25 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

25 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock French Polynesia trip planner
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Fly
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Papeete, Tahiti
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Maharepa, Moorea
— 4 nights
Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
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Bora Bora
— 7 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Tikehau
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Tikehau
— 2 nights
Fly
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Fakarava
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hiva Oa
— 2 nights
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Papeete, Tahiti — 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Water Gardens of Vaipahi and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Relax by the water at Taharuu Beach and Punaauia Beach. Step out of Papeete with an excursion to Taravao Plateau in Taravao--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Faarumai Waterfalls, explore the fascinating underground world of Maraa Grotto, walk around Bougainville Park, and appreciate the history behind Memorial Site for Nuclear Testings..

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Papeete travel planner.

Calgary, Canada to Papeete is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Calgary to Papeete due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Calgary in September, with highs in Papeete at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Maharepa.
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Maharepa, Moorea — 4 nights

Get in touch with nature at Ta'ahiamanu Beach and Tiahura Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Route des Ananas and Rando Pacific.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Maharepa day trip planning app.

Ride a ferry from Papeete to Maharepa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daily temperatures in Maharepa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bora Bora.
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Bora Bora — 7 nights

There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bora Bora Turtle Centre and Leopard Rays Trench. Visiting Boat Tours & Water Sports and White Valley will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Pahia, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Matira Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bora Bora route planning site.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Maharepa to Bora Bora in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tikehau.
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Tikehau — 2 nights

On the 13th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Sables Roses, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Plage La Cloche de Hina. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Ile d'Eden and then get outside with Ile Aux Oiseaux.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tikehau trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Tikehau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Fakarava.
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Fakarava — 2 nights

A Fakarava holiday ensures a chance to explore untouched dive sites, admire old churches fashioned from corals and shells, and laze upon pristine white-sand beaches.
On the 15th (Thu), stroll through Fakarava beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fakarava trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Tikehau to Fakarava takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Hiva Oa.
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Hiva Oa — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): kick back and relax at Nahoe Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Gauguin Museum, and then stroll the grounds of Calvary Cemetery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiva Oa road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Fakarava to Hiva Oa takes 20.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Sun).
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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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Tuamotu Archipelago travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands · Swim with Dolphins
The Tuamotus, or Tuamotu Archipelago, are the largest chain of atolls in the world. A total of 77 coral rings enclose dazzling blue lagoons teeming with fish, rays, sharks, and the giant black-lipped oysters--producers of French Polynesia's famous black pearls. Unsurprisingly, tourism in Tuamotu Archipelago revolves around exploring the lagoons by snorkeling, scuba diving, and boat. The motus (coral islets) that pepper the outer rings of the atolls rise only a few feet above the ocean's surface, creating white and pink sand beaches, sometimes crowned with coconut palms. While idyllic scenery belies the often harsh existence of the locals (barely any crops grow in the sparse soil, and water must be collected from rainfall), it is hard not to feel content with the slow pace of life and unspoiled tropical paradise that surrounds you.
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Marquesas Islands travel guide

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Art Museums · Cemeteries · Churches