Traveling to the Gump Station

Before you leave

Apart from filling out an application for your research project, class, or conference and making your reservations to use the Gump Station, please also be sure that you have all the appropriate documentation for entering French Polynesia.  There are special requirements for researchers, professors, and students - especially if you are not a citizen of the European Union.  Please read carefullly the information on our visa requirements page.

Other Information

For details of activities in Moorea and throughout French Polynesia see the following links:

Getting Around

Traveling to other Islands within French Polynesia

Traveling via Ship/Ferry

The majority of ships that travel to the outer islands pass through the Port of Papeete on Tahiti, which is ten miles from Moorea and reachable via either the Moorea-Tahiti ferries or by Air Moorea. See the Outer Island Ferry Schedule page for schedule and contact information.

Traveling via Plane

Air Tahiti is the regional and only carrier within French Polynesia. They fly to nearly all major islands via Papeete.Their website lists their schedules between islands and you must request a price. Ticket prices are set once a year and tickets are only available from an air tahiti representative. Flights are priced based on demand and fall into three color categories: blue at 0% discount, white at 10% discount and red for 20% discount For those visiting the station that are 25 years old and younger, it is recommended that you acquire a young person-discount flight card (Cartes Juenes) which can save up to 20%, 30% or 50% off a flight depending on its color. See the Air Tahiti discount pass page for more details. They also offer island-discount passes which group travel between 3-5 islands together for a very reasonable price.

French Polynesia Inter-Island Ferries

Traveling to other Islands within French Polynesia

Inter-Island traffic departing from Papeete

Ferries to other islands can be infrequent but can be an excellent value, provided that you allow flexibility in your plans and a willingness for some adventure. Listed below are ferry schedules for some of the more reliable interisland ferries as well as links to the Port of Papeete site which contains a database of ferry schedules.

Interisland Ferry Schedules

- Aremiti 5 high speed catamaran - between Tahiti and Moorea (link)
- Aremiti Ferry Between Tahiti and Moorea (link)
- Ferry transportation between Tahiti and Moorea (pdf download)
- Boat transportation to Austral islands (pdf download)
- Boat transportation to the Leeward Society islands (pdf download)
- Boat transportation to Tuamotu/Gambier islands (pdf download)
- Boat transportation to Tuamotu/Marquesas islands (link)

Port of Papeete Schedule Guide

Schedule and contact information about all ferries entering and exiting the Port of Papeete. Please note that using this form will connect you directly to the Port of Papeete's website:


Find a ferry schedule/contact info by archipelago :


Find Ferry schedules/contact information by island:

Getting Here

Tahiti is readily accessible from the east and west coast USA, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Direct, non-stop flight times are about 8 hours from Los Angeles (daily flights) and Sydney, 5 hours from Auckland and Honolulu, 12 hours from New York.

Papeete (PPT) Tahiti is served by serveral international airlines including Air Tahiti Nui (2008: non-stop to LAX, Japan, Auckland, New York, and Sydney), Air New Zealand (Auckland, LAX, London), Air France (LAX, Paris), Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu), Air Calin (Noumea), and Lan Chile (Easter Island, Santiago).

Depending on when you arrive in Tahiti, you may be able to take a flight (Air Tahiti or Air Moorea) or a ferry to Moorea that same day/night (see Tahiti-to-Moorea page) or you might need to spend the night in Tahiti.

LAX-PPT-LAX Special for Gump Station Visitors

The Gump Station has secured fixed year-round rates on an international carrier between Los Angeles (LAX) and Papeete (PPT). These are available for all Gump Station visitors through a travel agent, Travel Portfolio, in Los Angeles. Ask also about connections from PPT to Moorea.

PLEASE CONTACT Rosina Jacob at "Rosina at travel-portfolio.net":

Travel Portfolio
4345 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
+1 818-907-7981

...for the latest rates. Say that you are visiting the UC Berkeley Gump Station in Moorea.

