Bora Bora - The Pearl of Tahitian Islands

by : Wolfgang Jaegel

Are you a vacationer looking for how to make your Christmas truly memorable this time or a newly wed looking for how to cheer your other half and begin a new life, or just a nature lover who want to explore something new during this time? Then answer is one, ie to take a tour to Bora Bora, one of the most scenic vacation spots on the planet.

Bora Bora is a tropical island destination in Leeward Group of French Polynesia, which is an overseas country located within the French Republic in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Located about 150 kilometers north-west of Pepeete - the capital of Tahiti, Bora Bora offers everything to make your vacation truly unforgettable, with its mind-boggling beauty, mysticism, and romance.

Teeming with hibiscus blossomed valleys, exceptional coves and bays, magnificent coral reefs, and unspoiled beaches, Bora Bora is dominated by two towering volcano peaks such as the Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia, and is surrounded by a magnificent lagoon, which is perhaps the best in the whole of the South Pacific. In fact, words are not enough to describe the magical beauty of Bora Bora.

Apart from its scores of attractions, Bora Bora provides people touring here with a great number of options for enjoying a number of fun-filled as well as adventure activities. One of the best options to experience the incredible beauty of the place would be take an aerial tour, which gives passengers to fly to the top of the stunning Mount Pahia.

Another popular way to explore the beauty as well as natural attractions of the place would be take a tour on a four-wheel- drive vehicle. However, nothing would be better than taking a hiking tour to enjoy the breathtaking vistas of the island. Other popular options for enjoying the scenic beauty of the place are biking, horseback riding, and picnicking on a private motu or islet.

All of the islands in French Polynesia are considered a haven for water sport activities, and hence, no exception in the case of Bora Bora. Beaches in the area are pristine and clear, thereby offering superb options to enjoy gamuts of water sport activities. Perhaps for this reason many of the hotels and resorts in the area do not have swimming pools, since to have one would be redundant.

Filled with a variety of marine life including manta rays, turtles, grey shaft, whales, and barracudas, the lagoon in Bora Bora serves as a great base for scuba diving. Further, the lagoon is ideal for all levels of divers, from novice to experience hands.

Another popular water sport activity that can be enjoyed in the destination is fishing, with a number of excellent charter boat service agencies in the scenario. Popular water activities that can be enjoyed in Bora Bora also include snorkeling. One of the best spots for snorkeling is the Coral Garden, situated at the southern tip of Motu Roa. Aside these, a range of other water sport activities can also be enjoyed in Bora Bora, such as, swimming, catamaran cruising, parasailing, kite surfing, deep sea fishing, jet skiing, and jet boating.

When comes to landmarks, Bora Bora provides a feast of attractions. Of the attractions in the destination that deserve a special mention is lagoonarium, bounded by coral reef. Facilities are available here for manta ray and shark feeding.

Matira Beach is another popular attraction here, which stands as a classic example of a South Pacific beach. A visit to Bora Bora would not be complete without taking a tour to ancient shrines in the region, namely, Marae Temples, which are open air shrines. These temples were once used for a number of purposes including presenting the Gods with ritual foods, conducting wedding ceremonies, and enthroning a king. Marae Fare-Opu is perhaps the most popular among the Marae Temples.

Not to miss attractions in the place also include Tetiaroa Atoll & Bird Sanctuary, with an exotic variety of sea birds, and Laid-back Huahine with archeological sites. Above all, while your stay at the destination don't miss traditional mystic dance shows of the island, such as otea - a war dance, pao'a - a sensual dance, and aparima.

The growing number of vacationers including tourists has led to tremendous increase in the number of upscale hotels and resorts in the region. Since many of the honeymooners and romantic people consider this as a great destination for weddings, majority of the world class hotels in the region provides superb facilities as well as packages for weddings. Likewise, these hotels also render excellent choices to engage in a number of activities.