Papeete is the main town on the big island of Tahiti. It is a small place of which the main areas can easily be walked around. It consists of a center with low rise buildings (nothing over 4 storys high), a freight and passenger port, and a marina for private yachts.
At the center of Papeete is a tiny yet pretty yellow Cathedral. As you go around the island you will see distance markers from Papeete which are measured from this point.
Near the Cathedral is a local market, which is a large 2 story building containing people selling all kinds of local goods such as fresh fruit, fish, snacks, souvenirs, and local crafts such as baskets, ukuleles, grass skirts and hats.
A two lane boulevard separates the waterfront from the town, but there are plenty of pedestrian crossings (zebra crossings) where the cars will amazingly enough stop for you to cross.
At the easterly end of the waterfront is a huge passenger dock where you can catch ferries to the nearby island of Moorea or the occasional cruise ship.
As you go west from the passenger dock you will find some parking lots, where in the evening they have food trucks, followed by a marina with a nice walkway and some beautiful park areas.
Papeete town is filled with interesting little shops filled with expensive imported products together with of course the traditional Tahiti Black Pearls. There are no major supermarkets located within the town center, the nearest one is a Champion brand towards the western edge of the town.
There is a single McDonalds in Papeete town, but no other major fast food or coffee outlet.
Other things to see in Papeete center include the Presidential Palace (Tahiti White House equivalent), a few other parks, and the Town Hall.
Tahiti airport is located at a place called Faa’a, which is about 10 minutes drive away from Papeete.
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Papeete Marina Walkway
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