All tickets must payed for and ticketed 30 days PRIOR to departure and the only form of payment acceptable is a personal check, a cashiers check, a check from the University, a money order. Sorry but credits cards cannot be accepted at this time. (last updated February 2008).

Getting to French Polynesia

Getting to Tahiti

Tahiti is readily accessible from the east and west coast USA, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Direct, non-stop flight times are about 8 hours from Los Angeles (daily flights) and Sydney, 5 hours from Auckland and Honolulu, 12 hours from New York.

Papeete (PPT) Tahiti is served by serveral international airlines including Air Tahiti Nui (non-stop to LAX, Japan, Auckland, and starting July 2005, New York and Sydney), Air New Zealand (Auckland, LAX, London), Air France (LAX, Paris), Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu), Air Calin (Noumea), and Lan Chile (Easter Island, Santiago).

Depending on when you arrive in Tahiti, you may be able to take a flight (Air Tahiti or Air Moorea) or a ferry to Moorea that same day/night (see getting to Moorea) or you might need to spend the night in Tahiti (see hotels).

LAX-PPT-LAX Special for Gump Station Visitors

The Gump Station has secured fixed year-round rates on an international carrier between Los Angeles (LAX) and Papeete (PPT). These are available for all Gump Station visitors through a travel agent, Travel Portfolio, in Los Angeles. Ask also about connections from PPT to Moorea.

PLEASE CONTACT Rosina Jacob at "Rosina at travel-portfolio.net":

Travel Portfolio
4345 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
+1 818-907-7981

...for the latest rates. Say that you are visiting the UC Berkeley Gump Station in Moorea.

As of February 2008, the 2008 rates are now:

  • $828 plus tax in low season
  • $928 plus tax in high season
  • These are base rates and might change with availability

All tickets must payed for and ticketed 30 days PRIOR to departure and the only form of payment acceptable is a personal check, a cashiers check, a check from the University, a money order. Sorry but credits cards cannot be accepted at this time. (last updated February 2008).

Getting to Moorea via Flying or Ferry

Flying Papeete (PPT) to Moorea (MOZ)

There are flights (about 10 minutes) on the hour from Tahiti's international airport (Faaa) to Moorea (return flights generally leave :15 after the hour).  Buy a ground transfer for Moorea Airport to Gump when you pick up your ticket at the Air Moorea check-in desk in Tahiti.

  • Air Moorea (tel. +689 86 41 41) flies from 6am to 6pm.  (Friday through Sunday there are later Air Tahiti flights to connect to international arrivals/departures but check with your agent).  When arriving on an international flight, turn left out of the international terminal and follow the signs to the smaller Air Moorea terminal about 0.5km away. Make sure you ask for a ground transfer when purchasing your ticket and a bus will take you from the airport to the Gump Station.  (It is not always easy to get a taxi at the airport in Moorea)
  • Air Tahiti (tel. +689 86 42 42) puts on special flights that fly later to connect Air Tahiti Nui international flights. Ask your travel agent about these when you book Air Tahiti Nui international or contact local travel agent in Tahiti (Manureva Tours) Shel Bennet (shel@manureva-tours.com) for more details and to make reservations.

Moorea-Papeete By Ferry

To get from the Airport to the ferry terminal, you must either take a taxi (about 2,500cfp) from the stand in front of the airport, or take the bus (le truck).

Le Truck runs 24 hours/day but is less frequent at night. The cost is 130cfp during the day and 200cfp at night. Large luggage is an additional 100cfp per piece. The bus stop is on the main road: exit the front of the airport terminal and walk through the parking lot and up two flights of stairs. You will see the small stand to the right of the stairs. Cross to the other side of the street as you will need to be picking up a Le Truck heading in the direction of Papeete (which is to your left). The le truck should say Papeete on it. Get off the le truck at the last stop in Papeete on the waterfront road and cross the main boulevard to the port side of the street.  Continue walking in the direction you were traveling and you will eventually see the ferries about 1km down from the last stop.

