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Papeete is the capital and largest city in French Polynesia. It has a population of about 26,000 inhabitants and is located on the island of Tahiti, in the administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands, which are part of the Society Islands. It is a rather chaotic, albeit small, city and by far the largest in the region and has all the amenities you basically need. Most people don't stay here though but only visit for the day.
Papeete has a warm and humid climate year round with average temperatures around 29 °C during the day and 23 °C at night. January to March is just slightly warmer and June to August slightly cooler but variations don't go further than a few degrees. Variation is much bigger concerning rain fall so it is best to visit Papeete or Tahiti for that matter during the relatively dry months of June to September although rains is still possible. The rainy season lasts from November to March, with a peak in January averaging 300 mm of rain.
Faa'a International Airport (PPT), 5 kilometres southwest of Papeete, handles all international flights to and from French Polynesia. The national carrier, Air Tahiti Nui, flies to Auckland, New York, Los Angeles, Osaka, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo.
Other airlines flying into PPT include Air France (from Los Angles and Paris), Air New Zealand (Aukland), Hawaiianair (Honolulu), Air Tahiti (Rarotonga), Aircalin (Nouméa) and Lan Chile (Hanga Roa, Santiago de Chile).
Tahiti - Moorea vv
There are ferries and catamarans travelling between Tahiti and Moorea several times daily. It takes between half an hour and an hour to travel between Tahiti and Moorea, depending on which company you go with. The car ferries, such as those run by Mo'orea Ferry, are slower than the high-speed ferries, which take only passengers, motorcycles and bicycles. The Ono-Ono has at least four crossings daily. The Aremiti 5 and the Moorea Express travel between Tahiti and Moorea six or more times daily between 6:00am and 4:30pm and this takes only 30 minutes.
There are also services, often combined with cargo, to more outlying islands, but on an less frequent basis, sometimes even only once a month. Boats usually leave from Papeete. Destinations include the Marquesas Islands, Austral Islands, Tuamota Archipelago, Bora Bora and even as far as the Gambier islands (Mangareva). An brief overview of the boats travelling to island further afield include:
Check the ferry link about all possibilities.
See also International Telephone Calls
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