About Bora Bora
Bora Bora is an Island of the French Polynesia archipelago located in te Oceania, archipelagoes in the South Pacific Ocean about half way between South America and Australia in the Pacific Ocean. It is situated about 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Papeete, and surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and a barrier reef. The center of the Island is the remnants of an extinct volcano.
The Island was first inhabited by Polynesian settlers around the 4th century. The major settlement, Vaitape is on the western side of the Island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. The products of the Island are mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. During the August 2007 census, the population on the Island was about 8,880 people.
Today the Island is mainly dependent on tourism. Over the last few years several resorts have been built on Motu (small Islands) surrounding the lagoon. Thirty years ago, Hotel Bora Bora built the first over-the-water bungalows on stilts over the lagoon and today, overwater bungalows are a standard feature of most Bora Bora resorts. The quality of those bungalows ranges from comparably cheap, basic accommodations to very luxurious - and pricy - places to stay. Most of the tourist destinations are aquacentric; however it is possible to visit attractions on land such as WWII cannons. Air Tahiti has five or six flights daily to the Bora Bora Airport on Moto Mute from Tahiti (as well as from other Islands).
Bora Bora Map
Location: Oceania, archipelagoes in the South Pacific Ocean about half way between South America and Australia
Area: total: 4,167 sq km (118 Islands and atolls)
land: 3,660 sq km
water: 507 sq km
Coastline: 2,525 km
Climate: Tropical, but moderate
Natural hazards: Occasional cyclonic storms in January
Population: 287,032 (July 2009 est.)
Ethnic groups: Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%
Religions: Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%
Languages: French 61.1% (official), Polynesian 31.4% (official), Asian languages 1.2%, other 0.3%, unspecified 6% (2002 census)
Judicial System: The laws of France, where applicable, apply. Court of Appeal or Cour d'Appel; Court of the First Instance or Tribunal de Premiere Instance; Court of Administrative Law or Tribunal Administratif
Government type: Overseas lands of France; there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are five archipelagic divisions named Archipel des Marquises, Archipel des Tuamotu, Archipel des Tubuai, Iles du Vent, Iles Sous-le-Vent
Capital: name: Papeete
geographic coordinates: 17 32 S, 149 34 W
time difference: UTC-10 (5 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Economy - overview: A high proportion of the work force is either employed by the French military or supports the tourist industry. With the halt of French nuclear testing in 1996, the military contribution to the economy fell sharply. Tourism accounts for about one-fourth of GDP and is a primary source of hard currency earnings. Other sources of income are pearl farming and deep-sea commercial fishing. The small manufacturing sector primarily processes agricultural products. The territory benefits substantially from development agreements with France aimed principally at creating new businesses and strengthening social services.
GDP by sector: agriculture: 3.1%
industry: 19%
services: 77.8% (2005)
Industries: Food and food products account for about one-third of the total annual value of shipments by manufacturers, including sugar and pineapples. Other major industries are clothing; stone, clay, and glass products; fabricated metals; and shipbuilding.
Electricity: 220 volts and 60 cycles with French style two-pin sockets so adapters are normally required for U.S. 110 volt appliances.
Currency (code): Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique francs (XPF) per US dollar - 87.59 (2007), 94.97 (2006), 95.89 (2005), 96.04 (2004), 105.66 (2003)
note: pegged at the rate of 119.25 XPF to the euro
Credit Cards: Major Hotels accept all the major credit cards but not checks written on banks outside Tahiti. Elsewhere in the tourist industry, Visa is the most widely accepted card followed by MasterCard. Note that American Express and Diner’s are often not accepted.
Sales Tax: The Value Added Tax (or TVA in French) was added in 1998 on all goods and services, including accommodations, food & beverages, room and meal packages, transportation, activities and excursions.
V.A.T. 2002 on tourist services is 10%
V.A.T. 2002 on hotels, small boarding houses, food and beverages is 6%
Telephone system: Domestic: combined fixed and mobile-cellular density is roughly 85 per 100 persons
International: country code - 689; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean) (2008)