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: 19 Oct 2018

Doctor, General


All medical staff several cruisers have used have been of a high standard. Consultation visits are currently costed at 3,600 xpf (approx $34 US).  In Papeete there are two General Practice physicians across from the Tourist Office on the quay. Dr Andrew Carpe speaks reasonably good English and has specialist training hyperbaric medicine 40 4256 67.   Walk-ins are often seen without long waits.

Specialists and technical procedures are available at hospital and at two private clinics.  The hospital prices appear to be substantially less expensive than the private clinics.  For example these charges were incurred at the main hospital: Sonogram of neck (thyroid) --$64.80; Chest Xray --$46.80; Consultation with ENT including upper airway endoscopy -- $55.80 (in US dollars.)  Hospital appointments can be a long wait but our experience is walkins are generally seen within two hours.  No problem since most cruisers are “time millionaires.”  The main Hospital for FP is Hospital du Taaone on Charles de Gaulle ask at the bus station near the Marie if they go past the hopital.