Bora Bora – French Polynesia, South America
Bora Borais an island in theLeewardgroup of theSociety IslandsofFrench Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The original name of the island in theTahitian languagemight be better rendered asPora Pora, meaning “First Born”; an earlytranscriptionfound in 18th- and 19th-century accounts, isBolabollaorBollabolla. The island, located about 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest ofPapeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and abarrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of anextinct volcanorising to two peaks,Mount PahiaandMount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 ft). Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. The island is served byBora Bora Airporton Motu Mete in the north, withAir Tahitiproviding daily flights to and fromPapeeteonTahiti. The major settlement,Vaitapeis 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 forcopra. According to a census performed in 2008, the permanent population of Bora Bora is 8,880.