Destination guide: Papeete, Tahiti
Papeete is the capital of Tahiti, an island located in the middle of the South Pacific and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Polynesia. Its beaches are unique, blending in with the greenery of the mountains and creating scenery of rare exotic beauty.
On arriving in Papeete, visitors are welcomed with a traditional flower lei and the sound of ukuleles and they are given shell necklaces as farewell gifts. On touring the city, you’ll see how multicultural this corner of the world is, with inhabitants of European, Polyneisan and Oriental descent.
Fly with LAN to Papeete and discover all the charm this destination has to offer.
Papeete - Things to do
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. Explanations of the displays are in English and ogling Monsieur Wan’s gorgeous, albeit uncommonly pricey, jewellery collection is almost as fun as the museum.
Latitude: -17.5431141358935 / Longitude: -149.5738488121010
Telephone Number: +689 46 15 55
Opening Hours: 9.30am-5pm Mon-Sat, last entry 4.45pm
Pricing: admission free
Address: Blvd Pomare
Ministère de la Culture
To the west, along Av Bruat, is the Ministère de la Culture. There’s an exhibition space here that is worth a peek.
Latitude: -17.5439731121234 / Longitude: -149.5710771520320
Number: +689 50 15 01
James Norman Hall’s House
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 original c 1920s furniture plus heaps of photos and memorabilia. It’s on the mountain side of the road but parking is on the beach side – if you’re heading away from Pape’ete you’ll have to go around the roundabout to get to the parking lot. There’s a small black-sand beach here where you can cool off after your visit.
Opening Hours: 9am-4pm Mon-Sat
Pricing: adult/child 600 CFP/free