Bora Bora – Crowning Glory of South Pacific – Part I

Islands | | July 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm


bora boraA verdant island paradise encased by barrier reefs, proffers immaculate beach settings, a thriving translucent lagoon with its cache of underwater fauna, Bora Bora truly engages all the senses leaving you utterly invigorated.

Nuzzled in the West of Bora Bora, Vaitape, the main village and the heart of the island is situated close to the main channel of the lagoon, making it the ideal place to commence our exploratory venture of the island. Several skilled locals display their amazing works of traditional art and mementos at the Centre Artisanal de Bora Bora. The Vaitape pier has an art market that offers splendid handmade pearl and shell jewels. The sole road that swathes around the island is rimed with many memorabilia shops and establishments selling classy Tahiti black pearl jewelery whose demand never ceases.

The twin towering jet black rock volcanic peaks of Pahia and Otemanu dominate the center of the island. One can still find American relics from WW2 in the shape of corroded guns. The active kinds will adore the hikes around these rocky olden volcanoes with breathtaking views that go up to 730m above the lucent lagoon. There are several picnic spots and viewing decks around the peaks where one can halt to soak in thve magnificence of the place. One can entail a jeep service to whisk you around the island through forests, winding trails, slithering through valleys offering an entirely diverse sight of the island.

South pacificDelve into the richness of the exotic underwater of the blue hued lagoon by paddling your way into the sea on a outrigger canoe alongside guides, to be amazed by the noshing frenzy of rays and Black Tip Sharks or snorkel your way through the wondrous coral garden, an innate undersea park bursting with close to 700 tropical fishes in assorted shapes and colors. The lagoon which opens into the ocean by a singular pass, is hemmed in by miniature islands, motus and by the reef to the west side. Zip off to secluded snow white beaches, motus to enjoy a charming picnic.

It is quite a splendid feeling to explore the beach settings and the lagoon on top of a horse. For a hawk-eye view of the island and the lagoon try parasailing that will take you several feet high up for a thrilling overview or engage in a helicopter ride over the island. Explore the vast lagoon via jet skis or water skis.

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