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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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Bora Bora Overview

Bora Bora conjures up images of white silky beaches and turquoise waters glistening in the sun. Yet its surreal beauty can’t be described to its full effect; it needs be experienced! Once you see Bora Bora, nothing else will compare.

Bora Bora is part of the Leeward Islands group in the Pacific Ocean,and is part of the French overseas territories. Its breathtaking landscape is the allure for millions of visitors every year. The center of the island boasts two impressive peaks that were once part of an active volcano. Otemanu is the largest and looks as if it is piercing through the clouds. Slopes and valleys are covered in colorful flowers contrasting the green of its lush vegetation. The lagoon is the main attraction; it’s three times the size of the land. The array of colors it displays is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Staying in one of the over the water bungalows is the way to experience the romance and magic of this destination.

To the southeast part of the island, water sports lovers can enjoy the underwater park. It’s filled with corals and hundreds of species of fish. And in the nearby Point Matira, large families of manta rays gather to be fed and pet by tourists. Shark viewing is also possible at “White Valley.” It’s home to many predator animals. The area is ideal for snorkeling, kayaking or canoeing towards the channel. It’s the site of more fabulous marine life.

History and archaeology aficionados can enjoy visiting ancient Marae temples. These open-air stone structures were used by the Polynesian people for ceremonial rituals. They referred to Bora Bora as “Mai Te Poia” which means “created by the gods.” It seems that they knew exactly how to describe this piece of paradise. What were once strategic points are now the sites of remnants from World War II. Seven cannons can still be seen throughout Bora Bora. Some sit atop hills that offer panoramic vistas of the lagoon.

The weather is tropical in nature. May through October is the ideal times to visit. However the waters remain warm throughout the year.

Apart from relaxation or adventurous exploration, shopping is a must when visiting Bora Bora. Buying unique pearls, arts and handicrafts is another pleasant activity. Galleries throughout Vaitape showcase works of talented artists. Most of the pieces represent ancient folklore.

Bora Bora is part of France’s overseas territories. As such, it enjoys the benefit of restaurants serving fine French and Polynesian cuisine. For a true cultural experience, enjoy the Tahitian feasts. These celebrations are all about dancing and eating traditional island foods. These include roasted pork, plantains and taro leaves prepared in underground ovens. The dances are about war, life and sensuality. It’s believed that they’ve been passed down from the heavens.

Bora Bora is the right place for a magical getaway. Simply sitting on the beautiful beaches looking out into the crystal clear waters will provide a sense of relaxation that you won’t find anywhere else.
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