This page provides useful pre-departure, travel and base information. From airport procedures to visa requirements, it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and care free. We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you. You might also find our PDF cruising guide helpful in planning your holiday itinerary in more detail.

Address & Map

The Moorings Raiatea Base
BP 331 
98735 Uturoa
Raiatea Island
Tel: (+689) 777 003

We suggest you notify family and friends of how you may be reached in case they need to contact you.

Hours of operation
Hours of operation: 7:30 AM - 17:00 PM, 7 days a week.

Base facilities
Bathrooms, water and fuel at the dock, bar, restaurants, souvenirs shop, snorkelling gear, dive centre, fax, public phone, internet, dinghies or kayaks, tourist brochures and information, weather forecast.

Base map

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Arrival & Departure

How to get there
Fly to Papeete-Tahiti and then catch a direct flight to Raiatea

Servicing airlines
Air Tahiti Nui
Air France
Air New Zeeland
Lan Chile

Due to the number of flights which we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Be sure to get in touch with your Holiday Planner before you book your flights.

Customs / Immigration information
A valid passport (for each passenger) and crew list is compulsory for clearance. Expiration date must be no earlier than 6 months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.

Raiatea airport - Tahiti/Faa'a airport

Airport transfers
Transfers from Raiatea Airport are not included in your charter price. You must arrange on your own on arrival or you can add pre-book taxi transfers to your Moorings booking and pay the driver locally upon arrival. Please contact your Moorings Holiday Planner who will be happy to do this for you. Return transfers cost £5 per person and takes approximately 5 minutes. On arrival, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall with a sign displaying your name.

Arrival / Departure procedure
Embarkation: Charters start at 10:00am or 4:00pm (with a Sleep Aboard). 
Briefing Times: Briefings are scheduled at: 9:00am for morning starts; 3:00pm for a Sleep Aboard.
All skippers must attend the briefing and everything you need to know will be covered from customs regulations, use of the radio, making dinner reservations, how to get help etc... Please save all questions of this nature until then. The Moorings operations manual will be on board your yacht for your use throughout your charter. 
Disembarkation: All charters end at 10:00am at which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.

Late arrival procedure
Clients need to advise the base if arriving after office hours. The Base staff will meet the clients, settle them onboard and brief them the following day.

Security excess 
If you haven't purchased Yacht Damage Waiver, a security deposit (amount as per your invoice) is payable at the base by traveller's cheques, Visa or Master Card, and is refundable at the end of the charter subject to there being no loss or damage. The liability includes loss or theft of the dinghy and/or outboard.

Taxes / Departure tax
There is no departure tax.

Taxi can be easily hailed at airport.
The journey lasts 10/15 minutes and costs about 1500 Fcp (US$15.00).
Central Booking Office in TAHITI tel: 689.83 30 07
Central Booking Office in RAIATEA island tel: 689.66 20 60

Car rental 
Foreign and International licenses accepted. All the main car rental companies are present at the airport. You will find small car rental companies that offer very competitive daily rates. Avis /TAHITI tel: 689 41 93 93
Avis/RAIATEA tel: 689 66 20 80 FINI
Europcar /TAHITI tel: 689 45 24 24
Europcar /RAIATEA tel: 689 66 34 06
Garage Motu Tapu/RAIATEA tel: 689 66 33 09 FINI

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General Information

Area: 2,589 sq. mi. (118 islands and atolls)
Population: 287,032
Capital City: Papeete 
Official Languages: French, Polynesian (official), Asian languages
Ethnic groups: Polynesian, Chinese, local French, metropolitan French
Religion: Protestant, Roman Catholic, other.
Government: N/A - overseas lands of France
Industries: food processing, wood and paper products, textiles, machinery, transportation equipment, banking and insurance, tourism, mining
Tipping: 10-15% is generally acceptable if it has not been added already.
Currency: The Pacific Franc is the common money in French Polynesia.
Electricity:  220 Volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. If you travel to French Polynesia / Tahiti with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts.  In order to use electronic equipment that is 110v or 220v, you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.  
Time: UTC/GMT - 10 hours.    

L'Hibiscus de Tahaa - Hotel, Restaurant, Yacht Club & Spa
Taha'a Private Island Relai & Chateaux 
Sunset Beach Motel

La Croix du Sud
La voile D'Or
Club House

Post office
A Post Office is located in Uturoa 5 KM from the base.  
Monday to Friday: from 7.30am to 3.00pm during week time and from 8.00am to 10.00am during weekends.  
Stamps, post cards, letterbox are available at Moorings base.

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit

Internet connectivity
Internet access available at the base (briefing room). There are two internet cafes near the Marina. Huahini and Bora Bora also have internet cafes available. You can also find Wi-Fi zones on each island.

Mobile phones
To use your mobile phone in Tahiti, you have a few options:

You can check with your service provider to obtain an extension for your phone to work in French Polynesia. 

Wi-Fi Coverage is good in all main villages so, if you have a smart phone, you can utilize Skype to call internationally.  

You can buy a SIM card that works off of the VINI network.  You can purchase a VINI SIM card in one of the VINI shops (in Papeete) or at the post office in the airport when you arrive.  

The Moorings can provide one mobile phone for free that can be used to call internationally.  We sell pre-paid calling card and the cost is about 1.5 dollar per minute.  With these phones, you can accept incoming calls at no cost.

Tourist information centres
Tourism Information, TAHITI - Tel: (689) 50 57 00 
Tourism Committee Information, RAIATEA Tel: (689) 600 777 / fax: (689) 600 776 
Many Moorings clients may obtain tourist information from their own country – please visit for more details.

