My wife and I took a 3 week trip to the South Pacific in July of 2006. We visited the islands of Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti in French Polynesia, followed by Easter Island (Chile) and finally Rarotonga and Aitutaki of the Cook Islands.The flight from San Francisco to Papeete is not a very long one. There are basically two ways to get there: either via LA or via Honolulu. LA was cheaper for us. The flight from LA took only 8 hours – a mere nothing, especially when compared to our last marathon flight to Delhi.
We flew Air New Zealand from LA. It was a comfortable flight with acceptable airline food – the seat configuration of the 767 was nice, in a 2 – 3 – 2 format, which guaranteed a 2 seat row for my wife and me.