15 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

15 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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Papeete, Tahiti
— 3 nights
Fly
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Papetoai, Moorea
— 3 nights
Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
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Bora Bora
— 5 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Avatoru
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Avatoru
— 2 nights
Drive to Rangiroa Airport, Fly to Toronto

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Papeete, Tahiti

— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Municipal Market, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie, then admire the landmark architecture of Assemblee De La Polynesie Francaise, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Arahoho Blowhole. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Punaauia Beach, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, and then take an exotic tour of Ciao Tahiti Excursions 4x4 - Day Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Papeete attractions planner.

Toronto, Canada to Papeete is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Papeete is minus 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in May: highs in Papeete hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Papetoai.

Things to do in Papeete

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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Papetoai, Moorea

— 3 nights
Visiting Moorea Miti Tours and Temae Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tiahura Beach and Ta'ahiamanu Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Papetoai online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Papetoai takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In May, daytime highs in Papetoai are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Papetoai

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Bora Bora

— 5 nights
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Escape the urban bustle at Reef Discovery Bora Bora and Matira Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alain Despert and Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Otemanu, observe the fascinating underwater world at Bora Bora Lagoonarium, see Off-Road Tours, and explore the gorgeous colors at Leopard Rays Trench.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bora Bora trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Papetoai to Bora Bora takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Avatoru.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Avatoru

— 2 nights
The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
Take a break from the city and head to Swim with Dolphins and Le Lagon Bleu. There's more to do: step off the mainland to explore Ile aux Recifs and look for gifts at Gauguin's Pearl Farm.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Avatoru travel website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Avatoru in 4 hours. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Avatoru

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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French Polynesia travel guide

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Spanning an area of the South Pacific as large as Western Europe, French Polynesia includes 118 islands and atolls scattered across the blue ocean. White sand beaches (and pink and black) skirt rugged island peaks, while magnificent coral reefs form tranquil lagoons, dyed a startling blue and teeming with fish, eels, dolphins, rays, turtles, and sharks. The names Tahiti and Bora Bora conjure up images of private thatched bungalows built out over a lagoon, and couples silhouetted against the sunset. That said, a wide range of family-run hotels and bed and breakfasts offer less extravagant (and surprisingly affordable) experiences that take in more of the laid-back local culture.

Rangiroa travel guide

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Islands · Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling
One of the largest atolls in the world, Rangiroa encircles a chilli-shaped lagoon so large, the entire island of Tahiti would fit inside of it. Two islands at the northern end of Rangiroa support the atoll's small permanent population, with a handful of paved roads, churches, resorts, stores, and gourmet restaurants. A string of uninhabited motus (islets) and sandbars form the rest of the lagoon's perimeter, rising no more than 0.9 m (3 ft) above the ocean waves, sometimes topped with swaying coconut palms. While boat trips across the lagoon and sunbathing on the remote white sand beaches are certainly blissful, the real excitement happens beneath the waves, where crystal clear waters and teeming coral reefs create an underwater Eden with some of the best diving spots in the world.