When you hear of Bora Bora, what comes your mind. Mine is the paradise for romantic moments aka romantic Paradise. Well, there is more to Bora Bora than you know it. We all know how powerful information can be, that’s how powerful you can also be when you have lots of information about Bora Bora.
This article contains factual information about Bora Bora, the historical facts, cool and fun facts you may not even know. I you are planning to visit Bora Bora or you need some information that will help make decisions for your honeymoon then this post will be helpful.
The firs settler of this island are the Tongan people at the time the Island was known as Vava’u and the first explorers to visit the island were led by James Cook, that’s why the status of Captain James Cook is significant in the Island. James Cook discovered Bora Bora in 1769 when was on a mission in the area as a British explorer and suddenly came upon the island.
The Island of Bora Bora is also known as Romantic Paradise as it is surrounded by several beautiful islets that includes; Motu Tapu, Motu Ahuna, Tevairoa, Motu Tane, Motu Mute, Motu Tufari, Motu Pitiaau, Sofitel Motu, Motu Toopua, and Toopuaiti. Those places are good diving sites in the Island.
During World War II in 1940’s, the Island was American supply base. Defensive fortifications were constructed around the island, however no combat took place in the area. United States Military Base officially closed on June 2, 1946 after the war, but some Americans refused to leave the Island.
The two peaks of an extinct volcano that makes the island more interesting are Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. They were formed as a result of remnant from the ancient volcanic eruption that took place around 4 million years ago.
The cave of mount Otemanu also known as the Sacred Cave of Anau, or Te Ana Opea cave is another interesting place on the mountain. To know more about the cave check out Cave of Otemanu.
Bora Bora Is Financially Assisted by France
Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an “Overseas Country” financially assisted by France in the Pacific Ocean. French Polynesia became COM in 2003. COM means
collectivité d’outre-mer (French) or overseas collectivities (English). Bora Bora is among the 118 geographically dispersed islands of French Polynesia and as such, it’s financially assisted by the France. The head of state is the President of French president, represented by a high commissioner appointed by the French government. The high commissioner is in charge of matters including defense, foreign relations, and justice. The head of government is the president of French Polynesia, who is assisted by a cabinet called the Council of Ministers. to know more about the government, check out Britannic.
Getting To Bora Bora
Depending on where you are coming from, getting to Bora Bora may vary. most travelers fly into Bora Bora Airport also known as Motu Mute Airport. For instance if you are coming from United states of America or New Zealand, you’ll first stop at the Faa’a International Airport in Tahiti. Once you’ve cleared customs, you’ll hop on a 45-minute flight to Bora Bora Airport.
The Primary Economic Activity Is Tourism
What do you expect from an Island that is richly blessed with beauties of nature that attracts lots of tourists. If you travel a lot and you have not visited Bora Bora, then you have not started. The island has 12 four- and five-star hotels, including a Club Med. Other economic activities include deep-sea commercial fishing and the production of copra, vanilla and mother-of-pearl.
The English Missionaries made a lot of effort to get rid of all Polynesian culture when they destroyed the temples and carvings and placed restrictions on dancing and religion. Fortunately many of the Polynesian customs have prevailed and can be seen today. Recently efforts have been made to revive the original Polynesian culture through traditional music and arts. The traditional instruments include pahu and toere drums and the nose flute known as vivo. Guitars and ukuleles migrated to Bora Bora and a style of music was developed that has hints of country western mixed with the classic South Pacific island style. The tamure is the classic dance of Bora Bora is still alive and plays a big part in island festivities.
Cuisine of Bora Bora
Bora Bora has a unique culinary tradition as different cultures have infused the island with different traditions. The cuisine is a mixture of traditional South Pacific cooking mixed with French, Italian and Japanese influences.
Most of the foods are cooked in the traditional pit ovens. The ovens are made by digging a hole into the ground and stones placed into the hole are heated by fire. The foods are wrapped in banana leaves and thrown onto the hot stones and then covered by dirt, and then bakes for several hours. This type of oven is known as ahimaa and the traditional feast is the tamaaraa.
Fish is one thing you will find almost in every diet in Bora. Fish is often marinated in coconut milk before it is baked or grilled. Poisson cru is a very popular dish that consists of raw fish marinated in lime juice that is often served in a salad. Many dishes also include chicken, pork, sweet potatoes, breadfruit, rice, local fruit and vegetables such as papaya, mangoes, pineapples, bananas and fafa, which is a type of spinach.
