The Gump Station User Guide... all you need to know

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Details not to be overlooked

Applications to Use the Gump Station

There are three steps for applying to use the Gump Station and making reservations (see links on right):

  1. Applications
  2. Reservations
  3. Permits (Protocôle d'accueil, CITES, Import)

The first of these must be completed by the project/class leader before they or any members of their group can make a reservation. Once this has been done, the other steps should be completed by everyone before their arrival in French Polynesia. Depending on length of stay and nationality, there might also be additional immigration requirements.

NOTE: Everything listed in the 'formalities' section of the station guide must be completed before you come to Moorea.

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Online Application System - RAMS

The principal investigator, conference organizer, or class leader must select the nature of their project:

  • OTHER (conference, workshop, outreach activity, meeting...)

and submit an application through RAMS

go to RAMS

Just making an exploratory visit?

If you are making a visit to explore potential projects and not actually carry out the project at this time, please fill out the application under the appropriate category (research, university class, other) indicating this is an exploratory visit.

Carrying out Research + Teaching at same time?

In the case of a class where an instructor (professor, graduate student) are also conducting research during their time at the Gump Station, they should submit a separate RESEARCH application for their personal project (in addition to the general Class application). The Reservation should be made under the class application, assuming the class is paying for their usage.


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Once an Application has been submitted, anyone with the Application password is free to make reservations through RAMS.

go to RAMS

Once your reservation has been submitted in the online system, Gump Staff will contact you to confirm and let you know of any other requirements. Please wait for this confirmation before finalizing your travel arrangements.

A single Reservation can have multiple people arriving and/or departing at different times. If there is a period when nobody from the group is at the Station, a new Reservation should be submitted for any subsequent usage.


All those using the Gump Station must agree to the terms of the UC Berkeley waiver and a Photo Consent Form as indicated in the online application. You will find copies of these waivers below. You will be required to sign them upon arrival at the station.



UC Berkeley Waiver Form
Photo consent waiver.pdf
Photo Consent waiver




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Permit - protocole d'accueil

Permit - protocole d'accueil


All individuals carrying out research (including graduate students but not undergraduates) must complete the French Polynesian government's scientific permit application form "protocole d'accueil" and email it to Gump Station. When adding your photo and signature, please be sure to keep the document size under 800 KB.) This applies to everyone, irrespective of their nationality or length of stay.

For citizens of countries participating in French Polynesia's visa waiver scheme (e.g., EU, USA), the permit is generally not required for: exploring potential research projects, participating in workshops/conferences or taking part in a field course as an undergraduate student.


All professors teaching a class must complete the form "protocole d'accueil" (as above). 

If any participants are not EU citizens, group leaders must provide the "Participant's form" for each person (see Immigration Requirements). Once this information is submitted, a certificate "attestation d'accueil" will be sent back to the leaders, and the "attestation d'accueil" must be in presented to immigration upon arrival in French Polynesia. Any participants not traveling on the same flight as the leader will need a copy of their "attestation d'accueil".

Conference Organizers

Conference organizers do not need to complete the form "protocole d'accueil".

If any participants are not EU citizens, group leaders must provide the "Participant's form" for each person (see Immigration Requirements). Once this information is submitted, a certificate "attestation d'accueil" will be sent back to the leaders, and the "attestation d'accueil" must be in presented to immigration upon arrival in French Polynesia. Any participants not traveling on the same flight as the leader will need a copy of their "attestation d'accueil".


Protocole d'accueil application form
Application for Protocole d'accueil
Participant's form for classes and conferences
Participant's Form



Renewing the Protocole d'accueil permit

Users must renew their protocole d'accueil permits annually. For researchers, you should attach an annual report to the permit application form. Classes might include a copy of any class report. As WORD or PDF attachment, the report (or at least its abstract) should be in French and English.

It should include:

  • keywords
  • geographic coordinates of principal study sites
  • abstract
  • introduction/background
  • methods
  • (preliminary) results
  • discussion and future directions
  • bibliography
  • acknowledgments

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Immigration requirements

Immigration requirements

Immigration requirements for stays shorter than 90 days

All visitors should read over the immigration requirements well in advance (at least 2 months) of travel to ensure they have all necessary documentation. The information here is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing, but users should confirm with their nearest French consulate.

