12 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

12 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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12 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Drive:  11 h
1
Maharepa, Moorea
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Raiatea
— 2 nights
Travel:  3 h
3
Tahaa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Bora Bora
— 3 nights
Ferry + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Papeete
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Auckland

3
nights
Maharepa, Moorea

Maharepa ©
Maharepa is known for shopping, outdoors, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Belvedere Lookout, stop by Eva Perles Pearl Buying, steep yourself in history at Tiki Village Cultural Center, and hike along Route des Ananas.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Maharepa trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Maharepa is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Tahiti Time, which is usually a -22 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in July, you will find days in Maharepa are much warmer (34°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Raiatea.

Things to do in Maharepa

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Moorea
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Lagoonarium ©
Lagoonarium
Belvedere Lookout ©
Belvedere Lookout
Tiki Village Cultural Center ©
Tiki Village Cultural Center

2
nights
Raiatea

Raiatea ©
Green, mountainous, and sacred to the ancient Polynesians, Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Motu Iriru and then head outdoors with Mount Tapioi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by The Anapa Pearl Farm, explore the ancient world of Marae Taputapuātea, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Coperto di Uturoa.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Raiatea planning site.

Getting from Maharepa to Raiatea by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tahaa.

Things to do in Raiatea

Parks Nature Shopping
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Motu Iriru ©
Motu Iriru
Marae Taputapuātea ©
Marae Taputapuātea
The Anapa Pearl Farm ©
The Anapa Pearl Farm

1
night
Tahaa

Tahaa ©
Taha’a is an island located among the western group, the Leeward Islands, of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. On the 7th (Tue), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Domaine Pari Pari, then head outdoors with Jardin de Corail, then experience rural life at Vallee de la Vanille, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Conservation Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Tahaa trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Raiatea to Tahaa with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Tahaa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Jardin de Corail ©
Jardin de Corail
Vallee de la Vanille ©
Vallee de la Vanille
Domaine Pari Pari ©
Domaine Pari Pari

3
nights
Bora Bora

Bora Bora ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Matira Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Pahia, look for gifts at Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls -Bora Bora, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bora Bora day trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tahaa to Bora Bora. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Papeete

Papeete ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Paofai Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Papeete trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Papeete takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Papeete can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Papeete

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
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Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
Municipal Market
Municipal Market
Musee de la perle et Bijouterie ©
Musee de la perle et Bijouterie

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