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  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

No one comes to French Polynesia looking for big city buzz, but there are at least a day’s worth of distractions to be had in its compact capital Papeete, on the island of Tahiti.

Any exploration of the city starts at the waterfront, where locals and tourists promenade at an island pace, day or night. Stalls selling fresh fruit and French pastries typify the mix of cultures here. Two relatively new squares, Vaiete and To'ata, are part of the authorities’ efforts to improve seaside facilities. 

From the waterfront, take any of the streets leading inland. You’ll inevitably end up at the Marché de Papeete, and your wanderings are also likely to take you past the charming yellow cathedral and the wide verandas of the Mairie (city hall). The Musée de la Perle is one of the best indoor attractions in Papeete.

Practical Info

Papeete is on the northwestern coast of Tahiti, a short drive from Faaa International Airport. Most of the city’s sights are concentrated on the waterfront and a few adjacent blocks.

Tours & Tickets

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Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $87.00

Shared Arrival Transfer: Papeete Airport to Hotel or Cruise Port

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $23.51
From USD $58.77

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel or Cruise Port to Papeete Airport

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $32.25

Papeete City Tour Including the Black Pearl Museum

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $44.44

Discover Papeete by Segway

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

From USD $82.56

Private Arrival Transfer: Papeete Airport to Hotel or Cruise Port

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $32.11

Tahiti Sunset Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 90 minutes

From USD $84.57

Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel or Cruise Port to Papeete Airport

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: Varies

From USD $23.51

Tahiti Dolphin Watching Cruise

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $105.70

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