Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Papeete (pronounced Pah-pay-et-te) is the capital and largest city in French Polynesia.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock at the cruise pier beside downtown.
Money and Tipping
To / From the Aiport
Fa'a'ā International Airport (PPT) is the island's airport. Taxis have government-regulated, fixed fare rates with surcharges for each piece of luggage. Official website in French. http://tahiti-aeroport.pf/
There is bus service to get to other parts of the island. Taxis are expensive. If you want to tour the island, you should take a tour or rent a car. Good info on transportation options at Frommer's http://www.frommers.com/destinations/tahiti/684253 Official taxi rates here http://www.transports-terrestres.pf/IMG/pdf/DEPLIANT_4_VOLETS_TARIFS_2013-TAXI-4.pdf
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Shopping & Restaurants
Shops and restaurants can be found throughout the downtown area and by the harbour. There is a municipal market close to the cruise pier and a Champion supermarket on the western part of the downtown. Food trucks (Les Roulottes) setup on the pier around 6pm and are open til late. Other recommended places are Les 3 Brasseurs, a French microbrewery near the cruise pier and Jimmy's Restaurant, 31 rue des Ecoles, for Chinese food.
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