Car ferries docking at Vaiare Bay in Moorea (about 20 minutes drive from the Gump Station) - Aremiti 5 (express), Aremiti Ferry, Moorea Ferry, Moorea Express (passengers only). Ferries arriving at Vaiare are met by public transportation (Le Truck) at the terminal.  Get off at pk 11.5 km just past the village of Paopao (powpow) on the west side of Cook's Bay. There is also a taxi stand or you can call Justin, Tel. 774826

Tahiti to Moorea

Flying Papeete (PPT) to Moorea (MOZ)

There are flights (about 10 minutes) on the hour from Tahiti's international airport (Faaa) to Moorea (return flights generally leave :15 after the hour).  Buy a ground transfer for Moorea Airport to Gump when you pick up your ticket at the Air Moorea check-in desk in Tahiti.

  • Air Moorea (tel. +689 86 41 41) flies from 6am to 6pm.  Turn left out of the international terminal and follow the signs to the smaller Air Moorea terminal about 0.5km away. Make sure you ask for a transfer when purchasing your ticket and a bus will take you from the airport to the Gump Station.
  • Air Tahiti (tel. +689 86 42 42) puts on special flights that fly later to connect Air Tahiti Nui international flights. Ask your travel agent about these when you book Air Tahiti Nui international or contact local travel agent in Tahiti (Manureva Tours) Shel Bennet (shel@manureva-tours.com) for more details and to make reservations.

Moorea-Papeete By Ferry

To get from the Airport to the ferry terminal, you must either take a taxi (about 2,000cfp/person) or take the bus (le truck). It runs 24 hours/day but is less frequent at nite. The cost is 130cfp during the day and 200cfp at nite. Large luggage is an additional 100cfp per piece. The taxi stand is in front of the airport terminal and the bus stop is on the first main road you come to as you exit the front of the airport terminal and walk through the parking lot and up two flights of stairs. You will see the small stand to the right of the stairs. Cross to the other side of the street as you will need to be picking up a Le Truck heading in the direction of Papeete. The le truck should say Papeete on it. Get off the le truck at the last stop in Papeete and cross the main boulevard to the port side of the street and continue walking in the direction you were traveling and you will eventually see the ferries about 1km down from the last stop. You may also ask the driver if he will take you directly to the ferry port for an extra fee.

Ferries docking at Vaiare Bay (about 20 minutes drive from the Gump Station) - Aremiti 5, Aremiti, Moorea Ferry, Moorea Express. Ferries arriving at Vaiare are met by public transportation (Le Truck) get off at pk 11.5 km just past the village of Paopao (powpow) on the west side of Cook's Bay. There is also a taxi stand or you can call Justin, Tel. 774826

Aremiti 5

Large new catamaran for passengers and vehicles

    Prices
  • Adult: 1040 CFP
  • Infant (under 12yrs): 520 CFP
  • Tahitian Student: 520 CFP
  • 10-pack: 7280 CFP
  • Vehicle: 3380 CFP
  • Contact: +689-42-88-88
  • Average Travel Time: 30 minutes

Aremiti Ferry

500 Passengers, 100 Vehicles

    Prices
  • Adult: 1040 CFP one-way
  • Infant (under 12yrs): 520 CFP
  • Tahitian Student: 520 CFP
  • 10-pack: 7280 CFP
  • Vehicle: 5200 CFP
  • Contact: +689 42-85-85
  • Average Travel Time: 50 minutes

 


 

Moorea Ferry

300 Passengers, 65 Vehicles

    Prices
  • Adult: 832 CFP one-way
  • 10-pack: 6240 CFP
  • Vehicle: 3120 CFP
  • Average Travel Time: 30 minutes

Health

French Polynesia is generally a very safe place to visit.  There is no malaria although dengue fever (also mosquito-borne) is a periodic problem.

Probably the most common problems are cuts and grazes that can quickly become infected in the tropical environment and so they should be cleaned and treated immediately (even if apparently very minor).  Over-exposure to heat and sun should also be avoided.

