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Scale nautical miles sounoings IM Me.Te.R.s From French Chart No. 6656 Reproduced with the permission of the Service Hydrographique et Oc anographique de ia Marine. Extract not to be used for navigation. Anchoring off the village of Afareaitu is also a possibility, but the anchorage is roily due to swell entering Passe Tupapaurau. The shallowest depth we found was 80 feet, mud bottom, near the red-roofed church. This is convenient to the Gendarmerie, two Chinese stores, hospital, church, and...

Maeva Beach Anchorage

Tataa, is the very pleasant Maeva Beach bay. The Maeva Beach Hotel is at the head of the bay, Te Puna Bel Air Hotel is on the north side and a grassy park-peninsula on the south side of the bay. The bay has a predominately sandy bottom, which becomes muddier the closer you go to the bay's head, with some isolated coral patches. Depths range from 6 feet or less at the bay's head to 60 feet or more nearer the Faaa Channel. In general, this anchorage is danger-free, but a number...

Lagoon Anchorages

You can anchor almost anywhere inside the lagoon, which has a sandy bottom interspersed with coral heads. It is often deep, 70 feet or so, but the water is so clear you can see sand ripples on the bottom on a calm day. The best anchorage is near the village at the northeast end of the lagoon, in sand (and some coral heads), depths ranging from 20 to 50 feet. Other good anchorages are at the southeast corner of the lagoon, just south of a small copra shed, and on the lagoon's west side near any...

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MOTU TUPAT SMALL PEAK PROMINENT MOTU VAVAR.A 243 T i CLIFF exterior reef north of the pass. Look also for the white bridge at the head of the bay which you'll see between Huahine-Nui and Huahine-Iti. If approaching from the south, look for the long white sand and coral beaches on Motu Mari Mahora, then the tiny Motu Topati south of the pass entrance. A prominent cliff, labelled Vaihi, or falaise remarquable will be straight ahead, bearing 263 True, the correct course through the pass. The U.S....

Tautira Basin

The Tautira basin stretches from Vaionifa Pass north to the Tautira Point, where the town of Tautira is located. The basin has good anchorages in 50 to 75 feet with good mud, or sand and mud, holding ground. Vaionifa Pass enters the Tautira area. It's wide and easy and has one red and one black marker. From seaward, look for a big, attractive river valley with pointy peaks. Cows graze in the coconut grove at the head of the interior bay. A big waterfall is north of the pass. The correct entry...

Supplies

Papeete is the major supply center for the whole of French Polynesia. You'll find an excellent selection of everything you'll need, including many marine parts. Available supplies are listed in the Papeete Supplies and Services section. Chapter 8, sub-chapter 1. Most other Society Islands have at least a few Chinese-owned general stores that provide basic food items, hardware, cloth and some clothing, medicines and toiletry items. Much less is available in the Marquesas and Australs, where...

Onoiau Pass

Maupiti's only pass is called Onoiau, located at the south side of the island. The scariest part is looking at it from seaward. The pass is namm., 195 feet wide, and reminiscent of Tuamotuan or south 'iahitian passes flowever, in good weather, it is usually not particularly difficult. From seaward, the pass is easy to locate, flanked by two wooded islands, Pitiahe on the west side and Tiapaa on the east side. The pass runs north and south. There are two red markers to port and one black marker...

Mont Taeatapu

Poles lead to landing Church, Village Opoa, Raitea. Poles lead to landing Marae Taputapuatea, near Opoa, Raiatea Marae Taputapuatea, near Opoa, Raiatea A visit to these impressive ruins is worth the anchor hauling. New Zealand is 2216 nautical miles from the Society Islands. Hawaii is 2381 nautical miles. Polynesian sailors from these harbors on the east coast of Raiatea, made repeated long voyages across vast stretches of the Pacific Ocean to these and other...

History And Facts

Mopelia has also been known as Mopihaa, Maupihaa, Mapetia, and Lord Howe Island, the latter name having been given by Samuel Wallis, who discovered the atoll in 1767. Little is known about its early history. The only present-day historical remnant is the wreck of the Seeadler, a German raiding vessel captained by Count von Luckner, which was stranded on the reef in 1916 while being careened. One of the Seeadler's cannons today sits in Papeete's Bougainville Park. Since the atoll is leased until...

