For Services and Resources in French Polynesia

The Tahiti Cruisers Guide is brought to you by Julien Desmont from Xperimental and Chuck Houlihan from Jacaranda. Starting as an idea based on the very successful Panama City Cruisers guide, it has evolved into 200+ pages of information on vendors and services throughout French Polynesia. In January 2018, we added GPS coordinates and links to Google Maps to assist in locating businesses.

Downloading the guide and GPS map coordinates will facilitate using the guide offline. The coordinates will work for either (best for Papeete) or Google Maps.

Especially thankful to John (SV Mary Ann II) and Steve (SV Ocean Star) for their huge effort in supplying a vast amount of information for the guide.

The guide is a community effort. Updates and new additions are greatly appreciated. If you find the guide useful or find something that needs updating please drop us a note at tahiticruisersguide (AT)

Last update: 04 Dec 2022

Propane Refills

A Cooking Gas Overview

2019-08-04 22:45:22 UTC

Island: Tahiti

In Papeete you can purchase Propane or Butane.  Propane comes in Green bottles.  This assumes you’re refilling yourself.  At the Yacht Club there is bottled gas at the petrol station on the General de Gaulle highway just east of the club.  In Fare Utu at the Mobile Station they will arrange refilling your bottles at the Gas plant nearby.  The price is maybe 50% higher than self filling but certainly more convenient.  If you happen to be at the Marina Papeete they have four carts available for the short walk.  Turn over time is usually a couple of days.

Mobil station near Ace hardware (Moana).

They are able to fill US bottles.

Papeete - Moana - Fare Ute  43-84-28
Punaauia -Mobil Taina  45-54-80

Drop off Mon/Wed/Friday wait 2 days and then pick up.

Our US bottles are 30 years old and no questions about being certified, etc.

We delivered our blue, somewhat rusty camping gas bottles to the gas station outside Marina Taina. After three days, at picking them upp, we were told that the factory found them too rusty and wouldn’t fill them. Instead, we bought one of the bigger, carbon bottles they have at all stations, with a regulator. The price was 5500 xpf, of which about 3000 was a deposit for the bottle which we eventuelly will get back. It will cost 1700 xpf every time we change it