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Papeete

Papeete

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!






SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN PAPEETE



Shopping for Pearls SHOPPING FOR PEARLS

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.

Papeete Central Market PAPEETE CENTRAL MARKET (LE MARCHE)
 

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.

Little Normandy LITTLE NORMANDY
 

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)

Self drive SELF DRIVE TAHITI
 

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)

Museums MUSEUMS
 

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)

 

Hiking HIKING

The Papenoo Valley, nestled in the mountainous terrains of Tahiti Nui, is well worth a day trip to hike or explore by a 4x4 tour. Only a 35 minute drive from central Papeete, Papenoo Valley presents 3 picturesque waterfalls – Topatari, Vaiharuru and Puraha Falls. (Image: ©Tahiti Tourisme)

Have a cocktail CHILLAX WITH A TAHITIAN COCKTAIL AT SUNSET

Relax and unwind with a sunset cocktail, overlooking the gorgeous views across to Moorea at the Pink Coconut bar and restaurant located at Marina Taina. It’s a funky spot for locals and visitors, often boasting live music and delicious cuisine. (Image: ©Tahiti Tourisme)

 



Paofai Gardens PAOFAI GARDENS

In the heart of Papeete’s waterfront, a walk through the manicured paths of Paofai Gardens is worth a visit. It’s a great place to watch the Vaa’a canoeists training in the harbour. (Image: ©Tahiti Tourisme)

Teahupoo TEAHUPO'O

Teahupo’o is a small village located on the south-west coast of Tahiti Iti, and is home to the world famous surf break ‘Teahupo’o’. It is considered one of the most spectacular breaks - definitely not for the faint hearted. (Image: ©Tahiti Tourisme)

Food Trucks FOOD TRUCKS

Plan an evening visit to the Roulottes (Tahitian version of food trucks), located on Papeete’s waterfront for a selection of delicious local eats and international flavours. Open 7 days a week, it’s a excellent value for money experience to pop into your itinerary.




PAPEETE ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite resort options in Papeete, Tahiti. 
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Manava Suite Resort
MANAVA SUITE RESORT TAHITI - POLYNESIAN
★★★★

The guest rooms at Manava Suite Resort Tahiti reflect authentic Polynesia decor, while still offering contemporary amenities. Most rooms have full kitchen facilities and the resort features two bars, a restaurant, a fitness centre and a large swimming pool which faces the lagoon and nearby island of Moorea.
Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort
TAHITI PEARL BEACH RESORT
★★★★

Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Tahiti, the mythical beach Lafayette, the Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort features a day spa and an infinity pool with views over the black sand beach of Matavai Bay.
Intercontinental Tahiti
INTERCONTINENTAL TAHITI RESORT & SPA
★★★★
The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is decorated in traditional Polynesian style and has spectacular views of Moorea. It features two infinity pools, a dive centre, an outdoor aquarium and the Deep Nature Spa and Fitness Centre. The airport, Papeete’s restaurants and central market are a short drive away.
Tahiti Ia Ora
TAHITI IA ORA BEACH RESORT BY SOFITEL
★★★★
Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort by Sofitel (formerly known as Le Meridien Tahiti) is a large, modern resort on the island of Tahiti. It has direct beach access, a large sandy bottomed swimming pool and a great range of activities, including art classes, water sports & fitness classes. The resort is the perfect base from which to explore the island of Tahiti.








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