Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. It’s also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts. At the island’s center rises Mt. Otemanu, a 727m dormant volcano.
During World War II, the United States picked Bora Bora as a base for military supply, oil depot, air strip and seaplane base. They also constructed defensive fortifications around the island. Luckily though, no combat took place here and the presence of American troops seemed to be accepted by the opposition forces. According to the history of Bora Bora, the United States Military Base officially closed on June 2, 1946 following the end of the war. However, many Americans refused to leave the island as it had become close to their hearts. Some Americans were even forcibly asked to leave following complaints from their families on the mainland. The abandoned base became French Polynesia’s only international airport until Faa’a International Airport opened in the 1962 in Papeete, Tahiti.
Today the Island of Bora Bora relies largely on tourism and because of this seven luxurious resorts were built over the past few years. Hotel Bora Bora was the first to build bungalows that stand over the water using stilts which are now a given of every resort on the island as these bungalows provide spectacular sights of lagoons and mountains.
The history of Bora Bora shows that the island’s first settlers back in the 4th century were Tongan people. The first European explorers who visited the island were led by James Cook. However, prior to this island of Bora Bora was already sighted by other explorers. The history of Bora Bora also indicates that in 1842 the island became a colony of France under the leadership of Admiral Abel Aubert Dupetit Thouars. Agricultural students have recently discovered that 3 fossils were found under one of houses.
TOP SITES IN BORA BORA
The matira point beach
monte otemanu ‘mountain’
bora bora lagoonarium
monte pahia ‘hiking’
FUN THINGS TO DO
watching the dolphins
scuba and snorkeling
gift and specialty shops
shark diving ‘am never gonna try this though *laughing*
water and jet skiing
nature and wildlife
let me add romance ‘we love the island romance’
and so much more……
so my lovelies, i kept my promise right? isn’t this beautiful? wow this island is beyond amazing and to be honest am craving a getaway right now *smiling*
so guys go to the comment section and let me know what y’all think about Bora Bora island of tahiti and blow up this island with likes….
history source: Wikipedia
all images are from google and a big shootout to their respective owners.. y’all are amazing…