BORA BORA, PAPEETE & MOOREA |WTC
Time & Location
Day 1 - Papeete
Welcome to French Polynesia!
Transfer to the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort and spa our home for the next 4 nights.
Papeete, meaning the 'water basket' was once a gathering place where Tahitians came to fill their calabashes with fresh waters. Today Papeete is the vibrant capital city of French Polynesia that boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine dining and unique restaurants, nightclubs, vibrant markets, pearl shops, and boutiques.
The mountainous interior is decked with deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls, all bathed in green iridescence of natural light. The coastal lands, edged with a strong coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and majority of the island's population.
We will set off this afternoon on a Tahiti Island tour. Discover some of Tahiti's treasures on this afternoon tour. Begin by exploring the West Coast visiting the famous Marae Arahurahu, the restored Polynesian temple. This ancient site is where ceremonies used to take place. Continue on to visit the beautiful gardens and waterfall of Vaipahi. On the East Coast of the island, stop at Venus Point, the landing place for many European navigators. James Cook named it as such when he observed the transit of Venus during one of his scientific voyages to Tahiti. Finish the day at Tahaaraa lookout point (also known as One Tree Hill) for an outstanding 360 degree view of Tahiti, with the island of Moorea in the background.
This evening be welcomed to the beautiful French Polynesian Islands with a Soiree Merveilleuse Theme Welcome dinner, a Polynesian buffet and Tahitian dance show.
Day 2 - Tahiti
After breakfast we will meet for a half day West Coast tour. Discover the treasures of Tahiti's beautiful west coast visiting must-see and many local sites on this small group tour, with maximum seven people. We will visit the magnificent stone Catholic Church, built in 1855. You may also meet the guardian of this place, a sweet lady with a strong personality! See the majestic Arahurahu Marae; surrounded by lush vegetation, this is the most beautiful and extensive marae (sacred place) of Tahiti. There are often traditional dances shows and ceremonies hosted here. Head to Tahiti's long black-sand beach in Papara, frequented by local surfers. The mouth of the Taharuu river also attracts families who come to swim in the fresh water. Other highlights of this tour include the Vaipahi Botanic Gardens, which has many exotic plants and trees, the Vaima spring a favorite among locals, the Monoi factory where you can observe how this wonderful oil is made. You also visit to the largest of the three caves of the Mara'a grotto, nestled at the foot of the mountain and surrounded by lush vegetation, and stop at a fruit and vegetable vendor where you may want to try some seasonal fruits.
Day 3 - Tahiti/Moorea
After breakfast we will transfer to Papeete Airport for our flight to Moorea.
Polynesian legend declares that Moorea was formed as the second dorsal fin of the fish that became Tahiti. This off-shoot was called by the poetic name 'Aimeo I te rara varu', for the eight mountain ridges that separate the island. Also known as 'Eimeo' or 'Aimeho', the island's name was later changed to 'Moorea' (meaning 'yellow lizard') following a dream by one of the high priests. The generosity of the old gods is most visible in the panorama of volcanic mountain ridges: a long sierra of broken pinnacles and crags resemble a weathered and dismantled castle, with slender minarets, escarpments and rugged casements, through which fleecy clouds peep from the high horizon.
Day 4 - Moorea
Take a guided tour of the island of Moorea, begin with a stop at the Toatea viewpoint which will give you a glimpse of the geological configuration of the islands. On the way to the Belvedere, you will stop at an archaeological site to discover the ancient Polynesian customs. From the Belvedere, you can enjoy a magnificent view of Mount Rotui in between the bays of Cook and Opunohu. Your guide will introduce you to the legends that accompany these majestic sites, and the history of famous navigators who changed history of Polynesia. Then you will visit the plantations of the Agricultural Collage and discover there many varieties of tropical fruit trees. Take the time to taste the juice and other local products derived from their agricultural plantations before returning to your hotel.
Day 5 - Moorea
Enjoy your day at your leisure.
