• Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Experience the highlights of Papeete on a 3-hour sightseeing tour with a knowledgeable guide. Make your way around the charming capital of French Polynesia, stopping to visit the Municipal Market, the colonial Cathédrale Notre-Dame and Papeete Town Hall. Don’t miss the Tahiti's chic boutiques at the Vaima shopping center and a chance to explore the world’s only museum dedicated to the black pearl. Hotel pickup and drop-off by coach included.


  • 3-hour guided Papeete city tour by air-conditioned coach
  • Take in the colorful displays of fruit, fish and handicrafts at Papeete Municipal Market
  • See Papeete’s Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Visit the fashionable shops in the Vaima shopping center
  • Take in the magnificent French colonial architecture of Papeete City Hall
  • Visit the Black Pearl Museum to learn about pearl cultivation and admire the stunning jewelry
  • Hotel pickup and drop off included

What You Can Expect

Papeete City Tour Including the Black Pearl Museum

Pappetee Markets

Following hotel pickup by air-conditioned coach, the first stop on your Papeete city sightseeing tour is the Municipal Market. Browse crafts and other local goods as well as seafood and fruits sold by vendors among colorful produce stalls. 

Next, you’ll visit the centrally located Cathédrale Notre-Dame, completed in 1875 and restored in 1987. Admire the cathedral’s stained-glass windows and learn about the mix of Tahitian and European design. Contrast the colonial architecture with the chic shops of the Vaima shopping center, where you have time to wander and browse.

Your guide then takes you to the Papeete Town Hall (Hotel de Ville), which replicates the colonial palace of Queen Pomare — the queen of Tahiti from 1827 to 1877. Learn more about this landmark before departing downtown Papeete for the Black Pearl Museum, whose informative exhibits detail the underwater treasure in art, history and literature. Discover the cultivation process of Tahitian black pearls and don’t miss the stunning gift shop, including pieces that have been worn by royalty. 

After 3 hours exploring the charming capital of French Polynesia, you are returned to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Roy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was a great tour! Seeing the city market and the Black Pearl Museum were highlights. The tour guide was excellent! She was organized and handled two or three venues at the same time. She made our tour great!

Barbara R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I was absolutely awestruck with the Black Pearl Museum. The Tour Guide was most helpful to me as I was the only person on the tour not speaking French but I didn't feel as if I missed out on anything as the Tour Guide filled me in with info. a good look at the highlights of Papeete.

Bernard R

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

We had an excellent tour guide that gave us a lot of information about Papeete and, in particular, about the culture of the natives. One issue, the bus used was very uncomfortable for passengers in the back. The seats were significantly below the seats in front, hence we could not see ahead of us - only out the side windows.

Lynne M

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2016

This tour is worth doing because you get to stop at the Market in town. Papeete is small and there is not much to see. However, the town Market is a good place to get souvenirs. Most of what you learn about the island comes from the tour guide. The buildings are French colonial, there are a few parks, the waterfront where the ferries leave from to go to the other islands of French Polynesia. The pearl museum is interesting in that it shows you how they create the 'black' pearl.

Shirley K

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2015

The 1/2 day tour took us by the cathedral by bus, not inside, and drove by the Viama Shopping Center, by the city hall and colonial palace. We did visit the Black Pearl Museum. We were left at the Municipal Market for 3 hours. Sandra from the tourist office graciously drove us back to our hotel.

Barrie W

1 star rating: I do not recommend this April 2018

This tour was terrible. We waited 40 minutes for our guide, When she arrived we were then with a group 4 English speaking people and 4 French speaking. The commentary was for the English speaking people very poor where we would be told something in 5 minutes, the French were given a good 25 minute talk. All of the English speaking people didn't complete the tour we walked away. The tour needs to either be in English or in French for us it was a total waste of over 100

Richard M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2016

The driver was very nice, however we were disappointed as nothing was open on Saturday.We saw the outside of gov't buildings and trees. The black pearl museum was a big nothing. Sorry we took this as it was nothing.rated no stars.

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