16 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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Papeete, Tahiti
— 1 night
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Maupiti Island
— 2 nights
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Bora Bora
— 3 nights
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Tahaa
— 3 nights
Fly to Moorea, Taxi to Moorea
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Moorea
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Drive to Moorea, Ferry to Papeete/Tahiti, Fly to San Francisco

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Papeete, Tahiti — 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Sat), explore the galleries of Manua Exquisite Tahitian Art, then stop by Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls, then buy something for everyone on your list at Bijouterie Tavita, and finally get a dose of the wild on Natura Exploration.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Papeete sightseeing planner.

San Francisco, USA to Papeete is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Papeete. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect Papeete to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Maupiti Island.
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Maupiti Island — 2 nights

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 9th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with Maupiti Diving. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Teurafaatiu, then make a trip to Le Palais de la mer, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tereia Beach.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Maupiti Island trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Maupiti Island takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bora Bora.
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Bora Bora — 3 nights

There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dive N' Smile Bora-Bora and Leopard Rays Trench. There's still lots to do: stroll through Bora Bora Turtle Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church, explore the gorgeous colors at Tupitipiti Point, and stop by Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls -Bora Bora.

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Explore your travel options from Maupiti Island to Bora Bora with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tahaa.
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Tahaa — 3 nights

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jardin de Corail and Domaine Pari Pari. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Vallee de la Vanille, discover the deep blue sea with Tahaa Diving, and surround yourself with nature on Vanilla Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Tahaa road trip website.

Explore your travel options from Bora Bora to Tahaa with the Route module. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Moorea.
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Moorea — 4 nights

On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
You'll get in some beach time at Tiahura Beach and Ta'ahiamanu Beach. Explore hidden gems such as SAB Pearls and Lycee Agricole Opunohu. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Ron Hall Pearls, admire all the interesting features of Route des Ananas, head outdoors with Moorea Fun Roadster, and don't miss a visit to Toatea Lookout.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Moorea trip planner.

Getting from Tahaa to Moorea by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, ferry, and car. In October, daily temperatures in Moorea can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel back home.
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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.
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