Required documents

  • EU citizens: Only a valid EU passport is required. There are no visa requirements for citizens of the European Union, but non-French citizens who stay longer than 3 months should apply for a residency card in Papeete.
  • US citizens: US citizens involved in scientific activities (research or classes) are allowed to stay in French Polynesia for up to 90 days without a visa so long as they have a valid protocole d’accueil. Note that the 90 day limit is within a 6 month period starting when you first enter FP. You can enter and leave during this period, but the cumulative time you are in FP (inclusive of arrival and departure days) must not exceed 90 days. After the 6 months has passed, the 90 days are reset - the new 6-month period begins the next time you enter FP.
  • If you are likely to be close to this limit, it is recommended that you apply for a Scientific long-stay Visa / Carte de Sejour.
  • The Protocole d’Accueil is mandatory and it must be available for checks from the police or gendarmerie. It specifies dates covering your period of stay.
  • Conference participants do not usually require a protocole d'accueil unless they are citizens of a country that does not participate in the visa waiver program. In which case, they might need it to obtain a visa.
  • Other nationalities: Please check with your nearest French consulate whether your country participates in French Polynesia's visa waiver scheme and how long you are able to come without a visa (for some countries, it is 3 months for others, zero).

Groups: Classes and conferences

For non-EU students and conference participants, your professor or conference leader will require the following information from you:

  • Complete name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Complete address
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Arrival date
  • Departure date
  • A scanned copy of your passport (under 2 MB)

Conference participants and students from countries other than EU countries, the USA, or Canada need to check with their nearest French consulate to ascertain whether or not their country participates in French Polynesia's visa waiver scheme, and to find out how long they are able to stay in French Polynesia without a visa. (for some countries, it is 3 months for others, zero).

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If you are (a) staying longer than 90 days visa waiver period (e.g., as a U.S. citizen) or (b) for any length of stay if you are citizen of a country that is not part of the visa waiver program, you must to apply for a Carte de Séjour - scientific. This must be done at the French consulate closest to your place of residence at least 2 months prior to your planned visit .

In order to apply for the Carte de Séjour, you must first obtain the Protocole d’Accueil issued by French Polynesia and a Letter of Guarantee from the Gump Station. You must do this before going to your nearest consulate. You might need the original documents so be sure to apply early enough for Gump Station to send them to you (at your expense).


Documents needed to apply for (or renew) a Carte de Séjour

  • Two photocopies of the application form, dated and signed by applicant, each with attached passport photos (3.5 X 4.5 cm).
  • Two photocopies of the main identity pages, showing the identity, photo and expiration date.  Also, for those making their first request, copies of the pages showing the stamp with the date of arrival in French Polynesia and the visa obtained at the consulate.
  • Protocol d'accueil for a researcher or teacher-researcher which must be dated and signed by the researcher, a Gump Station administrator, and the mayor of Moorea.
  • Proof of social and medical coverage in French Polynesia:
    • photocopy of card CPS (PF), or
    • attestation of social security coverage (France), or
    • a certificate of health insurance coverage, which must be valid durring the entire stay (USA).
  • Proof of the personal financial resources:
    • Bank statements, pay slips, pension statements, etc. from the past 3 months, or
    • An attestation of the honor of care from a financial guarantor. The guarantor must provide proof of identity and proof of financial resources. (ie. Personal financial statements for the last 3 months such as bank statements or pay slips, pension etc ...)
  • Proof of residence in PF:
    • A photocopy of the rental lease, or
    • An attestation of accommodation from the host organization.

Renewals: your Carte de Séjour must be renewed each year in Papeete.

Anyone holding a carte de sejour must renew it 2 months before it expires.  Along with the renewal application, a new protocole d'accueil, and a new/updated set of the above-mentioned documents and two photocopies of the current residence permit (double-sided).

Liste des documents à joindre à une demande de carte de séjour (SCIENTIFIQUE).pdf
Liste des documents à joindre à une demande de carte de séjour (SCIENTIFIQUE).pdf



Those issued a short stay, type C "Schengen" visa by the consulate should also reclaim their original protocole d’accueil as you will need both documents to enter French Polynesia.   

If you are staying for longer than 90 days (long stay, type D visa, also called Carte de Sejour) after you arrive in French Polynesia, you must go to the immigration office (DRCL - Direction de la Réglèmentation et du Contrôle de la Légalité) in Papeete within two months of your arrival with:

  • a valid passport
  • two photos (passport-size)
  • a 9,000 CFP timbre fiscale (tax stamp}

The DRCL office will then issue a Carte de Sejour Mention Scientifique (temporary scientific residence card).





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CITES Permits & Biodiversity Regulations

CITES Permits & Biodiversity Regulations

Some species are protected by French Polynesian legislation and or international treaties (e.g., CITES) and require additional permitting for research on those species in French Polynesia and/or for their export.

