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This article is about the island of Bora Bora. For the administrative commune (municipality) which includes the island, see Bora-Bora. This article is about the island of Bora Bora. ...

Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora
Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora

Bora Bora (16°26′40″S, 151°45′5″WCoordinates: 16°26′40″S, 151°45′5″W) is 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 km (140 miles) 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 m (2,385 ft). The original name of the island in the Tahitian language might be better rendered as Pora Pora, meaning "First Born". Mount Otemanu in Bora Bora (personal photograph). ... Mount Otemanu in Bora Bora (personal photograph). ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... The Leeward Islands (French: ÃŽles Sous-le-Vent; litteraly Islands Under-the-Wind) are part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. ... The Society Islands (French: ÃŽles de la Société or offically Archipel de la Société) are a group of islands in the south Pacific, administratively part of French Polynesia. ... Papeete Waterfront Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia, and is located on the island of Tahiti, which is part of the Society Islands, in French Polynesia. ... This mid bay barrier in Narrabeen, a suburb of Sydney (Australia), has blocked what used to be a bay to form a lagoon. ... A reef surrounding an islet. ... An Extinct volcano is a volcano which is not currently erupting and which is not considered likely to erupt in the future. ... The metre or meter is a measure of length. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... Tahitian, a Tahitic language, is one of the two official languages of French Polynesia (along with French). ...


The island is administratively part of the commune (municipality) of Bora-Bora, itself in the administrative subdivision of the Leeward Islands. As of 2002, the population was about 7,250 people. The major settlement, Vaitape is on the western side of the island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. The products of the island are mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. ... This article is about the island of Bora Bora. ... Motto Anthem La Marseillaise Capital (and largest city) Papeete Official languages French Government Dependent territory  -  President of France Nicolas Sarkozy  -  President of French Polynesia Gaston Tong Sang Overseas dependency  -  Bastille Day 14 July (1789)  Area  -  Total 4,167 km² (173rd) 1,609 sq mi   -  Water (%) 12 Population  -  July 2006 estimate... The Leeward Islands (French: ÃŽles Sous-le-Vent; litteraly Islands Under-the-Wind) are part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Copra drying in the sun Copra is the dried meat, or kernel, of the coconut. ...

Bora Bora from the air.
Bora Bora from the air.

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Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 540 pixelsFull resolution (1536 × 1037 pixel, file size: 944 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful islands in the world from the air. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 540 pixelsFull resolution (1536 × 1037 pixel, file size: 944 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful islands in the world from the air. ...

History

Abel Aubert Dupetit Thouars taking over the Tahiti archipelago on September 9, 1842.
Abel Aubert Dupetit Thouars taking over the Tahiti archipelago on September 9, 1842.

While the island was sighted by earlier explorers, James Cook led the first group of Europeans to visit the island in 1777. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2247x1162, 2064 KB) Dupetit Thouars taking over Tahiti on September 9th, 1842. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2247x1162, 2064 KB) Dupetit Thouars taking over Tahiti on September 9th, 1842. ... Abel Aubert Dupetit Thouars (1793-1864). ... Blue plaque for Captain James Cook Captain James Cook FRS RN (27 October 1728 (O.S.) – 14 February 1779) was an English explorer, navigator and cartographer. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... Year 1777 (MDCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1842 Bora Bora was made a protectorate of France following the actions of Admiral Abel Aubert Dupetit Thouars. 1842 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about states protected and/or dominated by a foreign power. ... Abel Aubert Dupetit Thouars (1793-1864). ...


World War II

Following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan, the United States entered World War II. The US chose Bora Bora as a South Pacific military supply base, and an oil depot, airstrip, seaplane base, and defensive fortifications were constructed. However, the island saw no combat as the American presence on Bora Bora went uncontested over the course of the war. Although the base was officially closed on June 2, 1946, many American personnel so loved the island and the people that they refused to leave. Some had to be forcibly removed following complaints from their families.[citation needed] is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Combatants United States Empire of Japan Commanders Husband Kimmel Walter Short others Chuichi Nagumo Tamon Yamaguchi Chuichi Hara Mikawa Gunichi Sentaro Omori others Strength 8 battleships, 8 cruisers, 29 destroyers, 9 submarines, ~50 other ships, ~390 aircraft 6 aircraft carriers, 9 destroyers, 2 battleships, 2 heavy cruisers, 1 light cruiser... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Pacific Ocean Areas was a major Allied military command during World War II. It was one of four major commands during the Pacific War, and one of two United States commands in the Pacific theatre of operations. ... A DeHavilland Single Otter floatplane in Harbour Air livery. ... is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


