Travel Guide in Papeete

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The Papeete Travel Guide will help you plan your visit to the Capital of French Polynesia. Papeete sits on the island of Tahiti and is a major tourist destination. Read on to find out more about Papeete.

Getting There

Arrive at the international airport in Tahiti. You can travel to Papeete from the Faaa International Airport in Tahiti. There are several major airlines that fly into this airport. You can choose Air France if you are departing from Los Angeles. Air New Zealand flies from Auckland and other airlines servicing the airport are are Hawaiian Airline, LAN Airlines and Air Tahiti. From the international airport you can travel to the harbor and take a cruise liner to reach Papeete. The airport provides shuttle service to the harbor.

Getting Around

Papeete is best explored by foot. All attractions in this tourist destination are at walking distance. Taxi service is available but will work out to be expensive. Also, the taxis do not have a meter system so you will have to pay what the driver demands. Another form of transport available in Papeete is Le Truck. You can take a ride on this just for the fun of it.


The main attraction in Papeete is its waterfront. The promenade is a great place for a romantic strolls and you can witness the beautiful sunset in the evenings. The waterfront has a carnival-like atmosphere and is always buzzing with activity. The aromas of caramel popcorn and candy fill the air. Along the waterfront is also a park with an impeccable landscape. The waterfalls and streams will win you over.


You can keep an eye on the road to spot the Roulottes. These are trucks that are converted into restaurants. The Roulottes serve some of the most amazing dishes in Papeete. You can order from the Chinese, Tahitian or French menu. Enjoy the chow mein, crepes and pizzas. There are high-end restaurants as well, where you will probably have to shell out $30 for a cheese burger.


You can stay at any of the hotels in Tahiti. As Papeete is just a boat ride away from Tahiti, this makes for a convenient option. There are various types of accommodation available. From luxury and budget hotels to motels and hostels, this place has it all. The Airport Hotel and Royal Tahitian are great places to stay. International hotel chains like the Intercontinental and the Radisson are also located in Tahiti.

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