If you are collecting protected specimens, you should apply for a permit.  The CITES form (or a list of species, quantitiy, size, date of collection, and a short paragraph explaining the project and the reason for collection, the qualifications of the person asking to collect, impact of the collection on the species survival, how the specimens will be packed for shipping, name of person carrying the specimens, name and address of the lab where the samples will be going,  flight information)  should be sent to Gump and the station will apply for the permit on your behalf.

CITES Permit Request Form

For a comprehensive database of Moorea's biodiversity, visit The Moorea Biocode Project.




Some species are protected by French Polynesian law and/or international treaties. Research on these species require additional procedures depending on the species and activity proposed. Species are protected because they are recognized as locally endangered (FP legislation) or because they are overexploited by international trade (CITES). If you wish to study a protected species, please include a short proposal specifically for this study along with your general permit application (protocole d'accueil) and send it to Hinano Teavai-Murphy.

Legal instruments in force in FP

Species protection

  • On a local scale: The responsible authority is the Council of Ministers in French Polynesia.
    • Category A species: Collection and exportation are forbidden anywhere and at anytime without prior authorization.
    • Category B species: Collection and exportation are forbidden without prior authorization in specific habitats and for a limited period.
  • At the international scale: The Management authority is the "Haut-Commissariat de Polynésie française".
    • Appendix I: Prior grant of an import permit and either an export permit or a re-export certificate are required.
    • Appendix II: Prior grant of an export permit or a re-export certificate is required.
    • The CITES appendices can be found on the CITES website.

Legal obligations exemptions

Researchers are subject to specific derogations

  • FP legislation: The Ministers council can permit collection and exportation for scientific research purposes only if the demand specifies precisely the utilization and destination of the specimens subject to the derogation.
  • CITES: Non-commercial loan, donation or exchange between scientists or scientific institutions registered by a Management Authority of their State are exempted from permits requirements.
  • Requests for permits, authorizations and derogations, should be addressed to: DIREN, Direction Régionale de l'Environnement in French Polynesia (Main authority for protected species) Contact: But we recommend you contact the Gump Station first to assist with preparing your request.

Exporting Scientific Specimens

  • Exporting CITES species and/or FP protected species from French Polynesia to a CITES registered institution overseas can be arranged. Please contact the Gump Station for details.
  • Non-protected species
    • Shipping will be done through FedEx and the following items will need to be attached to the outside of the box. If you plan to take specimens in your luggage, you will still need to have all forms.
    • Detailed list of contents (naming all species to be shipped)
    • Scientist's research permit (Protocole D'Acueil)
    • Exportation Form
    • A value for the contents must be given. We suggest $10 or the value of the vials/containers etc.
    • NOTE: Alcohol of any quantity cannot be shipped.
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Scientific Diving (SCUBA regulations)

Scientific Diving (SCUBA regulations)

No recreational SCUBA diving is permitted at the Gump Station. All research divers must receive prior approval (apply well in advance) from the UC Dive Safety Officer as described in the Dive Safety Manual.

Dive clearance must be obtained in writing BEFORE arrival at the Gump Station.

The Station does not provide personal dive gear (mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit, etc.), which users must bring for themselves.  Available SCUBA Equipment includes:

  • SCUBA compressor and tanks
  • Lead
  • Oxygen
  • Safety flags

Larger groups should contact the Station beforehand to ensure that sufficient tanks and lead are available.

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Shipping and bringing equipment

Shipping and bringing equipment

For advice on importing any equipment items and to submit applications for exoneration of customs duties, please contact Hinano Teavai-Murphy.

Excel sheet
Import Request Form



Temporary Equipment (to be taken out again)

For the official policy on import duties and procedures, visitors should contact the French Polynesian customs authorities. It is our understanding that items can be imported for up to 6 months without duties.  A bond might be required for some items to ensure that they are re-exported. Generally, researchers should have a list of equipment items they intend to take home again prepared in advance. This list should be given to the customs agent if requested (along with a copy of the research permit). The customs agent will tell you what, if any, further steps are required to ensure re-exportation of the items. Particularly for more expensive items, you might require a carnet de passage, which can also be obtained in advance - see for details.

Importing Items ( > 6 months)

The Gump Station has an exoneration of some of the import duties for certain research items. Please contact us at least a month before you travel with or ship any equipment or supplies (whether by air or sea) if you wish to apply for this exoneration (for which there is a fee). We will require a list of the items and their value and information about when and how they are to be shipped.

