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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.

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Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Discover the best of Papeete on this full-day 4WD safari adventure. You'll travel through almost impenetrable rainforest to discover some of the jewels of ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.02

Papeete City Tour Including the Black Pearl Museum

See the highlights of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia that is situated on the island of Tahiti. Visit the traditional Municipal Market, the high-end ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.37

Shared Arrival Transfer: Papeete Airport to Hotel or Cruise Port

Skip the stress of finding an airpot taxi to take you from Papeete Airport (PPT) to your hotel or to Papeete Cruise Port on the island of Tahiti. Instead, ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.96

Private Arrival Transfer: Papeete Airport to Hotel or Cruise Port

Skip the worry of locating an airport taxi when you arrive at Papeete Airport (PPT) by pre-booking a convenient private transfer service with a professional ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.00

Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel or Cruise Port to Papeete Airport

Avoid the worry of finding a taxi to take from your Tahiti hotel or cruise port dock to Papeete Airport (PPT) to catch your departure flight by pre-booking a ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.96

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel or Cruise Port to Papeete Airport

When leaving Tahiti, be sure that you arrive at the airport on time with this private transfer service. Ensure your timely arrival to the Papeete Airport (PPT) ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.00

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