Attractions

Top Choice Market in Pape'ete

Marché de Pape’ete

A Pape'ete institution. If you see one site in town, make it this market, which fills an entire city block. Shop for colourful pareu (sarongs), shell necklaces, woven hats and local produce in the main hall. Dotted …
Area in Pape'ete

Administrative District

The Territorial Assembly and other government buildings occupy Place Tarahoi, the former site of the Pomare palace. The termite-riddled 1883 palace was razed in 1960, but you can get an idea of what it looked like f…
Church in Pape'ete

Temple de Paofai

Although the Catholic cathedral is placed squarely in the town centre, Tahiti remains predominantly Protestant, a lasting legacy of the LMS missionaries. The large pink Temple de Paofai makes an unforgettably colour…
Viewpoint in Pape'ete

Pointe du Taharaa – One Tree Hill

At the top of the hill at around PK8, pull off to the lagoon side of the road and park in the lot that once belonged to Tahiti’s very upmarket Hyatt Regency. From this crumbling site of the abandoned hotel you’ll ge…
Cathedral in Pape'ete

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

Taking pride of place in the centre of town is the Cathédrale Notre-Dame.
Tomb in Pape'ete

Tombeau du Roi Pomare V

In Arue, on the water’s edge, signposted and just a short detour off the coastal road, is the tomb of the last of the Pomare family. The Tomb of Pomare V looks like a stubby lighthouse made of coral boulders.
Gardens in Pape'ete

Jardins de Paofai

This is the main walking area along the waterfront, where you’ll find paved walking paths that meander past blooming planter boxes and the occasional tree. While the traffic still buzzes by, it’s an almost relaxing …
in Pape'ete

Robert Wan Musée de la Perle

This pearl museum was created by pearl magnate Robert Wan with aims of luring visitors into his glamorous shop. It’s a worthwhile, small and modern museum that covers all facets of the pearl-cultivating business. Ex…
Museum in Pape'ete

Musée de la Perle

This pearl museum was created by pearl magnate Robert Wan with aims of luring visitors into his glamorous shop. It’s a worthwhile, small and modern museum that covers all facets of the pearl-cultivating business. Ex…
Museum in Pape'ete

House of James Norman Hall

Towards the outer edge of Pape’ete’s urban sprawl in Arue is this lovely little replica of Mutiny on the Bounty co-author James Norman Hall’s house. The house is in a shady garden and is decorated with Hall’s origin…