Papeari is a village on the south coast of Tahiti. It is located in Tahiti-nui district,[1] around 32 miles from Papeete.[2]


Papeari is attested in some accounts as Tahiti's oldest village.[3]

Some 19th-century sources attest that Papeari was formerly known as Vaiari (or Wyere), a name attributed to an indigenous group.[4] It houses a harbor with anchorage.[5]

Tourist sites in and near modern Papeari include the former home of the British novelist Robert Keable, who lived there from 1922 until his death in 1927, and a museum dedicated to the French painter Paul Gauguin, also a former resident of the area (from 1891-3).[3]


  1. ^ Crocombe, R.G. (1988). French Polynesia: a book of selected readings. p. 184. ISBN 982-02-0032-6.
  2. ^ Young, Melanie (22 February 2004). "Pacific perals: Gauguin exhibit further polishes Tahitian islands' allure". Boston Herald.
  3. ^ a b Goodwin, Bill (2010). Frommer's Tahiti and French Polynesia. Frommer's. pp. 104–105. ISBN 0-470-61828-0.
  4. ^ Williamson, R W (1926). The social and political systems of central Polynesia. Cambridge University Press. p. 174.
  5. ^ United States Hydrographic Office (1906). Pacific Islands pilot. US Government Print Office. p. 100.

Coordinates: 17°45′S 149°21′W / 17.750°S 149.350°W / -17.750; -149.350