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: 21 Jun 2024

Doctor, Specialists & Surgeons

Emergency room care

2019-08-04 22:45:24 UTC

Island: Tahiti

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