Bora Bora is like walking into a blue rainbow with millions of shades of blue as far as the eye can see, it is a Postcard perfect destination and is even more gorgeous from the plane. What makes it so unique from the other islands is that Bora Bora is an atoll, the reef around it is what makes the water so shallow and a Turquoise blue juxtaposed against the Prussian blue of the deep ocean. Reef-building corals will thrive only in warm tropical and subtropical waters of oceans and seas, and therefore atolls are only found in the tropics and subtropics. Here are a few brilliant blue birds eye view photos while flying Air Tahiti to Bora Bora.
What is an Atoll?
Atoll is a ring-shaped coral reef or a string of closely spaced small coral islands, enclosing or nearly enclosing a shallow lagoon. They are especially common in the western and central Pacific Ocean and are believed to form along the fringes of underwater volcanoes. It has its roots in French atollon : a word used in early descriptions of the Maldive Island atolls, said to be Divehi (Indo-Aryan language of the Maldives) atoḷu
Wiki says – “The distribution of atolls around the globe is instructive: most of the world’s atolls are in the Pacific Ocean (with concentrations in the Tuamotu Islands, Caroline Islands, Marshall Islands, Coral Sea Islands, and the island groups of Kiribati, Tuvalu and Tokelau) and Indian Ocean (the Atolls of the Maldives, the Lakshadweep Islands, the Chagos Archipelago and the Outer Islands of the Seychelles). The Atlantic Ocean has no large groups of atolls, other than eight atolls east of Nicaragua that belong to the Colombian department of San Andres and Providencia in the Caribbean.”
After a non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Papeete on Air Tahiti Nui, we took Air Tahiti to Motu Mute – BOB airport in Bora Bora. Just setting foot into the beautiful interiors of the Air Tahiti Nui (back in LAX) with its turquoise blue seats and paintings of Paul Gauguin on the wall, already set the island vibe. We were offered a Tiare flower by the smiling flight attendant. We landed in Papeete spent the night at Intercontinental Tahiti Resort and took the flight to Bora Bora next day. Once we boarded the AirTahiti flight and the flight took off, we kept our eyes on the windows as we crossed one tiny island after the other. Each a tiny little speck on the bright blue ocean with a a ring of turquoise waters around it. When we landed in the tiniest airport we have ever seen, the sound of ukulele welcomed us. We were given a traditional Maeva, the Tahitian word for welcome as we made our way to find our boat that will take us to our resort in paradise.
The photos here were taken from our plane ride from Tahiti to Bora Bora, I did not alter the images, it was really this spectacular!
Tahiti (Resort you see here is the Intercontinental Tahiti)
Mountains of Tahiti and the coast lined with boats
Mountains of Moorea
I think this was Tahaa, not 100% sure
Bora Bora Blues start here
Four seasons and St.Regis overwater villas in view
The private islet of Motu Tapu – we had a picnic forbidden private island one day and had the whole place to ourselves.
Arrived at the tiniest and prettiest airport ever!
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