So maybe you want to go to Hanauma Bay, Hawaii? Here are some facts and legend ...

​So maybe you want to go to Whitehaven Beach, Australia? Here are some facts ...

So maybe you want to go to Matira Beach, Bora Bora, in French Polynesia? Here are some facts ...

  • Whitehaven Beach is on Whitsunday Island, the largest of a 74-island chain in Australia
  • It has been named the world’s most eco-friendly beach by global news network Its access is limited, but day trips are available making it unspoilt and precious

  • It has some of the whitest sand in the world and the water is incredibly blue

  • The sand is powdery soft and cool to touch

  • The sand is 98% pure silica, which gives it a bright colour

  • It is thought that the sands came to the beach by means of sea currents over millions and millions of years

  • There are many varied types of plant, bird and marine life
  • The Whitsundays are the traditional home of the Ngaro Aboriginal People, who are also known as ‘Canoe People’
  • Ngaro descendants help the Government look after the national parks of the Whitsundays

  • Legend has it that two warriors fell in love with the same woman. So they hand wrestled each other at Hanauma Bay to decide who would marry her, but the woman was scared they would hurt themselves wrestling. So she decided to go and turn herself into a beautiful nearby mountain. It is now called Koko Crater. She did this so both men could look up at her forever
  • Hanauma Bay is about 10 miles from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on the island of O’ahu in Hawaii
  • Hawaii is located in the north central Pacific Ocean and is made up of a string of 137 islands
  • Hanauma Bay is a country nature park and a state underwater park with strict rules about how to behave and care for its environment
  • Honolulu county spent millions to build Hanauma Bay

  • Bora Bora is an island of French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean – you need to take a plane to Papeete which is the Capital City of Tahiti and travel 140 miles northwest by boat. You can’t miss it, as at the centre of the island are old extinct volcanoes, which rise high to form two peaks: Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, reaching over 2000 feet
  • The climate is tropical. The dry season is from May to October and this is the best time to visit if you don’t want to be rained on every day
  • Lots of people think that Bora Bora is also one of the most expensive islands in the world to stay at, but all types of accommodation are available at a variety of prices
  • In the 4th Century, the first settlers to Bora Bora were Tongan People. Captain James Cook led the first European settlers to the island much later
  • Tahitian black pearls are very rare and mysterious – only about 3 in every 100 are perfect
  • The Bora Pearl Company is a world famous pearl farm that can teach you a lot about black pearls and you could take one home with you, if you are lucky
  • The main languages spoken are French and Tahitian

  • Matira Beach has very white sand and emerald green waters and is located on the southern tip of Bora Bora Island
  • Matira Beach is Bora Bora’s most popular public beach and voted as one of the most romantic and beautiful beaches of the world
  • Its tropical warm waters can reach as high as 30 degrees
  • Snorkelling and diving is the best of its kind in the world – Bora Bora is home to over 500 species of marine life
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