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Travel Guide Oceania Polynesia French Polynesia Society Islands Bora Bora

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Introduction

Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia. Say Bora Bora and most travellers think of paradise immediately. Unfortunately, although still beautiful, many travellers go here, including top end package tourists. The island has never lost its beauty though and with its steep mountains rising straight from the blue waters you will find yourself in one of the most magnificent islands of French Polynesia. Relaxing, walking and diving are your main activities here, like in most places in French Polynesia.

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Settlements

  • Vaitape - the main village on Bora Bora

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Sights and Activities

  • Shark & Ray Snorkel Safari
  • Diving with Nemo World Scuba
  • Bora Bora Lagoonarium
  • Aquatic: Snorkelling, jet-skiiing, kiteboarding etc.
  • On land: hiking, jeep safaris, horseback riding

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Events and Festivals

  • Hawaiki Nui Va'a is a canoe race takes place over three days in early November. Over 100 traditional canoes race from Huahine to stunning Bora Bora island, covering more than 50 kilometres in a bit over 4 hours. There are several other canoe races at other times of the year as well, but this is the big one.

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Weather

Located almost entirely within the tropics, the climate of Bora Bora is tropical. The average temperatures are around 28 °C to 32 °C during the day and still well above 20 °C at night. The hotter months are between November and April and this is also the wet season with much more rain compared to June to September. Occasionally tropical storms hit some of the islands during this time, though certainly not every year.

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Getting There

By Plane

Fire dancers, Bora Bora

Fire dancers, Bora Bora

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Bora Bora Airport (BOB) offers flights with Air Tahiti to/from Fakarava, Huahine, Manihi, Maupiti, Moorea, Papeete], Raiatea Island, Rangiroa Island and Tikehau Atoll. The airport is located on a small motu (islet) north of the main island. Transfer to the main island or to accommodations located on other motus is done by boat. The major accommodations have counters at the airport. For the accommodations located on the main island, you will need to take the (free) ferry to Vaitape. From there, small buses will usually pick you up. Air Tahiti operates a free shuttle boat transfer from the airport to the main village, Vaitape.

By Boat

  • The Maupiti Express travels 3 times weekly to Maupiti, located 40 kilometres from Bora Bora.
  • Vaeanu operates the Pape'ete-Huahine-Ra'iatea-Taha'a-Bora Bora return trip, leaving Pape'ete on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:00pm and from Bora Bora on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

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Getting Around

Vaitape is the arrival point of the ferry from the airport, and is the only "town" of any size of the island. At the southern tip of the main island, Matira is the location of the largest beach as well as several hotels and restaurants. The central part of the island is extremely mountainous, tough to access and not inhabited (and furthermore devoid of roads of any kind).

The way you get around in Bora Bora depends greatly on your accommodation and its location. Several resorts are actually located on motus and not on the main island, hence the need of boat transportation to get anywhere. Boat transfers from those motus resorts to the main island or between the resorts and the airport are usually provided. Accommodations located on the island generally also provide a transfer to and the Airport ferry quay.

On the main island, there is only one sealed road. Public transport on the island is limited, consisting of a single bus that goes halfway around the island and back approximately every hour. Taxis are also available.

Operators of activities and restaurants sometimes (but not always) provide a transfer to and from the accommodations - be sure to ask when booking.

Renting a bicycle or a small buggy can be an option if you plan to have your freedom on the main island, but the road is sometimes very narrow, and in bad shape.

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Eat

The island of Bora Bora is heavily influenced by the French culture hence the rich local and French cuisines. They also have a wide selection of international restaurants.

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Drink

If you're looking for nightlife and drinking, one of the most popular drinking venues on Bora Bora is Bloody Mary's. Bloody Mary's is essentially an American-barbecue fish and steak restaurant. Besides drinking Bloody Mary's, the chef will chargrill steak and fish to order.

The island's sole nightclub is Le Récife Discothèque, about 1 km (1/2 mile) north of Vaitape (tel. 67 73 87), which opens only on Fridays and Saturdays at 23:00 and closes at 03:00.

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Sleep

Bora Bora Islands offer numerous hospitality resources in which guests can stay.

A popular form of accommodation on the island are the overwater bungalows. Many of the resorts offer this type of accommodation due to their being more water mass than land. Some overwater bungalows feature a glass-bottomed floor and are designed in traditional Bora Bora island houses.

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