17 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

17 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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17 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  11​h
1
Papeete, Tahiti
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
2
Moorea
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
3
Bora Bora
— 5 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Papeete, Tahiti
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: San Francisco

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Papeete, Tahiti

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.
To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Papeete day trip site .

San Francisco, USA to Papeete is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Tahiti Time (TAHT) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: highs in Papeete hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 28°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel to Moorea.

Things to do in Papeete

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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4
nights
Moorea

Moorea ©
On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ta'ahiamanu Beach and Tiahura Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Swim with Dolphins and Spas & Wellness. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Have a Nice Pearl, take some stellar pictures from Belvedere Lookout, and get outside with Lycee Agricole Opunohu.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Moorea road trip site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Papeete to Moorea in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In May, daytime highs in Moorea are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Moorea

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Tiahura Beach ©
Tiahura Beach
Shark Diving
Route des Ananas ©
Route des Ananas

5
nights
Bora Bora

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Leopard Rays Trench and La Plage Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Shark Diving. Spend the 1st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Otemanu, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tupitipiti Point.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bora Bora online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Moorea to Bora Bora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu
Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

5
nights
Papeete, Tahiti

Papeete ©
Explore hidden gems such as The Water Gardens of Vaipahi and Taravao Plateau. Get outdoors at Fautaua and Vallee de la Papenoo. Go for a jaunt from Papeete to Taravao to see Bain de Vaima about 58 minutes away. Explore Papeete further: get up close to creatures of the deep with Tahiti Trip Fishing, see the interesting displays at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, and stroll the grounds of Tomb of King Pomare V.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Papeete trip builder app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Papeete in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Papeete

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Taravao, Punaauia, Tahiti
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The Water Gardens of  Vaipahi ©
The Water Gardens of Vaipahi
Taravao Plateau ©
Taravao Plateau
Vallee de la Papenoo ©
Vallee de la Papenoo

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