25 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

25 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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Papeete, Tahiti
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Maharepa, Moorea
— 4 nights
Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
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Bora Bora
— 7 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Tikehau
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Tikehau
— 2 nights
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Fakarava
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hiva Oa
— 2 nights
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Papeete, Tahiti

— 6 nights
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paofai Gardens and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Relax by the water at Taharuu Beach and Punaauia Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Papeete: Taravao (The Water Gardens of Vaipahi & Taravao Plateau). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Fautaua, explore the fascinating underground world of Maraa Grotto, walk around Bougainville Park, and appreciate the history behind Memorial Site for Nuclear Testings..

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Papeete travel planner.

Calgary, Canada to Papeete is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Calgary to Papeete due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Calgary in September, with highs in Papeete at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Maharepa.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Maharepa, Moorea

— 4 nights
Get in touch with nature at Ta'ahiamanu Beach and Afareaitu Waterfalls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Route des Ananas and Ron Hall Pearls.

Before you visit Maharepa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Ride a ferry from Papeete to Maharepa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October in Maharepa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Maharepa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

Bora Bora

— 7 nights
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bora Bora Turtle Centre and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Visiting Leopard Rays Trench and Mount Otemanu will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Pahia, look for gifts at Baldini perles, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Matira Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bora Bora route planning site.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Maharepa to Bora Bora in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tikehau.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 12:

Tikehau

— 2 nights
On the 13th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Sables Roses, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Plage La Cloche de Hina. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Ile d'Eden and then get outside with Ile Aux Oiseaux.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tikehau trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Tikehau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Fakarava.

Things to do in Tikehau

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

Fakarava

— 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.
On the 15th (Thu), stroll through Fakarava beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fakarava trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Tikehau to Fakarava takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Hiva Oa.

Things to do in Fakarava

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
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Hiva Oa

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): kick back and relax at Nahoe Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Gauguin Museum, and then stroll the grounds of Calvary Cemetery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiva Oa road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Fakarava to Hiva Oa takes 20.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Hiva Oa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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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.

Tuamotu Archipelago travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands · Swim with Dolphins
The Tuamotus, or Tuamotu Archipelago, are the largest chain of atolls in the world. A total of 77 coral rings enclose dazzling blue lagoons teeming with fish, rays, sharks, and the giant black-lipped oysters--producers of French Polynesia's famous black pearls. Unsurprisingly, tourism in Tuamotu Archipelago revolves around exploring the lagoons by snorkeling, scuba diving, and boat. The motus (coral islets) that pepper the outer rings of the atolls rise only a few feet above the ocean's surface, creating white and pink sand beaches, sometimes crowned with coconut palms. While idyllic scenery belies the often harsh existence of the locals (barely any crops grow in the sparse soil, and water must be collected from rainfall), it is hard not to feel content with the slow pace of life and unspoiled tropical paradise that surrounds you.

Marquesas Islands travel guide

3.8
Art Museums · Cemeteries · Churches