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Bora Bora

Satellite pictures of the tiny island of Bora Bora from hundreds of miles above the earth show it to be almost glowing, its dark green centre surrounded by a coral necklace and an iridescent aquamarine lagoon. Little wonder that this is the dream destination for celebrities, honeymooners and lovers who live in splendour in the island's luxurious spas and resorts, but enjoy privacy and anonymity on magical secluded beaches.

Visitors to Bora Bora touch down on an airstrip (built by U.S. troops during World War II) sited on a motu(islet) in the middle of the beautiful crystal-clear lagoon, and are ferried to the main island. The lagoon forms the centre of activities for holidaymakers, being the stage for numerous adventures from shark-feeding excursions and swimming with giant turtles, to scuba diving, snorkelling, jet-skiing, glass-bottom boat cruises, descending into the 'lagoonarium', kite-sailing, picnicking on a motuand so on. Bora Bora also offers plenty of cultural and historical attractions, like taking a day trip to a Marae (ancient temple), exploring the World War II canon and relics, browsing the art and craft galleries, watching a Tahitian dance ceremony and perhaps even braving a tattoo (the skin art apparently originated here).

Information & Facts


Bora Bora has a tropical climate with two definitive seasons: the wet season (November to April) and the dry season (May to October). The wet season is cloudy and humid, and rain storms are frequent and brief. The average temperature in the wet season is about 82°F (28°C). Dry season temperatures average at a more comfortable 78°F (26°C), with most tourists flocking to the island in July.


French and Tahitian are the official languages; English is widely spoken.


The unit of currency in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc (XPF), divided into 100 centimes. The exchange rate is fairly stable as it is linked to the Euro. Banks throughout the islands are open mainly on weekdays only and are the best place to change foreign currency; rates of exchange are not as good at hotels. There are ATMs on a few of the islands, but shouldn't be relied upon. Most hotels and resorts will exchange travellers cheques in US$ or Euros, and credit cards and US currency is readily accepted on the main islands. Tourism taxes are levied for accommodation and activities.


GMT -10 (The Marquesas Islands are half an hour ahead of the rest of French Polynesia).

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