If you are looking for the most beautiful and the most romantic place in the world to spend a vacation or honeymoon, Bora Bora should be your choice with its beautiful lagoon that resembles an artist pallet in blue and green tones. For most, simply love at first sight.
It belongs to the Leeward Islands, which belongs to the Society Islands of French Polynesia. It is only 260 km from Papeete, capital of the French overseas territories. Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its luxury aqua-oriented resorts. A large number of tourists are attracted by unique nature and a range of beautiful beaches.
In the middle of the island, there are the remains of former volcanoes Paia and Otemanu, reaching a height of 727 m. The main settlement called Vaitape is located in the western part of the island. The island was first settled in the 4th century by the Polynesians, and the first organized trip of Europeans on this island was navigated by James Cook. In 1842 it became a French protectorate. The name originated from Tahitian word meaning “first born”.
Taking in consideration that the Bora Bora is highly visited tourist destination, it is no wonder that the island today largely depends on tourism.
In the past few years, a number of settlements on small islands surrounding a lagoon were build.
Around thirty years ago the first hotel, in the form of bungalows standing on stilts over the water was built. These bungalows became trademark of the island, and can be found in most resorts.
The main activity that this stunning spot is known for is diving in the coral reefs, where the large number of different species of sharks can be seen. Also, many instructors organize trips on which you can feed the sharks. Other activities you can try canoeing, windsurfing, jet skiing, watching a beautiful sunset or cruising on a sailboat. Those with an adventurous spirit can research remote areas by hiking or by 4 × 4 vehicles, accompanied by entertaining local guides.
As for shopping, you can buy original art objects, Tahitian pearls, perfumes, oils and other valuable artifacts made of wood. If you are planning a visit, it is good to know that on this island public transport has lower intensity, buses run mostly every hour. Tourists often choose to rent a bike, which is a very good way to get to know the beauty of the island.
The summer months, from November to April, are warm and humid with plenty of sunshine, while the rest of the year is a little cooler and the humidity is moderate. Refreshing winds blow throughout the year, but June, July, August and September are considered ideal period to visit the island.