Tahiti is the largest in the Windward Island group of French Polynesia, within the Society Islands archipelago of the Southern Pacific Ocean.

This island formed from a volcano and is mountainous and famous for black sand beaches.

It is surrounded by coral reefs.

Tahiti is divided into two parts, the bigger northwestern Tahiti Nui and the smaller southeastern Tahiti Iti.

It is French colony with a population of almost 200,000, the cultural and political centre of French Polynesia.

The capital Pape’ete is on the northwest coast, with Fa’a’ā International Airport located near Papeete.

Polynesians represent about 70 per cent of the population, with the rest being European, Chinese and mixed heritage.

French is the official language, although Tahitian is widely spoken.

Tahiti’s currency is the French Pacific Franc, pegged to the Euro at 1 CFP = EUR .0084. Local hotels and financial institutions offer exchange services.

While Tahiti is an interesting destination in itself, it is today often just a stopover point for people visiting the surrounding islands such as Bora Bora, reached by regular flights from Pape’ete.

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Tahiti and its islands are famous for over-water accommodation
Tahiti’s islands are famous for over-water accommodation. Pic: Mayumi Ishikawa/flkr

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is an island group in French Polynesia
Bora Bora is an island group in French Polynesia
Bora Bora
Bora Bora resorts (above) and regional islands below … explore further with the zoomable map at the bottom of this page

Bora Bora is perhaps one of the world’s great tropical island destinations.

It is a wonderful place, but the best resorts are not cheap.

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The Bora Bora group comprises just 30km2 of the Society Islands of French Polynesia.

The main island is surrounded by lagoon and barrier reef, with an extinct volcano rising in two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu.

The major settlement is Vaitape, on the west side of the main island, opposite the lagoon entrance channel.

Hotel Bora Bora opened in 1961, with the first over-water bungalows built in 1970.

Several resorts have since been built on the small islands surrounding the lagoon. The quality ranges from cheap to luxurious.

Air Tahiti has up to six flights daily to Bora Bora Airport on Motu Mute from Tahiti and other islands.

Rental cars and bicycles are the transport used on the islands, with two-seater buggies for hire in Vaitape.

Explore Bora Bora (capital Vaitape) and the nearby islands with our Google map. Zoom in to find the resorts.

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