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Bora Bora is an island in French Polynesia, a French diaspora in the Pacific Ocean. The original name of the islands in the Tahitian language would more accurately be Pora Pora, meaning “first born”. The island is about 230 km (140 mi) northwest of Papeete, surrounded by a lagoon and a coral reef. The center of the island is the ruins of an extinct volcano that forms two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point being 727 meters (2,385 ft).

Bora Bora is an international tourist destination, famous for its luxury resorts. The island has Bora Bora airport to the north, next to the St Regis Resort. Air Tahiti has daily flights to and from Papeete in Tahiti. According to a census taken in 2008, Bora Bora’s permanent population is 8,880.


History of Bora Bora

The history of Bora Bora shows that the island’s first settlers back in the 4th century were Tongan people. James Cook led the first European explorers who visited the island. However, prior to this, the island of Bora Bora was already sighted by other explorers. In 1842 the island became a French colony under the governance of Admiral Abel Aubert Dupetit Thouars.

During World War II, the United States made Bora Bora a base for military supply, oil depot, airstrip, and seaplane base. They constructed defensive fortifications around the island. Luckily though, no combat took place here and the presence of American troops seemed to be accepted by the opposition forces.

The United States Military Base closed on June 2, 1946, following the end of the war. However, many Americans decided to stay on the island as it had become close to their hearts. Some Americans were even forcibly asked to leave following complaints from their families on the mainland. The abandoned base became French Polynesia’s only international airport until Faa’a International Airport opened in 1962 in Papeete, Tahiti.

Bora Bora now relies mainly on tourism and because of this seven luxurious resorts were built over the past few years. Hotel Bora Bora was the first to build bungalows with stilts that stand over the water. These are now a given of every resort on the island as these bungalows provide spectacular sights of lagoons and mountains.



The climate in Bora Bora and the surrounding islands is considered to be tropical. Unlike most places, the seasons can be divided into two seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The wet season (Polynesian summers) runs from November to April with an average rainfall of 3/4ths of the yearly precipitation. During these times the humidity levels can be at an all-time high. The storms during these months are frequent and unpredictable. The rainfall is about 1800 mm or 71 inches! And the weather is 30 °C or 86 °F. The dry season, running from May to October, is when tourism is at its peak on the island. During these months the temperature is a few degrees lower and rain is rare. The best time weather-wise with the least risk of storms is in the winter months. The very best part about the weather in Bora Bora is that the water temperature hovers around 30 °C (in the mid-80s F) on average. However, during this high tourist season (May – October) tourist prices skyrocket and there are many more people around.



The main languages that are spoken by people on Bora Bora Island are French and Tahitian although most inhabitants that interact with visitors have a good comprehension of the English language. Most tourists that visit the island are Americans, Japanese, and Europeans.

Some keywords in the local language of Bora Bora include:

  • Hello – Ia Ora na (yo-rah-nah)
  • Goodbye – Nana (nah-nah)
  • Yes – E (ay)
  • No – Aita (eye-tah)
  • Man – Tane (tah-nay)
  • Woman – Vahine (vah-he-nay)
  • Child – Tamarii (tah-ma-ree-ee)
  • Friend – Hoa (ho-ah)
  • Polynesian – Ma’ ohi (mah-o-hee)
  • Big – Nui (new-ee)
  • Small – Iti (ee-tee)
  • Morning – Poipoi (poy-poy)
  • Small island formed by coral and sand – Motu


There are about 10,600 people living in Bora Bora, these people have a firm grip on the culture, myths, and traditions that have been handed down from the Polynesian gods. They have traditional songs and dances for the island. They love to share their culture with visitors. The pace is laid-back with a relaxing atmosphere. They live by the philosophy ‘aita pea pea’ which means ‘not to worry’. The main languages that are spoken in Bora Bora are French and Tahitian. English is also spoken in many hotels, resorts, markets, and tourist locations.

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