Cruises from Papeete depart year-round.
Stunning shorefronts backed by lush mountainous terrain greet travelers in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. This Tahitian paradise is the place to lounge on white-sand beaches, go scuba diving among coral gardens and snorkel alongside manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins and some 20 species of sharks. From July to November, marine safaris deliver up-close encounters with migrating humpback whales. The city, which can be explored on foot or via Segway tours, features attractions like the Presidential Palace; the Notre Dame Cathedral, with its stately red spire; and the 75,000-square-foot Papeete Market, where you can sample Polynesian delicacies such as suckling pig and purchase necklaces, sculptures, locally sourced cosmetic products and more. An e-bike excursion through the foothills of Aorai Mountain provides views of the Pacific Ocean, while a sunset cruise across a pristine lagoon brings your day to a memorable close.
Currency: CFP franc (XPF)
Driving Directions and Parking Information
Port of Papeete
BP 9164 Motu Uta
Papeete 98715, French Polynesia
The Port of Papeete is located approximately 15 minutes from Fa'a'aa International Airport.
Leave the airport and head soutwest for 2km. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit, then drive for 1.3km and take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout. Drive for 6km and continue onto Boulevard de la Reine Pomare IV. Keep right to stay on Boulevard de la Reine Pomare IV for 1km and reach your destination.
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