Station Map and Virtual Tour

- The Gump Station Virtual Tour provides a general overview of our laboratories, housing options, location and other aspects of the station.

- The Gump Station Interactive Map allows visitors to see the layout of the station.

For any questions about equipment and facilities at the Gump Station, please contact Frank Murphy.

Vehicles & Boats

See equipment inventory for description of the Gump Stations fleet of boats and vehicles.

Vehicle Usage

All drivers must complete the vehicle use form on arrival.  Vehicle use is primarily for Gump Station residents.  Day users also have access to the vehicles but the cars must be left at the Gump Station over night.  Gas is included in the flat fee, but only for Gump Station vehicles when filled up at the Mobil gas station nearby in Paopao (where Gump has an account).  Users must pay for any gas purchased elsewhere and this cannot be reimbursed (unless by prior agreement with the Station management).  Priority is given to user needs on Moorea, but with approval from the Station managemnent, vehicles can sometimes be taken to Tahiti (if needed by a Gump user for their class or research project).  Car ferry and other costs associated with taking cars to Tahiti are at the users expense.


Those wishing to operate a Station boat need to be approved by Frank Murphy first. All boat operators must have a valid boating license from their country of origin.  US residents may obtain a US Coast Guard approved certificate by completing an online exam at https://www.boatus.org/onlinecourse/.  Boat operators must also take the local French Polynesia boating exam (in English). Details about the test are available on this site including a study guide, example questions, and example forms.  All boat operators must also familiarize themselves with the Gump Boating Safety Manual and pass a practical exam onsite.  


The new Research Building serves as the heart of the IT infrastructure for the Gump Station and is wired for Ethernet, providing several ports in each room, as well as wireless access.  Bundled DSL lines provide Internet access and inter/intranet access is piped to the hillside residences via new fiber optic cable, which was laid to the Gump House from where the hillside bungalows are connected with wireless bridges. The Station's intranet is safeguarded by a firewall device, behind which a central server provides basic computing services.


On arrival, users are issued with a password to access the Station's intranet and connect to the Internet.  Multiple 512k DSL connections currently provide Internet access to the Station. In early 2010, French Polynesia will activate a fiber optic cable from Moorea and Tahiti to Hawaii that will dramatically increase Internet connectivity.

Computing Equipment

The Station has a very limited number of common use computers and most visitors are expected to bring their own laptop with wireless card.


Phone calls are expensive in French Polynesia (even local calls). The Station phones are limited to local calls. Skype or other VOIP service is recommended as an affordable way to call overseas.


The post office is in Maharepa and the closest mailbox is on the outside of ARE supermarket. The OUTBOX in the main dorm is emptied sporadically by visitors and staff who are going to the post office. Incoming mail is picked up by Station staff from Maharepa every day and left in the INBOX. You may use our postal address if you wish to receive mail while at the Station. UC Berkeley Gump Station, BP 244, Maharepa - 98728, Moorea, French Polynesia

If you have packages sent to you, they will probably be stopped in customs and import duties can be very high (see our shipping and import duties section for further details).

Shipping & Bringing Equipment

For advice on importing any equipment items and to submit applications for exoneration of customs duties, please contact Hinano Teavai-Murphy.

Temporary Equipment (to be taken out again): For the official policy on import duties and procedures, visitors should contact the French Polynesian customs authorities. It is our understanding that items can be imported for up to 6 months without duties.  A bond might be required for some items to ensure that they are re-exported. Generally, researchers should have a list of equipment items they intend to take home again prepared in advance. This list should be given to the customs agent if requested (along with a copy of the research permit). The customs agent will tell you what, if any, further steps are required to ensure re-exportation of the items. Particularly for more expensive items, you might require a carnet de passage, which can also be obtained in advance - see http://www.atacarnet.com for details.

Importing Items ( > 6 months): The Gump Station has an exoneration of some of the import duties for certain research items. Please contact us at least a month before you travel with or ship any equipment or supplies (whether by air or sea) if you wish to apply for this exoneration (for which there is a fee). We will require a list of the items and their value and information about when and how they are to be shipped.

Mailing items to Moorea: When sending packages to French Polynesia (including through the regular mail), please be aware that they will be subject to some import duties, even if you have the exoneration certificate. Larger packages will be impounded at the port of entry and generally require a Customs Agent to get them out. There is a fee associated with the Customs Agent's services.

All packages or letters should be addressed as follows:

Station Map

Insert Station Map


The Gump Station has limited storage and laundry facilities for its users.


In general users are expected to take all of their equipment back with them after each visit.  Anyone wishing to leave items must enter them into the storage container.  In most cases, the items must be packed into an appropriate rodent-resistant plastic container (not plastic bags or cardboard boxes).  For sensitive items, such as microscopes, arrangements can be made to store them in the Research Building. 


Sheets are washed periodically by the Station Housekeeper.  For personal items, the dorm has a washer and a drier for those staying on the waterfront.  The workshop/housekeeping structure on the hillside of the road has a laundry room for the Station Housekeeper, which can also be used out of office hours by those staying in hillside bungalows.



The Gump Station regularly hosts classes and conferences.  The Research Building is the primary venue for meetings; the library can hold up to 40 people depending on configuration (tables can be arranged classroom-style, in a horse-shoe, or removed for maximum occupancy theater-style).  LCD projector is provided. 

For coffee breaks, there is a common area with kitchen outside the library that opens up onto a very spacious deck overlooking the waterfront labs to Cook's Bay.

Meals are usually taken in the fare pote'e (traditional thatched roof structure) located on the waterfront across from the Research Building.  Participants can be housed in a range of accommodations at the Station and also at nearby hotels such as the Moorea Hilton just 2km away.  

Field trips and excursions can be organized on request.

Conferences need to be carefully coordinated not to overlap with peak periods of research or teaching.  Please contact Frank Murphy for further information.

SCUBA Information

Diving Regulations and Facilities

Diving is strictly regulated and use of Gump Station equipment and related facilities for SCUBA is only allowed for scientific purposes.  Anyone wanting to dive while based at the Gump Station must obtain prior clearance from the UCB Diving Safety Officer, Jim Hayward.  This clearance should be obtained in writing BEFORE arrival at the Gump Station.

The Station does not provide personal dive gear (mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit, etc.), which users must bring for themselves.  Available SCUBA Equipment includes:

Larger groups should contact Frank Murphy to ensure that sufficient tanks and lead are available.