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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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Bora Bora Attractions

“Circle the Lagoon” is a term you’ll hear often on the island. It’s an ideal way in which to see Bora Bora from all points. Another fun way to see the sites is driving in a four by four using the help of a local guide.

Bora Bora offers a vast selection of activities. You can snorkel, scuba dive or go sports fishing.
One of the unique Bora Bora attractions involves the use of an Aquascope. This watercraft is the brain child of a friend of the famous Jacques Cousteau. You’ll sit inside something that’s similar to an aquarium and watch as sharks, rays and other fish curiously look in on you.

The Bora Bora Lagoonarium is also a site not to be missed. You can visit the shark tank and even swim with them. Informative and interesting movies are shown throughout the day.

If you’re not a certified diver you can still enjoy the ocean’s depths. Aqua safari is the perfect Bora Bora attraction for exploring and viewing beautiful coral and marine life. If you’re wondering how the answer is simple: A large helmet is provided for you to wear. Air is then piped in from a boat while a professional guides you through the waters.

If you prefer to stay on terra firma, land excursions are a lot of fun. You can go up the hills and discover the beauty of Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu. The latter is impressively tall.

History and Archaeology
Bora Bora attractions offer some degree of mystery. It’s believed that the first vestiges of life on the island go back as far as to 900 AD. Visitors can still see remnants of forty open air edifications made of stone. These are known as Marae Temples. They were used for special celebrations during which the Polynesian people brought gifts to the gods.

Don’t miss the ones located on the western part of Bora Bora. Marae Fare-Opu as they’re called, show carvings of turtles on the sides of the slabs. Turtles have always been known to be sacred animals for the people of Ancient Polynesia. Other Maraes worth seeing are situated inland and beyond the wharf. The latter were restored back in 1968 and display interesting altars.

The Coastal Guns are another must see of Bora Bora attractions. They constitute seven cannons left here since World War II. They sit on key points throughout the island. They were of course placed that way by the Americans to serve as a defensive measure. The Matira Guns sit atop a hill overlooking the Point. The hike is worth the astounding scenery.

Art & Culture
Take a day to walk around Vaipete. This laid back town is filled with small boutiques and handicrafts shops. It’s also home to a weekly market.

The galleries around town display the works of French and local artists. The most visited of Bora Bora attractions is the Galerie D’Art Alain Linda. With 35 years in business, it houses large collections of bronzes and sculptures.
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