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Bora Bora

An island in French Polynesia

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A Quick Tip by DavidStanley

  • Jan 8, 2012
"After Tahiti and Moorea, the Leeward Islands are the most visited part of French Polynesia, especially legendary Bora Bora. The scenery is superb, with winding coastlines and verdant volcanic peaks above the waterline and brilliant coral gardens and exotic marinelife in the lagoons." text from Moon Tahiti
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January 09, 2012
Have you ever been before? What was it like? I would love to visit someday! :)
 
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Quick Tip by . May 09, 2011
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Romantic... most romantic place to have honeymoon! I took the Air Tahiti Nui via Tokyo since it was a free flight. I do believe there are direct flights to Tahiti (capital of French Polynesia) and then air transfer from thereon. It's not easy to get to Bora Bora but it's definitely worth it. A haven for snorkeling and scuba diving!              
Quick Tip by . October 02, 2009
THE place for honeymooners, if you are looking to spend it on an island of your own, that is!
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Since 1979 David Stanley has authored numerous travel guidebooks to the Pacific Islands, Alaska, Canada, Cuba, and Eastern Europe for Lonely Planet and Moon Handbooks. His travels have taken him to 187 … more
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Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (140 mi) 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, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 ft). The original name of the island in the Tahitian language might be better rendered as Pora Pora, meaning "First Born"; an early transcription found in 18th- and 19th century accounts, is Bolabolla (or "Bollabolla").

The major settlement, Vaitape is on the western side of the island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. The products of the island are mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. During the August 2007 census, the population on the island was about 8,880 people. 
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