Papeete ( Tahitian: Pape'ete ) is the capital of French Polynesia, and is located on the island of Tahiti, which is one of the Society Islands.

The population of the city itself, is 25 769 persons, while the entire agglomeration has a population of 162 006 (2012 ).

Papeete is the seat of the Archdiocese of Papeete.


The agglomeration of Papeete includes nine municipalities, three in the East and four in the southwest of the city and the island of Moorea. The nine communities from northeast to southwest:

The actual city of Papeete is subdivided into 22 districts. In 2007, a total of 26,017 inhabitants were captured there, in 2012 there are 25 769.


The missionary William Crook was in 1818 the first Europeans who settled in what is now Papeete. The Tahitian Queen Pomaré IV then settled down there and also got Papeete before 1830 their capital. Papeete has been a regional trade and transportation center. After colonization by France with establishment of a protectorate in 1842 remained the capital Papeete. A 1884 fire destroyed large parts of the resort, a cyclone in 1906 taught at great damage.

On September 22, 1914 German cruisers bombarded the port of Papeete.

The international airport of Papeete was opened in 1961. In September 1995, it was because of the French nuclear tests on the Mururoa Atoll for three days to violent clashes that almost led to the destruction of the airport.


The airline Air Tahiti Nui has its administrative headquarters in the office building Immeuble Dexter in Papeete.


Stade Pater Te Hono Nui, the sports stadium of the city, can accommodate 15,000 spectators. There the football Ozeanienmeisterschaft was discharged in 2000.


With Nice in France is twinned.


Sons and daughters

  • Taïna Barioz, French alpine skier
  • Conrad L. Hall, American cinematographer
  • Marama Vahirua, Tahitian - French footballer

With reference to the city

Herman Melville was in 1842 as a convict in Papeete. His experiences there formed the basis of his novel Omoo. Paul Gauguin traveled to Papeete in 1891 and returned, except for the years 1893 to 1895, never again returned to France. Even Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry Adams in 1891 spent some time in Papeete.


Roman Catholic Cathédrale Notre -Dame in Papeete

Paofai Temple