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Mount Otemanu

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Mount Otemanu is the highest point on Bora Bora. Together with Mount Pahia it forms the remnants of an extinct volcano that once existed in the center of the island. Today its craggy remnants tower over the island, reaching heights of 2,385 feet (727 meters). It's rugged, black face makes a stunning contrast with the jungles and the sparkling blue sea below.

While it's possible to hike up Mount Pahia, Mount Otemanu is best enjoyed from below. It's impossible to climb to the summit because of the brittle volcanic rock which is too fragile to hold a person's weight. According to the locals, nobody has EVER successfully scaled the top. You can, however, take a hike up to the base. The path is confusing and the jungle is thick so it's recommended to take a guide or a 4x4 tour. Here you will find leftover US cannons from World War II and scattered altars from the ancient past.

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