The City of Papeete

A city oriented to the sea

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The capital city of French Polynesia

Capital of the overseas community of French Polynesia, Papeete groups its main institutions : the High Commission, the Government of French Polynesia with its President, the Assembly of French Polynesia, and the Economic, Social and Cultural Council.

There are also found the large infrastructures of French Polynesia such as the Port of Papeete, the fuel depots, the private health clinics and most of the industrial and economic infrastructure, as well as banking and financial institutions (General Treasury, Banque de Polynesie, Banque de Tahiti, Socredo, etc.).

A port city

The city of Papeete and its municipal council are working to expand the impact of the marina in the city and want to develop the positioning of Papeete as a renowned port city.

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BP 9164 – 98715 Motu Uta, Papeete Tahiti Motu Uta, Papeete Tahiti (zone urbaine)
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The city of Papeete is friendly to boaters and is involved into welcoming them in the purest Polynesian tradition. The city of Papeete is thus a major partner in the welcoming of the World ARC, the Puddle Jump, the Blue Planet Odyssey and the Tahiti Moorea Sailing Rendez-Vous; the city is a major player in these boaters docking days.

Papeete, is also the Hokule’a beach, the ending point of the traditional canoe of the same name, which in 1976, rallied Tahiti from Hawaii without navigating instruments, the ancient Polynesian way. A plaque commemorates the event in Paofai Park. This event marks the beginning of the revival of traditional navigation. Currently, va’a tipaerua, the sailing double hull canoe “Faafaite” participates in this revival of the ancestral navigation. The Polynesians were the greatest navigators of all time and colonized considerable space long before the Europeans discovered America! It is possible to embark on the canoe: Information at http://www.faafaite.org

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Finally, Papeete is the largest city in the south Pacific Islands; as such, the city Invites the visitors to a well-deserved stop and invites them to enjoy all the activities it organizes throughout the year. Lively bars, renowned nightclubs and the only cinemas miles around!

A walk through Polynesia’s capital city

It is pleasant to visit Papeete, to stroll to the rhythm of its inhabitants. Let yourself be guided by this interactive map of the city’s main points of Interest.

Enjoy a pleasant walk by the sea in the Paofai gardens, find the authentic and lively Papeete In the central market on Sunday morning. People go there before mass at the cathedral or at the Paofai temple. There you will meet “mamas” wearing beautiful handmade hats and dressed in their best dresses, and men in their Sunday suit. You’ll hear traditional and authentic songs sung with great fervor. Then make a short stop to enjoy the shade, the greenery and a small brook In Bougainville Park.

A city turned to the future

A historical city

As soon as 1790, European sailors noticed the excellent anchorage provided by the natural harbor of Papeete. Papeete then grew under the influence of commerce. Indeed, traders were attracted to this harbor that offers easy access due to its wide pass and Its deep entrance, an easy landing, a safe and easy supply through many rivers; so much so that Europeans quickly settled there.

In the early 19th century, British missionaries settled in Papeete. But Papeete actually became the capital of the new royal dynasty around 1827 when Queen Pomare IV established her on land called “Papeete”.

The French settled in Papeete in 1843. Papeete then changes quickly. The wide beach, which was the main road disappears to make way for the waterfront, the city center is transformed, the marshes are dried up and solid buildings (barracks, hospital Vaiami, etc.) are built as well as the central market. In 1852, an armory was built in Fare Ute.

Papeete, Tahiti. 1900. Georges Splitz
Papeete, Tahiti. 1900. Georges Splitz

 

On May 20, 1890, Papeete was made into a township, the first in French Polynesia and on December 1st of the same year Dr. François Cardella became its first mayor.

Victim of a tidal wave in 1906, as well as several fires caused by the 1914 bombing, the modern city is gradually replacing the old rural town of colonial type. In the 1920s, the waterfront and harbor life is punctuated by the comings and goings bicycles, horse carriages or carts, schooners, seaplanes and passenger ships that transported the first tourists welcomed by the few hotels of the place.

Front de mer de papeete, vers 1950
Front de mer de papeete, vers 1950

The tranquil atmosphere abruptly changed in 1960 with the installation of the Pacific Experimentation Center and the opening of the Faa’a International Airport. The waterfront expanded, opened up to cars. The Motu Uta Islet is connected to the land and the port installs its new infrastructure.

Neighborhoods specialize: commercial districts, port and industrial areas. The city’s restructuring is accompanied by a reflux of habitations to the hills, the periphery and towards the outside. A modern city was born.

