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Bora Bora, Pacific island paradise

Listed under Islands in Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

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Surrounded by a lagoon and barrier reef, Bora Bora is a typical volcanic Pacific Ocean island paradise.

Recognisable for its extinct volcano and the stilted luxury bungalows built out onto the lagoon, Bora Bora has seven high end resorts built on the smaller islands edging the lagoon. All offer diving snorkelling and other water activities, the most remarkable being the shark and ray feeding trips.

Bora Bora was the American Army supply base during WW2, but saw no direct action, and there are still cannons and other war remains on the main island. At the end of the war many American army personnel refused to leave their island paradise and had to be forcibly removed after complaints from their families.

Bora Bora Island Guide.

Written by  Emilie Stokes.

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“Bora Bora and The Society Islands”

Avoid Tahiti - expensive and unfriendly. In fact most of the Society Islands are far from friendly. Moorea is the most beautiful and Huahine and Raiatea the least visited. If it's diving you're after, go to the Tuamotus, though there's not much else the… Read more...

Written by  Ian Wilson.

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how is the weather early Feb?

im thinking of going and i need some advise

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Have a look at our World Weather Guide for the average temperatures - there's a link on the bottom of the page:


My partner and I thought Bora Bora was fabulous. The water is crystal clear and warm, with the locals being very friendly. We stayed at the Le Meridian Resort in an over water bungalow and felt like we were in heaven.

It's a great place to sit back on the beach and relax. There isn't a huge amount to do other than clear your mind and enjoy the sun and sand.

We went on two tours, one was an aqua safari which was good. And the other being the shark and stingray feeding tour, which I though was one of the best things I have ever done.

Do be warned this isn't a cheap holiday destination, you need money to enjoy all that French Polynesia has on offer.

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