21 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

21 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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21 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Papeete, Tahiti
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Avatoru, Rangiroa
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  3​h 15​min
3
Vaitape, Bora Bora
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Maupiti Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Moorea
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Faarumai Waterfalls in Arue (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, admire all the interesting features of Point Venus, stroll the grounds of Tomb of King Pomare V, and admire the masterpieces at Paul Gauguin Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Papeete trip website .

Sydney, Australia to Papeete is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Tahiti Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Papeete reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Avatoru.

Things to do in Papeete

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tahiti, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, Faarumai Waterfalls
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Fautaua ©
Fautaua
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Municipal Market
Municipal Market

2
nights
Avatoru, Rangiroa

The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
On the 6th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Le Lagon Bleu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then look for gifts at Gauguin's Pearl Farm.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Avatoru journey builder website .

You can fly from Papeete to Avatoru in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vaitape.

Things to do in Avatoru

Wildlife Outdoors Nature
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Swim with Dolphins
Le Lagon Bleu ©
Le Lagon Bleu
Gauguin's Pearl Farm ©
Gauguin's Pearl Farm

7
nights
Vaitape, Bora Bora

Vaitape ©
Perched at the foot of Bora Bora's emerald peak, by the side of the deep blue central lagoon, Vaitape is breathtakingly beautiful.
Vaitape is known for wildlife, shopping, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Matira Beach, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and explore the gorgeous colors at Tupitipiti Point.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vaitape online holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Avatoru to Vaitape with the Route module. You'll set off for Maupiti Island on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Vaitape

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bora Bora
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 14:
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Shark Diving
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get outside with Mt. Teurafaatiu, make a trip to Le Palais de la mer, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tereia Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Maupiti Island trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vaitape to Maupiti Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Moorea.

Things to do in Maupiti Island

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

7
nights
Moorea

On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
Moorea is known for wildlife, adventure, shopping, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, get great views at Belvedere Lookout, stroll through Temae Beach, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Moorea trip builder .

You can fly from Maupiti Island to Moorea in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Moorea

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Shark Diving
Belvedere Lookout ©
Belvedere Lookout
Tiki Village Cultural Center ©
Tiki Village Cultural Center

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