23 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

23 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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23 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + ferry:  21​h 45​min
1
Bora Bora
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Tahaa
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Maupiti Island
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h
4
Raiatea
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h
5
Huahine
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
6
Moorea
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Tikehau
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Papeete, Tahiti
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Nuku Hiva
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
10
Rurutu
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  30​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Bora Bora

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Head to Deep Sea Pearls and Alain Despertfor some retail therapy. Visiting Leopard Rays Trench and Tupitipiti Point will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church, browse the exhibits of Art du Pacific, and enjoy the sand and surf at Matira Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bora Bora trip builder .

New York City, USA to Bora Bora is an approximately 22-hour combination of bus, flight, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Bora Bora is minus 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tahaa.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Deep Sea Pearls ©
Deep Sea Pearls
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Tupitipiti Point ©
Tupitipiti Point

1
night
Tahaa

Tahaa ©
Taha’a is an island located among the western group, the Leeward Islands, of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get outside with Jardin de Corail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Pari Pari, then identify plant and animal life at Turtle Conservation Center, and finally explore and take pictures at Vallee de la Vanille.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tahaa route builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bora Bora to Tahaa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Maupiti Island.

Things to do in Tahaa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Jardin de Corail ©
Jardin de Corail
Vallee de la Vanille ©
Vallee de la Vanille

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Le Palais de la mer, head outdoors with Mt. Teurafaatiu, and then stroll through Tereia Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Maupiti Island trip planner .

Fly from Tahaa to Maupiti Island in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Raiatea.

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

1
night
Raiatea

Raiatea ©
Green, mountainous, and sacred to the ancient Polynesians, Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for gifts at The Anapa Pearl Farm, then hunt for treasures at Mercato Coperto di Uturoa, and then get outside with Mount Tapioi.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Raiatea sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Maupiti Island to Raiatea in an hour. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Huahine.

Things to do in Raiatea

Outdoors Shopping
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Mount Tapioi ©
Mount Tapioi

2
nights
Huahine

Huahine ©
On the 28th (Sat), make a trip to Three Bays Pass, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Taitaa, view the masterpieces at Galerie 'Umatatea, get engrossed in the history at Fare Potee maeva huahine, then don't miss a visit to Sito Archeologico Di Maeva, and finally don't miss a visit to Fare, in Huahine, FP. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Eden Parc, admire all the interesting features of Huahine Pearl Farm, then look for gifts at Pearl Treehouse, and finally head outdoors with Huahine-kitetrip.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Huahine road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Raiatea to Huahine takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Moorea.

Things to do in Huahine

Outdoors Parks Shopping
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Huahine-kitetrip ©
Huahine-kitetrip
Fare Potee maeva huahine ©
Fare Potee maeva huahine
Fare, in Huahine, FP ©
Fare, in Huahine, FP

4
nights
Moorea

Moorea ©
On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swim with Dolphins and SAB Pearls. Take a break from the city and head to Route des Ananas and Temae Beach. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Tiahura Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Afareaitu Waterfalls, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Moorea road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Huahine to Moorea in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Moorea are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Tikehau.

Things to do in Moorea

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Route des Ananas ©
Route des Ananas
Tiahura Beach ©
Tiahura Beach
Afareaitu Waterfalls ©
Afareaitu Waterfalls

1
night
Tikehau

On the 4th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Ile d'Eden, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Plage La Cloche de Hina, and finally kick back and relax at Plage des Sables Roses.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tikehau online vacation planner .

You can fly from Moorea to Tikehau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Tikehau

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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Water Gardens of Vaipahi and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get outdoors at Taharuu Beach and Taravao Plateau. Step out of Papeete to go to Taravao and see Bain de Vaima, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: stop by Tahiti Pearl Market, get a sense of history and politics at Assemblee de la Polynesie francaise, visit a coastal fixture at Pointe Venus, and browse the different shops at BIJOUTERIE TAVITA.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Papeete trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Tikehau to Papeete in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Papeete are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nuku Hiva.

Things to do in Papeete

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Taravao, James Norman Hall Home, Pointe Venus, Taharuu Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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The Water Gardens of  Vaipahi ©
The Water Gardens of Vaipahi
Taharuu Beach ©
Taharuu Beach
Taravao Plateau ©
Taravao Plateau

2
nights
Nuku Hiva

Nuku Hiva ©
On the 8th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nuku Hiva visit planner .

Fly from Papeete to Nuku Hiva in 4 hours. On the 9th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Nuku Hiva

Historic Sites
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Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Notre Dame Cathedral

1
night
Rurutu

Rurutu ©
On the 10th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Rurutu Reefs.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rurutu itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nuku Hiva to Rurutu takes 20.5 hours. On the 11th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Rurutu

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Rurutu Reefs ©
Rurutu Reefs

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