Most people have heard of this legendary island, but exactly where is Bora Bora?
This volcanic paradise island is surrounded by coral reefs, clear blue waters and smaller islets (Motus) is located in French Polynesia in the middle of the South Pacific, in an area that is home to some of the world’s most stunningly beautiful islands known as the Society Islands group, which comprises the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands.This stunning group of islands also includes Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Tahaa, Raiatea, Tupai and Maupiti.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia Location Map
Bora Bora is about and 4200 km south of Hawaii and 270 km northwest of Tahiti, approximately 8 hours by plane from Los Angeles and 9 hours via Auckland from all cities on the east coast of Australia. There are many international direct flights to Papeete, Tahiti (airport code PPT) from the US, Europe & New Zealand, and main carriers are Air Tahiti Nui, Air New Zealand and Air France.
Tahiti is the point of entry for visitors arriving by air, there are regular flights from Tahiti to Bora Bora, which can be reached in less than an hour. Bora Bora is in the Tahiti Time Zone (UTC/GMT-10:00 hours), which is generally 3 hours behind Pacific Standard Time and 6 hours earlier than Eastern Standard Time (this is changed to 2 and 5 hours, respectively, during November-March).
Bora Bora is the most famous of the Leeward group of the Society of Islands of French Polynesia; out of the 118 islands in French Polynesia, Bora Bora is the standout. Vaitape, Bora Bora’s only town is located on the western side of the main island and can be reached by boat from the resorts located on private motus. Vaitape’s main street offers a variety of shops, boutiques, black pearl shops, cafes, Post Office, Bank, Visitor Information Centre and other establishments. As a part of French Polynesia, Bora Bora is an overseas territory of France.