I think that would be virtually impossible. If the plane is wheels-down at 4:30, you still have to deplane, go through customs, get your luggage, and get to the ferry dock. Do I think people have done it? Yes. Would I do it? No way. What happens if you're at the back of the plane or the plane is even a few minutes late? I'm surprised a travel agent would encourage you to do it.
It's very tight. IMO you would have to be one of the first off the plane, go thru
the entry booths, and then if your luggage comes off the plane fast , go thru customs and get a fast taxi to the ferry dock. IMO you should have a reservation for the first night in Papeete. www.fare-suisse.com is a great choice for a place to stay.
A resounding 'that's not enough time' from me as well. It takes, on average, about an hour to: taxi in on the runway & deplane, wait in line, go through immigration, collect your bags & go through customs. Of course it depends on where you are in line, if your plane is actually on time, when your luggage comes off, if you are stopped at customs to open your bags etc etc.... oh and then there is the ride down to the ferry. Sorry.... it's just not enough time in my book. :) I'd book a room at the Intercontinental, sleep in, have breakfast & a dip in the pool, then a transfer to the docks for a mid-day ferry the next day. Just my thoughts :) Enjoy paradise!
AS others have said too tight. If you are only there for a quick overnight consider Fare Suisse, an inexpensive place within walking distance of the ferry dock. It is too far to drag your luggage but fine for an evening walk to eat at the food trucks that set up there each night. They will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the ferry the next morning at no additional charge.
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