47 days in French Polynesia, Fiji & Australia Itinerary

47 days in French Polynesia, Fiji & Australia Itinerary

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Papeete, French Polynesia
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Ha'apiti, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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Raiatea, French Polynesia
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Nadi, Fiji
— 3 nights
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Taveuni Island, Fiji
— 2 nights
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Suva, Fiji
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Sigatoka, Fiji
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Brisbane, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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Papeete, French Polynesia

— 3 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 out of Papeete with an excursion to Bain de Vaima in Taravao--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, identify plant and animal life at Tahiti Lagoon Paradise, see the interesting displays at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie, and explore the world behind art at Paul Gauguin Museum.

Plan my day in Papeete using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Bergen, Norway to Papeete is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bergen to Papeete is minus 11 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bergen in December; daily highs in Papeete reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Ha'apiti.

Things to do in Papeete

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Ha'apiti, French Polynesia

— 3 nights
Step out of Ha'apiti to go to Cook's Bay and see Ron Hall Pearls, which is approximately 36 minutes away.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ha'apiti tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Ha'apiti takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In December, daily temperatures in Ha'apiti can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Ha'apiti

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

— 5 nights
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Bora Bora is known for wildlife, shopping, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Matira Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Otemanu.

Plan trip to Bora Bora with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Ha'apiti to Bora Bora by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Raiatea.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

Raiatea, French Polynesia

— 2 nights
Green, mountainous, and sacred to the ancient Polynesians, Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Marae Taputapuātea and then take a tour by water with Arii Moana Tours.

Start your trip to Raiatea by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Raiatea in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Raiatea

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Nadi, Fiji

— 3 nights
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Change things up with a short trip to Scuba Bula Dive Centre in Momi (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, play a few rounds at Denarau Golf and Racquet Club, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nadi road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Raiatea to Nadi. The time zone difference when traveling from Raiatea to Nadi is 22 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Nadi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Taveuni Island.

Things to do in Nadi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Taveuni Island, Fiji

— 2 nights

Garden Island

Known as the Garden Island, Taveuni is a tropical paradise of tall mountains draped in lush rainforest, filled with delicate wildflowers and colorful birds, and dotted with cascading waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Bouma National Heritage Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lavena Coastal Walk and then admire the sheer force of Tavoro Waterfalls.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taveuni Island trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Nadi to Taveuni Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Suva.

Things to do in Taveuni Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Suva, Fiji

— 2 nights
Situated on a verdant, hilly peninsula, Suva is the second-largest city in the South Pacific and has been the capital of Fiji since 1882.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): gain insight with Talanoa Treks. Here are some ideas for day two: get close to the beloved marine mammals with Drua Experience, then browse the exhibits of Fiji Museum, and then hunt for treasures at Suva Municipal Market.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Suva day trip planning website.

Getting from Taveuni Island to Suva by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Suva are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Suva

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Sigatoka, Fiji

— 2 nights
Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
On the 9th (Sun), try out the rides at Splash Mountain Jungle Water Slide and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Off-Road Cave Safari. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see some colorful creatures with Diveaway Fiji, and then contemplate the long history of Tavuni Hill Fort.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Sigatoka trip planner.

You can fly from Suva to Sigatoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Suva in January, Sigatoka is little chillier at night with lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Brisbane, Australia

— 4 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Venture out of the city with trips to Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Mooloolaba), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Aqua Park Bli Bli (in Bli Bli). There's much more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner.

You can fly from Sigatoka to Brisbane in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fiji Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

Sydney, Australia

— 6 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney planning site.

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:

Melbourne, Australia

— 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 23rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Museums · Parks · Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 26:

Cairns, Australia

— 6 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). Spend the 28th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online trip maker.

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 1:

French Polynesia travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Gift & Specialty Shops · Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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.

Fiji travel guide

4.2
Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Outdoor Activities
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.