Bora Bora

By: Madi Vaa

Bora Bora

It’s winter, it’s cold and you have nothing to do in the the long days ahead of you. Well in that case, have you ever heard of a place called Bora Bora. It is one of the most breathtaking islands on earth, from the wild animals, to the food, and even the weather that is always sunny and beautiful. Bora Bora is a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean, and a place you will want to spend your next vacation on!

Weather Conditions

The climate in Bora Bora is mostly warm, although it’s in the tropics the heat is not extreme. For Bora Bora the summers are from November to April, which is considered the rainy season, it has around 109 rainy days throughout a year. The dry season on the other hand is from May to October, that time period is the most popular time for tourists. The most crowded month of the year is July, at this time all the festivals and locals celebrations are held. One more important thing is that this area is prone to cyclones and hurricanes, but that’s only during a short time in the rainy season. So there is really nothing to worry about.

Animals in Bora Bora

Bora Bora is know for the marine wildlife, so although there are not many land animals you can still find many creatures in the waters below. Crabs that roam the beaches, turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, manta rays, gray rays, leopard rays, and many many more. There are around 500 different species of fish swim in the waters, and each one more prettier than the other. The few land animals that live on the island, are dogs and the occasional cat. The only reason they are there are because people over the years have shipped them over, or the people living there have them as pets.

Food in Bora Bora

Yes, Bora Bora's food is pricier than the food back home, but it's totally worth it, because it's absolutely amazing. Some of the food trucks there even serve food that is similar to American food, some of these foods include pizza, burgers, macaroni and cheese, etc. Bora Bora has many exotic foods like sushi, foie gras, rotisserie pork, fresh red ahi tuna, or Tahitian vanilla panna cotta types of foods you don't really find often in regular restaurants. There is also cheaper eating places, you can find them are in the little villages sprinkled all over the island.

History of the Island

A man named James Cook first found Bora Bora in 1769, when he was on his journey to the French Polynesia. In 1820 the LMS base was established there, Bora Bora held the Maui Pomare (the politician), until the Supreme Court pushed to take it over in 1842, but he resisted trying to protect the French Protectorate until the island was added in 1888. From 1942-1946 the OB changed its island to station 6,000 men, and they brought along 20,000 tons of equipment, trying to protect the island from military attack (World War II). Today Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful islands in the world, that beholds many amazing things.

This isn't Goodbye

Bora Bora is an amazing place, and it's historical past makes it even better. From the food, to the crystal clear water, and the weather that's mostly always warm, and yes I promise you are going to have a great time, so why don't you come to Bora Bora. Can't wait to see you there!

Vocab

LMS: London Missionary Society

OB: Operation Bobcat

Foie gras: The liver of a flattened goose or duck

Red ahi tuna: A pinkish reddish salman

Tahitian vanilla panna cotta: A dessert made from heavy cream, milk, sugar, vanilla bean, gelatin sheets, passion fruit and vanilla cookies

Maui Pomare: A New Zealand doctor and politician