It is commonly believed the island of Bora Bora was settled around 4 A.D. by Polynesian settlers. Bora Bora was actually spelled Pora Pora, but visitors didn’t understand the name and called it Bora Bora. The first English explorer to record the island was Jakob Roggeveen in 1722. Almost 50 years later, James Cook sighted and stopped at the island while exploring the south Pacific. The island remained an independent republic until France annexed the island in 1888. The United States chose Bora Bora as a military supply base for quick refuel and rearmament after the U.S. joined World War II.
Bora Bora is one of the French Polynesian islands located in the South Pacific. The current government is French Polynesia due to the annexation in 1888. The main languages are French and Tahitian, but English is common around tourists. The islands main source of income based on tourism, but there are a few crops grown in the coconut plantations. Bora Bora has a population of approximately 9000 people, with the largest city being Vaitape with almost 5000 people living there. Bora Bora is only 11.31 square miles wide at its widest point and its highest point is Mount Otemanu.
Bora Bora is a popular travel destination for many tourists around the world. The lagoon provides clear waters for snorkeling and diving. The crystal clear, calm waters allow hotels to build bungalows over the lagoon for beautiful scenery and easy access to the lagoon waters. The first hotel to build bungalows was the Hotel Bora Bora. Some bungalows have see-through port holes on the floors to see the different beautiful fish species that make the lagoon their home.
Quick Facts & Figures
Annexed by France: 1888
Largest City: Vaitape, 4927 pop.
Size: 11.31 sq miles