Sights in PapeeteEdit This
Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia (Tahitian Islands) - an overseas country in the French Republic. Papeete is one of the most unique cities in the South Pacific and is located on the Tahiti Island, which is not only the main among the 118 islands and atolls in French Polynesia but also one of the most beautiful and romantic destinations on the earth. With its international airport, Papeete serves as the gateway to the country, in addition to being the seat of administration as well as the center of economics and politics in the country. When it comes to Papeete sights, it is bestowed with a majestic surrounding that consists of lush green areas, abundant valleys, towering mountains like Mount Marau, stunning beaches and magnificent coves and bays. Its vibrant nightlife and extraordinary shopping choices also deserve a special mention.
Robert Wan Pearl Museum
Stepping into this museum would take you to the amazing world of pearls and jewels. The museum throws light into the complete history that pertains to pearls and takes you to a journey that covers everything from the beginning of pearl farming as well as its production to techniques now used to farm pearls. It has a number of unique pearl items on its display, the prominent being the world’s largest Tahitian pearl. Entry to the museum is free and it is open everyday except for Sunday from 09:30 to 17:00 hrs.
A tour to Tahiti as well as French Polynesia is considered incomplete without taking a tour to this marvelous lagoonarium that is about 12 km west of Papeete. Located within the Captain Bligh Restaurant and Bar, Tahiti Lagoonarium is a not to miss attraction, especially for marine life lovers. It is actually an aquarium beneath the water, with more than 1,000 species of wonderful marine life that includes colorful tropical fish, sea turtles, and reef sharks.
Alternatively known as Marché Papeete, Municipal Market is one of the most exuberant areas of the city. From food items including fresh fruits and vegetables and fish to handicrafts, handbags, hats, and jewelry, an interesting selection of items can be shopped from this extensive, bustling market area.
This is an astounding, romantic spot that is situated about 10 km from Papeete. With its unbelievable surroundings and park-like setting that is close to the beach, it serves as a wonderful picnic spot. Further, it is also credited to be the spot where Captain James Cook first observed the planet Venus’s transit across the sun in 1769.