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: 22 May 2024

Propane Refills

A Cooking Gas Overview - How to get a loaner bottle

2023-03-03 07:37:25 UTC

Island: Tahiti

Starting during the Pandemic Tahiti Gaz refused to allow the service stations to loan out bottles of cooking gaz so the yachties could refill their tanks.  Due to the hoarding by the locals they were afraid they would run out of bottles.

Now in 2023 the rule still applies.  If you want to obtain a gaz bottle you need to get permission by Tahiti Gaz.  

now you need to contact Tahiti Gaz and obtain permission

below is the contact info for Tahiti gaz that I was given at the Mobil station in Taravao. Initially I sent an email to enquire about joining the gas bottle exchange here in Tahiti, however, they require a phone call to ask questions about why you need the bottle. It is all conducted in French. They want to know why you need the bottle, how long you will be staying, and that you promise to return the bottle before leaving. That doesn't guarantee a tank, it just let's them know you are interested and they will call you when you are approved. (Note: this is our recent experience, called Nov. 2022 received bottle Jan 2023)
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