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  • Address: French Polynesia
  • 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.

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Tahiti Island Tour Including Venus Point, Grotto Caves of Maraa and Vaipahi Gardens, Papeete, null
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Tahiti Island Tour Including Venus Point, Grotto Caves of Maraa and Vaipahi Gardens

4 star rating: Recommended 306 Reviews

Discover the highlights of Tahiti on a 5-hour tour of the natural and cultural sites on the island. Your expert local guide shares informative commentary as ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.64
Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari, Papeete, Half-day Tours
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Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 574 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 $92.59
Shared Arrival Transfer: Papeete Airport to Hotel or Cruise Port, Papeete, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Shared Arrival Transfer: Papeete Airport to Hotel or Cruise Port

4.5 star rating: Recommended 144 Reviews

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 $23.59
Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel or Cruise Port to Papeete Airport, Papeete, Airport & Ground ... 
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Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel or Cruise Port to Papeete Airport

4.5 star rating: Recommended 72 Reviews

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: Varies

From USD $23.59
Private Arrival Transfer: Papeete Airport to Hotel or Cruise Port, Papeete, Airport & Ground ... 
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Private Arrival Transfer: Papeete Airport to Hotel or Cruise Port

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

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: Flexible

From USD $32.04
Discover Papeete by Segway, Papeete, Airport & Ground Transfers
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Discover Papeete by Segway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

See more of Papeete on this comprehensive Segway tour. You’ll explore Papeete city center and over 20 of the top attractions in the area including the ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $82.38
Half-Day Tahiti Peninsula and Teahupo'o Boat Tour, Papeete, Segway Tours
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Half-Day Tahiti Peninsula and Teahupo'o Boat Tour

Explore the lesser visited south-west coast of the island of Tahiti on a boat tour around the peninsula and Teahupo'o. You will discover that there is more to ...  Read more

Location: Teahupo'o, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $105.00
Tahiti Sunset Cruise, Papeete, Day Cruises
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Tahiti Sunset Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Take in the spectacular colors of a Tahitian sunset on an early evening cruise from Papeete. Enjoy views of Moorea from the open water as you sip a refreshing ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.38
Tahiti Whale Watching Cruise, Papeete, Night Cruises
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Tahiti Whale Watching Cruise

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 8 Reviews

From August through October, thousands of humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of French Polynesia. Catch a glimpse of the majestic mammals on a ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $105.46
Tahiti Dolphin Watching Cruise, Papeete, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Tahiti Dolphin Watching Cruise

Go in search of spinner dolphins on this 2-hour cruise on the island of Tahiti. Cross the beautiful turquoise waters of the southern Pacific Ocean to ...  Read more

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

From USD $105.46

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