36 days in Santiago & French Polynesia Itinerary

36 days in Santiago & French Polynesia Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Papeete, French Polynesia
— 6 nights
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Papetoai, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
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Avatoru, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 12 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Raiatea
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Raiatea, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
Fly to Huahine, Taxi to Huahine
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Huahine, French Polynesia
— 4 nights
Drive to Faa'a International Airport, Fly to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and get a taste of the local shopping with Patio Bellavista.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santiago road trip planning site.

Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -4 hour difference. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Papeete, French Polynesia

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taravao (Taravao Plateau, Bain de Vaima, &more) and Faarumai Waterfalls (in Arue). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, take in the dramatic scenery at Fautaua, explore the world behind art at Paul Gauguin Museum, and hunt for treasures at Municipal Market.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Papeete online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Santiago to Papeete by flight takes about 16.5 hours. Traveling from Santiago to Papeete, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Papetoai.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 17:

Papetoai, French Polynesia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at Reikilibre-Toi, then wander the streets of Route des Ananas, then get great views at Belvedere Lookout, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Magic Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): stop by Pareo Perso, then steep yourself in history at Tiki Village Cultural Center, and then discover the deep blue sea with Moorea Fun Dive.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Papetoai trip planning app.

You can fly from Papeete to Papetoai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and car. In January in Papetoai, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Avatoru.

Things to do in Papetoai

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Avatoru, French Polynesia

— 2 nights
The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
On the 20th (Wed), stop by Gauguin's Pearl Farm, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then step off the mainland to explore Ile aux Recifs. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Le Lagon Bleu.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Avatoru trip tool.

You can fly from Papetoai to Avatoru in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Avatoru

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

— 12 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: discover the deep blue sea with Reef Discovery Bora Bora, stroll through White Valley, look for gifts at Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora, and explore the gorgeous colors at Tupitipiti Point.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Bora Bora tour itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Avatoru to Bora Bora in 3.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Tue) before leaving for Raiatea.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 21 — Feb 2:

Raiatea, French Polynesia

— 2 nights
Green, mountainous, and sacred to the ancient Polynesians, Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands.
On the 3rd (Wed), delve into the distant past at Marae Taputapuātea and then step off the mainland to explore Motu Iriru. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Anapa Pearl Farm, then hunt for treasures at Mercato Coperto di Uturoa, and then get a new perspective on things with Arii Moana Tours.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Raiatea trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Raiatea in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Huahine.

Things to do in Raiatea

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

Huahine, French Polynesia

— 4 nights
On the 6th (Sat), do a day of sightseeing from the water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Huahine holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Raiatea to Huahine in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Santiago.

Things to do in Huahine

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the galleries of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, then view the masterpieces at E.N.D. Espacio Nacional de Diseno, and finally stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then examine the collection at La Chascona, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Costanera Center.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santiago journey website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Huahine to Santiago. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Huahine to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

French Polynesia travel guide

4.4
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

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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.