17 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

17 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock French Polynesia journey planner

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Fly to Faa'a International Airport, Drive to Punaauia
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Punaauia, Tahiti
— 2 nights
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Drive to Papeete/Tahiti, Ferry to Moorea, Drive to Papetoai
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Papetoai, Moorea
— 3 nights
Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
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Bora Bora
— 7 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Avatoru
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Avatoru, Rangiroa
— 2 nights
Drive to Rangiroa Airport, Fly to Cape Town

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Punaauia, Tahiti

— 2 nights
On the 27th (Fri), look for gifts at Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Tahiti Lagoon Paradise. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Municipal Market, then contemplate the long history of James Norman Hall Home, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Faarumai Waterfalls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Punaauia road trip site.

Cape Town, South Africa to Punaauia is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Cape Town to Punaauia, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cape Town in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Punaauia, with highs around 34°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Papetoai.

Things to do in Punaauia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Papetoai, Moorea

— 3 nights
Papetoai is known for adventure, outdoors, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a tailor-made plan with Moorea Miti Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Magic Mountain, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lagoonarium, and look for gifts at Albert Black Pearl Shop.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Papetoai itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Punaauia to Papetoai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In September, daytime highs in Papetoai are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Papetoai

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:

Bora Bora

— 7 nights
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Bora Bora is known for wildlife, shopping, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Matira Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Latitude Massage Bora Bora, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bora Bora sightseeing site.

Getting from Papetoai to Bora Bora by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Avatoru.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 8:

Avatoru, Rangiroa

— 2 nights
The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then head off the coast to Ile aux Recifs. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Gauguin's Pearl Farm and then step off the mainland to explore Le Lagon Bleu.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Avatoru travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Avatoru in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Avatoru

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

French Polynesia travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Gift & Specialty Shops · Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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.