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

Ua Pu (Ua Pou) (9°23'S., 140°05'W.), an island about 8

miles long N-S, with a width of 7 miles, rises to a height of 1,232m near its center. The tops of its mountains are more jagged than those of the other islands in this archipelago, and some of the summits resemble towers or spires when seen from the distance. In the SE part there is a remarkable table mount- ain, topped on each side by spire-like pinnacles.

A number of islets, some of them remarkable, lie within 0.5 mile of the coast.

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On the W side of Ua Pou are numerous villages and several anchorages. It is generally calm, but squalls are occasionally experienced.

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The whole E coast is exposed to wind and sea, and caution is necessary in its vicinity as a strong W current sets onto it.

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1.14 Motu Mokoe (9°22'S., 140°01'W.) consists of two

islets that lie about 0.5 mile off the NE extremity of the island. These two barren islets are separated by a narrow dangerous channel. Depths of 32 to 40m, sand, have been reported about 2 miles N of these islets.

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Rocher Tapukava lies 0.2 mile SE of the S extremity of the

island and Motu Oa (9°29'S., 140°03'W.), 112m high, lies 0.8 mile SSE of the same point. Rocker Tamuko and Rocher Papati, 86m high, lie 1.3 miles and 1.8 miles NE, respectively, of Rocher Tapukava.

Motu Takahe (9°28'S., 140°04'W.), 237m high and shaped like an obelisk, lies 1.8 miles NW of Motu Oa.

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From Motu Mokoe, the E coast trends SSE to the island’s S extremity, and is indented with numerous bays.

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Baie de Hakahau (9°21'S., 140°06'W.) is about 1.8 miles

WNW of Motu Mokoe. A breakwater extends about 165m WSW from a position 152m SSW of Pointe Mataiva, the E entrance point of the bay.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage in the bay is partially sheltered

from the prevailing winds. In good weather, a vessel may anchor in the entrance to the bay, with Point Mataiva bearing 120°, in a depth of 16m; the holding ground is good.

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Caution.—It has been reported (1990) that, since the com-

pletion of the breakwater, Baie de Hakahau is subject to silting in its SE part and to scouring in its SW part.

1.15 From the N extremity of the island the W coast trends

SW about 4.5 miles to Pointe Punahukua (9°23'S., 140°08'W.), its W extremity, then about 7.5 miles SE to the S extremity of the island. It is indented by several bays; some of them afford convenient anchorage.

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Baie de Hakahetau (Haka Hetau) (9°21'S., 140°06'W.) can

be recognized by the beach that borders the head of the bay, by the coconut palm plantations, and a chapel. Roches Rouges (Red Rocks), on the E entrance point, is conspicuous. Motu Koio, 90m S of Roches Rouges, and Motu Kivi, 8m high, located on the E side of the beach 0.3 mile S of Motu Koio, are good landmarks. To the E of Moto Kivi Islet, there is a boat dock 5m long. Large vessels may anchor off the bay with the church at Hakahetau bearing 345° distant 1,000m, in depths of 22 to 29m.

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Baie de Vaiehu (Vaieo Bay) (9°23'S., 140°08'W.) is entered

between Punahukua Point and Pain de Sucre (Sugar Loaf). Pain de Sucre, 143m high, dominates the S part of the bay, but is difficult to distinguish when approaching from the N. It is

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1.16 Fatu Huku (9°27'S., 138°55'W.), E of Ua Pou, is

361m high. The coasts of the islet are abrupt cliffs and steep slopes. It is surrounded by a bank with depths of 9 to 12m. There are two heads, one with depths of 5.4m, 2 miles NNW, and the other with depths of 6.8m, 1.3 miles NE of the islet; the sea breaks on these heads.

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Hiva Oa (9°47'S., 138°58'W.), 22 miles long E-W and about

7 miles wide, is the largest and most populous of the Iles Marquises. The island is mountainous with the highest being Mont Temetiu (Mont Temeti), 1,189m high, on the W side.

The N coast of the island is indented by numerous bays. The principal ones, those with anchorages sheltered from SE winds, are, from E to W, Puamau, Hanatekua, Hanaiapa, and Hana- menu. There is a rock, awash, about 0.5 mile N of the N ex- tremity of the island.

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The S coast is bordered by abrupt cliffs for 14 miles from the

E extremity and has no shelter. The W part of the S coast forms Baie des Traitres (Vipihai). In the N part of the bay are the principal villages Atuona and Baie Taahuku, a sheltered an- chorage for small ships.

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The coast to the W of Baie des Traitres is overhung by

heights that rise more than 500m, with abrupt slopes that offer no shelter.

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Cap Balguerie (Matafenua) (9°45'S., 138°48'W.), the E ex-

tremity of Hiva Oa, terminates a long, high, and rocky promon- tory. It is surrounded by several isolated rocks; the highest, Motu Ofio, is 20m, located off the SE side, and Motu Tabu (Motu Tapu), in the shape of a truncated cone, lies to the NW of the cape.

1.17 Baie Puamau (Perigot) (9°46'S., 138°52'W.) is

surrounded by mountains. The bay is entered between Pointe de l’Obelisque (Pointe Tahanamoa), on the E, and Bastion Point (Pointe Mataai), about 0.7 mile NW.

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Banc Boulard, with a depth of 4.6m, lies about 0.2 mile

WNW of Pointe de l’Obelisque. Rochers Jacquemart, also known as Motu Ana Kei and Motu Ana Momo, lies 180m S of Banc Boulard; these two rocks lie close together and are difficult to identify when approaching from the W.

preferable to approach the bay from the SW and anchor when the NW side of the entrance bears 321° and Pain de Sucre bears 181°. The anchorage, in 20m, sand and mud, is protected from E winds.

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From Pain de Sucre, the coast trends SSE to Baie Hakatao.

Baie de Hakamaii, located about 1.5 miles SE of Pain de Sucre, may be recognized by a conspicuous island off its entrance and a conspicuous church within. The bay offers anchorage, in a depth of 20m, good holding ground, with the church bearing 240° and about 0.3 mile distant.

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Baie Hakatao (9°27'S., 140°05'W.) may be identified by a

village with a chapel, and a group of three white crosses, all standing on the bay’s S side. Anchorage is available midway between the rocky entrance points, on holding ground reported to be good, but depths not stated. This anchorage is exposed to a heavy swell and winds from the SE.

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The S group of Iles Marquises includes four islands; from N

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