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 …
Gardens in South Coast

Jardins Botaniques

The 137-hectare Jardins Botaniques has walking paths that wind their way through the garden past ponds, palms, a massive banyan tree and a superb mape forest. The gardens were founded in 1919 by an American, Harriso…
Museum in South Coast

Musée Gauguin

This museum has been closed for years but hopefully it will reopen during the life of this book. The airy site surrounded by lush foliage is lovely, and although it's not expected to hold any original works by Gaugu…
in Tahiti

Lagoonarium

Just outside Pape’ete’s urban sprawl, the Lagoonarium is a pleasant tourist trap with a meshed-in area of lagoon with a modest underwater viewing room; it’s reached through a giant (though crumbling) concrete shark’…
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 West Coast

Musée de Tahiti et des Îles

Only 15km from Pape’ete along the west coast, this excellent museum, in Puna’auia, is divided into four sections: geography and natural history; pre-European culture; the European era; and outdoor exhibits. It’s in …
Natural Feature in East Coast

Arahoho Blowhole

When the swell is big enough, huge sprays of water shoot out from the trou du souffleur (blowhole) in a little park by the road just after the tunnel at PK22, coming from Pape’ete. The blowhole is at the end of the …
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…
Historic Site in East Coast

Pointe Vénus & Matavai Bay

Part of Captain Cook’s mission on his three-month sojourn in 1769 was to record the transit of Venus across the face of the sun in an attempt to calculate the distance between the sun and the Earth. Pointe Vénus, th…