18 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

18 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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Start: Papeete
1
Papeete
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Moorea
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Punaauia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Avatoru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Arue
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
End: Papeete

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.
Papeete is known for shopping, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the eclectic array of goods at Municipal Market, take in the dramatic scenery at Fautaua, appreciate the history behind Memorial Site for Nuclear Testings., and view the masterpieces at Manua Exquisite Tahitian Art.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Papeete attractions planning website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Papeete. May in Papeete sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Moorea.

Things to do in Papeete

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trip

Fautaua
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Municipal Market
Municipal Market
Musee de la perle et Bijouterie ©
Musee de la perle et Bijouterie
Papeete Roulottes ©
Papeete Roulottes

4
nights
Moorea

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: contemplate the long history of Tiki Village Cultural Center, take in the awesome beauty at Magic Mountain, relax in the rural setting at Lycee Agricole Opunohu, and wander the streets of Route des Ananas.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Moorea trip website.

Getting from Papeete to Moorea by combination of ferry and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Punaauia.

Things to do in Moorea

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

3
nights
Punaauia

Punaauia ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Punaauia: Taravao (The Water Gardens of Vaipahi & Taravao Plateau) and Taharuu Beach (in Papara).

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Punaauia attractions planning tool.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Moorea to Punaauia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Punaauia sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Avatoru.

Things to do in Punaauia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taravao, Tahiti, Taharuu Beach
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The Water Gardens of  Vaipahi ©
The Water Gardens of Vaipahi
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
Paul Gauguin Museum ©
Paul Gauguin Museum

4
nights
Avatoru

Avatoru ©
The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
Avatoru is known for wildlife, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Le Lagon Bleu, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and stop by Gauguin's Pearl Farm.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Avatoru day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Punaauia to Avatoru takes 3 hours. You'll set off for Arue on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Avatoru

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Le Lagon Bleu ©
Le Lagon Bleu
Swim with Dolphins
Gauguin's Pearl Farm ©
Gauguin's Pearl Farm

4
nights
Arue

Arue ©
Arue is known for wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at James Norman Hall Home, head outdoors with Vallee de la Papenoo, take in the dramatic natural features at Point Venus, and meet the residents at Tahiti Lagoonarium.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Arue vacation site.

Fly from Avatoru to Arue in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Arue

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tahiti, Pointe Venus
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Point Venus ©
Point Venus
James Norman Hall Home ©
James Norman Hall Home
Faarumai Waterfalls ©
Faarumai Waterfalls

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