19 days in French Polynesia Itinerary

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Papeete, Tahiti
— 4 nights
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Ha'apiti, Moorea
— 4 nights
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Huahine
— 2 nights
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Maupiti Island
— 3 nights
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Avatoru, Rangiroa
— 3 nights
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Papeete, Tahiti — 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Natura Exploration and Vallee de la Papenoo. Get some cultural insight at Manua Exquisite Tahitian Art and Museum of Tahiti and the Islands. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Municipal Market, examine the collection at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie, contemplate the long history of James Norman Hall Home, and take in the natural beauty of Arahoho Blowhole.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Papeete route planner.

Washington, USA to Papeete is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Papeete, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Papeete, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Ha'apiti.
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Ha'apiti, Moorea — 4 nights

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dr. Poole's Dolphin & Whale Eco Tours and Route des Ananas. Escape the urban bustle at Magic Mountain and Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ha'apiti online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Ha'apiti takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Huahine.
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Huahine — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): make a trip to Sito Archeologico Di Maeva, take an in-depth tour of Fare Potee maeva huahine, then discover the deep blue sea with Mahana Dive, then stop by Motu Tresor, and finally make a trip to Fare, in Huahine, FP. On the next day, get outside with E-Bike Huahine and then explore the galleries of Galerie 'Umatatea.

Make your Huahine itinerary with Klarna Trips to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Ha'apiti to Huahine in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can fly to Maupiti Island.
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Maupiti Island — 3 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tereia Beach and Maupiti Diving. There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Teurafaatiu and don't miss a visit to Le Palais de la mer.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Maupiti Island trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Huahine to Maupiti Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly to Avatoru.
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Avatoru, Rangiroa — 3 nights

The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
Visiting Le Lagon Bleu and Swim with Dolphins will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Ile aux Recifs and look for gifts at Gauguin's Pearl Farm.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Avatoru trip planner.

You can fly from Maupiti Island to Avatoru in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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French Polynesia travel guide

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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.
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