If Air Tahiti screws you over, there’s an alternate way to get to Moorea from Tahiti. Sure, it’s a little longer than the 10 minute flight (the ferry ride is about 40 minutes dock to dock), but I assure you, it’s far more beautiful. In fact, we couldn’t be happier that Air Tahiti screwed us over, and were so thankful to take this scenic route!
Getting to the ferry terminal from the airport is super easy! It’s not difficult to find a taxi, because like I said here, the airport isn’t all that big.
The taxi from the airport to the ferry terminal is a quick ride. There’s was no rush to get there, and in fact, there’s no rush in Tahiti at all, hello island time! You don’t even need to purchase your ferry tickets in advance, unless you are bringing a car (which obviously didn’t apply to us, and probably won’t to you).
There are two ferry services in Tahiti – Terevau and Aremiti. We took the slower Aremiti ferry, and like I said, it was about 40 minutes dock to dock. We got there before the ticket office opened, so we waited, dropped our luggage into one of the large containers, and eventually purchased our tickets once the office opened at 7am. The whole process reminded us a lot of what it was like taking the ferry from Hong Kong to Macau.
The cost was 3,000 xpf for two, one-way tickets, and (unbelievably), there is no charge for luggage. We had time to kill, but ended up just hanging around the ferry terminal, rather than exploring any of Tahiti, as we were just too tired, and still had our carryons, which were not light. We didn’t miss much, though, there’s really not a lot to see and do here in Tahiti.
I was surprised how packed the ferry was, considering it was early and a weekend! We grabbed seats outside, on the very top, and boy was it HOT!
I took the time on the ride over to play with the camera settings on my brand new Sony RX100 M3, which I got two days before we left!
Tahiti and Moorea are so close, you can see either island in the distance from the other!
I loved getting off the ferry, and seeing the cars on board, so much so that I took a picture of it. I think by this point I was delirious from the travel and the heat!
Once we got off, it was pretty chaotic, as everyone was cramped together outside, waiting in the blaring sun for the bins of luggage, which were basically the very last thing that came off the ferry, after the people and the cars. There’s no luggage claim tag either, so it’s pretty much a free for all.
We booked a private transfer from our hotel, the Hilton Moorea, and spotted our name on the sign immediately. However, I do have to say, the private transfer is completely unnecessary. The Hilton Moorea outsources this to a tour company, and it’s not some nice, luxury hotel vehicle, but instead some person’s beat up van. We ended up doing a shared transfer back to the airport, and were crammed into a similar van (with no idea how all our luggage would fit, but crazily, it did). It wasn’t going to be a luxurious experience either way, so why spend more for the private experience? This was all a very different arrival/departure experience from our later Bora Bora one. Although, I suppose that’s just another difference between a Hilton (Moorea) and Four Seasons (Bora Bora). Anyway, the cost for a private transfer via the Hilton is 3,600 xpf for two people one way, and shared is 2,480 for two people one way.
Up next, all about the Hilton Moorea, but in the meantime, here’s a little sneak preview of the gorgeous grounds and amazing snorkeling!