The Letter B Doesn’t Exist In Bora Bora
The Polynesian written language has no B. Bora Bora is actually pronounced “Pora Pora” which means “First Born.” According to Polynesian tradition, Raiatea -formerly known as Havaiki, the “sacred island”- was the first inhabited island and Hiro -a descendant of the creator god Taaroa and Oro- was its first king. So the first born is referring to the grave importance of the island or the son of King Hiro of Raiatea. When English settlers came to the island, they misheard the Pora Pora as ‘Bora Bora’.
Ever since then, the name remained as we know it today.
Most inhabitants of Bora Bora that interact with visitors can actually understand English, but the main language of of the Island are French and Tahitian. People of French Polynesia seem to respond well to people who make an effort to try to speak French or know some Tahitian if that’s is your wish then here are some common phrases to use when you get there:
Some Tahitian Phrases
- Hello (general greeting) —> Ia Orana (yo-rah-nah)
- How are you? —> Maita’i oe? (my-tie oh-ay)
- I am fine. —> Maita’i vau. (my-tie vah-oo)
- Thank you. —> Mauruuru. (mah-roo-roo)
- Bye bye. —> Nana. (nah-nah)
- What’s new? —> Eaha te parau api? (ay-ah-ha tay pah-rah-oo ah-pee)
- Do you speak English? —> Ua ite oe i te parau Marite? (oo-ah ee-tay oh-
- ay ee tay pah- rah-oo mah-ree-tay)
- I don’t understand. —> Aita i papu ia’u. (eye-tah ee pah-poo ee-ah-oo)
- Please speak slowly. —> Faa taere te parau. (fah-ah tah-ay-ray tay pah-rah-oo)
- Repeat please. —> Tapiti. (tah-pee-tee)
- What’s your name? —> O vai to oe i’oa? (oh vah-ee toh oh-ay ee-oh-ah)
- My name is Chris. —> O Chris to’u i’oa. (oh kris toh-oo ee-oh-ah)
- Where do you live? —> Ihea oe e faeia ai? (ee-hay-ah oh-ay ay fah-ay-ee-ah ah-ee)
- I live in California. —> I California vau e faeia ai. (ee California vah-oo ay fah-ay-ee-ah ah-ee)
- Where are you from? —> Nohea mai oe? (noh-hay-ah my oh-ay)
- I am from America. —> No te Fenua Marite mai vau. (noh tay feh-noo-ah mah-ree-tay my vah-oo)
- Show me the way to … —> Fa’aite mai ia’u ite e’a … (fah-eye-tay my ee-ah-oo ee-tay ay-ah)
- Let’s go! —> Haere tatou! (ha-ay-ray tah-toh-oo)
- Come here! —> Haere mai! (ha-ay-ray my)
- Turn right. —> Na te pae atau. (nah tay pah-ay ah-tah-oo)
- Turn left. —> Na te pae aui. (nah tay pah-ay ah-wee)
- Please take me to … —> Arave ato’a ia’u … (ah-rah-vay ah-toh-ah ee-ah-oo)
- I want to speak to Chris. —> Hina’aro vau e parau ia Chris. (hee-nah-ah-roh vah-oo ay pah-rah-oo ee-ah kris)
- Who is this? —> Ovai te ie? (oh-vie tay ee-ay)
- What is the name of this? —> Eaha tei’oa ote’ie? (ay-ah-ha tay-ee-oh-ah oh-tay-ee-ay)
- What is the price of this? —> Ehia moni te’ie? (ay-hee-ah moh-nee tay-ee-ay)
- What’s wrong? —> Eaha te tumu? (ay-ah-ha tay too-moo)
- Look! —> A hi’o! (ah hee-oh)
- Hurry up! —> Ha’a viti viti! (ha-ah vee-tee vee-tee)
- Take it easy! —> Haere maru! (ha-ay-ray mah-roo)
- To your health! —> Manuia! (mah-nwee-ah)
- This is very good. —> E mea maita’i roa teie. (ay may-ah my-tie roh-ah tay-ee-ay)
- Do you want a drink? —> Hina’aro oe e inu? (hee-nah-ah-roh oh-ay ay ee-noo)
- Beer- –>”Pia” ( pee- ah)
- Big —> Nui (new-ee)
- Polynesian —> Ma’ ohi (mah-o-hee)
- Are you hungry? —> Ua poia anei oe? (oo-ah poh-ee-ah ah-nay-ee oh-ay)
- Yes —> E (ay)
- No —> Aita (eye-tah)
- What? —> Eaha? (ay-ah-ha)
- Why? —> No te aha? (noh tay ah-ha)
- I love you. —> Ua here vau ia oe. (oo-ah hay-ray ee-ah oh-ay)
- Merry Christmas. —> Ia orana no te noere. (yo-rah-nah noh tay noh-ay-ray)
- Happy New Year. —> Ia orana i te matahiti api. (yo-rah-nah ee tay mah-tah-hee-tee ah-pee)
- Morning —>Poipoi (poy-poy)
Bora Bora has only two seasons unlike some other part of the world that has four seasons. The dry season, which is considered winter, lasts from May through October. The wet season, which is considered summer, lasts from November through April. These seasons doesn’t affect your experience of the beauty of the Island, however tourism is at its peak during the winter.
