Papeete Cruise port is the main passengers port in French Polynesia. The port is located on the Island of Tahiti and it welcomes approximately two million tourist each year. That makes Papeete cruise port the fourth busiest of France. The high season is in the period June – August. Papeete cruise port is included in the ship schedule of cruise lines like Princess Cruises, Sliversea Cruises, Regent Cruises, Seabourn and Paul Gaugin Cruises. The Tahiti capital will charm you with its diversity and attractions. You will be amazed by museums, nature and people during your city tours or shore excursions.
In Papeete are homeported two of the world's most famous cargo cruise ships - the old Aranui 3 and the new Aranui 5. Both are cargo and passenger vessels offering round-trip Papeete cruise itineraries (2-week / 14-days long) visiting ports in the Marquesas and Society Islands.
Highlights: Gaugin Museum, mountains, waterfalls
Papeete cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Tahiti Island dock (anchor) at Papeete - port town on the northwestern coast. Papeete cruise ship terminal is located in Papeete Harbor at Port de Plaisance. The facility is constructed to accommodate up to four large-sized cruise vessels during the June -August high cruising season.
- The nearest airport is the Faa’s International Airport. You can get to the Papeete cruise port by a local vehicle.
- Taxis usually are not available between 8 PM and 6 AM. In this period you will have to pay rate up by 30%. The other way to reach Papeete Cruise port is by the “le truck“, local large bus service used by most of the locals. The fee is $2 for route in Papeete.
- The parking area in front the Papeete cruise port terminal is not very large but it has enough space.
At the moment you disembark at the capital of Tahiti, you are caught by the beauty of the area. Right next to the Papeete cruise port terminal is the Tourism office, so you will be guided to all city tours and shore excursions possibilities.
Papeete tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- The Lagoonarium: located seven miles away from Papeete, direction West. Explore the wonderful marine life from underneath.
- The Municipal Market: big area with fresh vegetables and fruits. Find and buy interesting Tahiti items – handcrafts, food or souvenirs. You can listen to native music during lunchtime or join the Sundays festivals.
- Point Venus: located six miles away from Papeete, direction East. It is romantic place known since 1769. this was the year when Captain James Cook observed the Venus transit across the sun. you spend great time at the beach, have a picnic or buy something from the souvenir and handcraft shops.
- Paul Gauguin Museum: reproductions of Paul Gauguin’s works
- Arahurahu Marae: explore this amazing religious site with its old temples and statues.
- Beaches: Sofitel Maeva Beach, Mahana Park, Paea, Taharuu.
- Moorea: don’t miss it if it is not in your cruise ship itinerary.
- Cathedral of Notre Dame de Papeete: consecrated since 1875 and renovated in 1987.
- Museum of Tahiti: located on former sacred “marae”. Discover the Polynesian history with its artifacts exhibitions
The Papeete cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia.
If you lose the Papeete location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Papeete cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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