Allow us to introduce you to the islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora but take you beyond the tourist hotspots to the intriguing and less-visited islands of Huahine and Raiatea. Indulge all five senses with the fragrance of tropical gardens and vanilla orchids, gaze out over lofty coconut plantations and banana groves, and take the chance to soak in the heavenly waters of a turquoise lagoon. This holiday in French Polynesia not only offers the immaculate beaches and spectacular scenery you’d expect from French Polynesia, but it also promises an authentic Polynesian experience as you stay in locally owned and run Tahitian guesthouses throughout.
With all flights, accommodation and transfers included as well as additional meals, this trip not only makes one of the most coveted destinations in the world affordable but staying in locally owned guesthouses brings an authenticity, meaning you can live like a local and experience the authentic Polynesian way of life. Heading away from the more popular islands of Tahiti and Moorea will help you to understand this country beyond the big chain hotels and iconic romance shots and help get you to the heart of this beautiful country.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival into Papeete airport you will be met in arrivals by our local representative and taken by shared transfer to your hotel for a 1 night stay.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Today you’ll begin your journey out into paradise. You will be collected from your hotel this morning and taken to the airport for your 40-minute domestic flight to the island of Huahine, in the Leeward group of the Society Islands.
When you arrive, you will be greeted and taken to your hotel to check in for a 4 night stay. Your accommodation here is a special, locally-run ‘pension’. You’ll be staying in an authentic Polynesian bungalow, hand-built and nestled within fragrant, tropical gardens that are home to over 50 different types of fruit trees.
With easy access to the lagoon, why not borrow one of the free to use kayaks and spend 30 minutes paddling over to one of the nearby beautiful beaches? Or why not make the most of the free snorkelling equipment to seek out the local marine life underwater?
Huahine is considered to be one of the most culturally important islands in the South Pacific, not least because it has managed to retain its authenticity and links to early Polynesia. It’s also one of the greenest island of the region; one large tropical garden that’s home to lofty coconut plantations, aromatic vanilla orchids and plentiful banana groves. According to the locals, Huahine is one of the most picturesque islands in all of French Polynesia, but don’t take their word for it, explore the lush hillsides and immaculate beaches for yourself.
In next to no time you’ll have discovered this island’s laidback lifestyle and you’ll soon find yourself winding down and ‘living like a local’. Head to the main town, Fare, on a Sunday morning to mingle with local farmers and villagers at the local outdoor market, swim or snorkel the lagoon or try your hand at some water sports - Huahine is renowned for its excellent surf conditions.
After a continental breakfast at your hotel, your driver will collect you for a shared transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Raiatea, 20 minutes away. On arrival, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel to check in for a 4 night stay here.
Believed to be the birthplace of Polynesia, Raiatea is an island of ancient myths and hidden temples. Serving as the nautical centre of French Polynesia, this island is home to almost all sailboat and yacht charter companies, making it the natural start point for most sailing trips. As the only island with a navigable river, you could even travel kayak through the island, winding your way through the lush rainforest.
We’ve included 3 full days here for you to explore the island of Raiatea. The sleepy, waterfront village of Uturoa is the perfect place to wile away the hours as you watch the yachts and sailboats as they sail in to harbour. If you’re feeling active, head north to Mount Temehani, an extinct volcano that offers great hiking options and a chance to search for the rare Tiare Apetahi, an extraordinary flower that grows only in this region. Alternatively, we can arrange a jeep safari tour that takes you into the island’s lush jungle. Listen out for the sounds of tropical bird song as you meander through verdant jungle, occasionally stumbling across ancient temples, hidden deep in the trees.
You will be picked up be shared transfer today and taken to the airport to connect with your domestic flight to Bora Bora.
Welcome to Bora Bora! After a short 20 minute flight you will arrive for your two night stay to finish your trip. On arrival you will be collected from the airport and taken to your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure.
You have 2 nights in Bora Bora and one full day. Known for its spectacular lagoon and iconic overwater bungalows, Bora Bora is the jewel in the crown of French Polynesia and its most-visited destination.
Synonymous with romance and luxury, Bora Bora is a popular honeymoon destination, however there is far more on offer here. Explore Mount Paihia and Mount Otemanu on a guided hike or jeep safari tour. Snorkel, dive, cruise or paddle board on the lagoon, there are even shark and ray feeding excursions and for the adrenaline junkies, skydiving over the water is a popular choice!
After a continental breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport to connect with your domestic flight back to Tahiti and your international departure flight.
Why not add in a stopover in Los Angeles on your way home?
The best time to visit French Polynesia is the dry winter period between May and October, the weather is cooler and there is less rainfall. From November to April temperatures rise as the summer rainy season begins bringing humid, cloudy weather and lots of rain. During this time is not uncommon to experience brief, violent storms or torrential rains lasting a few days at a time. Peak season is July and August, Christmas and Easter school holidays meaning prices at this time will be at a premium.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
11 nights in local pension style accommodation. Hotels in this standard include: