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Cruises to Papeete


Tahiti is French Polynesia's largest and most glamorous tropical island and home to the islands’ capital city; Papeete.

Papeete, meaning the ‘water basket’, was once a gathering place where Tahitians came to fill their calabashes with fresh waters.

Now, Papeete is the biggest of the islands’ little cities, ready for you to explore the many spas, restaurants, markets, and boutique shops that dot the streets. This is big-city, island style.

Papeete's population is between 90–120,000 people, well over half of the islands’ overall population of 180,000 people.

The island has coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, where you’ll find fields of tropical flowers, and even more friendly local faces.

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