Bora Bora

General information

Located in Papeete on the island of Tahiti, Faa'a International Airport is the only international airport to serve French Polynesia. Direct flights are available from Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Honolulu, Santiago, Tokyo, Osaka and Auckland. Airlines serving the airport include Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, Air New Zealand, Hawaiian Airlines, Lan Chile and Air Caledonia. Air Tahiti offers domestic inter-island flights.


Marine Life

Of course, any time spent in Polynesia will reveal to the animal lover the true source of wildlife fascination here: the exquisite marine life.
There are nearly 500 species of fish within the Tahitian island waters, along with other amazing creatures such as sea turtles, dozens of sharks species, and the ever so popular dolphin (the "flipper" kind), porpoises, and the hugely popular humpback whale topping the list of marine mammals. Interestingly, there are NO pinepeds.


Flight times from international hubs to Papeete:

Los Angeles – 8 hours 35 minutes
(from Paris to Los Angeles – 12 hours 20 minutes)

The most famous of French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands, Bora Bora is the quintessential tropical paradise. Volcanic in origin, it is surrounded by sand-fringed motus (small islets) on an outer coral reef that encloses a turquoise lagoon. With only one navigable pass, the crystal-clear lagoon is calm, warm and relatively shallow. At 727 metres (2,385 feet), Mount Otemanu towers over the main island. Next to it, the more rounded Mount Pahia stands at 658 metres (2,159 feet). Settled by Polynesians around AD 900, French Polynesia was discovered by Europeans in the 16th century. For centuries, the French and English vied for the possession of Tahiti and her archipelago. A French colony since 1884, Bora Bora became an overseas territory in 1946. Her unequalled beauty has drawn artists and writers – perhaps most famously, author James A. Michener, who declared it the most beautiful island in the world. Today, most of Bora Bora’s 4,650 people live on a thin, flat coastal strip, many around the small port of



Tokyo – 11 hours 10 minutes

Auckland – 5 hours 5 minutes

New York – 12 hours 40 minutes

Sydney – 7 hours

Santiago, Chile – 10 hours

Honolulu – 5 hours


Seasonal highlights




, French Polynesia's most important festival, is celebrated in a flamboyant display of traditional costumes, dance, music, crafts and sports. While the main event is in Papeete, each of the five archipelagos holds events to display their distinctive traditions, beginning at the end of June and carrying on through most of July.



Hawaiki nui va'a

, French Polynesia's outrigger canoe race, is a major annual sports event. For three days, over a hundred traditional canoes race between Huahine and Bora Bora, cheered on by supporters in boats in close proximity. The excitement peaks at the finish line, where spectators welcome the winners with music and dance.



The climate on the Island of Bora Bora and the rest of the Society Islands is considered tropical and can be divided into two basic seasons: the wet season and the dry season.

The wet season (Polynesian Summer), is between the months of November to April, receiving approximately 3/4ths of the annual rainfall of French Polynesia between these months. The humidity during this time can be quite heavy and muggy and cloud cover is common. Storms are frequent, brief, and unpredictable.(Average rainfall for Papeete is 1800mm). Temperatures will range from 27 - 30 degrees C, with the hottest months being February and March. Day to night temperature fluctuations are minimal. This "wet season" is considered the "off season" for tourism.

From a travelers standpoint, this "off season" may not be the most favorable weatherwise, however the benefits may tip the scales to the travelers advantage in many other ways: There's less competition for

lodging, activity and sightseeing

schedules. With the additional advantage of lower average pricing for most products and services, it can be considered that this wet season is easier to travel, explore, and generally, get things done. There's always the trade-offs to consider...
For you sunworshippers out there, keep in mind that the sun is not on vacation, but merely less commonly seen than in the drier months. Being a French Polynesian Island, and tropical, even in the "wet season" you'll definately get your fair share of sun on Tahiti Island. (There are between 2500- 2900 Sunshine hours per year.)

By contrast, the "dry season" - May through October, is the "on season" for tourism. This is the Polynesian winter. Temperatures generally range from between 24-28 degrees C, and rain is rare.
Day to night temperature fluctuations are minimal.




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