Bora Bora island is situated in the middle of the South of Pacific ocean at latitude 16° 30′ 0″ S and longitude 151° 45′ 0″ W and lies just an hour’s flight away from the islands of Tahiti and Moorea.It is basically an island in the western part of the Society Islands.
Bora Bora island is marvelous and a perfect spot for your romantic vacation and is also known as the pearl or the Pacific, the romantic island or paradise island. So, if you are a newly married couple then it would be a superb vacation spot because of its tropical weather and seducing scenery 😉
You can experience underwater diving, parasailing, fishing, reef discovery, romantic excursions and much more at this incredible place. Being an island you must be thinking that there would be some species “other than humans” but relax there are no poisonous snakes or insects in French Polynesia so you can simply feel it like a real paradise.
Mesmerized with the beauty of this stunning island, anybody would be curious to know about the history and origin of the island, so let’s discuss a bit about it..!
ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF BORA BORA ISLAND
The island of Bora Bora was formed around 4 million years ago after the eruptions of volcanoes from the seabed and the volcano sank back into the Pacific Ocean to mark the ancient coastline. The volcanic core that still remains on the main island of Bora Bora is actually sinking at a rate of one centimeter per century. It will take about 25 million years for Bora Bora’s main island to sink completely into the ocean, leaving just a coral atoll. Today, Bora Bora island is a mountainous island with three peaks, Mount Otemanu as the highest at 2,379 feet (725 meters). Often draped in white clouds, these natural landmarks take on mysterious qualities that remind visitors of Bora Bora’s ancient mythical past.
Coming to the history of Bora Bora Island which started in 1722, when it was first discovered. The Tongan people were the first settlers of the island. Its ancient name of Vava’u hints that Tongans played an important part of the history of Bora Bora Island Historians also believed that the history of Bora Bora Island started when brave Tongan settlers sailed using their canoes through the Teavanui Pass. In 1842, Bora Bora island became a dependent political territory of France.Moreover, the actual name of the island was Pora Pora or “first-born” there is no “B” in Tahitian language.
The World War II also played a significant role in the history of Bora Bora Island. The attack on Pearl Harbor made by Japan forced US to join the World War II. The United States then decided to set up a base in Bora Bora. After the war, when the base officially closed on June 2, 1946, many US staff were smitten with the island and they refused to leave. Those who stayed were removed by force. The World War II airstrip, used by US forces then, was the only international Airport of the French Polynesia until the Faa International Airport was opened in Tahiti in 1962.
Another thing to be included in the history of Bora Bora is a Hotel Bora Bora, the first hotel to build the over-the-water bungalows for about thirty years ago. But nowadays, many resorts are available on this island where you can stay and enjoy your vacation.
Bora Bora island’s worldwide reputation has been built by many artists, writers, and navigators. American author Herman Melville penned two stories of Polynesian life in 1846 and 1847. In the 1890s, celebrated French artist Paul Gaugin composed an illustrated book called Noa Noa, which spoke of ancient Polynesian culture. It told the story of the Areori who resided on Bora Bora and of the god’s first miracle creation Noa or “fragrance.” Even Broadway and Hollywood have found inspiration in Bora Bora. The island’s war time history inspired the romantic Broadway musical and movie South Pacific, and De Laurentis shot his 1979 film Hurricane there.
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