Visibility

Atmospheric visibility is usually very good in the Society Islands. Fog is virtually unknown. Some trade wind haze may develop, but normally the only obscuring factor is cloud formations over the islands' high mountains during the day, making landfalls more difficult to spot from afar. The U.S. Pilot reports that Tahiti can be seen from a distance of 80 to 90 miles on a clear day, but the farthest away we've seen it is 45 miles. See also Radar Returns in this chapter. Most of the Society...

Club Med And Haapiti Hotels Anchorage

Continuing from Sub-chapter 1 to work our way clockwise around Moorea, we'll start with Thotoi Pass, which leads to a delightful anchorage opposite the Club Med's extensive resort. Nearby are another half-dozen hotels of the Haapiti district. TWo red markers and one black one show the entrance to the narrow pass, located about two miles east of Tehau Point, Moorea's most northwestern point. Upon entering, the marked channel takes a sharp turn west, then winds its way through coral growth,...

Botanical Gardens and Gauguin Museum

This area of Tahiti's southern coastline includes quite varied anchorages in scenery ranging from the island's most classic crescent-shaped black sand beach, to a wide-open bay with a waterfall at its head, to the delicate flower-lined shores besides the Botanical Gardens and Gauguin Museum. This section of coast is one of our favorites. If you have time to stop at only one place along Tahiti's south coast, we'd suggest you select one of these anchorages Papeuriri Bay, Port Ataiti, or Papeari...

Tahiti Subchapter

The Sheltered Bays of the Atimaono Basin The Atimaono and Aifa Basins along Tahiti's south coast are completely protected by barrier reef and have several secure anchorages. Two passes, one at either end of the four-mile channel spanning the basins, lead to a variety of anchorages along this coastline. The shore features both attractive river valley gorges and Tahiti's largest plain, and the island's only 18-hole golf course. You're likely to have these anchorages all to yourself. We saw no...

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About mid-way along the bay are some of the old equipment and movie sets of a fake Samoan town built for the 1977 filming of Hurricane. 1 vo small lodgings are in this area Bloody Mary's, 3,500 francs for a small bungalow and Chez Sam, 3,200 francs per double including breakfast. SOUTHWEST TIP ANCHORAGES Hotel Bora Bora Head toward the southern spit (Pt. Raititi) and anchor just west of the Hotel Bora Bora, in about 50 to 80 feet, some sand and coral. Alternate...

Travel Agencies

To help plan your trip in advance, it's useful to gather as much information as possible. Many local U.S. travel agencies particularly those in major cities on the west coast, have helpful brochures on Tahiti and the French Society Islands. Also write to the very helpful Tahiti Tourist Development Board, B.P. 65, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia. In USA or Canada, write to Transportation Consultants International (representatives for Tahiti in the U.S. and Canada), Charlotte Hyde, 4405...

Opunohu

Farther eastward along the coast, passing the prominent red-roofed, octagonal church of the village Papetoai, you come to Tureu Pass, which opens into Opunohu Bay. This pass is one of the most danger-free that you'll encounter in French Polynesia. From seaward, look for the jagged spire of Mont Mouaroa, the peak nicknamed shark's tooth at the head of the bay. You'll see one red pass marker and two green ones. Well inside the pass is another red one, marking the isolated coral patch, Banc...

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There are no real marine supplies, but Nautisport does have a small new branch beside the Te Anuanua Hotel near the Keke III dock. The store carries mostly watersports and tourist items, but they may be able to ship you some real marine parts from their Papeete store. The Centre Hei Hare, across from the Bali Hai Club, has a small book and stationery store, the Librairie-Papeterie de Moorea, with recent magazines. Souvenirs The Galerie Aad Van der Heyde, founded by a Dutch painter who moved to...

Brief History

The origins of the Tahitian people are not definitively known, although it is generally assumed that seafaring peoples from Southeast Asia travelled via the Micronesian and Melanesian archipelagos to colonize the far-flung South Pacific islands. The Maori ancestors of the Tahitians probably arrived from Tonga and Samoa. They voyaged in large, sail-rigged double hulled canoes that carried fifty to a hundred people and large quantities of foods, live animals and plants. Some anthropologists...

Recreation

Most of Papeete's recreation revolves around participatory water sports and weekend spectator sports. There is pirogue racing nearly every evening in the harbor, during the months leading up to the July F te. Board sailing is the most popular new sport, with hundreds of Tahitians and French getting out their boards on weekends, some in Papeete harbor, and more commonly near Maeva Beach and the Yacht Club areas on either side of town. Surfing is very popular, with major surfing beaches located...

