Society Islands

Bora Bora

Undoubtedly the most famous island in all of Polynesia, Bora Bora is surprisingly small, but it has beauty to compensate what it lacks in size. Many say that, simply put, Bora Bora is straightly the most beautiful island in the world, and it certainly has arguments in its favor. Its name, which means "First One" or "First Born" is given by legend to the fact that is was supposedly the first island to emerge out of the sea.

When arriving in Bora Bora's for the first time, the first glance is always unforgettable, no matter if arriving by sea or by plane. The lagoon's variety of lighter and darker blues mixed with its greenish islet ring and the dense foliage of its inner jungle altogether makes the island's combination of colors and abrupt landscape truly unique.

Bora Bora is for sure the most mythical of all the islands in the Pacific, and is still the one everyone dreams about, which makes it difficult to find the precise words to describe its magic. Mount Otemanu acts like a silent watchman from the island's center, abruptly emerging and looking out from above. Its lagoon is a true natural pool where virtually all kinds of watersports can be practiced, from scuba diving to glass bottom boat sailing.

Other main attractions include a visit to Vaitape, Bora Bora's picturesque and most important town, or an excursion to see the cannons that american soldiersleft behind during World War II, which have now been claimed by the jungle. Bora Bora is an experience for the senses, from the moment of arrival at the airport to see its runway ending just a few feet before the beginning of the lagoon, until departure when one can only think about when returning to the Pearl of the Pacific.

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General Information

Bora Bora

Undoubtedly the most famous island in all of Polynesia, Bora Bora is surprisingly small, but it has beauty to compensate what it lacks in size. Many say that, simply put, Bora Bora is straightly the most beautiful island in the world, and it certainly has arguments in its favor. Its name, which means "First One" or "First Born" is given by legend to the fact that is was supposedly the first island to emerge out of the sea.

When arriving in Bora Bora's for the first time, the first glance is always unforgettable, no matter if arriving by sea or by plane. The lagoon's variety of lighter and darker blues mixed with its greenish islet ring and the dense foliage of its inner jungle altogether makes the island's combination of colors and abrupt landscape truly unique.

Bora Bora is for sure the most mythical of all the islands in the Pacific, and is still the one everyone dreams about, which makes it difficult to find the precise words to describe its magic. Mount Otemanu acts like a silent watchman from the island's center, abruptly emerging and looking out from above. Its lagoon is a true natural pool where virtually all kinds of watersports can be practiced, from scuba diving to glass bottom boat sailing.

Other main attractions include a visit to Vaitape, Bora Bora's picturesque and most important town, or an excursion to see the cannons that american soldiersleft behind during World War II, which have now been claimed by the jungle. Bora Bora is an experience for the senses, from the moment of arrival at the airport to see its runway ending just a few feet before the beginning of the lagoon, until departure when one can only think about when returning to the Pearl of the Pacific.

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Activities in Bora Bora

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Diving on Bora Bora

Bora Bora, where nature offers a marvelous underwater world, allows for very specific dives. There are the manta rays and leopard rays that can be visited inside the lagoon. For the more adventurous and experienced, there are spine-tingling dives in the ocean, where one meets a variety of lemon sharks, black-tipped sharks and gray sharks.

Regardless of the diving level, an amazing underwater world can be discovered in all the tranquility. Most of the land or water activities offered on Bora Bora allow non-divers to discover the magic of this unforgettable universe. And there's one of the world's most unique sights, not to be missed: the manta rays' ballet in Bora Bora's lagoon all year-round. Being Bora Bora's lagoon one of the world's most beautiful, it's an experience that won't be easily forgotten.


DIVING SPOTS

Toopua Pass:
A paradise for beginners, this coral garden is teeming with eagle rays, moray eels and multicolored fish.

Tapu:
One of the diving clubs' most popular spots, it's just outside the reef near the pass, so people can see eventual pelagics passing through. Lemon sharks, tunas, manta rays, giant wrasses.

Teavanui Pass:
The only navigable pass in Bora, it works as a moving highway that lets fish in and out of the island. Embedded in purple and yellow coral walls, the place is a showcase for all kinds of sharks, moray eels and jack fish.

Fafa Piti:
Incredible encounter with the exceptional manta rays. This spot is their preferred for being cleaned, that's why they come here in great numbers occasionally. Good for beginners and certified divers. Remoras, giant wrasses, etc.

Muri Muri:
Further from the pass and outside the reef, this site is ideal for seeing migrating fish, with the occasion to see dolphins and even some whales during migrating season (between august and november). Tunas, turtles, barracudas, etc.

Tupitipiti:
Supposedly a neverending bottomless blue-sky scenery of outer-reef waters. Here there is no slope, just an abrupt drop following a wall of pink, purple and white coral. Gorgons, sharks, turtles, etc.

Toopua Iti:
Drift dive among coral canyons with good chances of finding schools of leopard rays. The drifting ends in the Toopua site. Parrot fish, sea bass, groupers, wrasses.

Diving clubs

Diveasy

Private diving, with an exclusive underwater communications system. Located in Le Meridien Bora Bora.

https://www.diveasyborabora.com

Eleuthera Bora Diving Center

Located in Matira Point, it has people speaking French, English, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish. Part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

https://www.eleutheraboradiving.com

TOPDive

TOPDive has three centers in Bora Bora. One is located in the village of Vaitape, and the other two in Intercontinental Thalasso and Bora Bora Pearl Beach hotels.

https://topdive.com

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