Mailing items to Moorea

When sending packages to French Polynesia (including through the regular mail), please be aware that they will be subject to some import duties, even if you have the exoneration certificate. Larger packages will be impounded at the port of entry and generally require a Customs Agent to get them out. There is a fee associated with the Customs Agent's services.

All packages or letters should be addressed as follows:

Your Name
c/o Gump Station
UC Berkeley
BP 244 - 98728
French Polynesia
Tel. +689 40561374


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Rates and Fees

Rates and Fees

The Gump Station charges a 'flat fee' per person (researcher, professor, or student). The fee gives access to all shared facilities, subject to availability and according to Station usage policies. It includes usage of labs, internet, scuba, cars, and boats. Most users stay in one of the Station's on-site housing options, but a day use fee is charged for users staying elsewhere.

Residential rates are in self-catering accommodations (i.e., do not include meals), but catering is an option for groups at an additional charge.


The rates are calculated to recover the full cost of operating the Gump Station. Financial contributions from the University of California and institutions in the Gump Consortium (see Governance section on home page) enable their users to pay a lower rate. The Gump Station strives to maintain stable rates, however, the University of California reserves the right to change the rates at any time - posting any such changes with as much notice as possible. Users should anticipate annual increases to reflect cost of living inflation. 

  • Usage will be summarized each month and an invoice issued by email.
  • Goods and services (purchased on request of users) that are not covered by the flat fee are billed separately as 'pass through expenses'. This may incur a % service charge (e.g., 15% but consult with Station beforehand for current rate).
  • All payments are made to the University of California in Berkeley - payment options and instructions will be sent with your invoice.
  • The Gump Station does not accept any payments in Moorea




University of California

For users whose bills are being paid by through the University of California

Day use fee  $35 per person
Residential rates/night
Shared room $49 per person
Private room $92 per room
Hillside bungalow $184 per unit

Consortium Members

For users whose bills are being paid through an institution that is part of the Gump Consortium (see Governance section on home page for list)

Day use fee  $39 per person
Residential rates/night
Shared room $55 per person
Private room $110 per room
Hillside bungalow $220 per unit

All Other Users

For users whose bills are being paid by all other organizations

Day use fee  $65 per person
Residential rates/night
Shared room $92 per person
Private room $184 per room
Hillside bungalow $368 per unit
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Use guidelines

Use guidelines

Gump Station follows procedures developed by the University of California Berkeley’s Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) Office.

Warnings, Responsibilities and Rules

The University of California Berkeley’s Richard B. Gump Research Station is dedicated to research and education, and consequently, these are the priorities of its staff and the sole use of its facilities. The Station is run according to an honor system. We do not constantly monitor visitors but serious breaches of trust are likely to lead to permanent expulsion from the Station.

Please remember that the facilities are shared and everyone has an equal right to their use. If you have any problems, questions, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to let the staff know. Any issues with the facilities should be posted to the Gump Repairs Log. Any safety issues should reported to a staff member immediately.

Remember that you have responsibility for your own safety.

We advise particular caution with:

  • Tripping hazards such as wet and/or poorly lit areas
  • The road
  • Tropical sun
  • Mosquito bites
  • Falling coconuts
  • Dock area and waterfront

The Station follows the University of California’s “NO SMOKING” policy

Pets or adopted stray animals are strictly prohibited from Station property

Emergency Procedures

In the event of medical, fire, or other emergency:

  • Remain calm, get to safety
  • Dial 18 from the fixed line phones at Reception and in the Dormitory
  • Remember, the respondent might not speak English, they will ask for your name, location and the nature of the emergency and if anyone is injured, say:
    • “Berkeley Gump Station” for your location.
    • “Urgent. Nous avons besoin d’aide” (we need help) for: “feu” (fire), “accident”, or “medicale”
    • “Nous avons un blessé (bless-ay)” we have an injured person
  • Post somebody at the road to flag down the first responders

18 connects to the Fire Brigade in the nearby village of Paopao (2KM). They will respond to any emergency (ambulance, fire, police) and will usually arrive within a few minutes.

Evacuation and Assembly Areas: In the event of fire or other emergency requiring evacuation, proceed to the nearest exit and assemble at the Parking Area in front of Reception on the hill side of the road. If this location is unsafe, assemble at the Volleyball Court on the waterfront side of the road.

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Boat use

Boat use


All users of boats must have reviewed the Small Boat Safety Manual and received appropriate approvals as described therein. Note that this includes:


  • Completing the online application: Small Boat Operator Application form
  • Providing proof of completion of a boating course
  • Completing a boating checkout with station staff prior to any boat use

Scientific Diving

For those who wish to use the boats and other equipment for SCUBA diving, see the Scientific Diving page (note: approval required prior to arriving at Gump Station).


