Bora Bora Pictures Guide, Polynesia 2017-07-16T17:01:40+00:00

Bora Bora Pictures Guide, French Polynesia

Bora Bora satellite view, French Polynesia, South Pacific

One of the South Pacific’s pearls of great price (quite a price! ), Bora Bora, a short flight from Tahiti. The island’s airport is visible in the lower left corner.

What is  Bora Bora?

Bora Bora (pop. about 9, 000) is a spectacular atoll in French Polynesia, two high peaks surrounded by a barrier reef that encloses a stunningly beautiful lagoon. It’s an amazing setting enhanced by powder sand beaches and fantastically seductive shallow swimming and snorkelling inside the protective coral reef. Bora Bora is expensive to both get there and stay there and is somewhat divorced from real life. i. e. it’s life in the fast lane, but what a life. . .

 Bora Bora water bungalows and reef, French Polynesia, South Pacific

A classic over-water beach bungalow setup, Le Meridien, photo by Didierlefort.

The reef ringing Bora Bora and protecting its beaches is essential to a quiet life, keeping the waters inside calm, clear and generally free of potential marine nasties so snorkelling is warm and tranquil pleasure, not a man hunt.

Paul Gaugin cruise ship in Bora-Bora, South Pacific

A cruise ship visiting Bora-Bora.

Casuarina trees that love sandy seaside locations are in the unfortunate habit of dropping sharp little seed pods onto some of the perfect beaches, perfectly placed to rudely interrupt romantic, dreamy shuffles through powder sand in bare feet. Apart from that little niggle, what a Bora!

Bora Bora overview from Mt Pahia, French Polynesia, South Pacific

Looking NE from Mt Pahia, one of the island’s two peaks . Photo by Rachel The Cat.

Accommodation

four seasons room terrace view, bora bora, south pacific

Many of the best resorts on Bora Bora cling to the inside of the ring reef, as opposed to sitting on the island, where visitors are even more divorced from reality than they would be onshore. Space around the reef is obviously limited so water bungalows have become a neccessity, not a luxury. Though they are luxurious too!

Tourist accommodation in Bora Bora is mostly in over-water bungalows – some with glass floors so guests can watch marine life drift below- though quality and price differs considerably. Bargains are hard to find but book well ahead for the off-season and discounts will appear. We’ve never been to Bora Bora as we are budget travelers, so the extravagant room terrace photo is of and by the Four Seasons hotel.

Blacktip reef sharks around Bora Bora, French Polynesia, South Pacific

Black Tip Reef sharks outside Bora Bora’s atoll; not a man-eating kind of shark, unless you look especially tasty. Photo by Supertoff.

Things to Do

Attractions in Bora Bora are limited to beaches and marine activities apart from climbing a peak or two and admiring a couple of old cannon.
Sailing, wind or kite surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking are all available inside the lagoon as well as the obvious snorkeling and rental cycles.
Public transport n’existe pas. The local language is French though naturally those involved in tourism – nearly everybody – speak English.

four seasons infinity pool. bora bora, south pacific

Some hotels indulge in spectacular pools in addition to the massive, natural lagoon pool. This is the Four Seasons, photo by Didierlefort.

 Bora Bora hammock, French Polynesia, South Pacific

Looks like a fantasy? But it could be your reality! If you take a second mortgage on your home.

Weather

The best months in Bora Bora are May-October, winter, when sunshine hours are at their highest, rainfall and humidity at its lowest and temperatures move gently from comfortable highs of about 29C (84F) to lows of about 25C (77F).

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