sabato 22 gennaio 2011

Bora Bora Island

Bora Bora is an island in the group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The original name of the island in the Tahitian language might be better rendered as Pora Pora, meaning "First Born".
The island, located about 230 kilometres northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu.
Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. The island is served by Bora Bora Airport on Motu Mete in the north, next to the St Regis Resort, with Air Tahiti providing daily flights to and from Papeete on Tahiti.
Produce of the island is mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and the plentiful coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra.
Today the island is mainly dependent on tourism. Over the last few years several resorts have been built on motu (small islands) surrounding the lagoon. Thirty years ago, Hotel Bora Bora built the first over-the-water bungalows on stilts over the lagoon and today, over-water bungalows are a standard feature of most Bora Bora resorts. 
Most of the tourist destinations are aquacentric; however it is possible to visit attractions on land such as WWII cannons. Air Tahiti has five or six flights daily to the Bora Bora Airport on Motu Mute from Tahiti (as well as from other islands).
Although French and Tahitian are the main languages spoken by the inhabitants, people in contact with tourists generally have some command of English. Most visitors to Bora Bora are American, Japanese, or European.
Rental cars and bicycles are the recommended method of transport. There are also small fun-cars for hire in Vaitape. Bora Bora is predestined for snorkeling and scuba diving in and around its lagoon. Many species of sharks and rays inhabit the surrounding body of water. There are a few dive operators on the island offering manta ray dives and also shark-feeding dives.
Accommodation on Bora Bora consists of a number of high-end resorts ranging from modern hotels to motus (small islands) with private bungalows built on stilts over the lagoon.
The island is 44-square kilometres in size, with a population of 4,650. It is an overseas territory of France and French is the official language; Tahitian and some English is also spoken.
Travel around Bora Bora is limited to bus and bicycle. To reach Bora Bora you can either fly from Tahiti's Faaa airport, or take the inter-island ferry.

2 commenti:

  1. beautiful!:)) Thanks for sharing!

  2. :):)..thanks for leaving such a nice'a real pleasure to meet new friends..I live in Rome but I've always dreamt of visiting such amazing islands. have you been there..?