Bora Bora, an Island of Beauty and Simplicity
The beautiful island of Bora Bora is quite tranquil and in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places on earth. The island has a population of approximately 9,000 people, but this population swells during the tourist season. The island has seven tourist resorts, and most natives that do work are employed in the tourism trade. Tourist jobs include working at a resort, in a restaurant, or on an island tour bus.
Most people in Bora Bora speak French or Tahitian. Because tourism is the main source of the economy on the island, English is also spoken most places and definitely by all employees in the tourism trade.The island natives are influenced by the Polynesian culture. My husband and I recently went on a cruise that stopped in Bora Bora, and I was amazed at the beauty and the simplicity we observed there.
A Bora Bora Tour
Our tour guide met us at the pier and from there we were transported by a colorful, simple bus with plastic seats and open windows around the island. As we were given a tour of the island, we were amazed at all the simple little huts made of cement and grass or tin roofs that whole families lived in. When asked about the economy of the island, our guide told us that most people on the island work in some form of tourism, but that there were some people that didn't work at all. They were still able to support their families because all that is truly needed to live a good life in Bora Bora is a home and a boat! Most families own a fishing boat and go out during the day to catch fresh fish to eat. The region is tropical, so there are many fruit trees with fruit plentiful for picking and eating and serving at meals. As long as a family had a boat, they will survive. Gas is 10 U.S. dollars per gallon, which is why there are much more scooters than cars on the island.
During the tour, we were able to stop on the side of the road and throw out flowers which had been attached to the sides of our tour bus. I originally thought they were just there for decoration, but as we threw the flowers on the ground, we were able to watch numbers of land crabs come out of their holes, grab the flowers and drag them back into their holes to have as a meal. There were also stops along hillsides and on beaches to take pictures of fantastic views that I am quite sure the natives take for granted, but to visitors seemed spectacular. In the United States, to have a home on the shoreline would cost millions of dollars but to most of the natives here, the land their homes are built on has been handed down for generations so comes into their possession for free.
One of the few tourist spots, other than the resorts on Bora Bora, is the restaurant, "Bloody Mary's." From the outside, the building has a Polynesian look to it, but inside, it is a nice restaurant, with tables covered with white tablecloths. The fun thing about this restaurant is that you can take your shoes off when you get inside because the floor is covered with sand, and the sides of the restaurant are open. Many famous entertainers have stopped by Bloody Mary's during visits to the island. And dinner is the fresh catch of the day, which is laid out on ice for people to choose what they want. The food and drinks are quite expensive in Bora Bora but for the tourist looking for something different to do, a stop at Bloody Mary's will provide a memorable experience.
There are beautiful resorts on the island of Bora Bora. Tourists can choose to stay in a hotel, or a hut situated over the water.
Bora Bora is an island of beauty and simplicity and a stop I highly recommend for anyone going to the Polynesian islands.
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