Bora Bora during WWII
By Viator, July 2012
Although the army has long since pulled out, its influence is still felt on the island; and not just in the 19 mile (30.6 kilometer) road it built around the island or the now defunct international air strip. Many of the GI's declined to leave the island paradise after the war and you can still meet many American ex-pats and their half-American/half-Polynesian descendants. The locals have a long-lasting love of American lingo like “swell” and “okay,” and a serious passion for the canned meat products provided by the Army.
If you want to experience Bora Bora's WWII past, the biggest remnant sights are the eight enormous artillery canons sitting at the base of Mount Otemanu. The canons were never fired and are quietly rusting under the tropical sun. Nearby, a few military bunkers are being slowly reclaimed by the tenacious jungle. The best way to experience the war's cultural legacy, though, is with a big tin of Spam.