Papeete is a great base for exploring Tahiti’s lagoons, black- and white-sand beaches and volcanoes. You’ll find a lively nightlife scene centered around the ferry dock. For an authentic island experience, visit Mapuru a Paraita market or Musee de la Perle to find local black pearls.
Restaurants in Papeete
4.5 based on 969 reviews
Fast and confortable ferry crossing between Tahiti and Moorea. Operating 7 days a week, from 05:30am to 05:30pm.
This is a very cost effective way to travel always on time very clean They handle your luggage with care Very easy
4.5 based on 214 reviews
I did dives in both Moorea and Tahiti. My Moorea dive was a refresher (I hadn't dived in a year). Unfortunately, the dive master assigned to me spoke very limited English and didn't understand many of my questions. He did virtually no brief on the dive (something I'm accustomed to in the States) and the dive site for the refresher was not the greatest and had limited sea life.
I did two additional dives in Bora Bora that were far better. The Dive Master - Alfred - was outstanding. He spoke English fluently and did an excellent job of briefing us before each dive. The dive sites were good with many reef and lemon sharks and even a cave. The boat was full with 12 divers and 3 Dive Masters - so it was a bit more crowded than I would have liked (it was difficult to find a seat out of the sun!) My advice - be sure they give you a Dive Master who is fluent in your language and ask how many will be going on the dive.
4.5 based on 241 reviews
We enjoyed walking along the waterfront in Papeete. The Gardens are well maintained and the pathway is easy to manage and suitable for wheelchairs and strollers too.
Lots of birds - they seem to be used to having humans around so will come quite close.
Locals use it for picnics, as did we! They also use it to practice dance and hook routines often with loud music but all in good humour and really entertaining especially if you try to join in!
Theres lovely breeze coming across the ocean and lovely to see all the yachts on the pontoons. So its a nice safe place to take a stroll or to sit and watch the goings on, however you can not escape the roadside noise and fumes.
This is a public place with no fees,
4.5 based on 194 reviews
ELEUTHERA PLONGEE : The underwater world await you! Training center and underwater exploration, Eleuthera welcomes you all year round, 7/7, in the heart of Marina Taina located on the west coast of Tahiti. Our reputation is founded since more than 20 years on diving safety, the friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the quality of training courses. Eleuthera supports observation of sharks in their natural behavior without practices of shark-feeding in a protected environment and this in compliance with the regulations in force. Training at all levels (intro diving until to diving instructor) Explorations: fall-down, wrecks, underwater Springs, drift, night dives ... The best of tahiti! Dolphin watching (all year) Whale watching (August, September and October)
Really friendly and capable diving instructors. They were super flexible, as I booked my Advanced diver upgrade only one day before. They picked me up and brought me back to the hotel. All in all a great service by extremely friendly people.
Needless to say that the diving sites in Tahiti are really just amazing....
4.5 based on 23 reviews
Beautiful hotel and food! The infinity pool was gorgeous and at times we had it to ourselves. The only thing that spoiled this holiday were the mozzies - we got eaten alive :-)
4.5 based on 76 reviews
Home to a friendly and relaxed atmosphere Fluid Diving Center is located right on the water in Tahiti’s Marina Taina. Our dive boats are moored just a few steps from the center and your dive equipment is preloaded onto the boat to make sure you enjoy an easy dive. You just have to jump on board, rig and check your equipment before diving into Tahiti’s blue…- The center is open 7 days a week- From 7:30 to 18:00- Plongez a la carte- Choose a time- Choose a type of dive
My husband and I joined a group for the afternoon whale spotting trip.I was apprehensive about boarding the boat due to recent foot surgery limiting ability,well no worries due to a most caring and competent team!The lovely lady and gent who were our guides were amazing.Their knowledge of the ocean,whales,snorkelling was top notch.Snacks,juice and water were freely available.Very enjoyable day out.Even saw the whales!
4 based on 793 reviews
This large and bustling market hall offers local farm products, handicrafts, souvenirs and a variety of fish and food products.
Nice to get a feel of the local products, but the prices are not what I associate with market prices. I mean $7 for a small bar of soap. Seriously?
4 based on 328 reviews
The only museum in the world that is dedicated to pearls presents exhibits depicting the art, history, philosophy and mythology of these beautiful gems.
It’s not a big exhibit, but it was informative and thorough. We loved the Robert Wan jewelry creations on display here, but they are not cheap. They should not be since the pearls used are of very high quality. If you are looking for the real deal, look no further. The museum is within walking distance from most everywhere downtown if you are a walker. If not, beware. There is a nice walking path directly across the street on the water.
4.5 based on 73 reviews
It is fast when it moves, cuts throughout the Pacific Ocean with ease. This catamaran has a cafe for you to buy snacks and drinks. Travels between Papeete and Moorea it is about NZ$19 for an adult return ticket. It has comfortable seats inside and it is also great to stand on the upper deck or more like side deck. Ensure you hold firmly on the railings because as the catamaran travels fast it is also windy at the same time.
4 based on 237 reviews
Whilst in Papeete its hard not to notice the Cathedral which is visible form several areas of the town. Its a central focal point with its high tower. Impressive structure on the outside and pleasingly simple on the inside. The highlight for me was the style of the stained glass. Polynesian symbols of culture and heritage remain behind the countries Christianisation.
Inside the Cathedral several homeless people were sleeping and paid no attention to us. The Cathedral appreciates donations, photography is allowed
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