Honorary Consuls

The following nations have honorary consuls in Papeete, some of whom may be willing to accept and hold mail for nationals of the countries they represent, but we'd recommend writing ahead to make sure. Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein Marcel Krainer, Res. Paradis Mahina, Papeete. Chile Guy Bechaz, 1 Pirae, Papeete. Denmark J. R. Desvaux de Marigny, Res. Lutus, Punaauia, Papeete Finland Janine Laguesse, 2 Place Notre Dame, Papeete Italy Augusto Confalonieri, B.P. 420, Papeete Norway Victor...

Cruising Checkin Ports

When cruising the Societies, you must check into each island when you arrive, and then check out with authorities when you leave for another island. If you are chartering bareboat from South Pacific Yacht Charters, you must check in at each of the Society Islands which you visit, the skipper going ashore to clear Customs and Immigration, submitting crew lists and everyone's passport. The only exception is Tahaa, which is treated as one island with Raiatea. The same fringing reef surrounds both...

Dealing With Officials

We've found officials throughout French Polynesia to be courteous and efficient. Check-in procedures are fast and streamlined, in contrast to several decades ago, when arriving yacht captains had to walk all over Papeete, visiting different offices. As long as you follow regulations, officials will never bother you. They won't request bribes or freebies, as has happened to us with the officials of many other countries. We know of only three yachts boarded by officials in the Societies when we...

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Author Marcia Davock in Australian photo shop after Society Islands cruise Author Marcia Davock in Australian photo shop after Society Islands cruise O'Reilly, Patrick, Tahiti, La Vie de Chaque Jour*, Nouvelles Editions Latines, Paris. Available only in French but an excellent book with short chapters on many facets of daily life in Tahiti homes, families, religion, economy, politics, social life. * South Pacific Yacht Charters, Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands of French Polynesia...

Tapaerahaha Harbor

Near the north end of Tapuaeraha Harbor are two large bollards where large ships can tie up. The harbor has been used as an anchorage by French aircraft carriers providing support for French nuclear testing in the Tuamotus, and by the 66,000-ton passenger liner, France. Captain Cook judged the bay to be an outstanding anchorage. This big, open bay has a very attractive white sand beach, called Toouo Beach. Coral extends 50 to 100 feet off the beach, but it is possible to anchor in about 50-foot...

Teavaiti Pass and Teavaino Pass

Two breaks in the barrier reef lead into Teahupu Basin Teavaiti (or East Avaiti) Pass and Teavaino (or Avaino) Pass. Both are small, unmarked and sometimes impossible to find, even if you're in the lagoon, since swell often breaks across their entrances. Teavaiti is shallow, 10 feet, but is the better of the two. Teavaino is loaded with coral heads. We do not recommend Teavaino Pass. If you intend to use either of these, make sure you have good visibility and that there's no breaking swell to...

The North Coast

The airport anchorage is one that has been frequently used by cruisers. However, in 1982, the gendarmes were not permitting yachts to anchor near the red marker by the seaplane landing area. It flashes red every 2 seconds. This restriction may be because the yachts are in the way of the airport shuttle-boat, which sometimes has to bring passengers through this area in the dark. You can obtain permission to anchor temporarily in beautiful Papua (Papuaa) Bay along the north coast. Some recently...

Vairao

Port Vairao is a very good anchorage with two bays to choose between. The northern Vairao Bay is only about a half mile south of Tapuaeraha Pass, and it's off the village of Vairao. There is a pier where you can tie stern-to, or you can anchor off the pier in 40-foot or more depths, mud bottom. R cif Toafene, marked at its north end, is not far offshore. Water is on the pier, as are trash cans, restrooms, and indoor cold showers. A small fish refrigeration plant is north of the pier. Across the...

Papeuriri

Rautirare Pass is gigantic wide, deep, and free of obstacles. The U.S. Pilot describes it as the best pass in Tahiti. It is recognizable a good distance from shore by the breadth of its opening, the two river valleys at its head, the big beige Moorish-looking church to the west, and Puuru (Pururu) Island east of the pass, near shore. There are two black buoys and one redone well inside the pass. We have noticed, and the U.S. Pilot reports, that currents set toward the west across the pass....

The Northeast Coast

Leaving Patio for the east coast, the interior channel has one difficult portion north of Pt. Tahuaotaha, where there is an area of coral patches, but they are clearly marked by red and black lagoon channel markers just keep the red ones on the land side and the black ones on the barrier reef side. The several small bays between Patio and Faaaha on the northeast coast can be used as anchorages, but most are deep with corally bottoms and exposed to northeast winds. More beautiful motus line...

