Bora Bora Island in French Polynesia (with Map & Photos)

If there is a paradise on earth, then probably it is located on the island of Bora Bora. Named in the 60s of the twentieth century the most beautiful island in the world, it remains to this day the most beautiful, better than which you can hardly find anything. Bora Bora is one of the most romantic places on the planet, which is why it is chosen by lovers and newlyweds who dream of spending their honeymoon here, enjoying the stunning beauty of nature. The uniqueness of the island lies in the fact that its lagoon, even with gray cloudy skies and rain, remains invariably bright, with an emerald tint. And the variety of aromas, the richness of colors, the whimsical forms of the colors of the island are simply amazing. Here you are greeted everywhere with a garland of tiare flowers - the symbol of Polynesia.

Bora Bora
Bora Bora

Bora Bora Island is an atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, formed from an extinct volcano, the central part of which was eventually destroyed by underwater currents and climatic conditions, and in its place a magnificent mother-of-pearl lagoon formed. Bora Bora is located 240 kilometers northwest of Tahiti. The green island, with densely growing palms, outlandish flowers and rare birds, is surrounded by a scattering of small islets called motu. The island itself is a mountain range and belongs to French Polynesia, which is one of the countries of the French Overseas Community. Bora Bora is the second largest island after Tahiti and the southernmost of the volcanic islands of Polynesia. In its center there are three majestic mountains - Pachia, with its pristine beauty and contrasting color changes at different times of the day.

Bora Bora
Bora Bora

Mount Otemanu is a cone of a volcano that died out 4 million years ago. The island consists mainly of basaltic lava and has an elongated shape: about 9 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide. Bora Bora is surrounded by a ring of coral reefs with crystal clear water. There are never storms and high waves here, as the reefs are natural breakwaters.

The settlements of local residents, the total number of which is only about 9000 thousand, are located on the picturesque coast of the island, immersed in lush greenery. The most numerous and largest settlement of Bora Bora is called Vaitape. The village is located in the western part of the island and has approximately 5,000 inhabitants. The central interiors of Bora Bora are impassable or accessible only by off-road vehicles. The whole island is surrounded by a ring road that connects all small settlements and hotels located on numerous islets - motu. The length of the ring road is 32 kilometers.

Bora Bora
Bora Bora

What to see in Bora Bora

To see all the beauty of Bora Bora and enjoy this amazing island to the fullest, it is best of all during sightseeing excursions. They are all very exciting and interesting. You can order one trip, or you can also order a 2-hour mini-tour around the island. You can book excursions to Bora Bora in advance, but it is more profitable to do it on the island itself: in this case, the cost of excursions will be much lower.

Visit to the Lagunarium

A unique trip not to be missed if you are vacationing in Bora Bora. Skirting the island on a motor ship, on the way to the Lagunarium, you can see all the hotels in Bora Bora. Created and maintained by several generations of Bora Bora's inhabitants, the Lagunarium is a netted water area in the ocean in which the Pacific marine fauna live and breed. Here you can swim with huge Stingray rays, small sharks, turtles, barracudas and other amazing fish. The lagunarium is located near the Le Meridien Resort.

Coral garden

Snorkelling in this beautiful garden is a great pleasure. The coral garden is located in the lagoon, among its bizarre corals scurrying small and large fish, incredible colors and shapes. And swimming to the very edge of the coral reef, an amazing feeling is created: here it is warm and calm, you can see the bottom and schools of fish, and beyond the reef, a bottomless blue ocean, with its unfamiliar inhabitants, and you are only 15 meters away from it.

Feeding sharks and rays

The most popular trip is to a remote lagoon site where giant rays and sharks can be found. This place is also called the "road of stingrays". Here you can leave the boat and find yourself face to face with huge stingrays and sharks. This is an incomparable feeling that will leave an indelible impression from touching these gigantic creatures, being in their native element. Huge strong stingrays, which can be tickled, touched, stroked and fed, are very different from 2-meter brown sharks, cautiously swimming up for food. The local stingrays and sharks are considered safe for humans, but swimming and feeding is carried out under the supervision of an instructor.

Underwater excursion

Going on an excursion aboard a submarine, you can observe the magical world of the Pacific Ocean and the life of its inhabitants.

Climbing mountains

This is a hike to the top of Mount Pachia, which is lower and more accessible than Otemanu. Legend has it that the god of war must descend from Mount Pachia, according to the rainbow. The road runs through beautiful orchids, thickets of orchids and dense fern forests, leading you to the top of the mountain. According to the local population, no one has yet succeeded in conquering the neighboring peak, Mount Otemanu, there are four observation platforms on the mountain. From these sites, an unusually breathtaking spectacle opens up - an azure lagoon bordered by a reef, and a blue endless ocean. For safety reasons, hiking is always accompanied by a guide.

Bora Bora
Bora Bora


You can explore the few sights of Bora Bora on foot or by car. Having reached the northern cape, you will see the village of Faanui, where the Polynesian leaders lived in ancient times. The island is crossed by numerous cobbled paths leading to the ruins of the marae. The most important sacred object of the marae is the Marotetini Temple, for a long time it was the religious center of Bora Bora. Now the temple, restored in 1968, is open to tourists. The next on the route will be the ruins of an American naval base.built for defensive operations against the Japanese. Cannons still stand in various parts of the island, recalling that in 1942, five thousand American soldiers landed on the island's runway. And then they began to use this strip for peaceful purposes, having built an airport on it. Further, the road will lead you to the most beautiful beach in Bora Bora, named Matira, in honor of the British ship "Matilda", which was wrecked in 1792.

Bora Bora Map