18 days in French Polynesia, New Caledonia & Honolulu Itinerary

18 days in French Polynesia, New Caledonia & Honolulu Itinerary

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Noumea, New Caledonia
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Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia
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Noumea, New Caledonia
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Papeete, French Polynesia
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Hiva Oa, French Polynesia
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Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
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Papeete, French Polynesia
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Honolulu, United States
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Noumea, New Caledonia — 1 night

Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Noumea route site.

Paris, France to Noumea is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Paris to Noumea. You will leave for Ile Des Pins on the 7th (Tue).
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Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia — 1 night

Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
On the 7th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Oro Bay and then stroll through Piscine Naturelle.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ile Des Pins trip planner.

You can fly from Noumea to Ile Des Pins in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for Noumea.
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Noumea, New Caledonia — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Ile aux Canards island and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Du Pacifique.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Noumea journey maker app.

Getting from Ile Des Pins to Noumea by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Papeete.
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Papeete, French Polynesia — 2 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.
On the 9th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Municipal Market, then look for gifts at Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls, then examine the collection at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie, and finally stroll the grounds of Tomb of King Pomare V.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Papeete online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Noumea to Papeete takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Noumea to Papeete, you'll gain 21 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Hiva Oa.
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Hiva Oa, French Polynesia — 2 nights

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Nahoe Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Calvary Cemetery, and then take an in-depth tour of Gauguin Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiva Oa trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Papeete to Hiva Oa in 5 hours. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel to Nuku Hiva.
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Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia — 2 nights

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nuku Hiva trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Hiva Oa to Nuku Hiva in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Papeete.
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Papeete, French Polynesia — 2 nights

See some other sides of Papeete: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, stop by Papeete Roulottes, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lagoonarium, and walk around Bougainville Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Papeete day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Nuku Hiva to Papeete takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Honolulu.
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Honolulu, United States — 3 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument, and stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Honolulu takes 9 hours. June in Honolulu sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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New Caledonia travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.
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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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