The West Coast

Paipai Pass, sometimes known as Tiva Pass, leads into anchorages on the southwest and west costs of Tahaa. This is a good pass to use to and from Bora Bora. The pass is big and deep, used by large trading schooners. From seaward, look for the spired church at Tiva, which is just a little northwest of the pass. The pass trends in a north-northeast south-southwest direction. It has two black markers and one red one, and a set of white range markers on shore that show the correct entry course of...

Charts And Street Maps

Papeete Pass and Faaa Channel to Maeva Beach 68-69 Papeete City Key to City Map Tahiti NW Coast, Maeva Beach. Faaa. Taapuna Pass 88 Tahiti W. Coast, Tahiti W. Coast, Tahiti SW Coast, Papara District Passes and Anchorages 95 Tahiti S. Coast, Popoti Tahiti S. Coast, Atimaono Passes and Anchorages 98 Tahiti S. Coast, Rautirare Tahiti S. Coast, Botanical Gardens Passes and Anchorages 103 Tahiti. Port Phaeton, Tahiti. Port Phaeton, Taravao (larger scale) 108-109 Tahiti, Town...

Tropical Depressions And Cyclones

Don't believe the old salts who stand around docksides in Panama, Los Angeles and Sydney. They'll tell you that you can spend the cyclone season perfectly safely in Tahiti because the area never gets cyclones. We've sat through one there, and it's certainly not the first that has touched the area. The U.S. Pilot has some good words, Tropical cyclones are rare, but have been known to occur in September, and in December to February .There is no known record of the actual frequency of tropical...

Churches

Churches are usually referred to as cultes in Tahiti. There are many denominations Protestant, Paofai Temple (18) on the waterfront west of the Yacht Quai, and Temple B thel, Rue E. Ahnne Catholic, the Cath drale (43), Place Notre Dame in the center of town, and Eglise de la Mission, Rue de l'Ev ch , and Eglise Ste. Th r se, Cours de l'Union Sacr e (third street east of Avenue du Cdt. Chess ) Adventist, Temple, Cours de l'Union Sacr ae Mormon, Temple located on the chart in east side of town),...

Pps

Touristed Moorea north coast, or the larger but business-like town of Uturoa on Raiatea. 1 vo passes lead into Fare's anchorage. Avamoa Pass is the northernmost pass on the west side, adjacent to Fare. Its name means fear-maker because of the strong currents that run out of it. We have noted out-flowing current, but not exceptional velocity, about 2 knots. The pass is well marked. Look for two red markers, two black markers, and two white range markers on shore showing the course of 126 True....

Pets And Firearms

The regulation on bringing pets into French Polynesia reads Entry is strictly prohibited. In some cases, an exceptional authorization to import an animal will be given by the High Commissioner, if the animal comes from a rabies-free area. However, it is allowed to have animals in transit, as long as they remain on board. If you desire to land the animal, you must make a formal request through the Papeete Customs only. Any animals landed without the necessary authorization will be destroyed....

Yacht Club De Tahiti

Far more secure anchorage can be found at the Yacht Club de Tahiti, in a natural basin protected by barrier reef. A channel leads from Matavai Bay into the east end of the Yacht Club bay, Toaroa Harbor. The U.S. Pilot calls this Papawa Harbor, the French Pilot calls it Papoa Harbor. The channel is straightforward, marked with red and green pass-type markets into the interior basin. Many sailboat masts are visible. Avoid the big marked coral patch in the middle of the bay. Coral also extends out...

Taravao Town

Port Phaeton has one fair-sized town, Taravao, which is located at the head of the bay on the isthmus that joins the two islands of Tahiti. The town is a major crossroads. Two roads lead from its center to Tahiti-Iti's north and west coasts. Each road goes about 18 km. before dead-ending. The Belt Road circling Tahiti also passes through Taravao. Distances are measured in kilometers (P.K.'s) from Papeete around the island's west side (60 km.) or via the east coast (54 km.). Gendarmerie The...

Amateur Radio Opeators

Licensed amateur radio operators must apply for a reciprocal call sign to operate the radio while in French Polynesian waters. This can take up to several months to obtain. Send a letter requesting the call sign and a photocopy of your license to Radio Communications, Direction de l'Office des Postes et T l communications, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia. Bring it all with you. We'd recommend purchasing French charts, as they are detailed and excellent. British and American charts are...

