Bora Bora, French Polynesia
No name captures the imagination of paradise as well as the French Polynesian island nation of Bora Bora. Majestic mountains sculpted by ancient volcanoes, a shimmering lagoon and a barrier reef dotted with tiny motu or islets welcome visitors to perhaps the most stunning island in the South Pacific, and generations of travelers — including novelist James Michener — regarded Bora Bora as an earthly paradise. Approximately, a mere 4,600 people live a seemingly idyllic lifestyle in the main villages of Vaitape, Anau and Faanui.
Among the sights of this quaint village is the tomb of French navigator Alain Gerbault, who circumnavigated the globe solo during 1920.
Ruins of ancient Polynesian open-air temples are found throughout the Farepiti, Faanui and Anau districts.
World War II Relics
Bora Bora was a U.S. supply base during World War II; naval gun sites can still be seen.