Tucked in the shadow of Mount Otemanu is Bora Bora, is a popular cruise destination for people who truly want to surround themselves with natural beauty. On cruises to the South Pacific you can explore this fascinating island and tap into its legendary allure. Before your next South Pacific cruise, check out four Bora Bora facts you never knew about this jewel of French Polynesia:
- It only has two seasons
Unlike many locations that have four traditional seasons, Bora Bora only has two. Its dry season, which is considered winter, lasts from June to August. Its wet season, which is considered summer, lasts from December to February. But no matter when you choose to go, you're sure to experience beauty unique to this corner of the world.
- It's part of World War II history
From 1942 to 1946, Bora Bora served as a supply base and was home to around 6,000 U.S. military personnel. A few reminders of this period in Bora Bora’s history remain today, like the runway at Motu Mute and several cannons around the island.
- It's the stuff of legend
Another intriguing Bora Bora fact: The island was first known as Pora Pora, which translates to "first born." Bora Bora is said to have been the first island pulled from the waters by the god Ta'aroa after Raiatea was created. Additionally, there is no equivalent to the "B" sound in Tahitian language. So when Captain James Cook and early settlers came to the island, they misheard the words of the natives, which eventually led to the rest of the world referring to it as "Bora Bora."
- It's home to the familiar and the exotic
There are no poisonous insects or snakes on Bora Bora. And while there are no native mammals on the island, it is home to many dogs, cats, sheep, and cows. Its waters are lush with colourful coral reefs and a variety of marine life, from lemon sharks and jackfish to sea turtles and dolphins, that can be explored on a snorkelling excursion.