Some Cool and Fun Facts You Might Not Know About Bora Bora
Bora Bora has lots of cool and fun facts you really need to know. You will be amazed at some of the things you will see here because I was surprised too when I saw these facts. Starting from the sharks you will find in this island to the some acts that are considered sacred on the island. It is important you know all these things before going to the Island because as we all know that ignorance of law does not render invalid.
This the most interesting thing to me in Bora Bora. You get the opportunity to see those sharks you have been longing to see. There are variety of sharks and other aquatic animals you will find here and the best part of it is they are harmless to humans. Check here to know more about sharks in Bora.
Bora Bora is known for its amazing beauty and isolation which makes it perfect for honeymoon. Starting from the bungalows, private beaches up to the Motus and the lagoon, it’s the kingdom of love where you can enjoy the best romantic moments.
Bora Bora In Movies
If you have not been to Bora Bora and you want to have the virtual feelings, then there is good news for you. This Island has been a Hollywood destination.
Couples Retreat, the 2009 romantic movie starring Vince Vaughn and Kristen Bell was filmed at the St. Regis Resort. The Bachelorette season finale starting Ali Fedotowsky was filmed at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui. Among other movies that have scenes shot in Bora Bora are XXX, Island Fever, Hurricane, Sky Pirates and even the reality show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”.
Flowers in Bora Bora
Follow has meaning in this Island.
When a flower is placed behind the left ear of a lady, it signals that a female is taken. On the other hand, if you place a flower on your right ear, it means a female is single. This can also attract some male attention from Bora Bora natives and they will flirt.
The beaches are full of young and beautiful people, so this a nice way to flirt a little and have some fun both with the natives and the tourists.
Bora Bora Youngins
Another cool information among the Bora Bora facts, lies in the youngins. Did you know that half of the population of Bora Bora is below 20 years old? You will see many beautiful people enjoying the sun on the beaches. What’s awesome is that these young people fill the beaches during the day and during the night organize exciting parties.
That means that you’ll have a blast on the island.
One of the predominant tree you will find on the Island is coconut. In fact, you are much more likely to be injured from a coconut falling on top of your head than from a shark. Other trees you can find in Bora Bora includes orange trees, vanilla plants and noni which is popular for its edible fruit.
Permit me to say that Bora Bora has the most beautiful beaches in the world though it might not actually be. According to CNN’s list of the World’s 100 best beaches, Bora Bora’s Matira Beach actually made it among the top 10. The sandy beaches on this island has these unique colors I like so much though I can’t actually describe the colors but they are unique.
No Public Transit Area
Bora Bora doesn’t have any public transit, however everything on the island is accessible and I guess that’s the reason public transit doesn’t exist here. It is made up of 3 villages: Anau, Faanui and Vaitape.
You can actually do more like renting a car, walking, biking or taking a two-seater buggy.
No Pest Area
The Island is pest free that you can’t even find any poisonous snakes or insects in sight. You can take a nap on the beach and not have to worry about insect or any critters. This is really a a paradise.
Tattooing Is Sacred In Bora Bora
I know this may sound strange but that’s the fact. Tattooing in Bora Bora may be normal to you but the people believe that it derives from the two sons of Ta’aroa – the God of creation. Tattoos are considered a sign of beauty. They were used to show the person’s position in society.
I hope you find something cool and interesting from this article. Now is your turn, I want you to tell me your experience if you have been to Bora Bora. What do you find most interesting when you got there.
If you have not been to the island, what will be the first thing you will like to check out when you get there. Are you going to swim with sharks or are you going to draw tattoo. Which food are you going to eat, are you going to flirt with the youngins or are you going to feed the sharks. I would love to hear from you in the comment section. I am going to reply each of your comment.
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