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

The population was 160 in 1996. The town of Tupani, to the

NE of the island, is well visible from sea and has an open basin where craft can approach even in moderate wind from the E. Another landing point is located to the NW of the island, on a sandy beach in front of the abandoned town of Ofare.

Vessels can anchor, in E winds, in 25m, in front of the village and 100m from the reef.

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There is a radio station at the town of Tupana.

The current in the vicinity of Niau is strong, sometimes setting W and E.

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Kaukura, about 15 miles W of Toau, is 25 miles long in an ESE-WNW direction. The N side is wooded, but the S side only has two clumps of trees. Large blocks of coral, some 9m high and visible 12 miles, are located on the S side of the atoll.

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Passe Moturaa, near the middle of the N side of the atoll, will accommodate vessels with a draft of less than 1.5m. Motu Panao, on the NW side of the atoll, is practicable only for boats.

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Tides—Currents.—The tidal currents in the pass and the

boat passage are strong; they set E on the flood current and W on the ebb current.

1.51 Apataki (15°27'S., 146°20'W.) is wooded, except on

its S side, where the reef is submerged and is dangerous to approach at night; in calm weather the S side is dangerous even by day, as there are no breakers and the current is always strong.

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There are two passes into the lagoon of Apataki. Passe

Pakaka lies 6 miles NW of the S extremity of the atoll; Passe Tehere is located on the NW extremity, 14 miles N of Passe Pakaka.

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It was reported that beacons marked coral patches on either

side of a straight line drawn between Passe Tehere and Passe Pakaka.

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Tides—Currents.—Passe Pakaka has currents, in the outer

part of the pass, that set simultaneously in opposite directions; the N side is the normal tidal current with a minimum rate of 4 knots. The current on the S side is a countercurrent, and both change their direction at HW and LW.

Inside the pass, the strength of the outgoing current is increased by the narrowing channel, and sometimes attains a rate of 5 or 6 knots; the incoming current may reach a rate of 3 knots. Slack water occurs about the time of the noon meridian passage.

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Passe Tehere has ebb currents of 3 knots that set along the

axis of the channel. The rate of the flood tide may vary from 2 to 5 knots. The pass is about 0.2 mile wide and deep, but shoal spits at either end reduce the width of the fairway to 130m. There is a depth of 5.8m over the bar.

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Depths—Limitations.—A concrete wharf lies on the S side

of the pass, about 0.2 mile NE of the seaward entrance. The wharf offers three berths, the deepest of which offers 3 to 5m of water alongside a 10m wide berthing stage which projects outward from the main wharf. The rest of the wharf has less water alongside.

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Anchorage.—Once within the lagoon and clear of the fring-

ing reef, a course of 070° will lead to an anchorage about 1.5 miles from the pass.

Anchorage is available, in a depth of 26m, coral. The charted channel leads about 55m N of a reef with a depth of 0.5m.

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1.52 Arutua (15°18'S., 146°45'W.), 9 miles W of Apataki,

is wooded on the N side, but the S part is bare and a large part of the reef is submerged. There is an airstrip at the N end of the atoll.

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Passe Porofai, near the SE extremity, gives access to the

lagoon for small vessels; however, it is difficult even with local knowledge.

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Tikei (14°58'S., 144°33'W.) is a small island about 60 miles

NE of Aratika. The only landing place is at a small village on the W extremity of the island, and it is difficult.

Iles du Roi Georges, consisting of two atolls, Takapoto and Takaroa, lie about 37 miles NW of Tikei.

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Takapoto (14°39'S., 145°12'W.) is about 10 miles long in a NE-SW direction; it is wooded.

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There is no entrance to the lagoon, but boats can land at

Fakatopatere, a village close W of the atoll’s S extremity. In good weather, small vessels make fast to a reef about 2 miles N of Fakatopatere. A disused light is visible on the W end of the atoll.

1.53 Takaroa (14°27'S., 144°57'W.) (World Port Index

No. 55930) is wooded in clumps on all sides. This atoll is 15 miles long in a NE-SW direction and is up to 3.8 miles wide. There is a pass near the SW extremity that provides access to the lagoon. There are numerous pearl farms in the lagoon. Passe Teauonae is about 1 mile long on an E-W axis. Tides—Currents.—Currents in the pass have a rate of 5 or

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6 knots, but with a heavy swell from between the S and SW; there is a continuous outgoing current which sometimes reaches a rate of 9 knots.

