8 days in French Polynesia & Tahiti Itinerary

8 days in French Polynesia & Tahiti Itinerary

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8 days in French Polynesia & Tahiti Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  12​h 30​min
1
Moorea
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Punaauia
— 2 nights
Fly + Ferry:  2​h 45​min
3
Vaitape, Bora Bora
— 3 nights
Ferry + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Moorea

On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get great views at Belvedere Lookout, then look for gifts at Pearl Romance, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Lagoonarium, contemplate the long history of Tiki Village Cultural Center, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Moorea online travel planner .

San Francisco, USA to Moorea is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Tahiti Time (TAHT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect Moorea to be much hotter, temps between 87°F and 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Punaauia.

Things to do in Moorea

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Belvedere Lookout ©
Belvedere Lookout
Tiki Village Cultural Center ©
Tiki Village Cultural Center

2
nights
Punaauia

Punaauia ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, look for gifts at Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls, then steep yourself in history at James Norman Hall Home, and finally hunt for treasures at Municipal Market. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie, then admire the sheer force of Faarumai Waterfalls, and then explore the world behind art at Paul Gauguin Museum.

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Traveling by car from Moorea to Punaauia takes 2.5 hours. December in Punaauia sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Vaitape.

Things to do in Punaauia

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Vaitape, Bora Bora

Vaitape ©
Perched at the foot of Bora Bora's emerald peak, by the side of the deep blue central lagoon, Vaitape is breathtakingly beautiful.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church and then kick back and relax at Matira Beach. On the next day, stop by Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora, explore the galleries of Bora Art Upstairs, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Vaitape trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Punaauia to Vaitape in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vaitape

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matira Beach
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora ©
Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora

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