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Sector 1. Iles Tuamotu, Iles Marquises, Iles de la Societe, and Iles Tubuai

indented by several bays, but during the season of NE winds, which veer to the N, they do not afford shelter.

1.9 Baie Hakaenu (8°48'S., 140°10'W.) is located W of a

steep wall of black rock; its entrance is difficult to distinguish. The bay is about 0.2 mile wide and about 0.4 mile deep. There is good shelter from E winds, but is accessible only to small vessels. The depth in the middle of the bay is about 14.6m, sand. Baie Hakaenu offers better holding ground with less swell effect. The N extremity of the island lies close E of Baie Hakaenu. Baie Vaekao (Vaekao-Hapapani) lies 1.5 miles SE of Baie Hakaehu. Baie Hakapa lies 1.8 miles farther ESE. Baie Atiheu (8°50'S., 140°04'W.) is entered E of a compara-

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tively-low bare point, 2 miles E of Baie Hakapa, and a bare point 0.8 mile NW, which may be recognized by a bluff of black rocks 75m high. The bluff is steep-to with a depth of 29m close to its base.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage may be obtained, in depths of 20

to 26m, about 0.4 mile off a conspicuous church situated at the head of the bay, with the church bearing 171°. Violent squalls from the SE sometimes blow from the steep mountains in the inner part of the bay. With NE winds, the sea is sometimes heavy, and nearly always rough.

1.10 Baie d’Anaho (Baie Anaho) (8°49'S., 140°03'W.) is

separated from Baie Hatiheu by a broad promontory about 0.8 mile wide, which rises to a height of 300m.

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With winds from the SE to ENE, the sea in the bay is calm,

but when backing to NE, the swell begins to be felt; ESE squalls blow over the narrow isthmus separating this bay from Baie Hatuatua, and the current in the bay sometimes sets strongly W.

The depth in the bay decreases gradually from about 46m in the entrance to 9.1m about 0.1 mile from the head.

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The E shore of the bay is free of dangers, but the W side of

the head of the bay is fringed with a coral reef, which dries in places; an inlet in the reef offers a landing place.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage may be obtained in any part of the

bay, but vessels usually anchor in a position about 0.3 mile S of Pointe de la Mesange (Pointe Mesange), on the W side of the bay, 1 mile within the W entrance, in 21m.

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Baie d’ Hataivea (Baie Hataivea), a large exposed bay, lies

close E of Baie d’Anaho. Poiku, a flat-topped island, lies close N of its E entrance, and Rocher Motu Iti, a pointed rock, lies close NW of its W entrance point. Cap Atupa Atua lies 1.3 miles E of the bay.

1.11 Motu Iti (8°41'S., 140°37'W.) WNW of Nuku Hiva,

consists of three islets. The largest rock is volcanic and rises to a height of 220m. With the exception of a little vegetation on its W side the rock is barren.

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The other two are also barren and lie close E. Some rocks,

which are awash, almost join these two islets, and submerged rocks extend E from the E islet.

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The islets are surrounded by a bank of muddy sand and

coral, with depths of 24m within a distance of 2 miles. There are depths of 11 to 15m near the W side of the largest island. Banc Lawson (8°42'S., 140°46'W.) has a least depth of 14.3m charted 9.5 miles WSW of Hatu Iti.

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Banc Clark (8°05'S., 139°38'W.), with a least reported

depth of 9.3m, lies 50 miles NNE of the NE extremity of Nuka- Hiva. The bank is about 4 miles in extent. Two shoals, covered by 35 and 42m, respectively, lie 25 and 35 miles WNW of this shoal. It is advisable to avoid this area due to the suggestive presence of submerged reefs.

1.12 Ua Huka (Washington Island) (8°55'S., 139°33'W.) is

dominated by a high chain of mountains that rise to a height of 855m; spurs and valleys radiate to its coasts.

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There are several detached rocks off the N, W, and S coasts.

There are depths of 40 to 46m, 0.5 to 2 miles offshore, all around the island.

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The island, which is round in shape and slightly indented on

its S side, has many bays and coves, but the principal anchor- ages are along the S coast.

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Pointe Teho te Papa (8°57'S., 139°29'W.) is the SE ex-

tremity of the island and Pointe Tekeho, 5.3 miles W, is the S extremity. From the W, Pointe Tekeho appears to be detached from the island and resembles an islet.

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Motu Haane, 155m high, shaped like a sugarloaf, and

formed by dark violet-red rocks, lies 2.3 miles WNW of Pointe Teho te Papa.

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Baie d’Hananai is entered close NNW of Motu Haane.

Rocks, with depths of less than 1.8m, lie near the head of the bay. Large vessels may anchor about 0.1 mile W of Motu Haane, in a depth of 30m, sand, good holding ground. This an- chorage is exposed, however, with a current which tends to swing the vessel across it. Better anchorage might be had E of Motu Haane, with its N point bearing 270°. Small vessels an- chor in the center of the bay, about 0.3 mile off the bay’s head, in a depth of 15m.

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Motu Papa, 28m high, lies 0.1 mile offshore, 1.4 miles WSW

of Motu Haane. The islet has reddish perpendicular sides, and a flat top inclined towards the mainland.

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Baie de Vaipaee (Baie Invisible) is located 1 mile W of Motu

Papa. It is a narrow bight that indents the coast about 0.5 mile in a NNW direction. The bay may be identified when directly off its entrance by the sandy beach at its head. At the entrance, where the depth is 31m, there is always a heavy choppy sea. Only small vessels can use this deep bay, as there is no room to swing. With winds from the N to E, the sea is calm inside, but with winds from the SSE the surf sets in and it becomes dangerous. On the W side of the bay is a large hill and a light shows from a beacon in the vicinity of Mata te hotu.

1.13 Pointe Tekeho (8°57'S., 139°35'W.) is a black cape,

107m high. When this point is seen from a distance, it appears as a wedge, inclined toward the beach.

Ile Teuaua lies 0.6 mile W of Pointe Tekeho and Ile Hemeni,

97m high, lies 0.1 mile W of Ile Teuaua. Motu Keo Keo lies close off the W side of Ile Hemeni.

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Baie Chavei (8°57'S., 139°35'W.) is entered 1 mile NW of

Pointe Tekeho. There is anchorage, in a depth of 20m, with the peak of Ile Hemeni bearing 190°, and Pointe Tekeho bearing 107°; the bottom is sand. This anchorage is sheltered with winds from the N through E to SE, and is protected from the swell by the islands.

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