22 days in French Polynesia & Hawaii Itinerary

22 days in French Polynesia & Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, United States
— 8 nights
Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 5 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Huahine
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Huahine, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
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Punaauia, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
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Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
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Honolulu, United States

— 8 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Ehukai Beach Park (in Pupukea) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at USS Arizona Memorial, explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument, get engrossed in the history at Iolani Palace, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary site.

Mexico City, Mexico to Honolulu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Mexico City to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Honolulu, with highs around 82°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 25:

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

— 5 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: stroll through Matira Beach, stop by Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Otemanu.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bora Bora road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Honolulu to Bora Bora takes 13.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Huahine.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Huahine, French Polynesia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): browse the exhibits of Galerie 'Umatatea, look for all kinds of wild species at Mahana Dive, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie Huahine Passion. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Fare Potee maeva huahine, then don't miss a visit to Sito Archeologico Di Maeva, and then don't miss a visit to Fare, in Huahine, FP.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Huahine trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Huahine in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Punaauia.

Things to do in Huahine

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Punaauia, French Polynesia

— 3 nights
Spend the 3rd (Mon) among aquatic life with Eleuthera Tahiti Diving Center.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Punaauia trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Huahine to Punaauia by flight takes about 3 hours. January in Punaauia sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Nuku Hiva.

Things to do in Punaauia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with Centre de Plongee Marquises and then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuku Hiva visit planning site.

Traveling by flight from Punaauia to Nuku Hiva takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nuku Hiva

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Hawaii travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.

French Polynesia travel guide

4.4
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.

Tahiti travel guide

4.1
Gift & Specialty Shops · Flea Markets · Safaris
The largest and probably best-known of the French Polynesian islands, Tahiti remains synonymous with turquoise coral lagoons, lush tropical vegetation, and palm-fringed beaches of black, volcanic sand. Tall, green mountains rise out of the blue ocean, lined with deep valleys, foaming waterfalls, and tumbling streams. Settlements skirt the island, including French Polynesia's small but vibrant capital Pape'ete, where colorful architecture, a bustling market, and smiling locals generate a great deal of charm. Top things to do here include exploring the island's rugged interior, as well as experiencing the traditional culture through archeological sites and hip-shaking music and dance.