29 days in French Polynesia, Puerto Villamil & Puerto Ayora Itinerary

29 days in French Polynesia, Puerto Villamil & Puerto Ayora Itinerary

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Maupiti Island, French Polynesia
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Tikehau, French Polynesia
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Avatoru, French Polynesia
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Fakarava, French Polynesia
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Maupiti Island, French Polynesia

— 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 19th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with Maupiti Diving and then head outdoors with Mt. Teurafaatiu. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Tereia Beach.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Maupiti Island trip planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Maupiti Island is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Tahiti Time (TAHT) is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to Tikehau.

Things to do in Maupiti Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Tikehau, French Polynesia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Plage La Cloche de Hina. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at Plage des Sables Roses.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tikehau trip planner.

Fly from Maupiti Island to Tikehau in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Avatoru.

Things to do in Tikehau

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Avatoru, French Polynesia

— 2 nights
The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
On the 23rd (Thu), head off the coast to Ile aux Recifs and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): head off the coast to Le Lagon Bleu.

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

You can fly from Tikehau to Avatoru in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Fakarava.

Things to do in Avatoru

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Fakarava, French Polynesia

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): kick back and relax at Fakarava beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fakarava holiday maker site.

You can fly from Avatoru to Fakarava in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Fakarava

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 7 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Family-friendly places like Los Tuneles and Las Tintoreras will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: stroll through Concha de Perla, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, and cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil visit website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fakarava to Puerto Villamil. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Fakarava to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 9 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, stroll around El Garrapatero, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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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.