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Polynesia - Bora Bora

A lush gem presided over by two towering peaks, Bora Bora makes quite a first impression. Admire turquoise lagoons from the perimeter road that traces its 19-mile circumference. There is a bounty of activities packed into this small space. Get your feet wet at the Lagoonarium, the Diving Center, the Coral Gardens or the Leopard Rays Trench. After an energetic day, contemplate these watery wonders from the lofty heights of 2300-foot Mount Otemanu or while strolling through palm-studded Matira Point.

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.

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From most major airports, you'll want to fly into Papeete (PPT). Once in Papeete, Air Tahiti flies several times a day from Tahiti. Flights are quite often full, so it is not a bad idea to make a reservation.

Air Tahiti operates flights from:
Papeete/Tahiti: 4 direct flights per day, flight time 50 min
Moorea: daily, flight time 50 min
Huahine: daily except Wed, flight time 25 min
Maupiti: Sun, flight time 15 min
Raiatea: daily, flight time 20 min

The airport is located on a small motu (islet) north of the main island. Transfer to the main island or to accommodations located on other motus is done by boat.

The major accommodations have counters at the airport. For the accommodations located on the main island, you will need to take the (free) ferry to Vaitape. From there, small buses will usually pick you up.

Air Tahiti operates a free shuttle boat transfer from the airport to the main village, Vaitape, by "Bora Bora Navette".

Once on the island, Vaitape is the arrival point of the ferry from the airport, and is the only "town" of any size of the island.

At the southern tip of the main island, Matira is the location of the largest beach as well as several hotels and restaurants. The central part of the island is extremely mountaineous, tough to access and not inhabited (and furthermore devoid of roads of any kind).

The way you get around in Bora Bora depends greatly on your accommodation and its location. Several resorts are actually located on motus and not on the main island, hence the need of boat transportation to get anywhere. Boat transfers from those motus resorts to the main island or between the resorts and the airport are usually provided.

Accommodations located on the island generally also provide a transfer to and the Airport ferry quay. On the main island, there is only one sealed road. Public transport on the island is limited, consisting of a single bus that goes halfway around the island and back approximately every hour. Taxis are also available.

Operators of activities and restaurants sometimes (but not always) provide a transfer to and from the accommodations - be sure to ask when booking.

Renting a bicycle or a small buggy can be an option if you plan to have your freedom on the main island, but the road is sometimes very narrow, and in bad shape.

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Weather: The climate on the Island of Bora Bora and the rest of the Society Islands is considered tropical and can be divided into two basic seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The wet season (Polynesian Summer), is between the months of November to April, receiving approximately 3/4ths of the annual rainfall of French Polynesia between these months. The humidity during this time can be quite heavy and muggy and cloud cover is common. Storms are frequent, brief, and unpredictable.(Average rainfall for Papeete is 1800mm). Temperatures will range from 27 - 30 degrees C, with the hottest months being February and March. Day to night temperature fluctuations are minimal. This "wet season" is considered the "off season" for tourism.

Currency: French Pacific Franc (CFP Franc or XPF)

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