Tahiti is of course the most well known of all French Polynesian Islands. This means there are a lot of travelers and tourists year round on the island looking for things to buy, various services, and places to dine.
Although by far the majority of the shopping, services, and restaurants are in DOWNTOWN PAPEETE, (see that section for details), there are also some notable places OUTSIDE of the city.
This page covers the noteworthy and exceptional places to shop, services available, and dining possibilities OUTSIDE THE CITY OF PAPEETE: From boutiques, general merchandise, a variety of services, and unique arts and crafts stores located throughout the island.
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TST makes choosing your favorite island activity easy! If you want MORE choices, simply check out our other "To Do" pages: WATERSPORTS, ADVENTURES, RELAXATION, RECREATION & GAMES, or ISLAND FUN.
For activities of an urban nature, see our PAPEETE CITY ACTIVITIES section now, or check the "WHAT TO SEE" section for lots of sightseeing and exploring ideas, touring, island attractions, and other interesting things to see and do!
Along Tahiti's Coastal Road:
Arts & Crafts
The majority of arts and crafts are found in the city of Papeete, of course, but there are some great art centers found scattered about the island.
Details coming soon...
There are a lot of stores in Papeete, but the largest stores carrying general merchandise are found OUTSIDE the city of Papeete.
Details coming soon...
Shops & Boutiques
Various shops and boutiques dot the coastal road.
Yes, it hurts to tell you this, but... the Details are coming soon...
Although there are a few scattered pearl shops to be found on Tahiti's coastal
road, the BLACK PEARL CENTER OF THE WORLD IS LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN PAPEETE. All serious pearl buyers and sellers, both retail and wholesale,
have offices and shops downtown.
Tahitian Black Pearl Specialist
P.O. 140034 98701 Arue - Tahiti, French Polynesia - (Retail
base in Papeete)
Telephone/ Fax: (689) 82.00.88, or by GSM: (689) 78.39.47
We Accept Credit Cards on a secure server.
Restaurants & Dining
Because Tahiti is well touristed, it has a number of eating and dining establishments
throughout the island. Hotel dining is the most obvious form of non Papeete fine dining, of which all the top hotels on Tahiti having great restaurants
of their own.
Other choices include various established restaurants in the small towns on Tahiti's coastal road. Cuisine ranges from basic island staples like fruits and fish dishes to world class French cuisine.
As with all islands in Tahiti Polynesia, the food is usually delicious, but you may have to sample different restaurants
International and French Cuisine
PK 13, Punaauia
PO. Box 130 069- 98717 Punaauia- TAHITI
Telephone / Fax- (689) 58.21.08
Marina Taina, PK 9, Punaauia
PO. Box 380 679 - 98718 Punaauia- TAHITI
Telephone- (689) 43.91.35, Fax- (689)43.91.36
Route de Fare Rau Ape, Pirae
PO. Box 5588- 98 716 Pirae- Tahiti
Telephone- (689) 42.73.44, Fax- (689) 43.58.11
PK 18, 200 Paea
PO. Box 330 011- 98 711 Paea- TAHITI
Telephone- (689) 48.19.99, Fax- (689) 43.91.36
PK 1, Pirae
PO. Box 50 423- 98 716 Pirae- Tahiti
Telephone/ Fax- (689) 41.31.49
Rue Afarerii, Pirae
PO. Box 5470- 98 716 Pirae- TAHITI
Telephone- (689) 42.66.50, Fax- (689) 45.24.49
PK 15, Centre Tamanu Punaauia
PO Box 380 492- 98718 Punaauia- Tahiti
Telephone- (689) 58.21.61, Fax- (689) 48.33.13
PK 11, 200 Punaauia
PO. Box 2533- 98 713 Papeete- Tahiti
Telephone- (689)43.98.30, Fax- (689) 45.08.34
All the major hotels on Tahiti have great restaurants, albeit, they are not
always the most economical way to go... (but if you're staying at one of them, you owe it to yourself to try them for at least one dinner!)
See the "Where to Stay" section for
hotel locations on the island of Tahiti.
As far as food choices go, the rolling trucks of Tahiti are the same as on
all the Polynesian islands: a great option and always recommended by TST.
Where ever you find people on Tahiti, from the coastal districts and
towns to various locations scattered along the coastal road, you will find
these "rolling trucks".
The farther out of town you go, the more "local"
the trucks get, and are often quite interesting cultural experiences as
well as tummy fulfilling. The only word of caution is: This is where the
locals eat, and as such, may not serve you a huge menu or suit your particular
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