22 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

22 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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22 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

Start: Colorado Springs
Drive + Fly:  18​h
1
Papeete, Tahiti
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Avatoru, Rangiroa
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  3​h
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
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
End: Colorado Springs

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.
Step out of Papeete with an excursion to Faarumai Waterfalls in Arue--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, see the interesting displays at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of King Pomare V, and explore the striking landscape at Point Venus.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Papeete journey planner.

Colorado Springs, USA to Papeete is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Tahiti Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in January: high temperatures in Papeete hover around 87°F and lows are around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Avatoru.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tahiti, Faarumai Waterfalls, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Le Lagon Bleu. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and then stop by Gauguin's Pearl Farm.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Avatoru road trip app .

You can fly from Papeete to Avatoru in 1.5 hours. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Vaitape.

Things to do in Avatoru

Wildlife Tours Parks
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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: kick back and relax at Matira Beach, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, identify plant and animal life at Bora Bora Turtle Centre, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Otemanu.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Vaitape trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Avatoru to Vaitape in 3 hours. Another option is to fly. You will leave for Maupiti Island on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Vaitape

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Bora Bora
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu
Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora ©
Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora

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 20th (Mon): kick back and relax at Tereia Beach, then don't miss a visit to Le Palais de la mer, and then get outside with Mt. Teurafaatiu.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Maupiti Island tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vaitape to Maupiti Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Moorea.

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

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: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, look for gifts at Eva Perles Pearl Buying, kick back and relax at Tiahura Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lagoonarium.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Moorea online trip maker .

Getting from Maupiti Island to Moorea by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Moorea are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back 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