Visiting Bora Bora? 8 Fun Facts to Know

by Hannah Watkins on November 11, 2013

Known for its luxury resorts, crystal clear water, and white, sandy beaches, Bora Bora is an international tourist destination as well as major cruise port.

BoraBoraPhoto: An aerial view of Bora Bora, by Makemake at the German language Wikipedia

Bora Bora is an ideal destination to visit, but before you plan your trip, here are some facts to know:

1) The main produce of the island is the coconut–the island is filled with coconut trees lining the sandy beaches.

The coast line of Bora Bora is unbeatable–the natural landscapes draw in many tourists.

2) The island was originally inhabited by Polynesian settlers, and they named the island Pora Pora, which means “first born”. However, the first Europeans to visit misunderstood the native people & heard Bora Bora–the name stuck!

3) Bora Bora is surrounded by coral reef and several smaller “islets”, or formations of large rock with minimal vegetation.


Above is the “picture perfect” Matira shoreline and clear blue waters. Photo by: Scott Williams

4) According to the most recent census, the permanent population of Bora Bora is 8,880.

5) In WWII, Bora Bora was a military supply and seaplane base. It was known as “Operation Bobcat” and kept up a  force of nearly 7, 000 men and nine ships.


Pictured above are some of the over-the-water bungalows that sit over the lagoon. Many tourists choose to stay in these accommodations.

6) Hotel Bora Bora, one of the original hotels of the island, began the “bungalow trend”–which are small houses that sit on stilts over the water. Many resorts have options ranging from affordable for everyone, to incredibly expensive with added luxuries.

7) There are no forms of public transportation on the island–be prepared to either rent a car or use a bicycle while here!

The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort–a favorite among many travelers.

8) Snorkeling and scuba diving around the lagoon are popular activities. If you’re lucky, you may catch a sighting of a shark or sting ray–as both species are native to the waters here.


Come visit Bora Bora in order to catch breath-taking sunsets like the one pictured here at Marara Beach.

Learn more about Bora Bora with these resources:

Bora Bora Map & Guide to the Polynesian Reef

Bora Bora Strategy Board Game

Earthly Edens: BORA BORA

Have you ever  been lucky enough to visit Bora Bora? What are your favorite spots there? Share in the comment section below!

Hannah WatkinsThis article is written by Hannah Watkins – writer, traveler, and grand-scale dreamer – as well as a senior studying communications at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.

She is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with her pug named Cookie.

Hannah is currently completing an internship with VentureTime Travel and she hopes to someday work in the Public Relations field.


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