Bora - Bora or more correctly Pora Pora as the letter B does not exist in their language.
Pora Pora originally meant first born. Oral history passes the legend that this was the first island to rise when the God Taaroa, garnered it from Raiatea.
Tatoos: The tatto originates from the Tahitian Islands. A markation of beauty and place. They most often depict the family history and the marine life the islands are blessed with.
During our trip to Bora Bora, Sarah and I decided that we would rent a mode of transportation to get a feel for the whole island, rather than the basic tour that the guides would recommend. Although I was thinking about a scooter for the cost savings, Sarah wanted to rent a car, so we compromised and rented the Be-Up (check out my transportation tips for a picture). This was great, and we got the chance to see some views of the mountains that you do not get from most tours!
North of Vaitape lies another town called Faanui. The scenery in this area is different from that on the south side. Here you will find copra dryers and manioc plantations, great vista points, amazing tranquility, and wild guava trees bordering the road. There is also a museum about marine life at Outuorahu point.
Vaitape is the main town of Bora Bora. It has a port where all ships dock. The village is built at the foot of the impressive cliff of Mount Pahia, in front of the island's only pass, Teavanui. Here you can find all public services like post office, gendarmerie, town hall and schools. But also shops and a museum.
Spend some time here to experience the real life in Bora Bora.
Anau is located on the east side of the island, and less known by tourists. Here you will find the typical charm of ancient Polynesian villages. The lagoon is very tight on this side because of the big Motu Piti Aau on the other side of the lagoon. Here the lagoon looks more like a lake shore with a great view on Mt Otemanu (727 m).
Bora Bora's main island is only 10 kilometers (5.2 miles) long and 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) wide. A partially paved road circles the coastline for 29 kilometers (18 miles). You will pass the villages of Vaitape, Faanui and Anau.
Bora Bora was formed by volcanic eruptions some three to four million years ago. It is one of the oldest islands of the Leeward Islands.
The sharp cliffs of basaltic rock form the central mountain chain that runs through the main island of Bora Bora.
Mount Otemanu (727 m/2,384 feet), Mount Pahia (661 m/2,168 feet), and Mount Hue (619 m/2,030 feet) are the most spectacular chimney peaks of the crater that once spewed molten lava.
Very scenic with Mt. Pahia, Mt. Otemanu, and Mt. Hue in the background.
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… and do not fall down like Keith Richard ;-)
Where again was that?!
Ok, I did not climb as high as a monkey… ;-)
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