King Tamatoa Tahiti

fast ferry King Tamatoa

fast ferry King Tamatoa

The fast ferry King Tamatoa will go into service at 7 am on Friday, March 5, 2010, as it leaves Quai Sud near the Tahiti Tourisme office on the Papeete waterfront. This sleek, modern 134-meter vessel will arrive at Huahine at 10 am, Raiatea at 12:50 pm, and Bora Bora at 4:35 pm. The first return voyage from the Leeward Islands to Tahiti will embark from Bora Bora at 3:15 pm on Sunday, March 7, 2010.

As well as serving the needs of local commuters, the King Tamatoa will give a shot in the arm to French Polynesia’s ailing tourism industry. Fares on Air Tahiti have continued to rise and it now costs over US$450 to fly from Papeete to Bora Bora and back with stops on Raiatea and Huahine. Fares on the King Tamatoa will be half that. Air Tahiti’s stranglehold monopoly on travel to the Leeward Island is about to end.

The regular schedule of the King Tamatoa will be two trips a week, departing Papeete Wednesdays at 9 am and Fridays at 1:45 pm with variations on holiday weekends. From Bora Bora, the departures will be Thursdays at 7 am and Sundays at 1 pm. This ferry is operated by the shipping company Raromatai Ferry in Papeete which you can call at 45-32-63 or fax 45-32-43. Bon voyage!

Background: Is the King Tamatoa viable? Read the Vessel Assessment.

UPDATE: At last report the King Tamatoa had stopped operating and the ship had left French Polynesia.