1Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. It’s also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts. At the island’s center rises Mt. Otemanu, a 727m dormant volcano.While the bustling town of Vaitape (site of the island’s airport) offers numerous restaurants and boutiques, the tourist center is Matira, home to one of Bora Bora’s most popular beaches and a prime snorkeling area. Other snorkeling spots include Coral Gardens, a reef teeming with sea life that’s accessible by boat, and the Bora Bora Lagoonarium, a natural aquarium whose activities include swimming with sharks. Other water activities include fishing, paddleboarding and outrigger canoeing. Inland, guided 4×4 jeep expeditions are available from numerous tour operators.Undoubtedly the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s leading lady. Her beauty is unrivaled and her fame, unwavering. Bora Bora is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to witness in their lifetime—and once you see it, you are forever enamored.Perfect white-sand beaches give way to azure waters where tropical-colored fish animate the coral gardens and giant manta rays glide leisurely past. This could easily be defined as the center of the romantic universe, where luxury resorts and spas dot the island with overwater bungalows, thatched-roof villas and a fabled ambience. Simply put, Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful islands in the world.



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