Papeete Guided Morning Tour

Papeete Guided Morning Tour

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      Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
      4 Hours
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
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      $ 51
      • Papeete market: Fish, fruit, and vegetables command the market's first floor, with seashell necklaces and flower leis nearby. Upstairs, find a treasure trove of handicrafts – carvings, baskets, beads, and jewels.
      • Black Pearl Museum: Visit the only museum in the world dedicated entirely to pearls. Learn about the black pearl in history, art, mythology, religion and philosophy. And see the private collection of Robert Wan, Tahiti's "emperor of the black pearl."
      • Notre Dame Cathedral: The centerpiece of the waterfront esplanade was built in 1875 and is one of Papeete's last remaining examples of French colonial architecture, with a red steeple and stained glass windows.
      • Papeete City Hall: This festive yellow building with a white wraparound veranda overlooks palm trees, gardens, and a pond. It's a replica of the 19th-century palace of Queen Pomare that once stood on that spot.
      • Vaima shopping: This multilevel mall is the largest in Tahiti and features high-end stores offering clothes, shoes, jewelry, electronics, books, art, and restaurants and cafes.

      Meeting point

      We pick up and drop off at any of these locations: Pearl Beach, Royal Tahitian, Tahiti Nui, Sarah Nui, Airport Motel, Manava, InterContinental, Le Meridien, Pension de la Plage, Relais Fenua. You must tell us your location at checkout to confirm.

      Helpful hints

      In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home.

      The local currency is the French Pacific Franc but credit cards are accepted in many places and some businesses take US dollars.

      Getting around

      To see all sights, plan to walk for more than a mile and get on/off the coach frequently. Some paths are not paved and up inclines. If your mobility is limited, you may find this tour too challenging. It is not suitable for wheelchair users.

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      Bus Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly

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      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for travelers 3 years of age and older.

      Myths and legends about pearls appear in cultures throughout the world. The early Chinese considered them a symbol of wisdom, and believed they were formed inside a dragon's head.

      The Japanese thought pearls were the tears of mermaids, nymphs, and angels. And  Persian legend says they were created when a rainbow met the earth after a storm.

      Black pearls are much rarer, said to be a symbol of hope for wounded hearts. They've been linked to Cupid, and are believed to be a healing gift from the gods.

      In Tahitian mythology, Oro, the god of fertility, brought a magic oyster called the Ufi to the Polynesian people. When he discovered a beautiful black pearl inside the Ufi, he gave it to princess Bora Bora as a token of his love.

      In Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) folklore, the tears of Adam and Eve as they were cast out of Paradise created a lake of pearls. Eve, who cried the hardest, created white pearls; Adam, trying to control his emotions, cried rarer black pearls.

      What isn't a myth, but is certainly legendary, is the way Robert Wan built an empire on the black pearl. Starting from modest beginnings, Wan Enterprises now produce more than half of the black pearls in French Polynesia. Which is why The Black Pearl Museum bears his name.

      Thanks for the bounty

      The stalls at the Papeete Market overflow with flowers and luscious tropical fruits. But while the banana, coconut, and breadfruit are indigenous, the pineapple is not. It originated in South America, and was introduced to Polynesia in the 18th century by Capt. Bligh and the crew of the Bounty. After exoneration on charges stemming from the mutiny, Bligh later transported Tahitian breadfruit all the way to the West Indies, where it's still very popular in Puerto Rico.

      Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.


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      Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
      Great photo opportunities
      Wear sunscreen
      Bring money
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear light clothing
      Wear Hat
      Wear Sunglasses

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