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Papeete

Travel Guide
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
The price is NZ$114 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Located in the heart of Papeete, this hostel is steps away 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 12 Feb. 2020

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Hotel Sarah Nui
Hotel Sarah Nui
3 out of 5
BP 1635, Papeete, Tahiti
The price is NZ$158 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
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 ...
3.4/5Good! (973 reviews)
"Great central location to the market, ferry, roulettes But noisy traffic and a rooster that crowed all night long lol Staff was great"

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2021

Hotel Sarah Nui
Tahiti - Fare Temahana
Tahiti - Fare Temahana
3.5 out of 5
Situated in Papeete, this holiday home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Parc Bougainville and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Papeete Market. Place Jacques Chirac and Black Pearl ...
Tahiti - Fare Temahana
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 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 ...
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F3 Ery Papeete Apartment 2
F3 Ery Papeete Apartment 2
3.5 out of 5
12 bis Rue des Remparts, Papeete, Windward Islands
Situated in Papeete, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Papeete Town Hall and Papeete Market. Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception and Black ...
F3 Ery Papeete Apartment 2
Carefully Decorated Studio, Facing Paofai Gardens and the Port
Carefully Decorated Studio, Facing Paofai Gardens and the Port
Papeete, Windward Islands
This family-friendly Papeete apartment building is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Place Jacques Chirac and Papeete Market. Parc Bougainville ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"This was a reasonably-sized, reasonably-priced studio apartment for two people. The location is great across from the garden and close to all sorts of shops. We had everything we needed there."

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2021

Carefully Decorated Studio, Facing Paofai Gardens and the Port
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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