Located in Tahiti and much coveted as a holiday destination, Papeete offers many interesting locations to enjoy. It is the capital city and offers an array of options for black pearl shopping, taking in attractions and landmarks, hiking its natural areas, enjoying its nightlife and just relaxing in some peaceful splendour. This unspoilt area is the perfect destination for honeymoon couples, families with kids and students on a backpacking holiday. Whether you are looking for a luxury holiday or a budget-friendly getaway, Papeete offers a choice for everyone. A visit to the market or Marché de Pape’ete is a must and offers traditional fruit, fish and meat or locally made art and crafts. Other retail outlets in the city centre offer black pearls, Polynesian fabrics, handbags and coconut and gardenia beauty products.
The Pearl Museum is the place to visit if you want to learn about the pearl industry and understand its history and legends. Tahitian paintings and sculptures can be viewed at local galleries like the Winkler, Galerie des Tropiques and Ganesha gallery. Beautiful architecture is represented in the Catholic Cathedral Notre Dame de Papeete and the Paofai Protestant Church where you can join Sunday services.
Nature lovers can enjoy the three hour hike to Fautaua Valley waterfall. The waterfall cascades from volcanic cliffs into a large pool. If you prefer gentle strolling, walk along the Waterfront Esplanade and enjoy the food vendors and carnival atmosphere which permeates the area.
Temperatures remain constant all year round in Tahiti, but there is a definite rainy season in Papeete. The rainy season extends from November to April. Some travellers may want to avoid the rain and storms during this time, even though temperatures are still fairly enjoyable. The best time to visit is during the dry season which runs from May to October. This is a cooler and drier time in the region. Christmas season is the busiest time on Papeete.
The rainy season in Papeete runs from November to April and many tourists choose to avoid the area at this time. Since this is part of the off-peak season for the city, travellers may be able to get discounted rates. December is still a busy few weeks in the area so prices will be high at this time, but a few seasonal special deals may be offered by some hotels during the months preceding the festive season. Buying tickets and reserving hotels online may save you money.