Bora Bora

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Bora Bora is so small that the entire island is circled by a single road. On the western side lies Vaitape, the only town. With the exception of the occasional hiking expedition to the peaks and foothills of the interior or a 4x4 Jeep safari to historic WWII sites, most of the action takes place either on Bora Bora’s justifiably legendary lagoon or on the palm-studded motus (islets) that ring it.

Bora Bora Islands and Regions


Vaitape is Bora Bora’s port and commercial center. The small village has some tourist shops, a craft market, and snack bars.

Matira Beach

Hotels and a few shops and snack stands are located near Matira Beach, the island’s most beautiful (and only public) beach.

Motus (islets)

Dozens of motus, or islets, reachable only by boat, ring the main island. One is home to the tiny airport and about eight of them now house upscale resorts.

The Interior

Tropical vegetation conceals ancient Polynesian temples (maraes), traditional villages, and rusty WWII cannons (leftovers from Bora Bora’s days as an American stronghold). The volcanic peaks of Mounts Otemanu and Pahia are best seen from Povai Bay.

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