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Vehicle use

Vehicle use

All vehicle drivers must have a valid driving license and must complete the Vehicle Use Form on arrival.

All vehicle users of Gump Station vehicles must agree to:

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times while driving or riding in a vehicle
  • Obey all local traffic laws
  • Be attentive to pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Understand that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited

Vehicle use is primarily for Gump Station residents, although Day Users also have access to the vehicles.

We use a sign out form: vehicle sign-out form

The cars must be left at the Gump Station overnight in the designated parking area. Gas is included in the flat fee, but only when filled up at the Mobil gas station nearby in Paopao (where Gump has an account). Users must pay for any gas purchased elsewhere and this cannot be reimbursed (unless by prior agreement with the Station management). Priority is given to user needs on Moorea, but with approval from the Station management, vehicles can sometimes be taken to Tahiti (if needed for a class or research project). Car ferry and other costs associated with taking cars to Tahiti are at the user's expense.

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Communications and IT

Communications and IT

The Gump Station has installed a comprehensive campus network with the support of NSF and following a plan developed in collaboration with the Network Resource Startup Center (NRSC, Oregon).  The Research Building serves as the heart of the IT infrastructure and is wired for Ethernet, providing several ports in each room, as well as wireless access. A full HD video-conferencing system is available in the main library.  Inter/intranet access is piped to the hillside residences and the Atitia Center via fiber optic cable and most of the property has WIFI coverage. 

Internet access

On arrival, users are issued with a password to access the Station's intranet and connect to the Internet. Internet is provided over submarine fiber optic cable from Hawaii through the French Polynesian telecommunications company (OPT) in collaboration with the six research organizations on Tahiti and Moorea - the Polynesian research and education network (PolyREN), the University of Hawaii, and France's research and education network RENATER. 


For local calls, phone cards (with a sim) can be purchased at Vini and Vodafone and recharges are available in grocery stores. The station phones are limited to local calls only and for emergency services.

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Housekeeping and Storage

Housekeeping and Storage


Limited housekeeping services are provided in the community areas. Users are responsible for their own rooms, and for washing their dishes.


There are washing machines (detergent is provided) and dryers in the dorm and in the housekeeping/workshop structure on the hill side of the road. Sheets are washed periodically by the Station Housekeeper.  For personal items, the dorm has a washer and a drier for those staying on the waterfront.  The workshop/housekeeping structure on the hillside of the road has a laundry room for the Station Housekeeper, which can also be used out of office hours by those staying in hillside bungalows.


In general users are expected to take all of their equipment back with them after each visit.  Anyone wishing to leave items must enter them into the storage container.  In most cases, the items must be packed into an appropriate rodent-resistant plastic container (not plastic bags or cardboard boxes).  For sensitive items, such as microscopes, arrangements can be made to store them in the Research Building.

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Kitchen use and recycling

Kitchen use and recycling

All housing options have access to kitchen facilities. A full catering service is available for groups on request. 

  • Rats, mice, ants, and roaches are a problem if cooking areas and other places with food are not kept scrupulously clean. Please clean all surfaces and put all food away (including unpeeled fruit). Put trash out every night in a closed bag in the large trash bins in the unit behind the Research Building and be sure to close the door (so dogs do not pull over the bins). 
  • The stoves use propane from small tanks. If the propane runs out, change the tank and make sure that the empty tank gets exchanged for a full one.
  • At the end of your stay please clean out your food from the shelves and fridges.

There is recycling on Moorea. The island appreciates your compliance with the recycling instructions posted in the kitchen and on the green trash containers.

The green trash containers are for the following recyclable items (clean and empty containers only):

  • Newspapers
  • Cardboard boxes and packaging
  • Plastic bottles with caps
  • Metal cans
  • Aluminum soda cans

Recyclables are collected regularly. Items do not need to be sorted - everything on the above list should be cleaned and placed into the green bin "bac vert".  Do not put your recyclables into plastic bags. There is a large green recycling receptacle next to Supermarket Are in Paopao for glass bottles and battery recycling bin inside Are and other supermarkets. Car batteries and oil can be recycled at the Mobil station.

