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With brilliant blue lagoons, volcanic mountains, waterfalls, black-sand beaches, hot surf spots and welcoming people, Tahiti embodies the romance of the South Seas. Cafe-lined boulevards impart a French feel in the capital, Papeete.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
If you're an art aficionado or a lover of supreme scenery, a drop into the Paul Gauguin Museum is in order. There's a small collection of work that chronicles Gauguin's interesting and, sometimes sad, life (he was an artist after all). Plus, its seaside location and gardens are spectacular. And better still, it's home to three mesmerizing tiki statues.
With its awesome beach and reef breaks, surfing is all the rage here. And if you've ever wanted to learn how to hang ten, there are a few shops that offer lessons. Windsurfing and body boarding are also options for or anyone who would prefer to take baby steps.
There's some serious spending to be done in the city for the avid bargain hunter. Those searching for arts and crafts should visit the Papeete Market. Polynesian treasures such as drums, shark-tooth pendants, traditional music and iconic hand-carved tikis are here for the buying. And don't forget the fresh vanilla! It's a nice way to savor island life back home.
From French cafés to Italian pizzerias, Papeete has something to satisfy everyone's cravings. And the atmosphere? Très, très bien.
The currency used in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc (CFP).
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Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.