This World War II airstrip, which was never able to accommodate large aircraft, was French Polynesia's only international airport until Faa'a International Airport was opened in Papeete, Tahiti in 1962. Papeete Waterfront Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia, and is located on the island of Tahiti, which is part of the Society Islands, in French Polynesia. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Today

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort, Bora Bora
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort, Bora Bora

Today the island is mainly dependent on tourism. Over the last few years seven high-end resorts have been built on motus (small islands) surrounding the lagoon. Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort taken with Nokia 7600, Bora Bora File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort taken with Nokia 7600, Bora Bora File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Tourists on Oahu, Hawaii Tourism is travel for predominantly recreational or leisure purposes or the provision of services to support this leisure travel. ... Resorts combine a hotel and a variety of recreations, such as swimming pools. ...


Thirty years ago, Hotel Bora Bora built the first over-the-water bungalows on stilts over the lagoon and today, overwater bungalows are a standard feature of most Bora Bora resorts. These private bungalows offer stunning views of the lagoon and mountain, easy access into the lagoon and are very luxurious, spacious, and priced accordingly.


Bora Bora's main attraction is its calm and crystal-clear lagoon offering the full array of nautical activities, the most famous being the Shark and Ray Feeding Excursion. There are also land excursion, such as by 4x4 up the hills to see the old WWII cannons and get a bird's-eye-view of the multicolored lagoon.

Matira Beach and Lagoon, Bora Bora

Air Kakwira has five or six flights daily to the island from Tahiti (as well as from other islands), at a cost of about 14,000 XPF one-way, equivalent to around £80 or $149. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2585x1561, 1325 KB) Matira beach and lagoon, Bora Bora, looking west towards Hotel Bora Bora (distant right) from the hill behind the Matira Hotel. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2585x1561, 1325 KB) Matira beach and lagoon, Bora Bora, looking west towards Hotel Bora Bora (distant right) from the hill behind the Matira Hotel. ... ISO 4217 Code XPF User(s) New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Wallis and Futuna Inflation 2. ...


Although French and Tahitian are the main languages spoken by the inhabitants, people in contact with tourists generally have some command of English. Most visitors to Bora Bora are American, Japanese, or European. Tahitian, a Tahitic language, is one of the two official languages of French Polynesia (along with French). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


Public transport on the island is limited, consisting of a single bus that goes halfway around the island and back approximately every hour. Bicycles are the recommended method of transport for tourists. There are also small fun-cars for hire in the little town of Vaitape.


Bora Bora is famous for snorkeling and scuba diving in and around its lagoon. Many species of sharks and rays can be seen in the transparent water. There are a few dive operators on the island offering manta ray dives and shark-feeding dives. Scuba diving is swimming underwater while using self-contained breathing equipment. ... Orders Carcharhiniformes Heterodontiformes Hexanchiformes Lamniformes Orectolobiformes Pristiophoriformes Squaliformes Squatiniformes Symmoriida(extinct) Sharks (superorder Selachimorpha) are fish with a full cartilaginous skeleton[1] and a streamlined body. ... Orders Rajiformes - common rays and skates Pristiformes - sawfishes Torpediniformes - electric rays See text for families. ...


External links

The French frigate Floréal, stationed in Bora-Bora lagoon
The French frigate Floréal, stationed in Bora-Bora lagoon
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Bora Bora travel guide and Bora Bora map by The Tahiti Traveler (540 words)
The first signs of human life on the island of Bora Bora (formerly called Vavau -which may indicate that it was colonized by inhabitants of a Tonga island carrying the same name) are dated 900 BC, just after the populating of the island of Raiatea.
According to the legend, Bora Bora means “first born” because it was the first island to emerge from the waters after the creation of Raiatea.
Bora Bora was first “discovered” by the navigator Roogeveen in 1722 then by Cook in 1796.
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The first inhabitants of Bora Bora were Polynesian settlers, who sailed their canoes into the island's gorgeous lagoon during the 9th century.
Bora Bora's Lagoon is another of the crowning visual achievements that blesses the island.
The landscape of Bora Bora resembles a circle of coral reef with a glorious emerald in the center.
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