The ferry from Tahiti to Moorea is the way to go! Especially if Air Tahiti screws you over. Sure, it’s a little longer than the 10 minute flight. But the 40 minute ferry ride (dock to dock) is such a beautiful journey. In fact, once we got on the ferry, we couldn’t be happier that Air Tahiti gave us all these issues. We really felt like had we flown we’d have missed out on an amazing experience.
The taxi from the airport to the ferry terminal is a quick ride. We were in no rush to get there, and in fact, there’s no rush in Tahiti at all, because hello island time! You don’t need to purchase tickets in advance, unless you are bringing a car (which obviously didn’t apply to us, and probably won’t to you either).
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 arrived before the ticket office even opened. We dropped off our luggage into one of the large containers, and waited. We purchased our tickets once the office opened at 7am. The whole process reminded us of taking the ferry from Hong Kong to Macau.
The cost is 3,000 xpf for two, one-way tickets, and (unbelievably), there is no charge for luggage. We had some time to kill, but ended up just hanging around the ferry terminal. We thought about going off and exploring Tahiti a little, but were just too tired from all the traveling.
I was surprised by how packed the ferry was, considering it was so early and a weekend! We grabbed seats outside, and boy was it HOT!
Tahiti and Moorea are so close that you can see either island in the distance!
Once we got off, it was pretty chaotic. Everyone waits in the blaring sun for the bins of luggage. They are basically the very last thing to come off, after the people and the cars. There are no luggage claim tags 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 a sign immediately.
The private transfer is completely unnecessary. The Hilton Moorea outsources it to a tour company, and it’s not some nice, luxury hotel vehicle. It was legit some person’s beat up van. We ended up doing a shared transfer to the airport at the end of our stay. We were crammed into a similar van with everyones luggage, and amazingly all fit. Either way is not particularly special, so why spend for the private option? The one way cost for two people via a private transfer is 3,600 xpf, and shared is 2,480.
Up next, we’re at the Hilton Moorea!