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Tahiti is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia and flights to Tahiti arrive at its international airport, Faa’a. Papeete is the capital city and the commercial hub of French Polynesia. Papeete has a colourful market offering local food, hand-made crafts and souvenirs as well as a range of pearl shops, bars and restaurants. There is so much more to Tahiti than Papeete - majestic valleys, rich archaeological sites, striking volcanic peaks and a stunning turquoise lagoon.
Tahiti is an island of hidden treasures!
Browse the many pearl shops of Papeete and find your own precious Tahitian Black Pearl. The local markets in central Papeete have an number of stores on level 1. For personalised designs, Tahiti Pearl Market is one of our favourite spots. Or visit Robert Wan for an exquisite collection of black pearl jewellery.
Wake up early to witness the Tahitians selling freshly caught fish and seafood, witness the vibrant colours and tropical smells of local fruit and vegetables at the Papeete central market … then wander the stalls filled with displays of local arts, crafts, jewellery and pareo’s for souvenirs to take home. Opens Monday-Saturday.
Jump in a rental car, taxi or local bus and drive out to visit Taravao plateau on the Presqu’île - named Little Normandy due to its unique microclimate. It’s 1 ½ hours south west from Papeete, through small townships, eventually leading you green plains and pastures, overlooking remarkable panoramic coastlines of Tahiti Nui (big island of Tahiti) & Tahiti Iti (small Tahiti). (Image: ©Tahiti Tourisme)
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in this tropical paradise, than exploring the island of Tahiti at your own pace by car. The road around Tahiti Nui (big Tahiti) is 114kms, and Tahiti Iti (small Tahiti) only 18kms both possible to include in a day if you’re pushed for time. From the botanical gardens of Grotte de Marae, the natural swimming pools at Vaima Pools, to the fine arts of the Paul Gauguin’s Museum, there’s something for everyone. (Image: ©Tahiti Tourisme)
A visit to Papeete would not be complete without a visit to one of many museums on the island. The Museum of Tahiti is the hub for the Tahitian’s culture and heritage. The Robert Wan Pearl Museum houses a pristine collection of black pearls and jewellery. Then for all art history enthusiasts, the Paul Gauguin Museum will fill your visual senses with paintings of the Tahitian way of life. (Image: ©Tahiti Tourisme)
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