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Transcript of bora bora
By: Emily Eichen
Bora Bora is a set of small islands, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about 160 miles northwest of Tahiti and approximately 2,600 miles south of Hawaii.
The main island is mountainous and sits in a calm lagoon that is circled by motus (islets). The remaining smaller islands are completely surrounded by coral reefs, making Bora Bora feel similar to a big blue, warm swimming pool, with a lush green backdrop.
The wet season, Summer, is from November to April, receiving approximately 3/4ths of the annual rainfall of French Polynesia between these months. The humidity during this time can be heavy and muggy and cloud cover is common. Storms are brief, and unpredictable.
Temperatures will range from 27 - 30 degrees C, with the hottest months being February and March. Day to night temperature fluctuations are minimal. This "wet season" is considered the "off season" for tourism.
By contrast, the dry season, May through October, is the "in season". This is the Polynesian winter. Temperatures generally range from between 24-28 degrees C, and rain is rare. Day to night temperature fluctuations are minimal.
Tattoos- The early missionaries decreed tattoos a pagan custom and banned the art-form. Today Tahiti "tatou" graphics reflect who you are and what is important to you. Some may stand for god/religion and others may represent the oceans' fish in their beautiful colors and patterns
Music and dancing- Dances were directly linked with all aspects of life. Traditional Tahitian dancing tells of ancient legends and folklore of the Polynesian culture. One would also dance for joy, to welcome a visitor, to pray to a god or challenge an enemy. They have musical instruments such as thunderous drums, conch shells, and harmonic nasal flutes.
Flowers- tropical flowers are everywhere on bora bora. they also wear these flower behind the left ear or as a crown
The island was first inhabited by Polynesian settlers around the 4th century AD. The first European sighting was made by Jakob Roggeveen in 1722. James Cook later sighted the island in 1770 and landed that same year. The London Missionary Society arrived in 1820 and founded a Protestant church in 1890. Bora Bora was an independent kingdom until 1888 when its last queen Teriimaevarua III was forced to abdicate (step down) by the French who annexed the island as a colony.
Bora Bora states that they don't have any exports
Oranges, corpas and vanilla are produced on the island. Tourism is a major source of commerce.
Their currency is called: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc (CFP) although the Euro is overtaking it.
The major exports are: Medical, technical equipment
The major industries are: Management, scientific and technical consulting service
Their currency is call the: US dollar
French Polynesia/Bora Bora takes place in a parliamentary representative democracy, where the President of French Polynesia is the head of government, and of a multi-party system.
Executive power is exercised by the government.
Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Assembly of French Polynesia (the territorial assembly).
Despite this, French Polynesia is not in a free association with France. The local government has no say in justice, education, security and defense, directly provided and directed by the Government of France and French military forces.
The highest representative of the State in the territory is the High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia