21 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

21 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock French Polynesia trip itinerary planner

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Papeete, Tahiti
— 5 nights
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Avatoru, Rangiroa
— 1 night
Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
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Bora Bora
— 5 nights
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Maupiti Island
— 1 night
Fly to Moorea, Taxi to Papetoai
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Papetoai, Moorea
— 2 nights
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Drive to Moorea, Ferry to Papeete/Tahiti, Drive to Taravao
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Taravao, Tahiti
— 2 nights
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Nuku Hiva
— 2 nights
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Papeete, Tahiti

— 5 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.
Explore Papeete's surroundings by going to Faarumai Waterfalls (in Arue) and Tiahura Beach (in Ha'apiti). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, examine the collection at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie, take in the exciting artwork at Manua Exquisite Tahitian Art, and take in the natural beauty of Arahoho Blowhole.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Papeete road trip planning website.

London, UK to Papeete is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Tahiti Time (TAHT), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Papeete hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Avatoru.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 13:

Avatoru, Rangiroa

— 1 night
The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
On the 14th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Ile aux Recifs, then look for gifts at Gauguin's Pearl Farm, and then step off the mainland to explore Le Lagon Bleu.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Avatoru trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Papeete to Avatoru by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Avatoru

Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

Bora Bora

— 5 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: enjoy the sand and surf at Matira Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Leopard Rays Trench, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Bora Bora Turtle Centre.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Avatoru to Bora Bora takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Maupiti Island.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 19:

Maupiti Island

— 1 night
Tropical paradise doesn't get more surreal than on Maupiti Island, a volcano perched on a coral atoll and surrounded by a horseshoe of forested land.
On the 20th (Tue), stroll through Tereia Beach, get outside with Mt. Teurafaatiu, and then make a trip to Le Palais de la mer.

Make your Maupiti Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bora Bora to Maupiti Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Papetoai.

Things to do in Maupiti Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Papetoai, Moorea

— 2 nights
On the 21st (Wed), stop by Moorea Dolphin Center, then contemplate the long history of Tiki Village Cultural Center, then take in nature's colorful creations at Moorea Tropical Garden, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Magic Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Lycee Agricole Opunohu, then get great views at Belvedere Lookout, then stop by Eva Perles Pearl Buying, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Temae Beach.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Papetoai road trip site.

Getting from Maupiti Island to Papetoai by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, ferry, and car. In October in Papetoai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Taravao.

Things to do in Papetoai

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Taravao, Tahiti

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): head outdoors with Taravao Plateau, then admire the masterpieces at Paul Gauguin Museum, then admire the natural beauty at The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, and finally steep yourself in history at James Norman Hall Home.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taravao road trip site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Papetoai to Taravao takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nuku Hiva.

Things to do in Taravao

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Nuku Hiva

— 2 nights
Nuku Hiva is known for historic sites and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Nuku Hiva planning site.

You can fly from Taravao to Nuku Hiva in 6 hours. On the 26th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nuku Hiva

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

French Polynesia travel guide

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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.