18 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

18 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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18 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  30​h
1
Papeete
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Tikehau
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Maupiti Island
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Taravao
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Fakarava
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
6
Nuku Hiva
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Hiva Oa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  39​h
End: Tel Aviv


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5
nights
Papeete

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.
Papeete is known for shopping, parks, museums, historic sites, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, browse the eclectic array of goods at Municipal Market, stroll the grounds of Tomb of King Pomare V, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Papeete online driving holiday planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Papeete is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Papeete, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tikehau.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tahiti, Arue, Punaauia, Pointe Venus
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Fautaua ©
Fautaua
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Municipal Market
Municipal Market

2
nights
Tikehau

On the 6th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Sables Roses, and then kick back and relax at Plage La Cloche de Hina. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Ile d'Eden and then head outdoors with Ile Aux Oiseaux.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tikehau road trip planning app .

Fly from Papeete to Tikehau in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Maupiti Island.

Things to do in Tikehau

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ile Aux Oiseaux ©
Ile Aux Oiseaux

1
night
Maupiti Island

Maupiti Island ©
Tropical paradise doesn't get more surreal than on Maupiti Island, a volcano perched on a coral atoll and surrounded by a horseshoe of forested land.
On the 8th (Tue), get outside with Mt. Teurafaatiu, make a trip to Le Palais de la mer, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tereia Beach.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Maupiti Island road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tikehau to Maupiti Island takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Taravao.

Things to do in Maupiti Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Tereia Beach ©
Tereia Beach
Le Palais de la mer ©
Le Palais de la mer

2
nights
Taravao

Taravao ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Paul Gauguin Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Taharuu Beach, then identify plant and animal life at The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, and finally stop by Tahiti Perles. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Bain de Vaima, admire the sheer force of Faarumai Waterfalls, and then head outdoors with Taravao Plateau.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Taravao trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Maupiti Island to Taravao takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Taravao are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fakarava.

Things to do in Taravao

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tahiti, Taharuu Beach, Faarumai Waterfalls
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Faarumai Waterfalls ©
Faarumai Waterfalls
Paul Gauguin Museum ©
Paul Gauguin Museum
The Water Gardens of  Vaipahi ©
The Water Gardens of Vaipahi

2
nights
Fakarava

A Fakarava holiday ensures a chance to explore untouched dive sites, admire old churches fashioned from corals and shells, and laze upon pristine white-sand beaches.
On the 11th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Fakarava beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fakarava holiday planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Taravao to Fakarava in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Nuku Hiva.

Things to do in Fakarava

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Nuku Hiva

Nuku Hiva ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral.

Before you visit Nuku Hiva, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Fakarava to Nuku Hiva takes 4 hours. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiva Oa.

Things to do in Nuku Hiva

Historic Sites
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Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Notre Dame Cathedral

1
night
Hiva Oa

Hiva Oa ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Gauguin Museum, then stroll the grounds of Calvary Cemetery, and then kick back and relax at Nahoe Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiva Oa online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Nuku Hiva to Hiva Oa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiva Oa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Gauguin Museum ©
Gauguin Museum
Calvary Cemetery ©
Calvary Cemetery

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