Visa Requirements

Scientific Permits

All Gump Station users (no matter what their nationality or length of stay) should check with the Station well in advance of their visit about the needs for a scientific permit, known as a "protocole d’accueil".  Most users will need one of these but the rules are subject to change.  The application form is submitted to the Gump Station (see applications page) and forwarded by us to the government Research Department that issues the protocole d’accueil. At the time of writing, conference participants do not usually need a protocole d'accueil unless their nationality requires them to obtain a visa (see below).

The advice given on this page is for guidance only, we do our best to keep it up to date, but it is subject to change by the French immigration authorities.  For all questions related to upcoming visits, please contact Frank Murphy who will forward your information to the appropriate person.

Travel Documents

EU citizens: Only a valid EU passport is required.  There are no visa requirements for citizens of the European Union (but non-French citizens who stay longer than 3 months should apply for a residency card in Papeete).

US citizens: US citizens involved in scientific activities (research or classes) are allowed to stay in French Polynesia for up to 90 days without a visa so long as they have a valid protocole d’accueil.  Note that the 90 day limit is within a 6 month period starting when you first enter FP.  You can enter and leave during this period, but the cumulative time you are in FP (inclusive of arrival and departure days) must not exceed 90 days. After the 6 months has passed, the 90 days are reset - the new 6-month period begins the next time you enter FP. 

If you are likely to be close to this limit, it is recommended that you apply for a Scientific long-stay Visa (see below).

(Please confirm the visa-waiver time period and other information with your local French consulate to check for any recent changes).  

The protocole d’accueil is mandatory and it must be available for checks from the police or gendarmerie. It must specify dates covering your period of stay.  Conference participants do not usually require a protocole d'accueil unless they need it to obtain their visa (see below).

Other nationalities: Please check with your nearest French consulate whether your country participates in French Polynesia's visa waiver scheme and how long you are able to come without a visa (for some countries, it is 3 months for others, zero).  

Scientific Visa (for stays longer than 'visa waiver' period)

If you need a visa (e.g., you are a US citizen staying > 90 days, or you are citizen of a country that is not part of the visa waiver program) you must go to the French consulate closest to your place of residence at least 2 MONTHS prior to your planned visit to apply for a scientific visa.

The protocole d’accueil issued by French Polynesian government is required for the visa application and must be obtained (as described above) before going to the consulate. You might need the ORIGINAL, so be sure to apply early enough to have the protocole sent to you (FEDEX at your expense).

If you are staying for < 90 days you will be issued a visa (short stay, type C "Schengen" visa) by the consulate and you should also reclaim your original protocole d’accueil.  You will need both documents to enter French Polynesia.  Once you have arrived in Tahiti, there is no more to do.

If you are staying for > 90 days (long stay, type D visa), after arriving in Tahiti, you must go to the immigration office (DRCL - direction de la reglementation et du controle de la legalite) in Papeete within two months of your arrival with: a valid passport, two photos (passport-size pictures), and a 9000F timbre fiscale (tax stamp). The DRCL office will then issue a carte de sejour temporaire scientifique (temporary scientific residence card).  This can usually be renewed each year in Papeete by presenting a renewed protocole d’accueil.

What to Bring

Preparations

What to Bring

 

Clothes
The dress code in French Polynesia is very casual and normally one can expect warm to hot weather and some rain. The following are general suggestions.

Situation

Men Women
Dinner and evening wear Shorts or slacks/tropical or dress shirt Light dress, or pants and blouse
Daytime active Light shorts and shirt/ sandals / hat Light shorts and shirt/sandals/ hat
Bad Weather light rain jacket/ umbrella light rain jacket/ umbrella
Beach bathing suit/wet footwear/ hat/ light shirt for cover bathing suit/wet footwear/ hat/pareu for cover
Hiking sturdy footwear (boots, shoes, or sandals) with good traction sturdy footwear (boots, shoes, or sandals) with good traction