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A small South Pacific island located northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia, Bora Bora overflow with nature's beauty and elegance. Most popular luxury destination, it's surrounded by sand-fringed islets and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef. A dormant volcano in the center and visitors adore the lush green jungle with aquamarine lagoon in the vicinity. Nicknamed as the 'Pearl of the Pacific', the blissful Bora Bora abounds with luxurious resorts, sunny skies, warm waters and friendly locals. Tourism is the main industry on the island and you can snorkel, explore Vaitape, hike Mount Otemanu and more.
The largest public access beach in Bora Bora, Matira Beach is extremely popular with the tourists visiting here. The water is pure and crystal-clear with the sand being soft and downy. Matira Beach is also studded with resorts, shops and fine-dining eateries, and a convenient place to spend most of a day. Travelers have so much positive to say and don't get tired while appreciating the incredibly blue waters and how the shoreline is rarely ever crowded making it the perfect place for some rest and relaxation. Do visit the Matira Beach at the sunset, as they're worth the panoramic view. You can either get there by bicycle or taxi and even have an option of driving & park near the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana.
Set on a small island just east of the main island and directly across from the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort, you'll find an enchanting coral reef. Visitors can hire a tour operator who guides them through the process of swimming and snorkeling among the coral, not to mention among sea life, such as sting rays, moray eels and blacktip reef sharks. Snorkeling among the coral reefs is a mandatory experience as the sharks and sting rays don't tend to be aggressive if staying with the group.
Looking to give your body a break from swimming and snorkeling? Explore the Bora Bora's waters by boat and visitors can choose from sailboats, glass-bottom boats, speedboats, kayaks, Jet Skis or more, the island has it all. The Bora Bora Boat Tours can be personalized for each traveler and comprise everything from half to full-day and private or shared excursions. If you're an adrenaline junkie, you can include deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and animal feeding. Many boat tours tend to include full meals abroad the vessel.
Credit to the see-through waters that surround Bora Bora, it's easy to spot the wildlife that inhabits the region. Visitors need to sign up for an up-close encounter with sharks or the stingrays. Plenty of adventure tour companies offer snorkeling, and shark and stingray feedings and encounters. Travelers have the opportunity to interact with maiden blacktip reef sharks and stingrays in their natural habitats. It's supposedly a fun activity for the entire family and a great way to explore the ocean floor. Although getting within range of stingrays and sharks may seem scary, many say it's not, as the sharks are small and the stingrays are pretty harmless.
A natural aquarium, the Bora Bora Lagoon-arium is located just east of the main island. A puzzling fact is it's natural and a portion of the actual lagoon and not man-made. It's the coolest thing on Bora Bora and travelers can actually snorkel on the premises under the supervision of wildlife guides. You get up-close with sharks, turtles, rays and many different kinds of ocean fish. A lot of options as regards number of extras exist such as choosing a canoe tour of the island or a barbecue picnic. Prominent for being a great introduction to snorkeling as it feels safe and confined, especially when compared to deep-sea snorkeling, which might push some travelers out of their comfort zones.
A trip to Bora Bora isn't fulfilled if you don't pay a visit to the top of this breathtaking extinct volcano, Mount Otemanu. This impressive mountain is one of two peaks of an extinct volcano rises some 2400 feet above the lagoon and makes up for a dramatic photo op or an adrenaline-pumping adventure. Many visitors are flattened by the mountain's otherworldly beauty, which can be seen from just about any corner of the island. If some visitors are interested in hiking, think tackling the smaller of the two peaks, Mount Pahia.
Vaitape is the main town of Bora Bora Islands lying close to the west coast of the island. Travelers will find many eateries, souvenir shops and churches along its main territory. Come here on a Sunday, the streets come alive when stalls appear selling everything from clams to doughnuts. It encompasses a tourist office, gas stations and an established medical center with other facilities required by tourists. Visitors looking for some fancy souvenirs, plan to visit Sibani Perle and purchase beautiful black pearl jewelry. Plenty of store are offering less expensive souvenirs and are scattered all along the street.
Ploy to get hands on experience with some local fare, plenty of restaurants such as Bloody Mary's restaurant and bar is a good place to let loose, while Restaurant St. James is known for its huge menu and equally large portions. Make reservations for a table at Bora Bora Yacht Club, where you can enjoy Oceanside dining. You can reach the township of Vaitape by taxi, bicycle or Le Truck bus and few of the resorts offer shared and private shuttle services as well as ferry service.
A biking adventure is one of the most fun things to do in Bora Bora and you'll love the way how you circumnavigate the Bora Bora Islands. Bikers can ride on the paved coastal road around Bora Bora for 20 miles and that's completely flat the whole way. While biking you can check out the major attractions such as quaint fishing villages and ancient Polynesian temples while relishing the stunning scenery of Bora Bora.
It's the ultimate Bora Bora experience, staying in an overwater bungalow. Built with pandanus palms and other local wood, these bungalows have the palapa roofs. As they perch on stilts over the water, the pristine clear waters of the lagoon are right below your feet. A perfect way to launch the day is to jump from your deck into the water for a pre-breakfast swim! Most of the exotic Island’s overwater bungalows have glass panels in the floor where you can stare at the fish as they swim underneath you.
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