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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.

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Last update: 22 Apr 2024

Food Distributor / Buyer


2020-05-24 20:38:00 UTC

Island: Tahiti

3-2020 From Aline Tuamotu Kite School

Cruisers, especially those sailing in the Tuamotu atolls who are either avoiding or not allowed to go ashore for covid-19 related reasons:

There are many options for provisioning that do not require going ashore longer than to pick up a box from a cargo ship at the dock of an island of your choice!

It could cost you less* and include higher quality more diverse food options as well... (I’m on my 5th year here, this is how I do my shopping, then I give back the local populations in ways other than grocery shopping)
* less expensive, unless if you are looking to only purchase PPN « produit de primaire nécessite » simple imported food items like rice, beans, basic canned food, sugar, white flour and pasta, etc, which are the same gov’t subsidized price at every island. You could also call the local shop and have them deliver to the dock.

With any of these options, they will send it to you anywhere in FP via cargo (much less expensive) or air tahiti fret ($$ per kg). Refrigerator and freezer freight normally available with all options (unless it’s broken)

Cargo ships
Call to order 200 liter drums of gas or diesel, 2 stroke oil, propane, etc.
-@navette cobia 3 FB page for a picture of their weekly schedule for the central Tuamotu atolls. 40 43 36 43
-maris Stella FB page for their schedules, their boats visit almost all of the atolls, but less frequently. The Maris Stella sets up a food shop with fresh veggies and fruit at the dock when they visit most islands. SMS 89 40 06 10 to order food, including PPN options and even ice cream, or gas before they depart tahiti, they will not respond but don’t worry your order will be in.
-Dory cargo, email broken, call 40 42 30 55, weekly visits to NW tuamotu atolls.

Most inhabited atolls have ships from tahiti about once a week. I only have experience with cargo ships visiting the Tuamotu atolls.

If you contact Juliette or HM, Make a list of which items you want, organized by shop, for example a separate list for Carrefour and PT and a marine shop for some boat parts while you’re at it.

Payment is normally by bank transfer.

** it will be even easier for your second order

Tamaamaitai!! (Bon appétit)