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Laboratory use and chemicals

Laboratory use and chemicals

Users of any laboratories at the Gump Station, must acknowledge that they:

  • Have reviewed all relevant standard operating procedures for laboratory work
  • Are familiar with hazards of all chemicals and operations that they will be working with
  • Have reviewed Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all hazardous materials they will be working with or might encounter
  • Will locate and wear all necessary Personal Protective Equipment while working in a laboratory at the Station (referring to SDS and experienced researchers). This may include gloves, lab coat, safety glasses.
  • Have located safety equipment such as chemical eye wash, safety shower, and fire extinguishers
  • Will will carry out work involving flammable or toxic materials in the chemical fume hood having first confirmed that it is in good working order
  • Acknowledge that food and drink is prohibited in laboratories
  • Will minimize production of hazardous waste, and if generated, will dispose of waste properly


All users must provide a list of any chemicals they wish to bring to the Gump Station before their arrival (see Chemical Register form) including a plan for their safe use, temporary storage at the Station, and their disposal. Users must be appropriately trained (at their home institution) in the use of the chemical. Users should have Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all hazardous materials they will be working with and bring Personal Protective Equipment required for the safe use of the chemical.

All chemicals brought into Gump Station must be registered on the Chemical Register in advance of their arrival. Any non-domestic waste (i.e., chemical or other waste that cannot be thrown out with municipal garbage) generated during a project or class must be listed on the Waste Register.

In general, all chemicals must be removed when the user leaves. For long-term projects, users must ensure that the chemicals are appropriately stored in between visits. All chemicals at the Station must be clearly and permanently marked with:

  1. what they are (name and a catalogue reference number),
  2. date they were brought to lab, and
  3. who is responsible for them.

Chemicals must be stored in suitable location. Hoods are NOT appropriate place for long-term storage. Any chemicals not appropriately stored or managed may be removed at the user’s expense. Users are responsible for arranging disposal of any chemicals/waste that they do not take home with them. The Station works with a local chemical waste disposal company on Tahiti and may bill users (Pass Through charge) for any expenses incurred.


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Violent and major crimes are very unusual on Moorea but petty theft can occur. Do not leave your snorkeling gear, bicycle, backpack, etc. unattended. Have someone stay with your gear when you go snorkeling at the public beach.

On Station grounds, don’t leave SCUBA gear, electronics, sunglasses, etc. unattended in plain view. It is advisable to lock rooms / bungalows. (Note that the dock and 3 meters from the water are public property in French Polynesia.)

Remember to lock up the kayaks, outdoor lockers, and the fuel shed near the dock after use.

Users are responsible for any guests and should remain with them while they are on Station property. 

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Moorea has 220 Volt 60 cycle electricity as in France. Power is reasonably reliable but outages do occur from time to time. The Station has back-up generators that kick-in automatically and provide power to the labs and core equipment. If you plug a US appliance (110 Volt) into the European wall power sockets, it will be immediately destroyed. Beware of adaptors that allow you to insert American plugs into the local European (French-style) sockets – always double check your appliance can handle 220V. Most laptops are OK because they have a built in transformer. To conserve energy, please turn off lights, fans and appliances when you are not using them.


Moorea has a municipal water system that connects the Station, but the water is pumped to tanks in order to supply the entire property with suitable pressure.  Excessive use of water can cause these tanks to empty and we will be without water for several hours. As a result, please make sure the toilet that you’ve just flushed stops running or it will drain the tank.

Drinking water

Water treatment plants are being installed to increase the coverage of potable water on Moorea. The water is fine for cooking, brushing teeth etc. but for drinking, it is recommended to use water from the separate (small) faucet on many of the Station sinks, which is attached to a filtration system.


The Station uses septic systems that rely upon bacterial action and are thus highly susceptible to overfilling and chemical imbalance. Do not use chlorine-based cleaners in toilets. Do not put any chemicals down any drain or toilet. To help the bacterial breakdown of the sewage, please put any trash or feminine hygiene products in the trash receptacles provided.

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Station Contact Information

Station Contact Information

Mailing address

  • Gump Station, UCB, BP 244, Maharepa - 98728, Moorea, French Polynesia

Phone Numbers

  • Reception -
  • Manager -
  • Dorm -

(International calls add +689 prefix)

Time Zone

Same as Hawaii

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Local info

Local info

The following pages contain practical, useful, and day-to-day lifestyle info for Moorea.


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There are 2 ferry lines serving Moorea - The Aremiti and the Terevau.

Current schedules for the Terevau can be found on the Terevau Facebook page, or on the Terevau mobile app which is available on Google Play, and the Apple Store.

The Aremiti schedules are below.


