"Ia Orana!" Papeete by petwouters

Papeete Travel Guide: 64 reviews and 194 photos

Welcome to French Polynesia!

Although I was worried about visiting Papeete after reading rather negative reviews on the net, I was pleasantly surprised when we got there. I liked Papeete. I spent 1 day exploring the city before heading off elsewhere, and we loved it!

Yes, it's not the cleanest city. But no offense, this is the capital of French Polynesia, the biggest city between Auckland and Santiago, and you just simply cannot expect to see "travel brochure beauty" on your first glimpse of FP! And it's a heck of a lot cleaner than LA, Athens, and many other places I have been to, including some in the South Pacific.

The city is a busy hustle and bustle of people, traffic, business people, and never ending streams of tourists, mostly coming off cruise liners. That has to cause a fair bit of noise!

To be continued...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice city for what you can expect, has everything you need, great gateway to the rest of French Polynesia.
  • Cons:Noisy and dusty
  • Last visit to Papeete: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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