Day 1 – USA to Papeete
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.
On arrival you are met and greeted with a traditional flower lei and transferred to your overnight accommodation in Papeete.
Papeete, the capital and commercial hub of French Polynesia, hosts the government offices, hospitals, banks, airline and travel agencies, boutiques and black pearl shops. The Central Market (Marché Central) is a must, located 1 block behind the waterfront. You will see traditional Tahitian crafts, flowers, fruits, fish and other produce. The waterfront is attractive, with a tree lined promenade along a marina with an international yachting community.Starting Accommodation:
Tahiti Airport Motel
Day 2 – Papeete to Moorea
Transfer to the domestic terminal for the 10-minute flight to Moorea. On arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation.
Less than 10 minutes away from Tahiti by air or less than one hour by ferry are the deep, spectacular bays and white sand beaches of Moorea. The craggy volcanic peaks, reflected in the tranquil waters of Cook's Bay and Oponohu Bay, rise like a shark's jaw from the island's basaltic base. The lush mountain slopes are covered with rain forest or pineapple plantations, and white sand beaches border crystalline lagoons.Starting Accommodation:
Hotel Les Tipaniers (B)
Day 3 – Circle Island Tour with Belvedere
Moorea, which means ‘Yellow Lizard’ in Tahitian is a triangular island. The northern side is punctuated by two lareg bays – Cooks and Opunohu.
On today’s excursion, we make a stop at a Pineapple plantation to learn about this famous and most important resource on Moorea. Continue to the Belvedere, with a stop at a 'Marae' (ancient open air temple) to learn about the ancestral customs. From the Belvedere, experience the panoramic views overlooking the Cook and Oponohu Bays, and over the Rotui Mountain.
Visit the Agricultural School and discover the variety of local fruits, trees and flowers before returning to your accommodation.Starting Accommodation:
Hotel Les Tipaniers
Day 4 – Moorea to Bora Bora
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bora Bora, where you are met and transferred to your accommodation.
Bora Bora – Unquestionably the most mythical of the Pacific islands remains the island of all dreams. So much has been written about Bora Bora, and yet it is hard to find the right words to describe the magic that emanates from this island.
Seen from the air, the view has been compared to that of "a tiny emerald in a setting of turquoise, encircled by a sheltering necklace of sparkling pearls". The airport, built by US forces in 1942, is located on a palm fringed motu about 20 minutes by boat from the main village of Vaitape. The view of the main island from the airport is truly breathtaking, and as you travel across the spectacular lagoon you will soon understand why it is the main area of attraction for most visitors.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Lagoonarium and Shark Watching Tour
Travel around the island of Bora Bora by outrigger canoe, cruising the most beautiful lagoon in the world. A stop is made near the reef to wait for young sharks, which are attracted by the smell of fish thrown into the water. Equipped with snorkel gear, you may enjoy the underwater view of those sharks and the colorful corals around the site.
From here the tour continues to the natural lagoonarium. Each kind of tropical fish has their own park: Rays and sharks, turtles, giant mussels, lobsters and many varieties of multi-colored fish. Fresh local fruits and coconut drinks will be offered, and you have time to walk around this small island, before the return to your hotel.Starting Accommodation:
Hotel Matira (L)
Day 6 – At leisure, Bora Bora
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions
Day 7 – Bora Bora to USA (Via Papeete)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight, via Papeete, back to the USA.