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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Ehukai Beach Park (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu sightseeing app.

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 a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Honolulu: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow 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: kick back and relax at Matira Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Pahia, explore the gorgeous colors at White Valley, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bora Bora trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Honolulu to Bora Bora in 13.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can 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): explore the galleries of Galerie 'Umatatea, discover the deep blue sea with Mahana Dive, and then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie Huahine Passion. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at 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 find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Huahine online route planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Huahine in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Punaauia.

Things to do in Huahine

Museums · Tours · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries
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 more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Punaauia travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Huahine to Punaauia by flight takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Nuku Hiva.

Things to do in Punaauia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with Centre de Plongee Marquises and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Getting from Punaauia to Nuku Hiva by flight takes about 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuku Hiva

Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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.