The capital of Tahiti and the whole of French Polynesia, Papeete – tiny, but it is a modern city in the wilderness paradise of nature of the Pacific Islands. Aromas of tropical flowers here freely hovering between government buildings, tickling the nostrils stuck in a traffic jam near the present European travelers and circling golden blonde head moths hang out traveling on the rhythms of disco fashion DJs. Historical details and urbanism in Papeete do not conflict – on the contrary, complement each other.
Tahiti International Airport (aka – the country’s main airport) is located in the nearby town of Papeete Tahiti where the vast majority of flights land from all over the world. One can get from the airport to the center of Papeete Tahiti on the municipal bus (le truck) or a taxi. The bus route is one (Papeete-Faaa-Outumaoro), so there is no risk to be mistaken. During the day, buses run at intervals of 15 minutes, after 10 pm the activity markedly decreases; a similar situation is observed in the weekend. Fare – 150 CFP at day and 250 CFP after 18:00.
During the taxi ride to Papeete Tahiti be ready to pay about 1500-2000 CFP during the day. It is better to negotiate fare in advance and once again let slip estimated price. Papeete Tahiti has a very pedestrian walks: the city is very compact. For fun, you can take a ride on the bus (cost within Papeete – 100 CFP). It is not necessary to seek to stop, quite energetically waved the approaching bus, and the driver will pick you. It follows that such a move, to put it mildly, will not be quick, as willing to take a bus will fall at every intersection.
Tourist Office recommends hiking trail with 12 stops: House last Queen of Tahiti Marau Taarora, Chinatown Koo Men Tong Park Assembly and pond of the Queen, a giant banyan tree on the square Tarah (under the branches of which, as they say, himself Gauguin was applied to absinthe ). Swimming place for writer Pierre Loti, exterior of mural artist Ravello Vayami hospital – a sample of the colonial architecture, the stele in memory of burnt observatory on the hill of Fire. Stuart hotel (view from the window of which was immortalized by Henri Matisse), Bougainville park with two ship’s guns and natural park in the valley of the photo, to supply the city with fresh water.