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A hotel on Bora Bora is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger on Bora Bora hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms on Bora Bora are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Bora Bora hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Bora Bora hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels on Bora Bora have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels on Bora Bora
An upscale full service hotel facility on Bora Bora that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Bora Bora hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
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Full service Bora Bora hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels on Bora Bora
Boutique hotels of Bora Bora are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Bora Bora boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels on Bora Bora may be classified as luxury hotels.
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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Bora Bora travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Bora Bora focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels on Bora Bora
Small to medium-sized Bora Bora hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Bora Bora traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Bora Bora hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
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A bed and breakfast on Bora Bora is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Bora Bora bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Bora Bora B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels on Bora Bora
Bora Bora hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Bora Bora hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels on Bora Bora
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Bora Bora hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels on Bora Bora lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs on Bora Bora
Bora Bora timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts on Bora Bora often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Bora Bora on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
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A Bora Bora motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Bora Bora for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Bora Bora motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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This is an encyclopedia article. For a travel guide see Bora Bora.
This article is about the island. For other uses, see Bora Bora (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Tora Bora.
NASA picture of the island of Bora Bora and its lagoon
29.3 km (11.3 sq mi)
727 m (2,385 ft)
Vaitape (pop. 4,927 inhabitants)
8,880 (August 2007 census)
300 /km (800 /sq mi)
Bora Bora is a 29.3 km (11 sq mi) island in the Leeward group in the western part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (143 miles) northwest of Papeete, is 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, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 feet).
Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. The major settlement, Vaitape, is on the western side of the main island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. Produce of the island is mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and the plentiful coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. According to a 2008 census, Bora Bora has a permanent population of 8,880.
Bora Bora: Name
In ancient times the island was called "Pora pora mai te pora", meaning "created by the gods" in the local Tahitian dialect. This was often abbreviated Pora Pora meaning simply first born. Because of ambiguities in the phonemes of the Tahitian language, this could also be pronounced Bola Bola or Bora Bora. When explorer Jacob Roggeveen first landed on the island, he and his crew adopted the name Bora Bora which has stood ever since.
Bora Bora: History
Main article: Kingdom of Bora Bora
Queen Teriimaevarua III and her maids of honor, c. 1899
The island was inhabited by Polynesian settlers around the 4th century C.E. The first European sighting was made by Jakob Roggeveen in 1722. James Cook sighted the island in 1770 and landed that same year. The London Missionary Society arrived in 1820 and founded a Protestant church in 1890. Bora Bora was an independent kingdom until 1888 when its last queen Teriimaevarua III was forced to abdicate by the French who annexed the island as a colony.
Bora Bora: World War II
In World War II the United States chose Bora Bora as a South Pacific military supply base, and an oil depot, airstrip, seaplane base, and defensive fortifications were constructed. Known as "Operation Bobcat", it maintained a supply force of nine ships, 20,000 tons of equipment and nearly 7,000 men. Seven artillery guns were set up at strategic points around the island to protect it against potential military attack.
However, the island saw no combat as the American presence on Bora Bora went uncontested over the course of the war. The base was officially closed on June 2, 1946. The World War II airstrip was never able to accommodate large aircraft, but it nonetheless was French Polynesia's only international airport until Faa'a International Airport opened next to Papeete, Tahiti, in 1960.
Bora Bora: Commune of Bora-Bora
Location of the commune (in red) within the Leeward Islands
Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The commune of Bora-Bora is made up of the island of Bora Bora proper with its surrounding islets emerging from the coral reef, 29.3 km (11.3 sq mi) in total, and of the atoll of Tupai (11 km or 4.2 sq mi), located 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Bora Bora. The atoll of Tupai has no permanent population apart from about 50 workers in the coconut plantations.
The commune is in the administrative subdivision of the Leeward Islands and consists of the following associated communes:
The administrative centre of the commune is the settlement of Vaitape, on the island of Bora Bora. The island is administratively part of the commune (municipality) of Bora-Bora, itself in the administrative subdivision of the Leeward Islands. President of French Polynesia Édouard Fritch is the current mayor of Bora Bora in addition to being the President.
Bora Bora: Tourism
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
North-east view of Bora Bora from Mt Pahia
Today the island's economy is driven almost solely by tourism. Over the last few years several resorts have been built on motu (small islands, from Tahitian) surrounding the lagoon. Hotel Bora Bora opened in 1961, and nine years later built the first over-the-water bungalows on stilts over the lagoon. Today, over-water bungalows are a standard feature of most Bora Bora resorts. The quality of those bungalows ranges from comparably cheap, basic accommodations to very luxurious and expensive places to stay.
Most of the tourist destinations are aqua-centric; however it is possible to visit attractions on land such as WWII cannons. Air Tahiti has five or six flights daily to the Bora Bora Airport on Motu Mute from Tahiti (as well as from other islands).
Public transport on the island is nonexistent. Rental cars and bicycles are the recommended methods of transport. There are also small, two-seater buggies for hire in Vaitape. 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.
In addition to the existing islands of Bora Bora, the new manmade motu of Motu Marfo has been added in the northeastern corner of the lagoon on the property of the St. Regis Resort.
A panoramic image of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora: Climate
Climate data for Bora-Bora
Average high °C (°F)
Average low °C (°F)
Average rainfall mm (inches)
Mean monthly sunshine hours
Most rainfall occurs during the summer months (November to April) and is accompanied by high humidity, although clear days are not unknown in mid-January.
Bora Bora: Gallery
Aerial view of Bora Bora
Aerial view of Bora Bora
The French frigate Floréal, stationed in Bora-Bora lagoon
Maohi Protestant Church in Anau
Coca-Cola Machine in Vaitape
Matira Beach and Lagoon
Looking east toward Marara Beach Motu in Bora Bora - 3 July 2012
Flag of Bora Bora
Sofitel Motu with Mount Otemanu in the background - 26 October 2007
Bora Bora: See also
French Polynesia portal
List of volcanoes in French Polynesia
List of reduplicated place names
Bora Bora: References
Population of the commune of Bora-Bora minus about 50 workers living in the coconut plantations on the atoll of Tupai.
Garanger, Jose; Robineau, Claude (1970). Bora-Bora: English Version. Nouvelles Editions Latines. p. 11.
Woods, Michael; Woods, Mary B. (2009). Seven Natural Wonders of Australia and Oceania. Twenty-First Century Books. p. 58. ISBN 978-0822590743.
"Our History". Our History. Office of Post and Telecommunications. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
"President of French Polynesia steps down". The Australian. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
"Complete Reconstruction Scheduled for Hotel Bora Bora". Retrieved 2015-02-15.
"The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort". boraboraallinclusiveguide.com. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
"Bora-Bora Motu Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
Bora Bora: External links
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Bora Bora from space (2598 × 3071, 9.5 MB)
Society Islands of French Polynesia
Windward Islands: Mai'ao
Leeward Islands: Bora Bora
Archipelagos of French Polynesia: Australs
Culture of indigenous Oceania
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Papua New Guinea
tapa ["masi" (Fiji), "ngatu" (Tonga), "siapo" (Sāmoa), " ʻuha" (Rotuma)]
kava, " ʻawa" (Hawaii), "yaqona" (Fiji), or "sakau" (Pohnpei)