Papeete - Tahiti
Papeete, on the north west coast of the Island of Tahiti in French Polynesia, is the modern and bustling capital and contains government offices, Gendarmerie, hospitals and clinics, banks and the Paul Gaugin museum. Visit Point Venus, the Botanical Gardens and Maraa Fern Grotto. A port of call for whaling vessels by the early 19th century, Papeete was annexed by the French in 1880. The island of Tahiti proper, often called the "Island of Love," is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia. Tahiti is volcanic and consists of mountain peaks reaching over 7,300-ft (2248 m), amazing waterfalls and beautiful beaches. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.