Cruises from Papeete

Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia, it is located on the island of Tahiti. This city got its start back in the early 19th century. Its name means "water vessel" in the Tahitian language. The first European explorers, like Captain James Cook, visited Tahiti in the 18th century. Not long after, Papeete became an important trade and administrative center in the region. France established a protectorate over the island in 1842, making Papeete the capital of French Polynesia.

Papeete's vibe mixes Polynesian chill with French style. The city's famous for its wild festivals and traditional dances, like 'ori (Tahitian dance), which you'll catch at loads of cultural festivals. Polynesian mythology plays a significant role in the cultural life of Papeete, with many local legends having been passed down through the ages. One of the well-known myths is the legend of the god Tane, the creator of light, the sun and life (think of him like a South Pacific version of Ra from Ancient Egypt). These myths are reflected in the art and music of the region and remain an important part of Tahiti's cultural heritage. The Central Market of Papeete, or Marché de Papeete, is where the action's at. You can find fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers and check out traditional Tahitian crafts and souvenirs.

Papeete has interesting museums, like the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands, where you can learn more about the history and culture of the region. Don't miss the Polynesian Art Gallery to see the local artists' work. Surrounded by gorgeous lagoons and coral reefs, Papeete's a sweet place for water sports, like diving and snorkeling. And don't forget about the waterfalls and tropical forests nearby, they're totally worth checking out if you're into nature. It’s very beautiful! Papeete's cuisine is about mixing Polynesian and Seafood plays a central role in the local cuisine. One of the national dishes is poisson cru. It's fresh raw fish marinated in lime juice, mixed with coconut milk, vegetables and spices. Papeete is a major port for cruise ships in the South Pacific.

The port always welcomes numerous cruise liners, offering passengers the chance to explore the city and its surroundings. Cruises departing from or stopping in Papeete often include itineraries through places like Bora Bora, Moorea and Huahine, so you can really soak in the beauty and culture of French Polynesia.

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French Polynesia

Papeete Itinerary Polinesia
from $9,721.62
price per person Taxes included
Star Breeze | 24 Jul 2024
Duration: 8 nights
Departure from: Papeete Landing: Papeete
Itinerary:
1. Papeete,
2. Papeete,
3. Moorea,
4. Raiatea,
5. Raiatea,
6. Tahaa,
7. Bora Bora,
8. Bora Bora,
9. Huahine,
10. Papeete
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French Polynesia

Papeete Itinerary Polinesia
from $5,698.19
price per person Taxes included
Star Breeze | 25 Jul 2024
Duration: 7 nights
Departure from: Papeete Landing: Papeete
Itinerary:
1. Papeete,
2. Moorea,
3. Raiatea,
4. Raiatea,
5. Tahaa,
6. Bora Bora,
7. Bora Bora,
8. Huahine,
9. Papeete

Polinesia: French Polynesia

Papeete Itinerary Polinesia
from $8,650.38
price per person Taxes included
17 reservations in 48 hours
Paul Gauguin | 27 Jul 2024
Duration: 7 nights
Departure from: Papeete Landing: Papeete
Itinerary:
1. Papeete,
2. Huahine,
3. Tahaa,
4. Bora Bora,
5. Bora Bora,
6. Moorea,
7. Moorea,
8. Papeete,
9. Papeete
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French Polynesia

Papeete Itinerary Polinesia
from $9,218.69
price per person Taxes included
Star Breeze | 31 Jul 2024
Duration: 8 nights
Departure from: Papeete Landing: Papeete
Itinerary:
1. Papeete,
2. Papeete,
3. Moorea,
4. Raiatea,
5. Raiatea,
6. Tahaa,
7. Bora Bora,
8. Bora Bora,
9. Huahine,
10. Papeete
269 cruises

You can dive into unique landscapes and soak up the culture and history of the region. Papeete has history, cultural heritage and natural beauty, making it a must-see place for anyone who wants to explore the magic of Tahiti and French Polynesia.

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