Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Getting to Moorea

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Ferry to Moorea
Taking the Ferry to Moorea
“Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise” Trip Report Index: Emily Jablon:  After we landed in Tahiti and made our way to the baggage claim, we were greeted by serenaders welcoming us into their country.  We had to fill out a tourism survey in addition to the immigration form, and the ladies who collected the tourism survey were dressed in strapless flower print dresses and looked very pretty.

We picked up our luggage, then stopped at the ATM to get some cash.  On our way we saw lots of people with real flower garlands to give to their friends or family who arrived.  The flowers smelled so nice and sweet!

Daraius:  We landed when it was still dark.  There were no jet-bridges in the airport, so we walked down the stairs and into the airport.  We were finally here!

We were hungry so we stopped at the cafe in the airport.  I had a baguette and Emily had a quiche.  The cafe accepted credit card, so we didn’t need any cash.

Ferry to Moorea
Daraius:  My usual strategy is to withdraw cash from an ATM for expenses which I can’t charge to the hotel or have to pay cash for.  I pay all our other travel expenses with a credit card which doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees.

There was an ATM on the left of the arrival door, but it wasn’t working, so we went in the opposite direction and used a Banque Socredo ATM.

Ferry to Moorea
Banque Socredo ATM at Airport

It was about 6:15 in the morning and we had to get to the ferry terminal in Papeete.  We could have taken the public bus (Le Truck), but it was Sunday, we had luggage, and I didn’t want to risk missing the 7:30 ferry to Moorea.

Here are directions on how to take the bus from the airport to the ferry terminal.

It was easy to get a cab.  We just made our way to where they line up and I asked what the fare would be before loading our bags.  The driver asked for 2,200 XPF (~$24) which was less than the 2,500 XPF (~$27) which I had read online and in the Moon Tahiti guide so I agreed.

Ferry to Moorea
Taxi to the Ferry Station
Emily Jablon:  After ~15 minutes, we arrived at the ferry station.  We got out of the cab and a man put our suitcases in a crate, which is then filled with other bags and forklifted into the ferry.
Ferry to Moorea
Moorea Ferry Station

We tried to buy our tickets, but the sign said that tickets would be sold only after 7:00 am.

Ferry to Moorea
Come Back at 7!
Daraius:  We hung around and bought 2 tickets on the fast ferry (Aremiti 5).  Each 1-way ticket cost 1,500 XPF (~$16) and I could use a credit card to pay for the tickets.  This was cheaper than the ~$66, per person, to fly from Papeete to Moorea.

It takes ~35 minutes by the fast ferry and ~7 minutes by air.  The advantage of flying is that you don’t have to leave the airport in Papeete, but it costs more.

Here’s a link to the ferry schedule.  There are 2 ferries – the regular or slower ferry (Aremiti Ferry) and the faster ferry (Aremiti 5).

I debated buying the tickets online in advance, but everything I read suggested that the ferry doesn’t sell out (unless you want a spot for a car).

Ferry to Moorea
Ferry Tickets
Emily Jablon:  We walked up the stairs and boarded the ferry.  It was huge and mostly empty.
Ferry to Moorea
Lots of Empty Seats on the Ferry to Moorea

We climbed the stairs and sat in the open deck on top.  It was a bit windy so I was glad I had my sweater.

Ferry to Moorea
What’s That?
Daraius:  The wind felt great and we were soon approaching Moorea.
Ferry to Moorea
Approaching Moorea

We got out of the ferry and went to collect our bags.  There were buses outside the ferry station, so it is possible to take the bus to your hotel. There is only 1 road in Moorea which goes around the island and the entrance to the Hilton is right off the road.  You can usually just signal to the driver to stop when you want to get on or off.

The Moon guide suggested that they would be no buses on Sunday morning, so I had booked a ride through the Hilton.  A little after-the-fact research suggested that the buses ran in tandem with the fast ferry schedule, so we could have saved money by taking the bus.  The bus tickets would have been ~$5.

Ferry to Moorea
Buses Outside the Moorea Ferry Dock

I had emailed the Hilton for a pick-up from the ferry dock for 2,400 XPF (~$26) for both Emily and I.  There was a lady with our names on a sign and soon we were on our way to the Hilton.

Ferry to Moorea
Moorea Ferry Parking Lot
Emily Jablon:  There were gorgeous views on our way to the Hilton in Moorea.  We were so excited to be here!
Ferry to Moorea
On Our Way to the Hilton

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