Papeete cruise port is a major passenger port in French Polynesia. It is located on the Island of Tahiti and welcomes approx two million tourist per year, making Papeete the 4th busiest of France. Papeete covers a total area of approx 17,4 km2 (6,7 ml2) and has a population of around 25,770 inhabitants (2012 census).
- The growth of Papeete was boosted by the decision to move a nuclear weapon test range from Algeria to Mururoa and Fangataufa atolls, some 930 ml (1,500 km) to the east of Tahiti, which originated in particular in the building of Faa'a airport next to Papeete (the only international airport found in French Polynesia).
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints erected Papeete Tahiti Temple here in 1983, because of the large number of members living in the region. On September 5, 1995 Jacques Chirac's government conducted the first of the last series of nuclear test detonations off Moruroa's shores. The resulting riot in Papeete lasted for 2 days, damaged the airport and injured 40 people.
- The streets in the town center are very busy, and sometimes the traffic is a problem since the streets are too small. There is a freeway which starts close to the center starting with the Pomare Boulevard, which was named after Tahitian Royal Family dynasty of 19th century.
- By air, people can use Faa'a International Airport, fom where they could either take a plane like Air Tahiti Nui to go international, or Air Tahiti to go to another island of the territory. By sea, visitors can either take Moorea ferries to Moorea or Bora Bora cruise line to see Bora Bora.
- Faa'a International Airport was completed and opened in 1962.
The high season is during the period June-August. Papeete cruise port is included in the ship schedules of cruise lines like Princess Cruises, Sliversea Cruises, Regent Cruises, Seabourn and Paul Gaugin Cruises. The Tahiti capital charms passengers with its diversity and attractions.
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.
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
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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