Use guidelinesUse guidelines
Use of Facilities Gump Station is dedicated to research and education, and consequently, these are the priorities of its staff and the sole use of its facilities.
The Station is run according to an honor system. We do not constantly monitor visitors but serious breaches of trust are likely to lead to permanent expulsion from the Station.
Please remember that the facilities are shared and everyone has an equal right to their use. If you have any problems, questions, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to let the staff know. Our job is to ensure that you achieve your research and educational goals as safely, efficiently and enjoyably as possible.
Using the Station boatsUsing the Station boats
Those wishing to operate a Station boat need to be approved first, which entails:
- 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 boatus.org.
- 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.
Driving around MooreaDriving around Moorea
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.
Communications and ITCommunications and IT
The Gump Station has installed a comprehensive campus network with the support of NSF and following a plan developed in collaboration with the Network Resource Startup Center (NRSC, Oregon). The Research Building serves as the heart of the IT infrastructure and is wired for Ethernet, providing several ports in each room, as well as wireless access. A full HD video-conferencing system is available in the main library. Inter/intranet access is piped to the hillside residences and the Atitia Center via fiber optic cable and most of the property has WIFI coverage.
On arrival, users are issued with a password to access the Station's intranet and connect to the Internet. Internet is provided over submarine fiber optic cable from Hawaii through the French Polynesian telecommunications company (OPT) in collaboration with the six research organizations on Tahiti and Moorea - the Polynesian research and education network (PolyREN), the University of Hawaii, and France's research and education network RENATER.
For local calls, phone cards (with a sim) can be purchased at Vini and Vodafone and recharges are available in grocery stores. The station phones are limited to local calls only and for emergency services.
Housekeeping and StorageHousekeeping and Storage
Limited housekeeping services are provided in the community areas. Users are responsible for their own rooms, and for washing their dishes.
There are washing machines (detergent is provided) and dryers in the dorm and in the housekeeping/workshop structure on the hill side of the road. 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.
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.
Kitchens and CateringKitchens and Catering
All housing options have access to kitchen facilities. A full catering service is available for groups on request.
- Rats, mice, ants, and roaches are a problem if cooking areas and other places with food are not kept scrupulously clean. Please clean all surfaces and put all food away (including unpeeled fruit). Put trash out every night in a closed bag in the large trash bins in the unit behind the Research Building and be sure to close the door (so dogs do not pull over the bins).
- The stoves use propane from small tanks. If the propane runs out, change the tank and make sure that the empty tank gets exchanged for a full one.
- At the end of your stay please clean out your food from the shelves and fridges.
Yes, there is recycling on Moorea. The island appreciates your compliance with the recycling instructions posted in the kitchen and on the green trash containers.
The green trash containers are for the following recyclable items (clean and empty containers only):
- Cardboard boxes and packaging
- Plastic bottles with caps
- Metal cans
- Aluminum soda cans
Recyclables are collected regularly. Items do not need to be sorted - everything on the above list goes into the green bin "bac vert". Do not put your recyclables into plastic bags.
There is a large green recycling receptacle next to Supermarket Are in Paopao for glass bottles. Batteries and oil can be recycled at the Mobil station.
Violent and major crimes are very unusual on Moorea but petty theft can occur. Do not leave your snorkeling gear, bicycle, backpack, etc. unattended. Have someone stay with your gear when you go snorkeling at the public beach.
On Station grounds, don’t leave SCUBA gear, electronics, sunglasses, etc. unattended in plain view. It is advisable to lock rooms / bungalows. (Note that the dock and 3 meters from the water are public property in French Polynesia.)
Remember to lock up the kayaks, outdoor lockers, and the fuel shed near the dock after use.
Users are responsible for any guests and should remain with them while they are on Station property.
Moorea has 220 Volt 60 cycle electricity as in France. Power is reasonably reliable but outages do occur from time to time. The Station has back-up generators that kick-in automatically and provide power to the labs and core equipment. If you plug a US appliance (110 Volt) into the European wall power sockets, it will be immediately destroyed. Beware of adaptors that allow you to insert American plugs into the local European (French-style) sockets – always double check your appliance can handle 220V. Most laptops are OK because they have a built in transformer. To conserve energy, please turn off lights, fans and appliances when you are not using them.
Moorea has a municipal water system that connects the Station, but the water is pumped to tanks in order to supply the entire property with suitable pressure. Excessive use of water can cause these tanks to empty and we will be without water for several hours. As a result, please make sure the toilet that you’ve just flushed stops running or it will drain the tank.
Water treatment plants are being installed to increase the coverage of potable water on Moorea. The water is fine for cooking, brushing teeth etc. but for drinking, it is recommended to use water from the separate (small) faucet on many of the Station sinks, which is attached to a filtration system.
The Station uses septic systems that rely upon bacterial action and are thus highly susceptible to overfilling and chemical imbalance. Do not use chlorine-based cleaners in toilets. Do not put any chemicals down any drain or toilet. To help the bacterial breakdown of the sewage, please put any trash or feminine hygiene products in the trash receptacles provided.