Tahiti Cruisers Guide
For Services and Resources in Papeete

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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 Papeete 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 May 2018

Marinas & Anchorages

Papeete Marina

This modern marina with floating docks is very affordable in the summer months 1st November to 31st March.  The cost for a 10 meter vessel ( they use your registered length so bowsprits don’t count) is $81 a week.  A 12 meter boat is 9763xpf in 2017. Winter rates 1 April to 1 Nov are 2.4 times higher ( 10 meter boat $195  a week.) Slips in the winter are not always available. The electric and water are metered with modern prepaid card (240 volt only.) In the heart of the city it has security and of course hot showers and laundry.  Best of all in the summer months an air-conditioned lounge with free Wifi.  Staff are very friendly and helpful. In a strong westerly the swell through the marina requires vigilance with fenders and dock lines.  In El Nino year one would need to have a well considered backup plan to stay here in FP summer.  Some pluses include the food trucks a very short stroll away and Monday night half priced beer at the microbrewery. Champion supermarket is a ten minute walk and there are English movies on Thursday night.