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Flea Market
Municipal Market , Papeete
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Shop for a variety of goods including locally sourced food and handcrafted goods at Municipal Market, an attractive covered market hall. Loca
Papeete Roulottes , Papeete
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Indulge at Papeete Roulottes, a charming waterfront cluster of food trucks offering local and international cuisine. Locals and tourists alik
Specialty Museum
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Learn about the history of pearl cultivation and its cultural importance to the country at Musee de la perle et Bijouterie, an informative an
History Museum
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Learn about the history and culture of French Polynesia at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, housing an extensive array of exhibits, artifact
Hot Spring
Arahoho Blowhole , Papeete
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Get splashed by the waves at Arahoho Blowhole, a strange geological highlight of Tahiti's coast. Long ago, liquid lava cut a tunnel through t
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Papeete

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Flea Markets · Hot Springs
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce. Colorful architecture, a little faded and peeling in the humid air and tropical sun, lends the town a ramshackle charm. The waterfront makes for a pleasant stroll in the daytime and comes alive with spirited nightlife in the evening. The real heart of the town, however, is the bustling market, selling black pearls, traditional Polynesian handicrafts, colorful sarongs, souvenirs, and everything in between. With its busy port, Pape'ete makes a great base from which to set off exploring the nearby islands, reefs, beaches, and lagoons. Make the most of your holiday in Papeete by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our French Polynesia itinerary website.

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The best selection of hotels in Pape'ete is concentrated in the vicinity of the docks--a vibrant area with plenty of nightlife, and in close proximity to the bustling market. Options range from pricey international hotels to very affordable bed and breakfasts and family-run boarding houses. A little farther afield (and much higher up the price range), luxurious five-star resorts offer private beaches, pools, and bungalows above the gently lapping waves of the lagoon.
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