15 days in Tahiti & Cook Islands Itinerary

15 days in Tahiti & Cook Islands Itinerary

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15 days in Tahiti & Cook Islands Itinerary

Start: Spokane, United States
Fly:  16​h
1
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
2
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Spokane, United States


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5
nights
Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Get out of town with these interesting Papeete side-trips: Taharuu Beach (in Papara), Faarumai Waterfalls (in Arue) and The Water Gardens of Vaipahi (in Taravao). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Municipal Market, look for gifts at Papeete Roulottes, steep yourself in history at James Norman Hall Home, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Papeete sightseeing planning tool .

Spokane, USA to Papeete is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Spokane to Papeete due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Spokane in April: high temperatures in Papeete hover around 88°F and lows are around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tahiti, Taharuu Beach, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, Faarumai Waterfalls
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Paofai Gardens ©
Paofai Gardens
Municipal Market
Municipal Market
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands

2
nights
Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki ©
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Aitutaki is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Aitutaki Lagoon, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Maungapu, head outdoors with Akaiami, and stroll through O'otu Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Aitutaki day trip tool .

Fly from Papeete to Aitutaki in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Aitutaki Lagoon ©
Aitutaki Lagoon
One Foot Island ©
One Foot Island
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Muri Lagoon, take in the dramatic scenery at Papua ( Wigmore's) Waterfall, stroll through Titikaveka Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Aroa Marine Reserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Avarua day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Aitutaki to Avarua takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Avarua are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Titikaveka Beach, Aumata Mini Golf
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Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon
Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) ©

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