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    Place Vaite

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 30, 2012

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    An empty square during the day that hosts the very helpful visitor's center, at night this is transformed into a vast open air food court by vehicles known as Roullettes that roll up set up tables and chairs and serve a variety of Local and chinese food.

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    Territorial Assembly

    by Jim_Eliason Written Nov 1, 2009

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    The seat of government for French Polynesia this building is both modern and unimposing. Its done in a traditional style and was built in the 1960's to replace the former building that was suffering from termite damage.

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  • rent a car go exploring and snorkling

    by Jjules Written Mar 2, 2009

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    Rent a car before you are in the Polynesan islands via internet(much cheaper) cars are limited.We used National car rentals.Papeete is the largest city of the islands , hairy driving ,but once out of the city beautiful.Many beaches to explore, great golfing, snorkling safe and excellent.rent a boat and guide of the pier 50 per person 4 hrs snorkle tour with lunch 70 american most places take american.bank machine also avail every where. Tahaitians generally friendly with a little attitude(french)The islands are beautiful Bora Bora my favorite Morea also beautiful rental cars at pier Raitea small and gorgeous too explored all by cruise ship out of San Diago (the cheapest way to go). Nuka Hiva the quietest no excursions there...but locals will take you about from pier...125 for the day tour 150 with a amazing meal...very mountainess

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  • rent a car go exploring and snorkling

    by Jjules Written Mar 2, 2009

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    motu upon arrival by ship to Papeete
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    Rent a car before you are in the Polynesan islands via internet(much cheaper) cars are limited.We used National car rentals.Papeete is the largest city of the islands , hairy driving ,but once out of the city beautiful.Many beaches to explore, great golfing, snorkling safe and excellent.rent a boat and guide of the pier 50 per person 4 hrs snorkle tour with lunch 70 american most places take american.bank machine also avail every where. Tahaitians generally friendly with a little attitude(french)The islands are beautiful Bora Bora my favorite Morea also beautiful rental cars at pier Raitea small and gorgeous too explored all by cruise ship out of San Diago (the cheapest way to go). Nuka Hiva the quietest no excursions there...but locals will take you about from pier...125 for the day tour 150 with a amazing meal...very mountainess

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    Public Market

    by TemperatureWuss Written Oct 14, 2005

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    Colorful Veggies at the Public Market
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    The best place to go shopping for gifts, food and flowers is the Public Market in Papeete. It is just one block back from the main street that fronts the cruise ship dock. Go EARLY if you want fresh fish. An ice cold coconut is a refreshing treat while you stroll among the friendly vendors.

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    Cathedrale de l'Immaculee Conception

    by Helga67 Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    Notre Dame cathedral

    The cathedral in Papeete is usually called the Cathedral of Notre Dame and was built in 1875. When the door is unlocked, go inside, where it is quiet and cool, and look at the paintings of the Crucifixion.

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    Bougainville statue

    by Helga67 Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    Bougainville

    Louis Antoine de Bougainville was a French explorer who was the first French discoverer of Tahiti. He anchored at Oputotara (east coast) in April 1768. He proclaimed French sovereignty over the island, which he named New Cyntherea.
    He never came to Papeete, though, but spent his entire brief visit to Tahiti on the east coast.

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    Place Tarahoi

    by Helga67 Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    Place Tarahoi

    It was here that Queen Pomare IV lived in a beautiful mansion before the French took control in 1842, and used Tarahoi as their headquarters.

    Nowadays, you can find the French High Commissioner and the French Polynesian Assembly here.

    In front of the building is a monument to Pouvanaa a Oopa (1895-1977), a man from the island of Huahine who was a hero fighting for France during WWI. Later he was put in prisson in France because he was seeking independance for his own country.

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    Town Hall

    by Helga67 Written Jun 12, 2004

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    Town hall

    The town hall of Papeete is the most impressive building in the city. It's a replica of Queen Pomare's royal palace that once stood at Place Tarahoi. The elaborate building with crystal chandeliers and pink marble imported from Italy was inaugurated in 1990

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    Public Market

    by Helga67 Written Jun 12, 2004

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    Public market

    The Marché Municipale (public market) is the heart of Papeete. It's a very colourful market that you should not miss on your tour around the city. Here you can find local fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish, meat but also locally made products and souvenirs.

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    Monument at Bougainville Park

    by Helga67 Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    Bougainville park

    I suppose you can already guess whose monument is standing here at the entrance of the park. Yes, it's Bougainville's. Next to him stand two cannons. The one on the left side was taken from the Seeadler, a World War I German raider. The ship ran aground on Mopelia atoll, in the Leeward Society Islands in 1917, after having captured 14 British, French and American ships in the South Pacific.
    The other gun comes from the Zelee, a small French navy vessel that was sunk in Papeete harbour in 1914 when the German raiders Scharnhorst and Gneisenau bombarded Papeete.

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    Bougainville park

    by Helga67 Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    Bougainville park

    The Bougainville park is a green oasis adjacent to the post office. There are a lot of trees providing shade during the warmest of the day and a stream is meandering through the park.

    During schooldays you will find a lot of youth here in the afternoon chatting on the many benches in the park and there is also a playground in the corner for parents with small kids

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    Tahiti Manava Visitor's Bureau

    by Helga67 Written Jun 12, 2004

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    Visitor's bureau

    The best way to visit Papeete is to take a walking tour. Your first stop should be at the Tahiti Manava Visitor's Bureau. It's located on the waterfront side of Boulevard Pomare, at the corner of Rue Paul Gauguin. This building is also called Fare Manihini, which is the Tahitian word for "Visitor's House".
    The hosts and hostesses speak good English and will give you a map of the city and answer all your questions.

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    Place Vaiete

    by Helga67 Written Jun 11, 2004

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    Place Vaiete

    Place Vaiete is an attractive modern square with benches, a waterfall, public toilets that are very clean and open all day. And there is even a security guard.

    From sunset to about 3 am you can have a cheap meal at one of the roulottes (mobile dining vans).

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    Visit Notre Dame Cathedral in Papeete

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 19, 2014
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    You can't miss it! Located in the middle of town on the main highway. The oldest Catholic church in Tahiti. Worth seeing!

    It was completed in 1875.

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    • Historical Travel

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