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Papeete
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Papeete

The spiritual capital city of French Polynesia is full of surprises, from exotic fruit and tropical vegetation to its famous black pearls.

Papeete is a port city on the west coast of the island of Tahiti known for its rare black pearls. These exceptional gems are sold in market stalls around the city and at the Black Pearl Museum. Visit the charming waterfront to experience the highlights of French Polynesia’s capital city, including a market and the impressive town hall.

The Black Pearl Museum is the ideal place to see the city’s most famous export. Learn about the science and nature behind the pearls. See exhibits of pearls in vibrant hues of gold, silver, blue and green. You can purchase your own in the museum shop or from a vendor.

French Polynesia is also renowned for exotic fruit, such as nono, breadfruit, carambolas and soursops. Try these tasty and healthy treats at Papeete Market. Examine handmade items across two floors of the large indoor market. Haggle with vendors over hats, handicrafts and fragrant oils.

Relax under the shelter of a banyan tree in Parc Bougainville. Enjoy a traditional Tahitian picnic of tropical fruit and native fish. Kids can play on the swings in the playground.

The majestic Papeete Town Hall is the city’s architectural highlight and a fine example of French colonial design. See its brightly colored façade and admire the clock tower that seems to hover over the city. Relax in the site’s well-kept gardens. Visit Tahiti’s oldest Catholic church, the Cathédrale de l’Immaculée Conception. The church, which blends Gothic and Colonial styles, represents France’s presence on the island in the 1800s.

Learn about French Polynesia’s turbulent nuclear history at the Place du 2 Juillet, 1966. The tranquil park memorializes 30 years of nuclear tests in the area.

Fly into Papeete via Faa’a International Airport, just a 15-minute drive from the city centre. Papeete enjoys a mild, tropical climate year-around but it is best to avoid visiting during December and January, the wettest months. The landmarks around Papeete’s waterfront present a carnival of bright colors and enchanting aromas.

Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker
Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker
2 out of 5
BP 44983, Papeete, Tahiti
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $70 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in the heart of Papeete, this hostel is steps from Papeete Town Hall and Papeete Market. Black Pearl Museum and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception ...
4.3/5Excellent! (110 reviews)
"They promised breakfast. There was none. Just a hunk of hard bread."

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

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Hotel Sarah Nui
Hotel Sarah Nui
3 out of 5
BP 1635, Papeete, Tahiti
The price is $98 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 8
Located in the heart of Papeete, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Port de Pape'ete and Papeete Town Hall. Papeete Market and Black Pearl Museum are also ...
3.4/5 (970 reviews)
"A good hotel for access to the ferry to the Moorea. It’s within easy walking distance. The hotel staff let us store our luggage behind the counter before we checked in so we didn’t have to lug it around Papeete. I would recommend this hotel if you need a place to crash in Papeete before moving on ..."

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2020

Hotel Sarah Nui
Studio Vaiana - Tahiti
Studio Vaiana - Tahiti
3.5 out of 5
Ave du Commandant Destremau, Papeete
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Place Jacques Chirac and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Papeete Market. Parc Bougainville and Cathedrale ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Beautiful place!
"Amazing! Beautiful bright and clean studio with fantastic amenities and Alexandra went above and beyond to accommodate us when our rental car was not ready. View from the balcony and pool are amazing to wake up to and have dinner and a drink on."

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Studio Vaiana - Tahiti
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Studio Vaiana - Tahiti
Studio Vaiana - Tahiti
3.5 out of 5
Ave du Commandant Destremau, Papeete
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Place Jacques Chirac and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Papeete Market. Parc Bougainville and Cathedrale ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Beautiful place!
"Amazing! Beautiful bright and clean studio with fantastic amenities and Alexandra went above and beyond to accommodate us when our rental car was not ready. View from the balcony and pool are amazing to wake up to and have dinner and a drink on."

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Studio Vaiana - Tahiti
Studio Moana Apartment 0
Studio Moana Apartment 0
Rue Anne-Marie Javouhey, Papeete
Situated in Papeete, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception and Papeete Market. Black Pearl Museum and Parc ...
Studio Moana Apartment 0
City apart
City apart
3.5 out of 5
Uranie Villa Stencer, Papeete
Located in the heart of Papeete, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Papeete Town Hall and Papeete Market. Port de Pape'ete and Black Pearl ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"The apartment was everything we expected and more. The only negative, which had nothing to do with the property, is that Papeete is choked with car traffic. A car is a must, but also a curse."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

City apart
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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