A city oriented to the sea
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.
Passing boater will find there
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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
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.
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.
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.
Boulevard de la Reine Pomare IV, Papeete, Polynésie française
Rue Albert Leboucher, Papeete, Polynésie française
Rue Francis Puara Cowan, Papeete, Polynésie française
Rue Frédéric Gadiot, Pirae, Polynésie française