Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas territory 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 meters (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).

Today the island is mainly dependent on tourism. Over the last few years several resorts have been built on motu (small islands) surrounding the lagoon.


Bora Bora is as close to paradise as you can get without doing anything really drastic. It is the perfect place to spend a relaxed holiday that is filled with activities at the same time. Hardly surprising, water sports are top notch here.

Bora Bora is also packed full of Polynesian sights, smells, and sounds you’ll want to experience. Ancient Archeological ruins, leftover World War II bunkers and cannons are found on the island and can be visited on guided tours.