Ostentatious Bora Bora

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Bora Bora is a 30 km2 island in the Leeward group in the western part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 2,385 feet.
In ancient times the island was called “Pora pora mai te pora”, meaning “created by the Gods” in the local Tahitian dialect. This was often abbreviated Pora Pora meaning simply first born and thats where the name Bora Bora came from.
Many of Bora Bora’s beaches are manmade and not much to write home about but the pristine lagoons are another story.
Trying poisson cruwhich is translated as raw fish— usually tuna or mahi-mahi bathed in lime juice and coconut milk — is a must try any time you find yourself in Bora Bora.
The small island of Bora Bora overflows with beauty. Dormant volcanoes rise up at its center and fan out into lush jungle before spilling into an aquamarine lagoon. In fact, author James Michener, who wrote “Tales of the South Pacific,” called Bora Bora “the most beautiful island in the world.” The 18th-century British explorer James Cook even coined it as the “pearl of the Pacific.” The very definition of a tropical getaway, blissful Bora Bora abounds with luxurious resorts, sunny skies, warm waters and friendly locals.
And as you might’ve already guessed, the main industry on this petite island in French Polynesia and its swarm of tiny motu which are small surrounding islands is tourism. To that end, you can snorkel, explore Vaitape (Bora Bora’s quaint town), hike Mount Otemanu and more. But there’s a catch: Bora Bora is expensive — very expensive. In short, visit Bora Bora for natural beauty, visit for utter relaxation and visit if you have the money.

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