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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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Overview

Bora Bora, known as one of the most popular vacation destinations in the South Pacific, is one of the islands in the Leeward Group of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France.

Bora Bora was used by the US as a military base, from 1941 to 1946, following Japan's attack at Pearl Harbor during World War II. After the base was closed many Americans suck around because of how much they loved the island. Since that point in time Bora Bora has been a very popular tourist destination, especially among honeymooners and celebrities.

There are a bunch of beautiful beaches, lagoons and upscale resorts in Bora Bora. Most of the resorts in Bora Bora are well known for having over-the-water bungalows. The major settlement in Bora Bora is Vaitape, located on the western side of the island. There is an extinct volcano in the center of Bora Bora, with two peaks named Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu.

Many cruise ships that include a port of call in Bora Bora will end up staying at this island for 2 days, allowing for their passengers to truly experience this exotic destination.

Mass transportation isn't really a big thing in Bora Bora. As such, it's actually recommended to use a bicycle to get around town.


Destinations
Bora Bora is included on a many South Pacific cruise itineraries.


Cruise Lines Departing Here

Bora Bora is not a cruise departure port.



Currency
The official currency of French Polynesia is the CFP franc (XPF), commonly called the franc. Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
The official languages of French Polynesia are French and Tahitian. English is spoken by most locals that are involved with tourist-related places (such as major tourist attractions, restaurants, stores and hotels) and activities (such as tours).


Tourist Attractions
Because of the beautiful beaches located throughout the island, Bora Bora's lagoons are a very popular place to do some snorkeling and scuba diving. There are many species of sharks and rays in Bora Bora's waters, and feeding them is a popular thing to do (with a professional's help only).

Matira Beach, the island's only public beach, is the most popular beach in Bora Bora. It's a breathtaking beach that's a can't miss if you're in Bora Bora. From this beach you can see sister islands Raiatea and Tahaa. Jet ski rentals are available at this beach.

Bloody Mary's Restaurant (open since 1979) is the most famous restaurant and bar in Bora Bora.
It's a popular place to enjoy fresh seafood (for lunch and/or dinner) and have a few drinks. They stay open until very late in the night, the exact time depending on how busy it is. Reservations are recommended for dinner.

Popular shore excursions in Bora Bora include going to the beach, snorkeling, scuba diving, 4x4 off-road adventures, and island tours.

Please be aware that many of the shops in Bora Bora are closed on Sundays.


Port Location
Cruise ships need to dock offshore and use tenders to transport passengers to and from the island. The tenders usually drop passengers off close to Vaitape, the island's main settlement.
 
Aerial View of Bora Bora
Aerial View of Bora Bora
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Mount Otemanu
Mount Otemanu
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Matira Beach
Matira Beach
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Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora
Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora
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Bloody Mary's Restaurant
Bloody Mary's Restaurant
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Sharks in Bora Bora
Sharks in Bora Bora



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