Bora Bora, located about 160 miles northwest of Tahiti and approximately 2,600 miles south of Hawaii, was discovered in 1722, and is arguably the most beautiful island on the planet.
Its ancient name of Vava'u suggests that the original inhabitants of this seven-million-year-old island arrived from Tonga. And interestingly, in the local Tahitian language there is no "B," so its actual name is then Pora Pora, meaning "first born."
Bora Bora's fabled blue lagoon (above) is, according to novelist James A. Michener, "so stunning, that there are really no adequate words to describe it."
Volcanic in origin, Bora Bora's rugged main island, and a few smaller islands, are completely surrounded by coral reefs.
Made famous by books, movies, and its stunning beauty, the island is now besieged by tourism and overcrowding. Regardless, if you must visit a South Pacific island (and you should), Bora Bora would be an excellent choice.
For additional info about the islands of French Polynesia, and their most interesting history, go here.
Facts and Figures
Official Name Bora Bora,
part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia,
an overseas territory of France,
originally claimed in 1843
Largest Town Vaitape
Languages French (official), Polynesian dialect
Official Currency Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc
Religions Protestant, Catholic, others
Land Area 44 sq km (16.9 sq miles)
Bora Bora Large Color Map here
Bora Bora Outline Map here
Bora Bora (Pacific Ocean) locator Map here
Society Islands Large Color Map here
Society Islands Outline Map here
French Polynesia Large Color Map here
French Polynesia Map CIA version here
French Polynesia Outline Map here
French Polynesia Maps at UT here
Oceania Maps here
French Polynesia (Complete) information on the (GDP) overall economy, imports and exports, resources, government, population, military, transportation, and more here
Bora Bora website here
Bora Bora webcam here
Bora Bora photos here
Bora Bora vacations here
Climate The summer months (November - April) are hot and humid, with many sunny days. The balance of the year is slightly cooler and drier.
Cooling trade winds buffet the island throughout the year, and the months of June, July, August and October are widely considered to be ideal times to visit. Frankly, there's never a bad time to travel to Bora Bora.