Just back from my second trip to FP, where I've stayed on Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti, and Huahine so far for about a month total over two trips, about a decade apart. I've stayed on atolls, at high end resorts, at pensions, and at hotels and most recently, I thought it might be fun to see more of the island of Tahiti, so I booked a hotel in Papeete for three nights, thinking I'd sightsee around the island. I didn't have much time to plan this trip at all, long story, so I just decided to try to day trip around the island.
Well, I was rather surprised that I found myself completely enamored with Papeete and decided to just kind of hang out there for a few days. There's a ton to see, and it's a great, walkable, and very fun little city to hang around. I've heard of almost no one saying that they love Papeete at all, ever, online, but I must say that even as a well-seasoned world traveler, I had a great deal of fun here, eating, shopping, seeing a lot of sights that aren't even in Tripadvisor's list of sights, walking around the harbor, catching a movie one night at the cinema, karaoke, the roulettes, the market, people walking around with ukeleles, people watching like crazy, teenagers everywhere having fun, city parks, I just want to write a post giving Papeete some love since I rarely see any!
Am I the only one? I think it is very underrated, honestly.
40-ish year old independent-style female traveler, not a backpacker but definitely a traveler, not a tourist, often veering towards slow travel, from California, for context?Edited: 26 June 2017, 21:02