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
— 2 nights
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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), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Ehukai Beach Park (in Pupukea). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu road trip planning website.

Mexico City, Mexico to Honolulu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Mexico City to Honolulu. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect nights in Honolulu to be much warmer, around 69°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 24:

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: kick back and relax at Matira Beach, soothe aching muscles at Latitude Massage Bora Bora, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Pahia, and stop by Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bora Bora trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Honolulu to Bora Bora in 13.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Huahine.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

Huahine, French Polynesia

— 2 nights
On the 30th (Thu), explore the galleries of Galerie 'Umatatea, discover the deep blue sea with Mahana Dive, and then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie Huahine Passion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Fare Potee maeva huahine, then make a trip to Sito Archeologico Di Maeva, and then don't miss a visit to Fare, in Huahine, FP.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Huahine day trip site.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Huahine in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Punaauia.

Things to do in Huahine

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Punaauia, French Polynesia

— 3 nights
Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with Eleuthera Tahiti Diving Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Punaauia road trip website.

You can fly from Huahine to Punaauia in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Punaauia can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Nuku Hiva.

Things to do in Punaauia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

— 2 nights
On the 4th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with Centre de Plongee Marquises and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nuku Hiva trip tool.

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

Things to do in Nuku Hiva

Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

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.