Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. The major settlement, Vaitape, is on the western side of the main island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. Produce of the island is mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and the plentiful coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. According to a 2008 census, Bora Bora has a permanent population of 8,880.
Where is Bora Bora? Bora Bora is not on any continent. It is an island in French Polynesia. This is part of the region of Oceania, but it is not part of any continent.
Pora Pora – the ancient name, meaning “first born,” came from legends describing this as the first island to rise when Taaroa,
the supreme god, fished it out of the waters after the mythical creation of Havai’i, now known as Raiatea. Although the first letter “B” does not exist in the Tahitian language, when Captain Cook first heard the name he mistook the softened sound of the Tahitian “P” for “B” and called the island Bola Bola.
Some key words for in the local language in Bora Bora include:
Hello – Ia Ora na (yo-rah-nah)
Goodbye – Nana (nah-nah)
Yes – E (ay)
No – Aita (eye-tah)
Man – Tane (tah-nay)
Woman – Vahine (vah-he-nay)
Child – Tamarii (tah-ma-ree-ee)
Friend – Hoa (ho-ah)
Polynesian – Ma’ ohi (mah-o-hee)
Big – Nui (new-ee)
Small – Iti (ee-tee)
Morning – Poipoi (poy-poy)
Beer- “Pia” ( pee- ah)
If you decide to travel to Bora Bora no need to panic about accommodations and adjusting. There are many activities that are cost free, like swimming in the lagoons, swimming with dolphins, shark and ray feeding, and enjoying the famous sunset. Most destinations are aquatic oriented, that may also include scuba diving and snorkeling. Besides the water activities there are many other activities like parasailing, deep sea fishing which is one of its kind in the world since Bora Bora is home of over 500 species of marine wildlife. There is also family hiking and climbing trails. There are also private lagoon cruises, bus tours, and many Motu hangouts. The island also offers flight seeing, along with helicopter tours.