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Banks and Money

Banks and Money
  • The local currency is CFP (XPF / Pacific Francs) which is fixed to the EURO.  (€1 = 119 cfp)
  • There are cash distributors outside most banks, at the airports and at shopping centers. Most distributors accept debit or credit cards from major international banks (VISA, MASTERCARD). Most stores and restaurants accept credit cards.
  • Banks are open on weekdays only; usually 8-12 and 1:30-4, except for the Banque de Polynesie is open Saturday mornings, and closed on Mondays.
  • Banks exchange dollars for Pacific Francs, but charge a transaction fee.  You must present your passport when exchanging dollars.  A US driver's license is not accepted as valid identification.  Some banks only change money on certain days, so it is wise to use the distributors.

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French Polynesia is generally a very safe place to visit.  There is no malaria although dengue fever (also mosquito-borne) is a periodic problem.
Probably the most common problems are cuts and grazes that can quickly become infected in the tropical environment and so they should be cleaned and treated immediately (even if apparently very minor).  Over-exposure to heat and sun should also be avoided.


Emergency Services Numbers
SAMU Service d'Aide Medicale Urgente - Ambulance 15
Pompier - Fire Station 18
Police 17
Secours en Mer - sea rescue 16 or



For non-emergencies:

  • If you have a minor problem, there is a First Aid kit in the dorm and the Pharmacist in Maharepa is helpful.
  • For a more serious problem, call a local doctor. A list of Moorea doctors is below.
    • The doctors hours are: Mon-Fri 7-12 and 2-6; Sat 7-12 and 5-6
    • The pharmacy hours are: Mon-Fri 7:30-12 and 2-5; Sat 8-12 and 3:30-6; Sun 8-11am.
  • For weekends and holidays, consult the list of on-duty doctors.
Doctor Phone Location Practice
BARRAILLE Dominique Pk 27 c/mer Hauru Haapiti, Moorea General medicine
BUSSEUIL Brigitte Centre Kikipa, Maharepa, Moorea General medicine
DUBAYLE Pierre Paopao, Moorea Radiology
GALLEZOT Dorothee Centre Noha, Maharepa, Moorea General medicine
GAUDARD Franck Pk 6,2 c/mont, Maharepa, Moorea General medicine
GEVOLDE Marie-paule Pk 6 c/mont, Maharepa, Moorea General medicine
JOUVE Jean-Marc Pk 6,2 c/mont, Maharepa, Moorea General medicine
LEJEUNE Augustin-Laurent 40.56.30-31 Pk 6 c/mont, Maharepa, Moorea General medicine
PERCHOC Yann Centre medical, Afareaitu, Moorea General medicine
SMAGGHUE Olivier Maharepa, Moorea Cardiology
UZEL-Zito Maharepa, Moorea Opthamology
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Local Law

Local Law

The Station operates under UC regulations and French Polynesia laws. In particular, we emphasize that the use and/or possession of illegal drugs is strictly forbidden. The Gump Station staff is obliged to report any breach of the laws on illegal drugs to local law enforcement, leading to immediate expulsion from the Station and potential criminal proceedings in local courts.
Other laws and regulations include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Wearing seatbelts is compulsory (please report any problems with the belts in the cars to a member of staff)
2. Smoking is prohibited in Station buildings
3. Pets are not allowed at the Station, strays should not be "adopted", and dogs are not allowed in buildings.
4. Vehicles or boats must not be used under the influence of alcohol.

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Post Offices

Post Offices

There are two post offices on Moorea; one in the commercial center in Maharepa, and one in the town of Papetoai.
Hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday:  7:30 - 12 and 1:30 - 4 pm
  • Friday:  7:30 - 12 and 1:30 - 3 pm
  • Saturday:  7:30 - 9:30 am (Maharepa) / 8 - 10 am (Papetoai)


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Shops and shopping

Shops and shopping

Markets tend to open at 6 am, close for lunch (from 12 to 2), then re-open till about 6 p.m. Most markets are open on Sundays for only a short time in the morning. 

There are good hardware stores on the island where most supplies can be purchased. For some items, it may be necessary to go to Tahiti (or order them from there).


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Travel To, Around, and Beyond...

Travel To, Around, and Beyond...

Tahiti is readily accessible from California, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Direct, non-stop flight times are about 8 hours from Los Angeles or San Francisco, 5 hours from Auckland or Honolulu, and 12 hours from Tokyo.

Papeete (PPT) Tahiti is served by several international airlines including Air Tahiti Nui, Air New Zealand, Air France, Hawaiian Airlines, Air Calin, and Lan Chile, and starting in 2018 United Airlines and France Bee (both to SFO).

Depending on when you arrive in Tahiti, you may be able to take an interisland flight or a ferry to Moorea that same day. Otherwise, you will need to spend the night on Tahiti.

