2 nights Papeete
3 nights Moorea
4 nights Bora Bora
Papeete Island 4WD tour
4WD safari tour of Moorea
Moorea motu (islet) picnic and snorkeling
Shark and Ray Lagoon Safari
Aqua Safari of a coral garden and Bora Bora Reef
Polynesian outrigger romantic tour including snorkeling
Destinations: Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora
No. of days: 10 days
You’re off to one of the most beautiful places on earth and the perfect place to rest, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. Start your French Polynesian holiday on Papeete, explore the island on a 4WD tour taking in the rivers, waterfalls and tropical plants. Head to Moorea a short ferry ride from Papette, explore the tropical plants and mountainous landscapes on a 4WD tour, then soak up the sun on the beaches, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters and enjoy a picnic on a sandy islet. Bora Bora is your next port of call where you spend 4 blissful nights in an overwater bungalow at the luxury resort of Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Explore the lagoon on a shark and ray safari where you snorkel in a coral garden and encounter stingrays, and swim with sharks. Then enjoy lunch and the afternoon on a white sandy beach. Go for a walk underwater with an air-supplied helmet on an aqua safari surrounded by tropical fish and spend the day on a romantic outrigger tour of Bora Bora where you snorkel and swim in the best places on the island. Return home thoroughly rested after your 10-day island escape.
DAY BY DAY:
Day 1: Arrive in Tahiti at Papeete International Airport. Upon exiting the airport you will be met with a flower lei and taken to your resort in Papeete. Spend two nights at the Intercontinental Tahitian Resort. Take this day to recover from jetlag, swim by the pool and relax. (2 nights Papeete)
Day 2: Spend the day on an exciting tour around the island of Papeete. Take a 4×4 to the very heart of the island. Admire the valley of Papenoo, famous for its rivers, and enjoy the incredible waterfall and tropical plant views. This natural setting is the perfect place to experience the beauty of Tahiti. After returning to your hotel, head over to Les Roulettes, the popular Tahitian food trucks where you can taste local and international cuisine.
Day 3: Leaving Papette this morning, after breakfast, you will be met and transferred to the pier for your short ferry ride to Moorea. Nestled between two bays on the heart-shaped island of Moorea and set against a beautiful mountain backdrop which melts into a crystal-clear lagoon is the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa. Dine on French and Polynesian favorite foods by the lagoon at Arii Vahine Restaurant, or enjoy a relaxed lunch at beachside Rotui Grill & Bar. The longest happy hour on the island is a EImeo Bar (4pm-7pm daily). Tonight, perhaps dine at the unique overwater Toatea Creperie & Bar a popular hangout for evening cocktails and crepes under the stars. (3 nights Moorea)
Day 4: Come explore the lush tropical and mountainous landscapes of Moorea. Your adventure begins in the back of a covered, but open 4x4 pickup truck. The experienced local driver will narrate points of interest along the way. The endless views are the perfect setting of motion pictures, and some have been filmed here. Let your imagination run wild, just maybe a dinosaur will appear! There will be stops along the way as picture taking is highly encouraged.
Day 5: Today you’ll take a short boat ride from shore to this small island get away for a picnic on the motu (islet). Once on the motu, you can snorkel in the shallow waters watching the daily activities of the local sea life. Or you may enjoy some sun as you sit or swim in the crystal-clear waters of Moorea and let your cares melt away. All the while surrounded by the some of the most spectacular waters in the world. You can snorkel or explore the island, or simply relax and watch one of the demonstrations of coconut husking and cracking. If you are lucky, some of the local staff may break out their instruments and play a few Tahitian musical tunes.
Day 6: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bora Bora. This relatively small and incredibly beautiful island is a true paradise with its crystal-clear waters and amazing sunsets. Upon arrival, you’ll be transported by boat to the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. A blissful and luxurious resort where relaxation and unparalleled views await you. Located on a private island - Motu To'opua where you’ll experience the longest private stretch of soft white sand beaches nestled between the soaring backdrop of Mount Otemanu and the mesmerizing lagoon. Enjoy spending time in your overwater bungalow. Tonight, take advantage of one or more of the six dining options including Iriatai French and Banyan Chinese restaurants. Along with casual dining, the Tamura Beach Grill, Tarava Pool Bar, Iratai Wine Bar or Upa Upa Lounge Bar. (4 nights Bora Bora)
Day 7: Today embark on a Shark and Ray Lagoon Safari to discover the sharks and rays, snorkel in a coral garden and in the aquarium before stopping on Motu Tapu for a delicious lunch with local specialties. After lunch relax and enjoy the afternoon on the white sand beach. This evening head to Bloody Mary’s, Bora Bora’s most famous seafood restaurant. Each evening (except Sunday) the daily catch of the local fishermen from Bora Bora is displayed on ice, where after an explanation of what is available on your particular evening, the host takes your order directly to the chef. You can choose from a vast selection of fine seafood plus crab, steak, chicken and seafood is also available. Your night also includes return transfers. This is truly a fine dining experience in a unique Tahitian environment.
Day 8: Discover a Coral Garden and the reef of Bora Bora today without getting your head wet on an aqua safari. In a swimsuit, in the crystal-clear water of the most beautiful lagoon in the world, a diving instructor will guide you to an unforgettable underwater safari! Surrounded by hundreds of tropical fish of all colors, you will walk on the sand in less than 10 feet deep.
Day 9: Romantic Tour is a full day (6hrs), semi-private tour around the stunning, colorful lagoon of Bora Bora on one of our Polynesian outrigger canoes. During this amazing 26 mile tour around the lagoon of Bora Bora, you will have the opportunity to snorkel and swim at the best places the island has to offer. Swim and snorkel in the pristine, warm water as you encounter black tipped shark, stingrays, many colorful fish and 13 shades of blue!
Day 10: Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Papeete. Upon arrival check in for your international flight back to Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui and say Araua'e to Tahiti!
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