The city of Papeete on Tahiti is not only the central tourism and commerce area for Tahiti; it’s also the main city for the whole of French Polynesia. With over 130,000 residents living in the surrounding metropolitan area, it’s easy to understand why this bustling location is at the heart of this Pacific area. The Papeete Harbor is frequently the ... Read more
main port for various cruise ships that dock here. This same waterfront is home to various shopping and dining locations that are frequently packed with newly disembarked cruise ship passengers. Be sure to check out the Papeete Market. There are several sites to see here that are not just of the sandy beach variety. The Papeete Notre Dame Cathedral is worth a visit, and the Bougainville Park, named after the first French explorer to circumnavigate the globe, is another great attraction. With an average yearly temperature hovering right around the mid 70’s F, Papeete is a fitting introduction to wealth of treasures to be found in greater Tahiti. For accommodation, try: Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

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Kula, Hawaii, USA

too city for me. I loved Moorea, and playing on the water in a kayak, and the grass huts, and the fish, and the beauty everywhere!!! Loved Moorea. Papeete was too much city for my taste. People were super kind.

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Saskatoon, Canada

Loved Papeete! So laid back, a beautiful port area to wander around. Had an amazing time in the market!! Was a decent size with everything there imaginable! Bought fresh coconuts outside the market from a couple of ladies selling them. Cut the tops off for us and gave us straws, was awesome!

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Los Angeles, California, USA

I love Papeete as a place to spend twenty four hours or less before leaving for the outer islands. Walking along the waterfront and through the central city is relaxing and then continuing the walk in the outskirt residential areas along the hills provides panoramic views and some history lessons. However, the lure of Tahiti are the outlying islands, not Papeete. I would not spend any extra time there.

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San Carlos, California, USA

Papeete (and the island of Tahiti in general) is much more urban and feels more crowded than the other nearby islands, but is still a great place to spend a day or two before you fly out. Unlike some other touristy places, there isn't much of a "central" area - all the hotels are pretty self contained, but there is a higher concentration of shops near Vaire Square (Place Vaire) if you want to do some shopping. Remember it is still an island mentality, tourists or not - shops close at 5.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Papeete is the concrete jungle of Tahiti according to the locals you will meet on the outside islands, although it is hardly a city by main land standards. Since international flights arrive at Faa airport just 15 minutes from the city center, tourists are easily lured by nearby Papeete to spend a few days before or after island hopping. In my personal opinion, you do not need to waste the time doing that. The island experience will be found on the array of outer islands rather than in this small city with nothing extremely noteworthy about it. If you have a layover, it is worth the taxi ride to get dinner at the Roulotte or shop the Marchait (big market place), but I wouldn't wander around too much. Do note that the city closes down around 5pm other than a few bars and nightclubs so maybe head to the Intercontinental for a drink if it's late.

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