Bora Bora, an island of French Polynesia, is located in the Pacific Ocean, about 260 km northwest of Tahiti (less than an hour’s flight). The island was discovered in 1722, and its ancient name Vavau suggests that the original inhabitants of this seven-million-year-old island arrived from Tonga, an archipelago in the South Pacific. The original name of this island is Pora Pora, which means “first birth”, because there is no “B” sound in the local Tahitian language.
Perfectly white sandy beaches are lapped by emerald blue water. The main island and several smaller islands of Bora Bora, of volcanic origin, are completely surrounded by a coral reef, where fish of all colors decorate the coral gardens, welcoming huge manta rays.
The castle-like Mount Otemanu breaks the sky, and the seductive tropical slopes and valleys are covered with hibiscus flowers. Palm frond-covered Motu bungalows surround the sparkling lagoon.