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French Polynesia Itineraries

Long Weekend

Tahiti is a long way to go for just four nights, but you can do it. Spend the first night at the InterContinental Resort Tahiti, located near the international airport, and then take the first morning flight out to Bora Bora and stay three nights. Book an overwater bungalow facing Mount Otemanu and don't leave except to snorkel right under your bungalow. If you have five nights, spend at least one on mountainous Moorea, where you can explore via 4X4 safari before taking a ferry (30 minutes) or flight (10 minutes) back to neighboring Tahiti for your late evening flight home.

One Week

Spend your first night on Tahiti, and then three nights each on Bora Bora and Moorea. Many air-and-hotel vacation packages offer this itinerary, which gives you time to enjoy what each island has to offer. Moorea is famous for its twin bays, its lush interior (featuring pineapple fields), and its viewpoint at Belvedere. Bora Bora is all about the lagoon. Snorkel, jet ski, or take a circle-island cruise ending with a motu picnic or shark and stingray feeding.

Two Weeks

Spend a full day on Tahiti, shopping Le Marche (market) in Papeete and then setting out on a circle-island tour to swim in the waterfalls and springs on the island's north and west coasts. You can then island hop by air or cruise ship. Plan to spend three nights on Moorea, four on Bora Bora, and three each on Taha’a and Tikehau to get a good cross-section of island experiences. Or cruise the Society Islands and the Tuamotus for seven or 10 nights on the m/s Paul Gauguin, before picking an island or two (such as Bora Bora, Moorea, or Taha’a) to relax on for the last several nights before flying home.

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