The island of Bora Bora is part of the Society archipelago in French Polynesia. It is about 160 miles northwest of Tahiti. Bora Bora is a rugged, volcanic island, with a constellation of sandy islets on its outer reef. Its lagoon shimmers with variegated shades of clear blue water. The lagoon is a center for activities such as shark feeding, picnicking, boating, jet skiing and scuba diving. The tremendous black peaks of Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia lend a presence of natural grandeur over the landscape.
Bora Bora is a small island and can be circumnavigated in a car in a single hour. During that trip one might stop at Point Matira, where the manta rays play, waiting to be fed or pet. Eco-touring and lagoon excursions are popular here. The islands in the lagoon hold most of Bora Bora’s resorts. For a unique choice of lodging, Bora Bora offers bungalows built directly over the water. The island is full of artists and galleries, and one can get a tattoo by one of the traditional specialists who practice the art here. Bora Bora is a very popular destination for tourism, the downside of this is some overcrowding. The nightlife, nevertheless, is relatively quiet, though some take in a evening performance of Tahitian music or dance.