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Bora Bora BoraboraISS006-E-39815.PNG
NASA picture of the island of Bora Bora and its lagoon
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Location Pacific Ocean pito
Archipelago Society Islands
Area 29.3 km2 (11.3 sq mi)
Highest elevation 727 m (2,385 ft)
Highest point Mount Otemanu
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Leeward Islands
Largest city Vaitape (pop. 4,927 inhabitants)
Population 8,880 (as of August 2007 census)
Bora Bora North-East view from Mt Pahia
Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (143 miles) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 feet).
Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. The major settlement, Vaitape, is on the western side of the main island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. Produce of the island is mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and the plentiful coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. According to a 2008 census, Bora Bora has a permanent population of 8,880.