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.
For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Noumea attractions planning website.

Paris, France to Noumea is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to New Caledonia Standard Time is 10 hours. On the 24th (Thu), you'll travel to Ile Des Pins.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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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 24th (Thu), explore the activities along Kanumera Bay and then stroll through Piscine Naturelle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Ile Des Pins day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Noumea to Ile Des Pins takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Noumea.
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Noumea, New Caledonia — 1 night

On the 25th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Du Pacifique and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Noumea online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Ile Des Pins to Noumea takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Municipal Market, then look for gifts at Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls, then contemplate the long history of James Norman Hall Home, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Papeete road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Noumea to Papeete takes 9.5 hours. You'll gain 21 hours traveling from Noumea to Papeete due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Papeete can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Hiva Oa.
Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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Hiva Oa, French Polynesia — 2 nights

On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nahoe Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Calvary Cemetery, and then admire the masterpieces at Gauguin Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hiva Oa driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Hiva Oa takes 5 hours. On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel to Nuku Hiva.
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Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia — 2 nights

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nuku Hiva trip app.

You can fly from Hiva Oa to Nuku Hiva in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Papeete.
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Papeete, French Polynesia — 2 nights

Enjoy Papeete some more: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, take in the natural beauty of Arahoho Blowhole, stop by Papeete Roulottes, and ponder the world of politics at Assemblee De La Polynesie Francaise.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Papeete road trip planner.

You can fly from Nuku Hiva to Papeete in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of USS Arizona Memorial, trek along Diamond Head State Monument, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Honolulu takes 9 hours. In December, Honolulu is a bit cooler than Papeete - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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New Caledonia travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling · Lighthouses
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.

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.