Getting from Tahiti to Moorea

NOTE: Getting from the Tahiti International Airport to Moorea will depend on your arrival time. Neither the ferries nor interisland flights go at night.

Interisland flights Tahiti  Moorea

Flights to Moorea leave from the interisland terminal at the Tahiti International Airport (FAA'A). When arriving on an international flight, turn left out of the international terminal and follow the signs to the smaller Air Moorea terminal about 0.5km away.

When purchasing your ticket, you can also purchase a ground transfer for the trip from the Moorea airport to the Gump Station. There are also taxis available out in front of the Moorea terminal.

Interisland ferries Tahiti  Moorea

Daytime arrivals:
  • Arrange for land transfers and/or ferry tickets when you purchase your airline tickets. The tour busses parked in front of the terminal will take you to the ferry dock in Papeete.
  • Take a taxi (about 2000cfp) from the stand in front of the airport.
  • Take the bus, which stops on the road above the airport. You must walk through the parking lot and up the stairs to the road, then cross the road to wait for the bus to Papeete. The final destination is in the center of Papeete, not at the ferry dock. You will need to walk about 1 km.
Nighttime arrivals:
  • There are no ferries at night, so you will need to spend the night on Tahiti.
  • Check the ferry schedules for departure times.

Transfers: Ferry to/from Gump Station

Users should make arrangements with Gump staff prior to arrival if they require help with a transfer. The Vaiare ferry terminal on Moorea is about a 20-minute drive from the Gump Station. Most ferries are met by taxis and the municipal bus. The buses are inexpensive though may charge a little extra for big pieces of luggage. Get off at milestone mark: pk 11.5 km, just past the village of Paopao (powpow) on the west side of Cook's Bay.

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Travel Prep

Travel Prep

What to Bring

General Items

  • Passport
  • Driving license
  • Credit cards - VISA and MC are accepted by most vendors in Tahiti and Moorea. They also work in the ATMs here where you can draw French Pacific Francs (CFP). There are banks and ATMs at the airport in Tahiti (but not at the airport in Moorea) and in Maharepa, Moorea. American Express Cards are accepted by some but not all vendors. 
  • Medicine (expensive in FP): aspirin, pepto, cold meds, ear meds.

Sun Protection Items

  • A good hat that provides plenty of shade
  • High SPF, waterproof sunscreen
  • light shirt and/or pareu (buy here)

Day Hikes/Activities Items

  • Day Pack or fanny pack
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Digital camera (with a waterproof case)
  • Water bottle
  • Snorkeling gear - mask, snorkel, fins and booties with a mesh bag for wet gear


The dress code in French Polynesia is very casual but wearing just a swimsuit to a store is not recommended.

One can expect warm to hot weather and some rain. The following are general suggestions:

Dinner and evening wear:

  • Shorts or slacks
  • tropical or dress shirt
  • Light dress, or pants and blouse
  • Flip flops on Moorea but shoes are more appropriate for some establishments in Papeete

Formal Occasions:

  • Closed shoes, long pants / dress, collared shirt
  • Ties and jackets are almost never necessary

Daytime active:

  • Light shorts and shirt
  • sandals
  • hat

Bad Weather:

  • light rain jacket
  • umbrella


  • bathing suit
  • wet footwear
  • hat
  • light shirt or pareu for cover
  • spf shirts and leggings for the pale-skinned


  • sturdy footwear (boots, shoes, or sandals) with good traction
  • mosquito repellant
  • lightweight, long pants and long-sleeved shirt
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Explore the Marquesas on the Aranui

Explore the Marquesas on the Aranui

Explore the enchanting Marquesas Islands aboard the Aranui 5.

Visit the Aranui website for more information.

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Research on Tetiaroa

Research on Tetiaroa

The Tetiaroa Society Ecostation is located on Motu Onetahi, one of the 12 islets of Tetiaroa. Located 33 miles north of Tahiti/Moorea. The Gump Station has a close collaboration with Tetiaroa Society and users are encouraged to consider the atoll for research on coral reef ecosystems, archeology, birds, turtles and more. Classes at the Gump Station can make day trips to the atoll from Moorea, chartering one of the sailboat companies that make regular excursions to Tetiaroa.

Visit the website for more information.

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Tahiti Expeditions Adventures

Tahiti Expeditions Adventures

Tahiti Expeditions combines a deep respect and knowledge of the islands, with travel expertise, and legendary Polynesian hospitality, to offer exceptional itineraries and customized programs.

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