Papetoai also has a rich history, as it was once the seat of the Pomare I government when he conquered Moorea in 1790, and where the conversion to Christianity took place. Additionally, it is home to the oldest European building in use in the South Pacific, an octagonal church established by the London Missionary Society in 1822.
Nearby, you'll find the tomb of the first missionaries. And for some aquatic adventure, the beaches of Papetoai offer calm, crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling with colorful coral and fish. After you're done exploring, local restaurants can give you a taste of Polynesian and international fare. For example, while Le Papayer and Le Bateau serve up traditional French and Tahitian cuisine, Tumoana offers delicious Oriental cuisine.