The island's name in Tahiti
an is spelled Pora-Pora and means "First Born."
was visited by Captain James Cook
in 1777 and annexed by France in the late 19th century.
During World War II
the island had a U.S. naval base, and Motu Mute
islet on the northwest side of Bora-Bora's reef was a U.S. air base; the airstrip is still in use.
The tallest peak is Mt Otemanu
which is about 2379 feet high, and has never been climbed!
Author James Michener
described Bora Bora as "the most beautiful island in the world".