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.

Hotel Sarah Nui
Hotel Sarah Nui
BP 1635, Papeete, Tahiti, 98713
The price is $94 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 5
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Papeete. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
3.5/5 Good! (955 reviews)
"near ferry terminal. good place."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Hotel Sarah Nui
Boutique Hotel Kon Tiki Tahiti
Boutique Hotel Kon Tiki Tahiti
Bd de la Reine Pomare IV, Papeete, Îles du Vent, 98714
Stay at this hotel in Papeete. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Port de Pape'ete and Place Vaiete are located nearby. ...
Boutique Hotel Kon Tiki Tahiti
Polynesian Cabins by Kon Tiki
Polynesian Cabins by Kon Tiki
Bd de la Reine Pomare IV, Papeete, Windward Islands, 98714
Stay at this hotel in Papeete. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Popular attractions Port de Pape'ete and Place Vaiete are located nearby. ...
Polynesian Cabins by Kon Tiki
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.
Equipped studio in Papeete, air-conditioned with elevator
Equipped studio in Papeete, air-conditioned with elevator
Papeete, Windward Islands
The price is $102 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this apartment in Papeete. Enjoy WiFi and air conditioning. Popular attractions Port de Pape'ete and Papeete Town Hall are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
Equipped studio in Papeete, air-conditioned with elevator
Studio calme proche centre-ville, ferry & aéroport
Studio calme proche centre-ville, ferry & aéroport
Papeete, Îles du Vent
The price is $107 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 4
Stay at this apartment in Papeete. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Place Jacques Chirac and Parc Bougainville are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"It is walking distance from great restaurants and events. The wonderful host are available and we loved staying here. Very Clean! Comfortable bed Washer for laundry in the apartment"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2022

Studio calme proche centre-ville, ferry & aéroport
❀ The cosy Hiva Studio in Papeete Seafront ❀
❀ The cosy Hiva Studio in Papeete Seafront ❀
Papeete, Windward Islands
The price is $109 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this property in Papeete. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a balcony. Popular attractions Place Jacques Chirac and Parc Bougainville are located ...
❀ The cosy Hiva Studio in Papeete Seafront ❀
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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