Clothing

The most comfortable clothes to wear in this warm and humid climate are lightweight cotton. In Papeete, people dress up more than in the outlying islands. Women in town wear sleeveless dresses, or skirts and tops, with sandals or high-heeled shoes. Men wear shorts or long pants, and short-sleeved shirts, or T-shirts and jogging or surfer-type shorts, with sandals, athletic shoes or thongs. Long pants are worn evenings but rarely is a coat and tie necessary. Some night spots and discotheques, do...

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Lunch and dinner are about 1,000 francs per person for non-guests. The hotel runs excursions, including all-day drives around the island in a truck taking 10 to 20 people. Rental cars with drivers are available for about 5,000 francs per day, bicycles cost 500 francs per day. The hotel also will organize special Tahitian meals for a minimum of 10 people, about 1,500 francs each, including one rum punch and wine. Tapuamu Bay and Western Barrier Reef Motus Continuing...

The South Coast

Most yachts cruising Tahaa's coasts have already visited Raiatea, and they then head north inside the reef channel to Tahaa's south coast. The channel between Raiatea and Tahaa calls for careful navigation. Coral reef abounds, most well marked, but nevertheless, we've known several sailboats to go aground here or to hit coral heads. The rule to remember is, all roads lead to Uturoa. The markers in this channel all are designed to lead you toward Uturoa, even if you entered one of Tahaa's two...

Medical Information

Most of French Polynesia's excellent medical services are concentrated in Papeete, but most every other island has a small infirmary or medical dispensary with a nurse, at minimum. In Papeete, there are several hospitals, well-equipped private clinics and medical specialist of all types. See the Papeete Medical Facilities section. Chapter 8, sub-chapter 1, for more information. While cruising the islands, we've noted of some of the most common medical complaints affecting cruisers, and some...

Maraa

Maraa Pass is the best of the three passes. It is 200 yards wide, but shallow banks line each side of the barrier reefs, so do not cut corners. Stay at least a half-mile outside the reefs until you can safely head straight up the pass on a course of 027 True. Eyeball navigation is required to avoid the reefs. The pass has three red markers on the port side and one black marker plus an old concrete marker to starboard. The U.S. Pilot reports that current in the pass nearly always sets to the...

Dental Hygiene Service

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The Northwest Coast

Continuing north along the west coast, once again outside the barrier reef, you can enter the big Rautoanui Pass and find good anchorages both north and south of the pass. Rautoanui Pass is a major one, big and deep, used by large ships. The pass is easily recognized from seaward by the small wooded motu, Tahunaoe Island, on its north side, and a very small, treeless patch on it south side, Torea Island. The hills above the pass are planted in conspicuous rows of pine trees. The pass has one...

Punaauia

About 1-1 2 miles south of Taapuna Pass is the first of two other bays on the west coast, Punaauia and Paea. Since the reef has now begun to fringe the coast line, both these are only exposed indents in the reef, and are not protected by barrier reef. Anchoring is possible in both bays on very calm days, but ocean swell still enters, making for a roily anchorage and possible dinghy landing problems. The large, open Punaauia Bay, P.K. 14-15, is near the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands. It is...

Maeva Beach And The West Coast

Maeva Beach is one of the nearest and easiest anchorages to escape to when you've had enough of the liveliness, sightseeing and great interest of Papeete, and want to get away from the noise, fumes and expenses. The Maeva Beach anchorage is a beautiful setting in a sheltered bay, with the facilities of the Maeva Beach Hotel at the head of the bay. It's a quiet spot in the lee of Tahiti that receives much less rain than the rest of the island, only 40 inches, or 1,000 mm. annually. There are...

Vaiau Basin

Inside Vaiau Basin, you can anchor in several places, mostly mud bottom with good holding, but deeper depths than Port Beaumanoir. Watch out for scattered coral heads in the lagoon. Vaipoiri Grotto can be visited from this anchorage. It's located inland from Pt. Maraetiria, near where the Vaiau and Piretahi Rivers divide. Ask for directions on shore. This is a lovely natural grotto, surrounded by palms and ferns, set in a dark, shaded location. It's a wonderful spot for a fresh-water swim. If...

Anchorages And Anchoring Techniques

Mo matter what your personal anchoring preference is, you can satisfy it from the very wide variety of anchorages in the Society Islands. Nearly every anchorage is protected from ocean swell by a barrier reef. There are no open roadstead anchorages like in Hawaii or Vanuatu, where you'll roll from rail to rail every night. Rarely will you find rocky or grassy bottoms, which create their own anchoring problems. Most anchorages are in sand or mud with good holding characteristics, and...

