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

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Anchorage.—The best anchorage is in the E bight, in 17m,

with the N extremity of Grosse Tour bearing 290° and a grotto S of Pointe Gaussin bearing 040°. Violent SSE squalls are sometimes experienced at this anchorage, especially at night. Pointe Kiukiu (Pointe Kiutiu) (9°47'S., 139°10'W.) is the W

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extremity of Hiva Oa. From Pointe Kiukiu, the coast trends SE for about 10 miles to Pointe Teaehoa (9°51'S., 139°01'W.); it is rugged, has steep cliffs, and is inhospitable.

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Baie des Traitres, N of Pointe Teaehoa, is about 2 miles

wide. The bay is open to the E, and its S part is exposed to the wind and sea.

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Ilot Hanake, a rocky islet 37m high, lies about 0.2 mile

offshore, 2 miles N of Pointe Teaehoa. 1.19 Atuona (9°49'S., 139°02'W.) (World Port Index No.

56010) stands at the head of a small bay about 0.4 mile N of Ilot Hanake. This is the seat of the Bishop of Iles Marquises and has a radio station.

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the mole.

Baie Taahuku

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A small concrete jetty is situated on the E side of the bay at

about 0.5 mile SW of Pointe de l’Obelisque, often a heavy swell exists at the jetty.

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The N coast of the island trends WNW from Bastion Point

for a distance of 4.5 miles, then N about 3 miles to Pointe Mautau (Cap Matau), the N extremity of the island.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage, in depths of 20 to 23m, sand,

good holding ground, is available with the hill on Pointe de l’Obelisque, seen between Rochers Jacquemart bearing 355° and with Bastion Point in line with a point located about 0.8 mile NNE of it bearing 105°. There is always a swell, and with a fresh breeze from the NE to NW the sea becomes heavy in the bay; the current enters the bay and sets directly onto Pointe du Bastion.

1.18 Baie Anahi (9°44'S., 139°56'W.), 3.5 miles W of

Bastian Point, affords good anchorage with winds between the SE and ENE. The depths gradually decrease from 26m in the entrance toward the head of the bay.

A rock, awash, lies about 0.9 mile N of Pointe Mautau (9°42'S., 138°59'W.).

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Baie Hanatekua (Hana Tekua), 0.5 mile W of Pointe Mautau,

affords anchorage to small craft, in a depth of 26m, sand, with the NE point bearing 250°. Anchorage may also be taken outside a line joining the two entrance points, in 29 to 38m, good holding ground.

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Baie Hanaiapa (Hana Iapa) (9°43'S., 139°00'W.) is entered

between Pointe du Dome and Pointe Jouan, 0.5 mile SW. It can be recognized by La Borne, 15m high, located 0.2 mile N of Pointe Jouan, and a waterfall 1 mile W of the bay. A number of unmarked reefs lie about 160m SW of La Borne.

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Anchorage.—There is good anchorage in the middle of the

bay, in 17m, sand, sheltered from E winds. On the E coast of the bay is a small quay. Surf conditions make access difficult. Baie Hanamenu (Hana Menu) (9°46'S., 139°38'W.), which

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is entered between Pointe Gaussin and Pointe Bonnard, 0.6 mile WSW, is divided into two parts by Grosse Tour, a steep point of dark red rock, 224m high.

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Depths—Limitations.—There is a concrete jetty close to Aspect.—A monument is situated about 0.5 mile NW of

Pointe Feki; it may be obscured by coconut palms. The light standing on the point is prominent. The bell tower, triangular and topped with a cross, of the villiage of Taaoa W of the bay is a conspicuous landmark.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage may be taken, in 28m, sand and

coral, 0.3 mile off the light shown from Point Feki, with the light bearing 003°. For vessels remaining overnight it is pre- ferable to anchor with the E extremity of Ilot Hanake bearing 270° and the light bearing 334°, in a depth of 35m.

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Anchorage may also be taken in Baie Tahauku (Taahuku

Bay), which is entered E of Pointe Feki, about 0.5 mile NNE of Ilot Hanake. The anchorage, in 10m, good holding ground, lies with the light on Pointe Feki bearing 253° and the head of the bay bearing 022°. Ships over 100m in length and drawing more than 7m should not use this anchorage. Two anchors should be used to minimize the vessel’s swing.

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At night, vessels should approach these anchorages by

keeping in the white sector of Atuona Light bearing between 332.5° and 339.5°, then adjust course as required to the anchor- age.

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The current generally sets W along the S coast of Hiva Oa,

but in Baie des Traitres it follows the trend of the coast and sets toward Pointe Teahoa (Flat Point), which is located 0.5 mile ENE of Ilot Anakee. After a rain its strength is considerably increased by the flow of the numerous streams which empty into the bay.

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Canal du Bordelais (Haava), which separates Hiva Oa from

Tahuata, S of it, is 2 miles wide, deep, and clear of dangers. There is always a strong wind and a high sea in this channel. The current generally sets W at 2 to 3 knots, but after W winds have prevailed for some time the current is reversed and sets E at about the same rate.

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Tahuata (Tahu Ata) (9°57'S., 139°05'W.) is about 8 miles

long N-S and about 5 miles wide. A narrow ridge of mountains that rises to a height of 472m extends the length of the island. Spurs descend from the mountains to the coast, separated by deep narrow valleys watered by streams.

The steep E coast of the island should be avoided; the only anchorages are on the W side.

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