Bora Bora is located on Bora Bora, a
French Polynesian island about 260 kilometers northwest of Tahiti.
The resort opened in 1961 with 18 thatched-roof huts on a peninsula
uncommonly favored by nature. In the beginning, you floated in by
seaplane. And when you splashed down on what more than a few writers
-- James Michener included -- have called “the most beautiful lagoon
in the world," a canoe was there to ferry you to the newly opened
hotel. A few things have changed since then, including a recent
refurbishment to the resort’s classic overwater accommodations. But
Hotel Bora Bora, an Amanresort since 1989, remains the
quintessential symbol of French Polynesia.
The region’s 115 islands and atolls
are grouped among five archipelagoes: the Marquesas, the Tuamotu,
the Gambier, the Tubuai and the Society Islands. The Society
archipelago is further divided into the Windward Islands, dominated
by Tahiti, and the Leeward group, with Bora Bora as the main island.
Bora Bora is only 10 kilometers long and four kilometers wide.
Thirty-two kilometers of road rim the island. The hotel is situated
on Point Raititi. From this southern peninsula on the very edge of
the island’s shimmering blue lagoon, the views run 270 degrees --
from the lagoon and the 40-kilometer barrier reef that rims it, to
the green-wreathed volcanic peaks that lend drama to the island.
Mount Otemanu (mountain of the bird), at 727 meters (2,385 feet),
dominates Bora Bora.
Bora Bora, located 17 degrees south of the equator, enjoys a
year-round tropical climate. Temperatures on Bora Bora range from
about 25:C (77:F) to 28:C (82:F). The months of November to April
are hotter and more humid, with occasional rain. From May to
October, the weather is dry and the nights cooled by the trade
winds, which are strongest at this time of year.
French Polynesia is 10 hours behind GMT, two hours behind U.S.
Pacific Standard Time and 20 hours behind Australian Eastern
French and Tahitian are the official languages. English is widely
Major airlines service Papeete, Tahiti’s capital. From North America
and Europe, fly via Los Angeles, less than eight hours from the
Tahitian capital. From Auckland and Tokyo, there are direct flights
to Papeete. Flying time from Tahiti to Bora Bora is only 45 minutes.
The airport is located on Motu Mute, an islet that extends to the
coral reef in Bora Bora’s lagoon. It’s 20 minutes by private launch
from the airport to Hotel Bora Bora. Transportation between the
airport and the hotel is complimentary. VIP airport express service
is available on request.
Visas are needed by visitors
from most countries, except for those with valid passports from
E.E.C. countries, the United States, Canada, Japan and Cook
Islanders using New Zealand passports.