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

Doctor, Specialists & Surgeons

Emergency room care

The emergency room at SAMU is well run and there are a number of english speaking staff.  You are charged for a 3,600 xpf consultation fee and if it is after hours a 4500xpf surcharge.  Ambulance service is free.  On a recent 3/2017 visit for a broken arm we were seen in minutes, xray performed, reviewed by an on-call orthopedic surgeon, 24 hours of pain meds and a sling provided were provided free of charge.  Total cost was 13,600 xpf ($126 US).  Knowing our limited French they arranged a hotel at 1:30 am as returning to our vessel with a fracture humerus by dingy was not feasible