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Banks & Money Exchange

At 3 mi. from the Moorings, in the main town of Uturoa you will find several banks each with a cash dispenser. 
Hours: 7:30 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Currencies / Money exchange
Currency:  The currency used in French Polynesia is the French Pacific franc, or CFP. Though exchange rates vary, there are approximately 100 CFP to the U.S. dollar. Notes come in denominations of 500, 1000, 5000 and 10,000, and coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100. 
Accepted Forms of Payment: The Pacific Franc is the common money in French Polynesia.  Euros and US Dollars are accepted throughout the Leeward Islands. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted in most of the larger restaurants and supermarkets.

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Activities & Sports

Thanks to the area's relatively low population, the waters around Raiatea and Tahaa are never depleted of fish.  Local fish include jackfish, mahi-mahi, marlin, sailfish and tuna.  

Fishing equipment is available at our base for daily fee.  Please check with your Holiday Planner for details. Fishing license is not needed for leisure fishing. License is only required if you are selling the fish.

Snorkelling or diving
Those wishing to scuba dive should bring their certification card. Some scuba diving companies provide a beginners' course. You will find scuba diving companies on Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Huahine. Some will allow you to rent the equipment if you have the proper certification and plan to dive with two or more people. Check at the Moorings' office and we can help you plan your dives.
To help you avoid travelling with an extra bag, The Moorings has snorkelling material (fins, masks and snorkels) available at the base. They are stored in the briefing room; just ask Customer Service for assistance.  
The hiring of diving gear can be arranged prior to charter or on-site.

Water sports
Kayaks can be added to your charter contract. 

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Cruising Information

Experience / Qualification requirements
A sailing qualifications is not mandatory to charter here - but you must demonstrate that you have the necessary experience and ability. If our base staff are not confident in your ability when you arrive, they will arrange for a Moorings skipper to travel with you - at your own expense. Please ensure you have completed a Sailing CV to ensure you have the necessary experience required.

Marina information
Marina Apooiti
The Moorings' base is located at Marina Apooiti which is 5 minutes from the airport, situated on the North shore of Raiatea island. The berth and outside moorings are free of charge for the Moorings boats. The boat's tanks are full on delivery of the charter yacht. Fuel tanks can be filled at the Moorings' Marina, as well as at the islands of Bora-Bora (Bloody Mary) and Huahine (Main harbour) Moorings' yachts are equipped with 12 V refrigerators Ice cubes, or ice blocks are available at Moorings Store base.
Marina Uturoa
One nautical mile NE of the Marina Apooiti, there is pass Tearearahi between the South cardinal beacon of the BGC and the North cardinal beacon of the reef extending north of the airport. Marina Uturoa is one nautical mile ESE of passe Tearearahi and close to the town and its shops.

Cruising permits
Cruising permits are not required in Tahiti

Electricity information
The standard current is 220 volts AC with European-style plugs.
The Moorings pier is equipped with 220V. power outlets.
The majority of our yachts are equipped with power cords, battery charger and 220V. plugs ( 220 V available only at the dock).
There is a 12V. cigar lighter outlet by the chart table on our yachts.

Sailing area restrictions
Restricted Zones
This information is covered in the chart briefing.
* For passages to the islands of Raiatea, Bora Bora, Huahine and Tahaa, the base asks for clients to sign a waiver attesting to their experience in making such long passages.
* Passing to the south of Raiatea (Passe Nao Nao) is prohibited.

Cruising information

View or download our Tahiti cruising guide

Moorings - A listing of sites where moorings are located is covered in the chart briefing.
- In all European waters, the International A system is used and not the B system that is used in American and Caribbean waters. Beacons and buoys are used to mark entrance into passes and to ports and some large bays.
- Port-hand on entering: red cylinder.
- Starboard-hand on entering: green cone.

View Tahiti chart for Bora Bora and Huahine

Interesting sites
Please visit the Itinerary Page for more of the best places to visit on your trip. While you are in Tahiti take the opportunity to visit these other cultural attractions.
Pearl farms
Taputapuatea’s marae
Mount Temehani, only place where the “Tiare Apetahi”, a very rare flower can be seen
Mount Tapioi, the nicest view over the Leeward Islands
You can go upstream the river Faaroa, birthplace of all Polynesian migrations, by dinghy or kayak (available at the base).

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Provisioning (Food & Drink for your boat)

Provisioning services
This destination offers the convenience of The Moorings Provisioning Service! Let The Moorings take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Order complete packages when booking online or over the phone. Or choose to order online from our Online Provisioning Store which also offers all packages and an extensive a la carte inventory. We’ll coordinate the details and guarantee that everything is aboard your yacht when you arrive. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

There is an excellent central market in downtown Uturoa, located between the docking area and the main road going through downtown Uturoa. It is the main village of Raiatea and is 4 KM from the base. Whatever is available on the island comes from Uturoa so you will find everything you need from meat to fruits & veggies and more.

The market is open 6 days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 6pm, with limited hours on Sunday 6am to 11:30am. Take a taxi from the base to the supermarket. When you are finished with your shopping, the supermarket will conveniently deliver your provisioning to your boat.

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Health & Safety

Travel insurance
Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities on your Moorings holiday. Click for more details

Medical information
French Polynesia enjoys a high standard of health, with excellent medical and dental services, pharmacies, private clinics and a large government hospital in Tahiti, which is open 24 hours. The outer islands have hospitals or dispensaries, and a few private practitioners.

Vaccination and immunisation information 
French Polynesia is generally risk-free of contagious disease.  At time of publication, an International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory.

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination’s authority website to receive the latest updates.

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