A CULTURAL ATTRACTION
Bora Bora is an island surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu.
Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its luxury resorts. Produce of the island is mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and the plentiful coconut trees. Bora Bora has a population of 8,88O.
Today the island's economy is driven by tourism. Over the last few years several resorts have been built on small islands surrounding the lagoon. Hotel Bora Bora built over-the-water bungalows on stilts over the lagoon and today these bungalows are a standard feature of most Bora Bora resorts. The quality of those bungalows ranges from basic accommodations to very luxurious and expensive places to stay.
Most of the tourist destinations are aqua-centric. Air Tahiti has five or six flights daily to the Bora Bora Airport.
Rental cars and bicycles are the recommended methods of transport. There are also small, two-seater buggies for hire. It is possible to rent a motorboat to explore the lagoon.
Snorkeling and scuba diving in and around the lagoon of Bora Bora are popular activities. Many species of sharks and rays inhabit the surrounding body of water. There are a few dive operators on the island offering manta ray dives and also shark-feeding dives.