Papeete is the vibrant capital city of French Polynesia, located on the island of Tahiti. It is the commercial, cultural, and political center of the archipelago. Papeete is famous for its colorful market, where locals sell fresh produce, handicrafts, and souvenirs. The city also boasts several museums, including the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, which provides insight into the history and culture of French Polynesia. For those seeking outdoor adventures, the nearby island of Moorea offers activities such as hiking, snorkeling, and swimming with sharks.