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How to Spend 1 Day in Papeete

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How to Spend 1 Day in Papeete
It’s a pleasure getting to know Papeete (also spelled Pape’ete), the vibrant capital of French Polynesia, on the island of Tahiti. The city’s mix of Polynesian and French culture is on display in the cuisine and architecture, and the natural beauty is 100 percent South Pacific. Here’s how to make the most of a day there.

Morning: Take a city tour
Get an overview of the city and optimize your time by joining a guided tour. You’ll see markets, gardens and parks, churches, museums, and hidden places you might otherwise overlook. See the sights by vehicle, on foot, or for the more adventurous, by Segway or e-bike. As Papeete can be hot, be prepared with plenty of water, a hat, and sunscreen. At the end of your tour, grab a light lunch at the Municipal Market, and don’t forget to try some of the delicious local fruit.

Afternoon: Join a dolphin-watching cruise
After lunch, head out onto the water to appreciate Tahiti’s spectacular natural beauty. A dolphin-watching cruise is a fun excursion that travelers with a range of interests will enjoy, including kids. Your chance of spotting dolphins is good, but even if you don’t manage to catch a glimpse, cruises typically include time for swimming and snorkeling at a sheltered spot. You might also check out some skilled surfers at play.

Night: Dine on food truck fare
At night, dozens of food trucks set up along Papeete’s waterfront, and there’s no better place to enjoy an inexpensive local dinner and, sometimes, live music. Try a variety of delicacies—think fresh seafood, crepes, frites, and more. If you’re in the mood to celebrate, sample some of the local punch made with rum, lime, and sugar.
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Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep SafariDay Trips

Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari

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This full-day Jeep safari takes you through Papeete’s dense rainforest by 4WD to the interior of the French Polynesian island. Go off the beaten path of this Tahitian paradise, visiting Mount Marau, Arahoho Blowhole and the lush Cascades of Faarumai with an informative local guide. You’ll experience the majestic beauty surrounding Papeete, topped by a refreshing waterfall swim! Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours

Discover Papeete by SegwayCultural Tours

Discover Papeete by Segway

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Immerse yourself in the culture and daily life of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, on this guided Segway tour that provides a complete overview of the bustling city. You'll be able to explore more than you ever could on foot, including the city center and more than 20 landmarks and sights like Papeete Market (Marche de Papeete), Territorial Assemby Gardens, Notre Dame Cathedral, and more. Your local guide shares insider tips along the way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Morning half-day 4h Circle island tourHalf-day Tours

Morning half-day 4h Circle island tour

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Get a round-island tour of Tahiti in just half a day, with all transportation provided, which enables you to skip the need for a rental car. Make the most of your time on the island by traveling with a guide; learn about its culture and history through engaging commentary while visiting Venus Point, Arahoho blowhole, Maraa Cave, and Marae Arahurahu.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Papeete Walking TourWalking Tours

Papeete Walking Tour

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Enjoy a half day of exploring the capital of French Polynesia with a local guide, on this walking tour of Papeete. Your guide will tell you stories about the city’s past, and you’ll get a glimpse into local life and culture. Visit places that you might miss if traveling independently. This is an ideal trip for travelers who want to learn more about the country before or after a relaxing beach vacation.
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Papeete Segway Night TourCultural Tours

Papeete Segway Night Tour

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Experience Papeete like never before on this guided, 90-minute, small-group Segway tour. Glide along the illuminated waterfront of this capital city of French Polynesia and visit many of the most popular attractions and landmark locations. See Place Vai'ete, or Vaiete Square, with its food wagons and live music. Also, visit the Marina de Papeete, Paofai Park and gardens, the Monument of Independence and more. Guided Segway training plus the use of a helmet are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Unique Tahiti Tour - East CoastDay Trips

Unique Tahiti Tour - East Coast

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Up close, personalised and totally authentic island tours for discerning travellers. Visit our website for complete tour details and learn about other services We take you off the beaten track to be welcomed into local peoples homes, workshops and daily lives. Let us Introduce you to the wonderful Polynesians. Creating authentic encounters and sharing our island home with you what makes our tours unique. We have thought about everything from content, pace and company to our air conditioned new Mercedes vehicles Tahiti's East coast (our Jurassic coast) with its dramatic coastal scenery is in direct contrast to the west coast's classic lagoon and reef scenery. Including waterfalls and blowholes this comprehensive tour will interest anyone who likes history and natural beauty, Come walk in the footsteps of Captain Cook, the mutineers from HMS Bounty and Marlon Brando! Visiting a local sculptor at work, view points and local encounters are just a few of this tour's unique features.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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