Thoughts of romance, exquisiteness, legends and magical mysteries surround the famous island name of Bora Bora. We see beautiful pictures of the pure beaches and crystal waters of the island featuring in magazines and travel agencies, and we constantly hear people talking about how Bora Bora and their amazing ‘floating’ Bora Bora all inclusive resorts at luxury-resort-guide.com are the place they want their wedding and honeymoon to take place; but where exactly is this paradise that is much spoken of?
Since it’s an island, it’s obviously surrounded by ocean, namely the South Pacific Ocean. Bora Bora is about 2,500 miles south of Hawaii and 150 miles northwest of Tahiti, both also very popular island destinations, and coincides with the Hawaii timezone.
Bora Bora is a part of French Polynesia which is located in the Southern Hemisphere between Australia and South America. French Polynesia is divided into 5 archipelagos – Society Islands, Tuamotu Islands, Marquesas Islands, Austral Islands and Gambier islands. Society Islands is further subdivided into two groups of islands called Winward Islands and Leeward Islands. The island of Bora Bora is part of the Leeward group of the Society Islands.
Bora Bora itself is surrounded by islets including Motu Tapu, Motu Ahuna, Motu Tane, Motu Mute, Motu Tufari, Motu Pitiaau, Sofitel Motu, Motu Toopua, Tevairoa and Toopuaitu. The main island of Bora Bora lies in the centre of the blue lagoon encircled by these islets, which makes it perfect for windsurfing, jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, or just soaking in the warmth of the sandy beaches and blue waters.
Dominating the main island of Bora Bora is Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the towering two peaks of an extinct volcano. These majestic peaks of sheer black are often blanketed with clouds, offering a magnificent magical view of the island.
The island is only accessible by air from Tahiti’s capital Papeete, and is served by the Bora Bora Airport in Motu Mete, with 5 to 6 incoming daily flights.
Being part of French Polynesia, it experiences a tropical climate where sun is plentiful and rain is just enough to maintain its luscious greenery and fauna. The weather is mostly predictable, with the rare occasion of cyclones, and has well defined dry and wet seasons.
The best time to visit Bora Bora is during the dry season, which is between April and October. The weather is less humid, and many of the local festivals and celebrations occur in the month of July, the island’s month long holiday Tiurai.
However, if you’re after good bargains and looking to save on expenses, the wet season is when the accommodation rates of Bora Bora resorts and prices of products and services on the island are lower. There is much less of a tourist crowd during the months between November and March, as the wet season is the off-peak season for the island. Despite being the wet season, there is still plenty of sun to enjoy.
Bora Bora has plenty to offer throughout the year. Other than its beautiful scenery, there are open air markets, art galleries, high-end boutiques, fine dining eateries and local dances to enjoy at any time you plan to visit.
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