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Tahiti, Papeete: Totally Renovated Marina

By Luc Callebaut — last modified May 04, 2015 03:02 PM
Marina de Papeete has been totally renovated and re-opened on 23rd April 2015.

Published: 2015-05-03 23:00:00
Countries: French Polynesia

Tahiti, Papeete: Totally Renovated Marina

Photo of the new marina © Kh.M/LDT

The old “Seawall” on the Papeete seafront on the island of Tahiti has been totally transformed into a full-service, state-of-the-art marina with floating piers, security, and berthing for 80 yachts.

Gone the old flotilla of rickety, derelict, local resident boats haphazardly Med-moored to the wall with wobbly wooden gangplanks leading onto the street.  The new Marina de Papeete, aesthetically, designed in a graceful curve, blending with the parkways and public places on the seafront in the heart of Papeete, was inaugurated on 23 April, 2015.

The opening was timed to welcome the around-the-world rally fleets from the Blue Planet Odyssey and the World ARC.  The President of French Polynesia, and the Mayor of Papeete opened the ceremony and were followed by the ribbon cutting, a Marina tour, a Polynesian Dance performance, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

The floating finger piers will accommodate 80 yachts, with metered water and electricity.  The yachts are buffered from the public street by a “moat” of water and locked security gates.  The marina office complex features an air-conditioned guest lounge and patio with free wifi, washing machines, and ample men’s and women’s toilette/shower facilities.  New rates are being established starting soon and are slated to be competitive with the largest private marina in the area, Marina Tahina.  The Marina de Papeete is run by the Port Autonome de Papeete, responsible for all activities in the port.

Marina de Papeete manager, Ken Vernaudon, who has been greeting yachtsmen for the past 18 yrs, now has two assistants: Franco and Matahi. They all speak French and English, and are very friendly and accommodating.

It is nice to have a modern marina in the heart of town close to the Marche (fresh Market), clinics, banks, outdoor cafes, arts and crafts, tourist bureau, and the famous Roulottes (food trucks) that come to Place Vaiete in the evenings to serve a variety of foods in a fun, carnival-like ambiance.

Marina de Papeete
Tel: (689) 40 47 48 54
Website: http://www.portdepapeete.pf
Email : marinadepapeete@portppt.pf
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