Taihaaru Vahine Pass

Mopelia has only one pass, called Taihaaru Vahine, on the northwest coast. If you didn't want to venture into Maupiti's pass, you'll never enter this one The pass is extremely narrow and current is the swiftest we've ever seen in the Societies. To make matters worse, the pass is unmarked. From seaward, head around to the northwest side, passing the rusty wreck which lies just north of the pass. The pass will appear as a very narrow opening between the wreck and a series of wooded motus that...

Buoyage System In French Polynesia

French Polynesia uses a system of buoyage different from what American cruising yachts are accustomed to. The French Polynesian system is based upon a combination of the Uniform Lateral System and the Uniform Cardinal System, which are used throughout most of Europe, plus a special set of markers for lagoon channels. The major difference American cruisers will notice is that when returning to a port from seaward, a red marker always remains on the yacht's port side (delete the red right...

Entry Procedures

Hoist the yellow Q flag to the starboard spreader. Anchor or moor in your chosen spot and tidy up the boat. If no officials seem to be forthcoming, the owner or captain should go ashore to the Customs-Immigration offices. Officials usually do not board the yachts in French Polynesia. In Papeete, the offices of Customs, Immigration and the Port Captain for yachts (harbormaster) are all conveniently located m the same building about a block northeast of the Yacht Quai, in a small building on the...

Aifa Basin

Teavaraa Pass on the west side of the Atimaono Basin is shallow, about 13 feet, and seas break on its bar when a heavy swell is running from the southwest. One black marker helps identify the pass. We do not recommend using this pass except in very settled weather. Even then, stand off and observe it for a few minutes before entering. Aifa Pass, about three miles east, is wider and easier. See below for a description. The channel inside the reef is clearly marked by red and black lagoon channel...

Mont Ahamaoro

MONT AURA MONT POINTS OROHENA V NUS rAH r l S T N FROM THB NORTH, ABOUT O MILES AW )V- rAH r l S T N FROM THB NORTH, ABOUT O MILES AW )V- prefer the additional cockpit privacy that a bow-to mooring provides. The harbor bottom is reportedly full of debris. The typical problem a yacht might have at departure time is that sometimes a more recently arrived yacht has laid its hook over your anchor chain. This may delay you in leaving, necessitating much heavy-duty work on the anchor windlass and a...

Bougainville Harbor And Taipahia

These two anchorages are the last ones along Tahiti's windward coastline that are protected by barrier reef. We have not been able to investigate either one because of bad weather, nor have we known of anyone anchoring here except the explorer Bougainville. So, we can't give you first-hand information here. The Pilots report that Boudeuse Pass, which leads in to Bougainville Harbor, is wide, but with two shoals to avoid. One is a rock right in the middle of the pass with less than 2 meters of...

The Hurricane Hole Port Phaeton

In this sub-chapter, we have included a deliberate redundancy of charts. The excerpt at the beginning is from French Chart 6525 and would be adequate, but we just can't pass up including also a greatly enlarged double page section from French Chart 6717. Study both excerpts, as we have posted some different information on each chart. Also included in this sub-chapter is our original sketch of the town of Taravao. Port Phaeton is a large, two-mile long, deep bay nestled into the low isthmus of...

Lotus Marina and Taapuna Pass

About a mile south of Maeva Beach are two small marinas, Taina Marina, near P.K. 19, and Lotus Marina, near P.K. 9.5, tel. 27669. Both are used by small powerboats and depths inside are too shallow for sailboats. However, you can anchor nearby along the barrier reef in depths ranging from 10 to 50 feet. Several sailboats are permanently moored stern-to beside Lotus Marina's fuel dock. Land your dinghy at either marina, and from here it's only a short ride on a truck to Papeete. Lotus Marina has...

Mont Ta Ma Rutqfa

Hoses are usually left connected to the taps. Trash cans also are at the little marina. Food, Supplies Papetoai has two grocery stores, Lai San and Rene's, with an adequate selection of basic items. Paopao stores in Cooks Bay have more variety. About a city block down the road, walking east toward Opunohu Bay, is the Brasserie du Pacifique, the liquor distributor for the area, whose prices are better than almost anywhere else, discounts for case lots, open mornings only, 7 30 a.m....

