13 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

13 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock French Polynesia journey planner

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Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
Bora Bora
— 6 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Moorea, Taxi to Maharepa
Maharepa, Moorea
— 3 nights
Papeete, Tahiti
— 2 nights


Bora Bora

— 6 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with Reef Discovery Bora Bora, stop by Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Otemanu, and soothe aching muscles at Latitude Massage Bora Bora.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bora Bora tour planner.

New York City, USA to Bora Bora is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from New York City to Bora Bora, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Maharepa.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 3:

Maharepa, Moorea

— 3 nights
Maharepa is known for shopping and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Tiki Village Cultural Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lagoonarium, soothe aching muscles at Reikilibre-Toi, and take a stroll through Route des Ananas.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Maharepa trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Bora Bora to Maharepa takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in December, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Papeete.

Things to do in Maharepa

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

Papeete, Tahiti

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, and then stop by Papeete Roulottes. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Municipal Market, contemplate the long history of James Norman Hall Home, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Faarumai Waterfalls.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Papeete planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Maharepa to Papeete takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. December in Papeete sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Papeete

Shopping · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

French Polynesia travel guide

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.

Moorea travel guide

Waterskiing & Jetskiing · Gift & Specialty Shops · Nature & Wildlife Tours
On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys. Hiking routes take you past tumbling waterfalls and ferny cliffs, to villages painted pastel and gardens filled with hibiscus. Birds of paradise fly from tree to tree, while rays, sharks, and fish of every color flit among the protective coral reefs around the island. Swim in the irresistibly warm, translucent waters of the lagoon, and head to the tiki village at night, where grass-skirted dancers shake their hips to thunderous percussion and fire dancers trace glowing trails against the darkness.