Papeete (Tahiti)

French Polynesia

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Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia

From the island's famed black pearls to world-class surfing and extinct volcanic mountains, discover why Tahiti has been crowned with the nickname, "Queen of the Pacific." French Polynesia's capital city of Papeete is a multicultural centre offering a cosmopolitan atmosphere embedded into the island's natural beauty. Search for unique crafts and goods at the Papeete Market or tour the Rober Wan Pearl Museum to learn about Tahitian black pearls. After returning from a hike, surf lesson or Jeep Safari tour, enjoy a traditional Tahitian dance show.


  • Port Name & Location
    Your ship will dock at this port.
  • Time Zone
    THAT (Tahiti Time) UTC-10 hours
  • Language
    The local language is French.
  • Currency & Shopping
    Local currency is the CFP Franc (XPF)
    • Best Way to Get Around
      Organised shore excursions.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Parc Bougainville (formerly known as Bougainville Park), was named for Louis Antoine de Bougainville, the first French explorer to circumnavigate the globe.
    • Fun Fact: Foodies
      Restaurants in Papeete specialse in serving a variety of French, Polynesian and international cuisine.
    • Fun Fact: Landmarks
      Opened in 1875, the Notre Dame Cathedral is the oldest Catholic church in Tahiti and one of Papeete's last remaining examples of early colonial architecture.


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