55 days in Oceania Itinerary

55 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 15 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Maharepa
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Maharepa, French Polynesia
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Papeete, French Polynesia
— 15 nights
Fly
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 5 nights
Fly
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Avarua, Cook Islands
— 1 night
Fly
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Apia, Samoa
— 10 nights
Ferry
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Pago Pago, American Samoa
— 1 night
Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia — 15 nights

There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Baldini perles and Leopard Rays Trench. Museum-lovers will get to explore Alain Despert and Bora Art Upstairs. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bora Bora Turtle Centre, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bora Bora holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Bora Bora is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Bora Bora due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Maharepa.
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Maharepa, French Polynesia — 4 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Voil'a Moorea and Moorea Vip Tours.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Maharepa using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Maharepa in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Maharepa are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Papeete.
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Papeete, French Polynesia — 15 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands and Manua Exquisite Tahitian Art. Get some historical perspective at Point Venus and Notre Dame Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Papeete side-trips: Taharuu Beach (in Papara), Tahiti Safari Expedition (in Arue) and Taravao (The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, Taravao Plateau, &more). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Municipal Market, make a trip to Temple Protestant de Paofai, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punaauia Beach, and admire the verdant scenery at Vallee de la Papenoo.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Papeete day trip planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Maharepa to Papeete in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Aitutaki.
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands — 5 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Aitutaki Lagoon and Akaiami Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Aitutaki Adventures and Moturakau. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at O'otu Beach, look for gifts at T & S Artworx, get great views at Piraki Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Aitutaki Secret Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Aitutaki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Aitutaki takes 27 hours. On the 26th (Wed), you're off to Avarua.
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Avarua, Cook Islands — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stroll through Aroa Beach, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Little Red Gallery.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Avarua trip app.

You can fly from Aitutaki to Avarua in 3 hours. In October in Avarua, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Apia.
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Apia, Samoa — 10 nights

The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Baha'i House of Worship Samoa and Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Giant Clam Sanctuary and Tafa Tafa Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Apia: To Sua Ocean Trench (in Lotofaga), Afu Aau Waterfall (in Savai'i) and Lalomanu (Lalomanu Crater Walk & Lalomanu Beach). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lefaga Beach, admire the sheer force of Togitogiga Waterfall, soothe aching muscles at Yoga Samoa, and discover the deep blue sea with Pure Ocean Dive & Water sports.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Apia sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Avarua to Apia in 16.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Cook Islands Standard Time to Apia Standard Time is 23 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Pago Pago.
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Pago Pago, American Samoa — 1 night

Head to Pago Pago, the territorial capital of American Samoa, for an authentic Pacific Islands holiday.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano i Amerika Samoa, stroll through Lower Sauma Ridge Hike, stroll through Two Dollar Beach, explore the galleries of Jean P. Haydon Museum, then stroll through National Park of American Samoa, and finally hike along Cloud Rainforest to Reef Hike.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pago Pago vacation tool.

Traveling by ferry from Apia to Pago Pago takes 9 hours. You'll gain 23 hours traveling from Apia to Pago Pago due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Pago Pago are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
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Moorea travel guide

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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.
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Cook Islands travel guide

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Beaches · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
Scattered across a 2,200,000 sq km (849,425 sq mi) zone in the vast Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the Cook Islands are about as remote a holiday destination as you will find. With their pristine white-sand beaches, tranquil azure lagoons, lush tropical jungles, and teeming coral reefs, the 15 islands seem plucked from a picture postcard of paradise. Relaxation comes first and foremost, for locals as much as tourists, and you will find the laid-back lifestyle of the Cook Islanders as infectious as their warm smiles. As tempting (and fulfilling) as it might be to spend all day swinging lazily in a hammock strung between shady palm trees, plenty of adventures await exploring the idyllic scenery overland, on the waves, and undersea.
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Samoa travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · History Museums
Enchanting Samoa and its people boast a legendarily laid-back approach to life, and clocks and set times are merely a formality here. The society remains a proud one, deeply connected to a set of millennia-old traditions known as "Fa'a Samoa"--the Samoan Way. Spread out over two main islands and several smaller landmasses, Samoa is a land of incredible contrasts and natural beauty, home to rocky volcanic mountains and expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lush rainforests. Visitors on holiday in Samoa can easily spend their time exploring the country's exotic interior and untamed coastal reaches, which offer plenty of wildlife and fantastic landscapes. Alternatively, they can just as readily kick back in sleepy seaside villages, indulging in a full-service resort, or splash around in lagoons and at beaches that hold their place among the world's best.
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American Samoa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Nightlife · Museums
Visit American Samoa, a land made up of five volcanic islands and two coral atolls, for a holiday as adventurous or relaxing as you want to make it. The untouched landscape supports an abundance of protected wildlife, and many tourism businesses are locally owned, operated, and sustainable. The islands' numerous cultural heritage highlights give visitors a sense of the spirituality and calm that native inhabitants have maintained for millennia. Traversable by land and sea, this unincorporated territory of the United States offers many new perspectives on a fascinating culture and environment.
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