15 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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Papeete, Tahiti
— 3 nights
Ha'apiti, Moorea
— 3 nights
Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
Bora Bora
— 3 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Raiatea
— 1 night
Maupiti Island
— 1 night
Avatoru, Rangiroa
— 2 nights
Drive to Rangiroa Airport, Fly to Toronto


Papeete, Tahiti — 3 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.
Visiting Tahiti Lagoon Paradise and Tahiti Safari Expedition will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, hunt for treasures at Municipal Market, admire the sheer force of Faarumai Waterfalls, and explore the striking landscape at Point Venus.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Papeete trip planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Papeete is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Papeete due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in September, with highs in Papeete at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Ha'apiti.
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Ha'apiti, Moorea — 3 nights

Visit Temae Beach and Ta'ahiamanu Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Moorea Miti Tours and Magic Mountain.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ha'apiti attractions app.

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Ha'apiti takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Bora Bora.
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Bora Bora — 3 nights

There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Get outdoors at Reef Discovery Bora Bora and Off-Road Tours. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Otemanu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matira Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Bora Bora Lagoonarium, and see the vivid underwater world at Tupitipiti Point.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bora Bora trip planner.

Getting from Ha'apiti to Bora Bora by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Raiatea.
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Raiatea — 1 night

Green, mountainous, and sacred to the ancient Polynesians, Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Coperto di Uturoa, then see what you can catch with Arii Moana Tours, and then contemplate the long history of Marae Taputapuātea.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Raiatea trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Raiatea takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Maupiti Island.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Tereia Beach and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Teurafaatiu.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Maupiti Island sightseeing website.

Traveling by flight from Raiatea to Maupiti Island takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Avatoru.
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Avatoru, Rangiroa — 2 nights

The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
On the 27th (Wed), fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then look for gifts at Gauguin's Pearl Farm, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Lagon Bleu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): head off the coast to Ile aux Recifs.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Avatoru online holiday planner.

Fly from Maupiti Island to Avatoru in 3.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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French Polynesia travel guide

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.