May through to October and it is the most popular time to visit so expect a lot of tourists during this period. The weather can get incredibly hot but not as hot as it would be during the wet season and rainfall is at a minimum during this time. The wet season, from November to April, is incredibly hot and visitors to the island during this time should expect a lot of rain and storms. The temperatures are also at their highest during this time but for some travelers the lower cost in prices and smaller amounts of tourists makes it worth it.
Bora Bora Accommodations: Visit boraboraisland.com to see the various types of accommodations available such as the expensive water bungalows to the more affordable hotels and resorts found on other parts of the island.
Tahiti Tourism: Find more general information about this French Polynesian paradise at tahiti-tourisme.com such as where to eat, where to go, which tour operators to use and what to do.