Supplies And Services

Papeete has the largest variety of supplies and repair services in French Polynesia. Since most supplies and parts are imported, they are apt to be expensive. For marine supplies, the best area of town to start your search is the Fare Ute industrial zone. You can get there by walking, but it is more convenient to dinghy if you have to haul anything heavy. See directions under Fuel in this sub-chapter. Turn right again after the bridge and land the dinghy at a small dockmarina 118 . No trucks go...

The Last And Most Important Preparation

The most common comment we've heard from other cruising yachts is, We really liked French Polynesia, but if only we'd bothered to learn French, we could have talked to the people and learned so much more. The point can't be stressed enough. This is the single, most important thing that cruisers regret when leaving. They had trouble communicating with these wonderful, attractive and open people, usually through their own lack of knowledge. English is spoken in the centers where tourists roam. In...

Port Captain Customs and Immigration

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Offices of these officials who deal with yachts are conveniently located together in one small building 70 on the waterfront Boulevard Pomare. about two blocks from the Yacht Quai, walking northeast. This is where you will check in and out of Papeete or French Polynesia if you're arriving from or departing to a foreign country. Official hours are 7 30 a.m. to 11 30 a.m., and 1 30 p.m. to 4 30 p.m., weekdays. The offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, meaning you must wait until Monday to...

Mont Paraiere

Land the dingy, ttash disposal ask , and the disco schooner. This old sailing vessel, the Vaitere, is well maintained and is a pleasure to visit with its polished brass fittings and shiny paint. It was converted into a disco in 1977, shortly after the hotel opened. North of the hotel, you'll find Moorea's main post office just a few steps away, on the inland side of the road. It is open 7 30 a.m. to noon, and 1 30 to 4 30 p.m., weekdays. You can make international telephone calls and send...

Charts In This Book

See Planning the Voyage Chapter 2 for a complete list of available nautical charts and navigational publications and where to buy them. See the Supplies Bookstores, nautical charts section of the Tahiti Chapter 8, sub-chapter 1, Papeete, for where to acquire them in Papeete. We received permission from the French Government Hy-drographic and Oceanographic Marine Service to use their excellent charts as a basis for the marked up charts that you'll find in this book. Our charts are intended to...

Teahupu Town

The short channel heading west will take you to the anchorage opposite Teahupu town, where you can anchor in about 40-foot depths near the bonito boats that moor at a small stone walkway. The bottom is mud with excellent holding. Water is available on the small pier. We once weathered a major tropical depression in this anchorage, not budging an inch with a 35-lb. CQR and a 44-lb. Bruce anchor securely dug into the firm mud. The wind gusted to 75 knots, mostly coming off the cliffs on shore....

Weather Reports And Radio

We obtain most of our weather reports in French from the local Radio Tkhiti on the AM band. Very complete weather forecasts came on at 7 58 a.m., noon and 8 15 p.m. Other sources we've listened to include Amateur band radio. We listened to three maritime mobile nets, some of which had weather. 1 The group, composed of both maritime mobiles and land-based stations in Tahiti and Hawaii weather, news reports and chatter 1800 hours Zulu, or Greenwich Mean Time, frequency, 14.282 mHz . 2 the Pacific...

Food And Drink

If price were no object, we believe that you can eat better in Papeete than in any other South Pacific island, except perhaps New Caledonia, another French overseas territory blessed with fabulous food and prices to match. In Papeete, you can buy nearly every delicacy needed to prepare gourmet French meals excellent fresh meat and fish p t s and cheeses from all over Europe flown-in vegetables such as mushrooms, artichokes and Belgian endive escargots, smoked salmon and caviar fine wines and...

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Yacht Chartering

Tahiti is just coming of age for the yacht charterer. While individual yachts have been available for charter over the past two decades, they were rarely publicized outside French Polynesia. Potential clients, even travel agencies abroad, rarely knew of their existence. Today, two developments have encouraged charterers to visit and cruise these beautiful, under-visited islands. First, the establishment of South Pacific Yacht Charters on Raiatea, and then, aggressive new encouragement of...

Coral Reef Navigation

Most cruisers reaching French Polynesia have had some experience in coral reef navigation by the time they arrive. Here are some pointers that might assist those new to the special requirements of coral reef navigation. The Society Islands are mostly high volcanic islands, surrounded by barrier reefs that enclose a sheltered lagoon with anchorages protected from ocean swell. Passes through the barrier reef to the inner lagoon are most often found where fresh water run-off from rivers...

