These are the verdant Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the remains of an extinct volcano. The island itself is just 5.5 miles long by 2.5 miles wide, with hotels and settlements along the coast road that runs around the whole island. First settled by Tongan people in the 4th Century, Europeans first visited the island in 1769 led by James Cook. The original name of the island in the Tahitian language is Pora Pora, which means "First Born", derived from the full name Pora pora mai te pora, which means “created by the Gods” – visit and you will quickly understand why. You will have the chance to experience the island away from the resorts, but we recommend a night in an overwater bungalow if you would like a break from being rocked to sleep by the waves.