Today Cathy and I start our long awaited adventure to French Polynesia. We are in the United lounge in San Francisco with a 4 hour overlay and some time to write, so here is some trip logistics.
Cathy and I fly into Papeete from Toronto via San Francisco on United. After overnighting in Papeete, we take a 1 hour flight on Air Tahiti to Bora Bora for a 5 day stay. Returning to Papeete, we board the Aranui 5, a hybrid freighter passenger ship for a 12 day, 3000+ kilometer round trip through the Tuamotu and Marquesas Archipelagos (map below). We spend our last day in French Polynesia on the island of Moorea, a short ferry ride from Papeete.