This evening we will meet to transfer to our Tahitian Feast at the Tiki Village Show and Dinner. The Tiki Village is a re-created Polynesian village. This picturesque village, nestled by the Lagoon of Haapiti, depicts the "old Tahiti" with its typical pandanus thatched-roof houses. There are several Little Huts where Polynesian women or men demonstrate mat weaving, Tiki carving, flower leis and crowns making, and tattooing. For an entire evening, in a Polynesian Village of Yesterday, enjoy a typical Polynesian buffet featuring many dishes cooked in the traditional ground oven: roasted pig, fish, chicken in Polynesian spinach, bread, fruit, taro, fei, barbecue chicken and beef, and different kinds of salad are available as well. With flowers, coconut palms, and burning torches, the feast decor and atmosphere are recreated just for you. During your meal, enjoy a trio of musicians, then a spectacular dance show that will tell you all about Tahitian legends, all performed in the natural settings of an open air theatre. The highlight of the evening is the fire dancing performed by young native men from Moorea
Day 6 - Moorea
Set off on the Moorea lagoon and head for the famous Cook and Opunohu bays for an incredible view of the mountains, your guide will tell you the story of the legends of the island, its geography, flora and fauna. Then go snorkeling and admire the black tip sharks and caress the stingrays. Enjoy a BBQ on a motu, during which the famous Coco and Raw fish show will be displayed. The afternoon is leisure on the beach.
Day 7 - Moorea
Enjoy a day to take advantage of the beautiful resort.
Day 8 - Moorea/Bora Bora
After breakfast we will fly to Bora Bora, settle in to the resort and enjoy the day at the Beach.
Welcome to one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Bora Bora is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef, and the island is renowned for its incredible turquoise waters, soft, white-sand beaches and deluxe accommodations, which feature overwater bungalows. Indulge yourself in all that Bora Bora has to offer: totally relax or enjoy the numerous activities available: swim with reef sharks and manta rays on a guided excursion, embark on an exciting ATV tour around the island, and snorkel, dive, kayak, hike or jet-ski.
Day 9 - Bora Bora
Today is yours to enjoy our spectacular resort and area. This evening we will meet to transfer to Bloody's Mary's Restuarant for dinner.
Bloody Mary's is 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.
Note: Lobster is not included, supplement to be paid locally
Day 10 - Bora Bora
Today we embark on an Ultimate Shark and Ray watching excursion with a Motu picnic. Embark on a comfortable motorized outrigger canoe that will take you to out to the coral gardens. Here you can explore the colorful tropical fishes, swim among the friendly stingrays in shallow waters and observe the thrilling encounter with black tip sharks close in their natural environment. We recommend you bring an underwater camera! You will then reach the private motu (islet) where a delightful Tahitian lunch will be served to the sound of ukulele. The afternoon is at leisure on the private white sand motu.
Day 11 - Bora Bora
Discover the scenic interior of Bora Bora aboard a 4WD vehicle. This half-day tour circles the entire island taking you to places that can only be seen from the back roads. Stop to see remains leftover from World War II, including cannons and bunkers; Bora Bora was once a military base for the Americans. You'll have a chance to sample some tropical fruit as you learn about Polynesian culture from your knowledgeable local guide. You'll also visit a pareo workshop to see how the pareos (sarongs) are designed and created. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the lagoon throughout this tour from different viewpoints around the island.
Day 12 - Bora Bora
Enjoy your last full day at your leisure in this tropical paradise.
Day 13 - Departure Day
Time to say good-bye to this tropical paradise and fabulous new friends. Transfer to the airport and fly back to Papeete for your onward flights
Cost:Double Occupancy - $7699 CAD per person (sharing a room)
Single Occupancy - $11699 CAD per person (your own room)
First Class hotel accommodations
5 Nights in an overwater villa
Luxury air-conditioned coach
2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Air Tahiti inter-island flights
Soiree Merveilleuse Theme dinner
Tahiti Island Tour
Tahiti Half Day West Coast Tour
Moorea Circle Island Tour
Tahitian Feast at the Tiki Village Show
Moana Lagoon Excursion
Dinner at Bloody Mary's
Shark & Ray Watching Excursion
Tupuna 4WD Safari
English speaking guides throughout
• International airfare
• Travel Insurance
• Expenses of a Personal Nature
• Tips and gratuities
• Visas and passport handling fees
• Local Island taxes, approx. $2 USD/night
• Early check-in and late check out of rooms
• Any Item Not Mentioned Above