The tiny island of Bora Bora is known all over the world for its incredible beauty. It personifies everything you have heard about the Pacific life - clear blue sea, warm white sands, coconut creeks and mangrove forests. Not surprisingly, it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the past few decades. This has reflected in the hospitality industry that operates on the island, which provides the visitors with the most luxurious holiday with the presence of resorts and bespoke waterfront bungalows on short and long term rent.
Polynesia and the Tahiti islands are known throughout history to be an inspiration for creative souls. The great modernist painter Paul Gauguin did some of his best known work inspired by the visions of the islands. Robert Louis Stevenson, the great Scottish writer who authored books like The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Kidnapped also visited the islands for inspiration. Technically, all of French Polynesia including Bora Bora is an overseas collectivity of France. The original inhabitants of the islands were the Polynesian people, whose culture and languages are still kept alive by their descendants. Bora Bora was an independent island until 1888, when it was annexed by France as an overseas colony.
Bora Bora is a small island, with a total surface area of only 12 square miles. Around 10,000 inhabitants live on Bora Bora, and most of the population is located in the Vaitape region of the island, which also serves as the administrative center for the island. The main island of Bora Bora is surrounded by smaller islets, some of which serve as independent resorts. Bora Bora experiences tropical climate throughout the year. Temperatures here remain between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius, with the hottest month of the year being February when the temperatures reach 30 degrees. Otherwise, temperatures remain on the pleasant side of the 20s. The island experiences rainfall from November to April, with December and January being the rainiest months. The rains and the resulting humidity means that this period is generally considered to be the low season for tourism. Peak tourist season start from May and goes on till October.
The Motu Mute Airport is the closest airport to Bora Bora. It is located on one of its surrounding islets, and is accessible from the main island via a ferry. Air Tahiti has regular flights flying to and from Bora Bora. You will first have to get to Tahiti via flight from LA or other locations.
A great way to discover the islands is by taking a Bora Bora voyage or cruise . Unless you want to spent a longer period of time on the island, cruises are generally considered the better option. This is because firstly, you get to see a lot more of Polynesia on a cruise. Secondly, you don’t need to go through the hassle of packing and unpacking every time you visit a new island and thirdly, with onboard meals and drinks, a cruise is more pocket-friendly. The cruises stop at an island for a day or two, and set sail in the evening, allowing you to spend the whole day on the island. Voyages are either 7, 12 or 14 days long, depending upon the itinerary and start from Tahiti. On the other hand, longer cruises that start from Los Angeles and cover more tropical islands are also available.