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Bora Bora, Tahiti

13 Jan, 2009

Bora Bora, Tahiti

Bora Bora is a very small island in the Pacific Ocean. It is under the jurisdiction of France, and is a habitat for less than 10,000 people. However, despite its size, the entire island is thriving, mainly because tourists flock here.

There could be a lot of reasons for this. Bora Bora offers wide variety of activities for the adventurous and even for the lovers. Others may have just been curious about the mythical stories that only heighten the popularity of the island. Some may want to watch the volcano that has long gone to sleep, which is situated between two high mountains called Otemanu and Pahia. Whatever it is, though, there’s no stopping to the growth of tourism in Bora Bora.

Bora Bora, Tahiti

When to Go

If there’s one thing that you should learn about the island, it’s the fact that there is sunshine the whole year round. What’s more, it doesn’t experience any cyclone, simply because it doesn’t have any monsoon. You will, however, experience tropical storms that don’t even last for a very long time. The temperatures can be very hot especially during the day. But then, if you’re here because you want to experience the beach, you would certainly not mind the hotness.

The best time to visit would be between the months of May and October. For five whole months Bora Bora experiences a tolerable dry season, perfect for people wanting to enjoy their vacation under the sun. Conversely there is also five months of considerable rainfall from November towards the end of April. Interesting humidity actually goes higher this time of the year and with it the temperature. It is advisable to avid this period if you’re traveling for the first time. On the other hand, you will get better rates and lesser tourist which could actually be an advantage of you like the solitude.

Bora Bora, Tahiti

How to Travel

Bora Bora itself doesn’t have its own airport, so you really have to travel to Tahiti. There are, however, limited choices of airlines that can take you straight there. Often, you have to come from Los Angeles, Australia, or South America before you can arrive here. You can, of course, go for interconnecting flights. There is only one international airport in Tahiti. It’s called Faaa. If you have jets, you can choose to land it here.

Traveling all over Tahiti and Bora Bora is not a problem. There are a lot of paved roads, highways, and modern airstrips. There are also quite a number of ports, where you can dock your boats or ride a ferry that can take you from the island to the mainland and back. There are also buses that can take you from one town to another. You don’t need to worry about the price since it’s known to be affordable and reasonable.

Where to Stay

Bora Bora, Tahiti

So far, there are three common accommodation choices here in Bora Bora. If you can afford it, you can stay at any of the hotels or resorts within the island or in Tahiti. There are even some bungalows that are situated near the beachfront, which means you can have the most fantastic view of the waters all throughout the day.
For those who are traveling with their families and friends and are on a tight budget, the next best option will be the guest and pension houses. There are averagely priced. They are also ideal if you’re planning to stay for quite a while in the island. Lastly, you have the budget pensions, which may act like hostels. You can also locate a campground and simply pitch a tent. You may just have to pay for the camping facilities.

What to Do

The descent towards the airport offers a tantalizing view of what the island has to offer every weary traveler. From the plane, one can view the amazing formation that is actually a caldera. Formed by a collapse of the now dormant volcano, the two mountains and the stunning provide a stunning backdrop of the many activities one can do in the territory.

The mystic romanticism enveloping the island is heightened by the stunning scenery available to travelers almost all year round. One can simply lounge near the beach, read a good book and get completely smitten by the place. If you have seen enough of the lagoon, taking a dip on the water becomes very relaxing.

The standard water activities are also given a new twist. Snorkeling can be done almost on all parts of the beach. It can get even more exciting by attempting to feed the stingrays populating the waters. More adventurous types can take tours involving feeding sharks. You can also explore the depths of the islands through scuba diving, though there aren’t any established wrecks one can try to visit. On the other hand if you stay on top of the water, try jet skiing and kiteboarding.

There are also two unique ways to enjoy the waters. One is through the lagoonarium, which is basically enclosed part of the lagoon teeming with the diverse marine life on the area. Another way is through the Aquascope. The aquascope is semi-submersible craft that allows tourists a protected view of what is underneath the lagoon. The ‘reverse aquarium’ effect is perfect for people who wants to see the natural habitat of fishes but is unable to swim themselves. Another unforgettable experience would be setting up a motu picnic where the couple is literally dining on the water.

Using 4×4’s, ATV’s, or bicycles, one can also appreciate the beauty of the Bora Bora on a different angle. There are also available hiking trails and the aforementioned camping option. Eating out is not complete without a visit to the Bloody Mary, a favorite of tourists and popular with honeymooners. Remember that this is French Polynesia, and as such food choices will always be excellent.

Finally one can take more than a souvenir from the place. Aside from the customary local arts and handicrafts, Bora Bora is also famous for its back pearls. This fine piece of jewelry is the ultimate gift for yourself and serves as remembrance for the memories you’ll be making in Bora Bora.

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