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Photo diary: Brilliant blues of Bora Bora, a birds eye view!

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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.

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.

Picture were taken from our plane ride from Tahiti to Bora Bora, I did not alter the images, it was really this spectacular!

The flight from Tahiti to Bora Bora Tahiti (Resort you see here is the Intercontinental Tahiti)

Mountains of Tahiti and the coast lined with boats Mountains of Moorea. See our ATV tour around Moorea here 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 have now arrived at the tiniest and prettiest airport ever!

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." Have you been to any of the atolls?