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Useful contacts

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Rue Francis Puara Cowan, Papeete, Polynésie française
La Direction polynésienne des affaires maritimes (DPAM) est chargée d’une compétence générale en ...
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En face du Port Autonome, Motu Uta, Papeete, Polynésie française
An overall vision for nautical and maritime tourism in French Polynesia, New Caledonia and the So...
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Marina Taina, Puna'auia, Polynésie française
Maintenance nautique et travaux
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Rue Alfred Poroi, Papeete, Polynésie française
Repairs : aluminium, acier, inox, polyester, mécanique. Fairing : all boats up to 25 m, 3 travel...
Rue Francis Puara Cowan, Papeete, Polynésie française
40 83 43 10 (Fare Ute) 40 83 43 20 (Punaauia)40 83 43 10 (Fare Ute) 40 83 43 20 (Punaauia)
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Vis et de boulons en inox, acier, laiton, HR, THR, accastillage, perçage, fixation. Spax Scell-it...
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Nuutania
Repair and sail making, and small boat upholstery. 250 m² of sail’s loft, 4 sewing machines...
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Rue Francis Puara Cowan, Papeete, Polynésie française
SUNZIL réalise les travaux d’installations, de maintenances et d’exploitations, de centrales sola...
Marina Taina, Puna'auia, Polynésie française
Maintenance générale Mécanique, électricité, réfrigération, gréement, accastillage Specialist in ...
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Unnamed Road, Papeete, Polynésie française
Base hydrographique de Polynésie française (BHPF) Le SHOM est l’opérateur public pour lR...
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Rue Philippe Bernadino, Papeete, Polynésie française
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40 54 16 16 (numéro d’alerte)40 54 16 16 (numéro d’alerte)
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Centre de coordination de sauvetage aéro maritime en Polynésie française CONTACTEZ LE JRCC TAHITI...
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16 M/HF 8291 Khz Inmarsat C: 582-422799192
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Yacht Club de Tahiti, Arue, Îles du Vent, Polynésie française
Mise en relation de vendeurs et d’acheteurs potentiels de voiliers d’occasion. Servic...
Place Notre Dame, Papeete, Polynésie française
40 42 99 7140 42 99 71
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Arue, Polynésie française
Travaux de réparation
Marina Taina, Puna'auia, Îles du Vent, Polynésie française
87 74 10 0287 74 10 02
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Michel BALTZER “This chandlery in the marina is tiny, but had everything we wanted. The guy would...
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Unnamed Road, Puna'auia, Polynésie française
Mathieu ANGELIN
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Immeuble Paofai Boulevard de la Reine Pōmare IV, Papeete, Polynésie française
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Sorting and managing wast Horaires d’ouverture : du lundi au jeudi de 7h30 à 15h30 et le v...
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Gare Maritime, Boulevard de la Reine Pomare IV, Papeete, Îles du Vent, Polynésie française
 En Polynésie française, Pew finance des projets de recherche, des expéditions scientifiques, des...
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Quartier de la Mission, colline de Putiaoro Immeuble TNTV - Papeete, Tahiti
Environmental Direction La Direction de l’environnement est le service du gouvernement de la Poly...
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Yacht Club de Tahiti, Arue, Îles du Vent, Polynésie française
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Snack et Station Service Tous les jours de 6h à 19h Ouvert tous les jours féries Fermé le lundi G...
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Marina Taina, Puna'auia, Îles du Vent, Polynésie française
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Open everyday 6:30am – 4pm No tax free fuel on Saturday and Sunday Ouvert tous les jours d...
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Direction of marine and mineral resources Regulations fishing, marine areas and management planni...
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Rue Laurent Le Bilhan, Papeete, Polynésie française
Motu Uta, Papeete, Polynésie française
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Rue du Lieutenant Varney, Papeete 98713, Polynésie française
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11 Rue Anne-Marie Javouhey, Papeete, Îles du Vent, Polynésie française
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Avenue Charles de Gaulle, Papeete, Polynésie française
Le Centre Hospitalier est le principal hôpital pluridisciplinaire de Polynésie française.
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Aéroport international Tahiti Fa'a'ā (PPT), Faaa, Polynésie française
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Aéroport de Tahiti, Faaa, Polynésie française
Rue Napoléon Spitz, Papeete, Polynésie française
Bulletins quotidiens en français / Weather forecast in French VHF 13 (Îles de la Société / So...
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Aéroport de Tahiti, Faaa, Polynésie française
Boulevard de la Reine Pomare IV, Papeete, Polynésie française
Rue Albert Leboucher, Papeete, Polynésie française
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Tarif quai des Yachts-aéroport / Fare Yachts warf-airport (immigration) : 1790 Fcfp de jour /by d...
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Avenue Charles de Gaulle, Pirae, Polynésie française
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immediate medical help
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Rue Édouard Ahnne, Papeete, Polynésie française
Aéroport Tahiti-Faaa , Faaa, Polynésie française
Domestic flights Dessert la Polynésie française
Fare 'Ute, Papeete, Îles du Vent, Polynésie française
Marques : Baudouin, Nanni Diesel
Fare 'Ute, Papeete, Îles du Vent, Polynésie française
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Mercruiser, Cummins Marine, Baudouin
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Marina Taina, Puna'auia, Îles du Vent, Polynésie française
Toutes formalités: douanes, immigration, port, caution de rapatriement, fuel détaxé Tous services...
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Marina Taina, Punaauia, Îles du Vent, Polynésie française
Agent Superyacht
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Fare 'Ute, Papeete, Îles du Vent, Polynésie française
Agent super yacht basé à Fare Ute
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BP 9164 – 98715 Motu Uta, Papeete Tahiti Motu Uta, Papeete Tahiti (zone urbaine)
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Motu Uta, Papeete Tahiti (zone urbaine)
Customs Council Importation of equipment and spare parts inquiries : Ph : 40 50 55 58 cce-polyne...
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Aéroport de Tahiti – Faa’a Tahiti
Aéroport de Tahiti – Faa’a BP 6362 – 98702 Faa’a (accessible en bus) du lundi au vendredi 7h30 &#...
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Motu Uta, Papeete, Polynésie française
Démarches phytosanitaires, BIOSÉCURITÉ, protection des végétaux, protection zoosanitaire, départe...
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Unnamed Road, Papeete, Polynésie française
Rue Francis Puara Cowan, Papeete, Polynésie française
Rue Frédéric Gadiot, Pirae, Polynésie française
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Service du développement rural à contacter pour les déclarations de vos animaux conformément à la...
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Aéroport de Tahiti-Faaa, Faaa, Polynésie française
Démarches phytosanitaires, BIOSÉCURITÉ, protection des végétaux, protection zoosanitaire, départe...
Route de l'eau royale, Servitude Vaimoana Rd, 'Ārue, Polynésie française
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Cours de l'Union sacrée Immeuble Sci Union Fariipiti - Papeete Tahiti (zone urbaine)
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Mécanique, accastillage et outillage. Moteurs Mariner
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