Tahiti Cruisers Guide
For Services and Resources in French Polynesia

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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 Tahiti and French Polynesia 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: 20 Oct 2018


Cooking Gas

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