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Depths—Limitations.—The pass is about 55m wide at its

seaward end, and has a least depth of 12m charted in the center of the channel, but gets shallow as it approaches the narrow lagoon entrance. The channel shows a least charted depth of 3m, is reef fringed, and requires local knowledge E of the wharf. A wharf on the N side of the pass, at the village, has an alongside depth of 3 to 4m.

Aspect.—The church spire at the village of Teavaroa is prominent. Wrecks lie on the beach 2 and 4 miles NE of the pass. The northernmost wreck is an outstanding landmark when approaching from the NW side of the island. There is a weather station, an aviation runway 1,200m long and 30m wide, and a telephone on the island.

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Pilotage.—Although there are no official pilots for Passe

Teavaroa, fishermen with outboard motorboats will sometimes lead ships in.

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Anchorage.—A good temporary anchorage can be taken

outside the pass near the N reef, in 16 to 18m. 1.54 Manihi (14°25'S., 145°57'W.) (World Port Index No.

55920) is a wooded atoll 15 miles long in an ENE-WSW direction. A village stands on the E side of Passe Tairapa in the SW part of the atoll.

Tides—Currents.—Currents in the pass normally attain a maximum velocity of 7 knots.

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Depths—Limitations.—Passe Tairapa, about 60m wide and

marked by beacons, is safe and deep, except at its poorly defined inner end, where it shoals, leaving a navigable channel about 40m wide, with depths of 3m. The W side of the channel is deepest and local knowledge is recommended. The concrete Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148  |  Page 149  |  Page 150  |  Page 151  |  Page 152  |  Page 153  |  Page 154  |  Page 155  |  Page 156  |  Page 157  |  Page 158  |  Page 159  |  Page 160  |  Page 161  |  Page 162  |  Page 163  |  Page 164  |  Page 165  |  Page 166  |  Page 167  |  Page 168  |  Page 169  |  Page 170  |  Page 171  |  Page 172  |  Page 173  |  Page 174  |  Page 175  |  Page 176  |  Page 177  |  Page 178  |  Page 179  |  Page 180  |  Page 181  |  Page 182  |  Page 183  |  Page 184  |  Page 185  |  Page 186  |  Page 187  |  Page 188  |  Page 189  |  Page 190  |  Page 191  |  Page 192  |  Page 193  |  Page 194  |  Page 195  |  Page 196  |  Page 197  |  Page 198  |  Page 199  |  Page 200  |  Page 201  |  Page 202  |  Page 203  |  Page 204  |  Page 205  |  Page 206  |  Page 207  |  Page 208  |  Page 209  |  Page 210  |  Page 211  |  Page 212  |  Page 213  |  Page 214  |  Page 215  |  Page 216  |  Page 217  |  Page 218  |  Page 219  |  Page 220  |  Page 221  |  Page 222  |  Page 223  |  Page 224  |  Page 225  |  Page 226  |  Page 227  |  Page 228  |  Page 229  |  Page 230  |  Page 231  |  Page 232  |  Page 233  |  Page 234  |  Page 235  |  Page 236  |  Page 237  |  Page 238  |  Page 239  |  Page 240  |  Page 241  |  Page 242  |  Page 243  |  Page 244  |  Page 245  |  Page 246  |  Page 247  |  Page 248  |  Page 249  |  Page 250  |  Page 251  |  Page 252  |  Page 253  |  Page 254  |  Page 255  |  Page 256  |  Page 257  |  Page 258  |  Page 259  |  Page 260  |  Page 261  |  Page 262  |  Page 263  |  Page 264  |  Page 265  |  Page 266  |  Page 267  |  Page 268  |  Page 269  |  Page 270  |  Page 271  |  Page 272  |  Page 273  |  Page 274  |  Page 275  |  Page 276  |  Page 277  |  Page 278  |  Page 279  |  Page 280  |  Page 281  |  Page 282  |  Page 283  |  Page 284  |  Page 285  |  Page 286  |  Page 287  |  Page 288  |  Page 289  |  Page 290  |  Page 291  |  Page 292  |  Page 293  |  Page 294  |  Page 295  |  Page 296  |  Page 297  |  Page 298  |  Page 299  |  Page 300  |  Page 301  |  Page 302  |  Page 303  |  Page 304  |  Page 305  |  Page 306  |  Page 307  |  Page 308  |  Page 309  |  Page 310
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