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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 Apr 2024


Papeete Customs Office

2024-03-19 17:10:00 UTC

Island: Tahiti

GPS Coordinates (Latitude/Longitude in decimal degrees):

Latitude: -17.534006

Longitude: -149.577083

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The customs office is located on Motu Uta. It is a large 2 story white building with a large "Douane" sign out front.

Customs # (689)40 50 55 50. Hours Monday thru Friday officially 0730 to 1530, and open through lunch but they are really grateful if you come not at lunch time, and not after 3....

You can take your dinghy over there. Look for the Pilot boats

Enter the front door its now first door on left a plaque "Yachting".

Present your old duty free certificate if renewing or your green entrance paper given to you at the gendarme at first port of entry.

For other customs information contact Mme Frebault,

If you are in the out islands and either need to renew or obtain a new certificate AND have friends in Papeete you can email them copies of the paperwork along with a letter of authorization.  Might save you from having to pay the agent fees.