34 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

34 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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34 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Papeete, Tahiti
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Avatoru, Rangiroa
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  3​h
3
Bora Bora
— 10 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Maupiti Island
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h
5
Raiatea
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Moorea
— 11 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Chicago

6
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 these side-trips from Papeete: Faarumai Waterfalls (in Arue), Taravao (Bain de Vaima, The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, & more) and Taharuu Beach (in Papara). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, browse the eclectic array of goods at Municipal Market, admire the sheer force of Fautaua, and explore the striking landscape at Point Venus.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Papeete online route planner .

Chicago, USA to Papeete is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Tahiti Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in December: high temperatures in Papeete hover around 87°F and lows are around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Avatoru.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tahiti, Taravao, Taharuu Beach, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, Faarumai Waterfalls
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:
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Fautaua ©
Fautaua
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
Municipal Market
Municipal Market

2
nights
Avatoru, Rangiroa

Avatoru ©
The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
On the 24th (Tue), head off the coast to Le Lagon Bleu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then look for gifts at Gauguin's Pearl Farm.

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

Fly from Papeete to Avatoru in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Avatoru

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

10
nights
Bora Bora

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Spend the 27th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Matira Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Tupitipiti Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Pahia, and identify plant and animal life at White Valley.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bora Bora trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Avatoru to Bora Bora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll set off for Maupiti Island on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu

2
nights
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 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Mt. Teurafaatiu, make a trip to Le Palais de la mer, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tereia Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Maupiti Island trip simple and quick.

Explore your travel options from Bora Bora to Maupiti Island with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Raiatea.

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
Raiatea

Raiatea ©
Green, mountainous, and sacred to the ancient Polynesians, Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get outside with Mount Tapioi and then stop by Vairua Perles. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Motu Iriru, delve into the distant past at Marae Taputapuātea, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Coperto di Uturoa.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Raiatea trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Maupiti Island to Raiatea takes an hour. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moorea.

Things to do in Raiatea

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Motu Iriru ©
Motu Iriru
Marae Taputapuātea ©
Marae Taputapuātea
Mount Tapioi ©
Mount Tapioi

11
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, take some stellar pictures from Belvedere Lookout, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lagoonarium.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Moorea day trip app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Raiatea to Moorea takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Moorea can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moorea

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 19:
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Shark Diving
Belvedere Lookout ©
Belvedere Lookout
Tiki Village Cultural Center ©
Tiki Village Cultural Center

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