Anchorages

As you head up Port Phaeton, both shores have numerous indentations, most of which are fine anchorages. On the Tahiti-Nui side, several of these bays are lined with coral along shore, but have good mud holding ground in the center. Most of these are flanked by a curving shoreside road, but they are otherwise pleasant and secluded. On the Tahiti-Iti side, the shore is much more residential. The bays are shallower, and sometimes completely occluded with coral, as shown on the chart. To land your...

Transportation

Le truck is French Polynesia's most popular form of transportation, and certainly most colorful. This is a form of commuter bus service similar to what's found all over the South Pacific, an open-air, hard-benched, home-built, 30-person, wooden container, mounted on a truck chassis. The truck is usually brightly painted and blaring forth rock music from mounted speakers. The cab is a spectacle unto itself. It's usually a showcase for the driver's personal mementos, family snapshots, postcards,...

Vaiea Village

Most yachts continue toward the village and anchor nearly opposite the prominent church, or just north of there, watching out for isolated coral heads. The bottom is white sand, depths about 12 feet. The water is occasionally cloudy, perhaps because current stirs up the fine sand bottom. The village of Vaiea, on the east side of the island, is small, more charming on land than when viewed from the sea, and has virtually no supplies other than a few canned goods. Gendarmerie There isn't one. The...

Taunoa Basin And Pirae

Reaching the eastern outskirts of Papeete, you'll find a beautiful black sand beach opposite Taunoa Pass in the Pirae district. This beach is popular for weekend activities, especially board sailing right out into the ocean. Two hotels are located along this beach and there's anchorage, although we prefer the more sheltered waters at the Yacht Club. Taunoa Pass is wide and easy. From seaward, it is just east of the long breakwater extending from Papeete harbor. Look for the black sand beach at...

Bibliography

Having a good library about the islands you are cruising can make your trip more enjoyable. Most of the books listed below can be purchased in Papeete, except older ones which may be out of print, but can often be found in libraries in North America and Europe. Titles followed by an asterisk are in French. Titles preceded by a double asterisk are those we especially recommend you carry onboard. Adams, Henry, Tahiti, Memoirs of Arii Taimai, originally published 1901. Republished 1947 and...

Bonds

French Polynesia requires each visiting yachtsman captain, passengers and crew members to post a bond equivalent to the cost of one-way air fare to their home country, or to possess an air ticket home. The repatriation bond, or une caution, as it is called in French, remains in one of the Papeete banks during your stay, and then is refunded to you upon departure when you check out from one of the entry-exit ports. Usually the bond will be requested upon application for a visa when you are still...

Diagrams And Drawings

Illustration of Island and Reef Configurations 9 Southern Hemisphere Cyclone 28 Drawings showing buoyage How to do a Bahamian Tahiti seen from the Havae Pass seen from a half-mile from the entrance, Correct course into Vaionifa Pass with Mt. Toaeno bearing 233 T, Sketch of Taunoa Pass, Sketch of Vaiare Pass, Sketch of Tareu Pass, Sketch. Moorea walk to Belv d re Viewspot 170 Sketch, Moorea Marae Sites in Opunohu Valley 170 Sketch, Avaroa Pass. Sketch, Farerea Pass, Sketch, Teavapiti Pass,...

Tetiaroa

Tetiaroa is located at 17 00' south and 149 34' west, about 30 miles north of Tahiti. This island is a low-lying atoll about 4 miles in diameter. Islets line the northern coast and are scattered along the western coast, but the eastern coast is mostly bare reef and very difficult to see, especially at night. The U.S. Pilot reports the island gives a good radar return at up to 16 miles away. Several cruisers have hit the island at night while heading southward toward Tahiti. The 76-foot...

Cinema

POLYNESIEN. are available at the Total station beside Uturoa's harbor, and at the Mobil station near the south end of town. You can fill up with diesel by arranging ahead for the fuel truck to visit you, either at the Apooiti Bay Marina or at Uturoa's commercial wharf. The marina is preferable because it is protected and less open to the swell often encountered on Uturoa's commercial wharf. However, the fuel truck sometimes won't come to the marina unless several...

Acknowledgements

Special thanks go to the Tahiti Tourist Development Board, especially Moe Le Caill and Tini Colombel, who helped me with photographs Don and Linda Pixley, who helped make our charter a success to the Papeete Immigration, Customs and Port Captain officials, who patiently answered my numerous questions to Superprint Photographic Service in Sydney, who quickly and expertly handled all my film, to three New Zealand families the Gilmores, Harrises, and Beardsleys , who loaned me their houses in...