Tahiti Cruisers Guide
For Services and Resources in Papeete

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Since arriving in Papeete to do some boat projects, we found ourselves “reinventing the wheel” - asking the same questions hundreds of others have asked - in trying to track down parts, services, doctors, dentists, etc.
We have often said we wished there were a Cruiser’s Guide to Papeete modeled after the valuable Panama City Cruisers Guide put together by Debi Shaimas on SV Serenity.
So we started compiling this one and what we have so far is now available online and downloadable as a pdf.
Please send updates or additions to tahiticruisersguide (AT) gmail.com
Last update: 19 May 2018

Marine Suppliers

Addendum for Marquises and Tuamotus

Check out the Papeete guide for who might carry what boat part you need.  Remember Papeete shops supply the whole of French Polynesia so shipping to other Archipelagos is everyday business for them.  So if you need something and don’t what to pay extra to an agent then: 1) get a prepaid land phone card from OPT, 2) phone one of the shops in Papeete if they have your item, 3) give them your name, boat name and harbour you’ll be at, 4) they can either email you their payment info or give it to you on the phone.  A small item cost us 1000xpf ($10) for the shipping, 4) go to post office with the email and pay (in cash) the invoice into their account, 5) they give the package to the freighter company and you go to the dock and retrieve it when it arrives.  Be sure to bring your identification although you probably won’t need it.