Bora Bora

Bora Bora, located about 160 miles northwest of 

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Fast Facts

  • Name: Bora Bora
    A part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France, originally claimed in 1843 
  • Capital City: Bora Bora does not have a capital city, however its administrative center is the settlement of Vaitape on the main island
  • Population: 8,880 (2007 census)
  • World Populations (all countries)
    500 franc
  • Ethnicity: Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%
  • Language: French (official), Polynesian dialect
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Vaitape
  • National Day: July 14
  • Religion: Protestant, Catholic, others

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Geo. Statistics

  • Coastline: unknown
  • Land Area:
    (land) 16.9 sq miles (44 sq km)
    (water) 0 sq mi (0 sq km)
    (TOTAL) 16.9 sq miles (44 sq km)

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  • Land Area: (all countries)
  • Latitude & Longitude:
    Vaitape: (capital city) 16° 30S151° 44W
  • Horizontal Width: 2.37 miles (3.81 km) from Vaitape east to Anau
  • Vertical Length: 1.64 miles (2.63 km) from Faanui south to Vaitape

    Note: Lengths and widths are point-to-point, straight-line measurements from a Mercator map projection, and will vary some using other map projections
  • Geographic Center: About 1.88 miles (3.1 km) northeast of Vaitape
  • Highest Point: Mount Otemanu 2,385 ft (727 m)
  • Lowest Point: Pacific Ocean (0m)


Located in the Leeward group of the French Polynesia, Bora Bora is a volcanic island surrounded by a vibrant blue lagoon and barrier reef.

Much of Bora Bora's landscape is composed of luscious green hillsides and black volcanic rock that blends into a jagged coast bordered by white sand beaches.

The twin peaks of Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu lie within the center of the island, and are the remnants of one extinct volcano. At 2,385 ft (727 m) Mount Otemanu is the highest point of Bora Bora; Mount Pahia peaks at 2,159 ft (658 m).




Travel Info.

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Despite being known as a "tremendously pricey destination" tourists from all over the world travel to Bora Bora annually to enjoy its idyllic beaches.

While snorkeling, scuba diving, and other various water activities are the most popular attraction, tourists can also visit the Marae Temples, spend the afternoon hiking along various trails across the island, or visit the many shops and art galleries in the markets.


The summer months in Bora Bora (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.

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This page was last updated on July 13, 2016.