13 days in French Polynesia & Cook Islands Itinerary

13 days in French Polynesia & Cook Islands Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  17 h
1
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  45 min
4
Moorea, French Polynesia
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
5
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Rarotonga ©
The center of Rarotonga is a mass of peaks and ridges, closely thatched with dense jungle.
On the 7th (Tue), stroll through Titikaveka Beach, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Maire Nui Botanical Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Muri Lagoon. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Te Rua Manga (The Needle).

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rarotonga trip planner.

New York City, USA to Rarotonga is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of subway, train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of subway, train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, expect nights in Rarotonga to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Rarotonga

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon
Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Te Rua Manga (The Needle) ©
Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

2
nights
Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki ©
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore One Foot Island, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Aitutaki Lagoon, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Maungapu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Aitutaki trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Aitutaki Lagoon ©
Aitutaki Lagoon
One Foot Island ©
One Foot Island
Mount Maungapu ©
Mount Maungapu

1
night
Papeete, French Polynesia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at James Norman Hall Home, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, thenstop by Papeete Roulottes, and finally hunt for treasures at Municipal Market.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Papeete trip builder.

Getting from Aitutaki to Papeete by flight takes about 27 hours. In August, daytime highs in Papeete are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Moorea.

Things to do in Papeete

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, James Norman Hall Home
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Municipal Market
Municipal Market
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
James Norman Hall Home ©
James Norman Hall Home

4
nights
Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea ©
On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
Moorea is known for wildlife, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Belvedere Lookout, contemplate the long history of Tiki Village Cultural Center, meet the residents at Lagoonarium, and take in the awesome beauty at Magic Mountain.

Plan a trip to Moorea easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Papeete to Moorea takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Moorea

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Lagoonarium ©
Lagoonarium
Belvedere Lookout ©
Belvedere Lookout
Tiki Village Cultural Center ©
Tiki Village Cultural Center

2
nights
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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: stroll through Matira Beach, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Otemanu, look for gifts at Sibani Perles, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bora Bora trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Moorea to Bora Bora in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu

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