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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

Marinas & Anchorages

Papeete Marina

GPS Coordinates (Latitude/Longitude in decimal degrees):
Latitude: -17.540003
Longitude: -149.570272
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(689) office

VHF is not usually monitored.

There are no reservations except for the ARC.

Just come in and pick and empty slip and then walk up to the office to register

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.  

Be sure to lock yourself in your boat at night. We were boarded and robbed of cash, cell phones and other smaller items on September 27, 2018 while we were sleeping. Only after this happened were we made aware of several other boarding's and robberies as the owners slept. The police and marina staff are not helpful in this regard. The security guard does NOT have a radio so there is no way of contacting them in an emergency. If you have an emergency on board I suggest you call the Port Authority on channel 12 for assistance, it is their Marina after all.


Add us to the list.  We were boarded and robbed in the same manner at Papeete marina 2 weeks ago.  We were on the semi circular dock in front of the office.
I am a very light sleeper but didn’t wake up.  I am shocked a the bravery and apparent skill of this criminal.
After looking at how run-down marina Taina is and how far away it is from all the real chandleries and shopping we will still be using the Papeete Marina when we need a marina. We will be more careful though.  
The criminal took a GoPro, cash, and an iPhone.  He left two iPads and three computers that were sitting there.

SV Caesura

FYI, yet another boat was robbed last night. That makes 3 in two weeks. All three were not locked. The robbery last night happened before 10:30 p.m. when the owner was at dinner. In the case of the other two, the owners were asleep on board when the robbery took place. Yet another boat reported hearing a person on deck in the middle of the night, but was not robbed. Rick on Airborne found a guy crouching behind the pilling at the end of his finger dock at about 10:00 p.m. one night who claimed he was fishing. He had no fishing gear with him and took off immediately. Tall, slim, in his 30s or 40s. Maybe not Poly, Rick wasn’t sure. The stuff that was taken was limited to cash and electronics (cell phones, portable speakers, laptops, etc.). All three boats were monos moored bow to the dock. We are always locked and have had no problems. The marina staff basically say it’s not their problem. The “security guard” does not carry a VHF. The police say there is not much they can do. 

SV Penache


This seems to be a common occurrence with this marina. Fenced and guarded does not mean safe. Multiple thefts over the past 3 years. Please always lock up when leaving the boat and if possible while sleeping.