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

pass is marked by a lighted beacon, and lights in line bearing 057.2° lead into Bassin de Tapuaeraha (Tapuaeraha Harbor). Passe Tapuaeraha is about 0.3 mile wide, but the navigable

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width is about 0.1 mile wide, with a least charted depth on the range line of 31m. Recif Roae has a charted depth of 29m on the range 0.3 mile within the entrance, and 8.7m charted 0.1 mile N of the range line, 0.1 mile within the entrance.

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From Bassin de Tapuaeraha, the pass inside the reef leads

NNW to Port Phaeton. Recif Toatara is located in the N part of the basin. It should be passed on its W side even though this channel is the narrower of the two. Basin de Tapuaeraha and most of the basin N to Port Phaeton afford good anchorage, in depths of 25m to 40m. At about 0.3 mile SE of Pointe Riri, on the coastal reef near Pointe Pautu, there are two bollards to which vessels of 200m long, drawing 12m, can moor stern-to.

1.67 Port Vairao (17°48'S., 149°17'W.), another basin

within the barrier reef, lies between the S end of Bassin de Tapuaeraha and the N end of Pointe Matahiae, about 1 mile S. This basin is entered from the N through Bassin de Tapuaeraha. There are several reefs in Port Vairao, but not all of them are marked. Anchorage may be taken almost anywhere among the reefs, in depths of 27 to 32m, sand and mud. Large vessels have been reported to use this anchorage. Pilotage is available from Papeete if ordered in advance. A marine farm has been established in these waters.

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From Pointe Matahiae, the coast trends ESE to Pointe

Fareara (17°52'S., 149°09'W.), the SE extremity of Presquile de Taiarapu. This part of the coast is dominated by high mountains, cut by deep gorges and valleys leading towards the center of the peninsula. In the vicinity of Pointe Fareara the mountains slope steeply to the sea, forming cliffs which the sea breaks heavily against.

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The barrier reef from Pointe Matahiae to its termination, 0.8

mile W of Pointe Fareara, follows the trend of the coast, with its outer edge lying about 0.6 mile offshore; however, in places it lies 1 mile offshore. The barrier reef terminates abruptly, turning N to about 0.1 mile of the coast. East of this, a series of coral banks lies parallel to the coast at a distance of 1 mile off- shore.

The basins inside the barrier reef along this coast afford an- chorages to small vessels, but only those with local knowledge should attempt to navigate them.

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1.68 Port du Beaumanoir (17°51'S., 149°13'W.) is a

basin about 3 miles long and about 0.4 mile wide between the barrier reef and the shore. It has general depths of 14 to 46m, sand and mud. It is closed at its W end by a reef.

This large basin is entered by Passe Puuotohe, 6.5 miles SE of Passe Tapuaeraha, or by Passe Vaiau, 2.5 miles farther E. Passe Puuotohe is about 0.2 mile wide, but the fairway,

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which is 7m deep, is reduced to a width of about 45m by a shallow spit extending from the E reef. On the E side at the entrance there is an above-water reef, and on the W side is a least depth of 1.7m. The pass is only 90m long and opens out quickly after the breakers are passed. This pass is dangerous and should not be attempted during strong winds or heavy swell.

Passe Vaiau lies S of Mont Faretua, whose summit is 972m high. The pass is 0.1 mile wide, but a reef, awash, divides it

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1.69 Passe d’Aiurua (17°49'S., 149°07'W.) is narrowed to

about 90m by a spit extending S from the barrier reef. To enter this pass, steer for the sharp peak of an unnamed mountain located 1.3 miles inland, bearing 276°. This bearing clears the spit. A narrow unmarked channel leads from the pass into the lagoon to the S. It also connects with Passe de Vaionifa, about 3 miles N, by a deep channel inside the barrier reef.

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Pointe Vaitoto is located about 2.5 miles N of Passe

d’Aiurua. A river which descends through a deep and cliffy gorge discharges here through a delta with four mouths. Passe de Vaionifa, which should only be used by vessels with local knowledge, is located 0.5 mile NE of Pointe Vaitoto.

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Pointe Tautira (17°44'S., 149°09'W.) is a low wooded

tongue which projects 0.8 mile N from the general coastline, located 3 miles NNW of Pointe Vaitoto. This point is formed by the deposits of a river.

The barrier reef rounds Pointe Tautira at a distance of 0.2 mile and breaks off abruptly W of the point.

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From Pointe Tautira, the coast trends W 5 miles to Pointe

Tiitau (17°44'S., 149°14'W.). The general direction is straight, but two low wooded points, project about 0.3 mile seaward. The mountains behind the coast are steep and cliffy. The only break in the mountains is a valley which opens between the two points.

The barrier reef forms again about 0.5 mile W of Pointe Tautira, forming with the point, Baie de Tautira (Tautira Bay).

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into two channels. The E channel is only practicable for boats in good weather. The W channel is 90m wide, but has a small coral head near its inner end, with a depth of 5m.

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Passe Vaiau should be approached with Mont Faretua

bearing 008°. When the peak of Sommet Matarii (Matarii), 203m high and about 0.3 mile within the coast, bears 352°, a vessel should steer for it on that bearing, keeping close W of the 5m patch described above. When within the pass, a WNW course will lead to Port du Beaumanoir, or an E course will lead to Port de Vaiau. Local knowledge is necessary.

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Passe Tutataroa, 1.5 miles E of Passe Vaiau, leads to Port de

Vaiau. It is located between the shore and the barrier reef, and is 0.1 wide and 0.4 mile long in a W direction. It has been reported that a draft of 10m may be carried through the pass. In the approach to Passe Tutataroa, the line of banks which

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project SE from the barrier reef are crossed; these banks are dangerous when the swell is strong.

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Cote de Pari is that part of the coast that extends from Passe

Tutataroa to Pointe Fareara and then 2.8 miles NE to the Riviere Vaiote. This stretch of coast presents a different aspect from the remainder. It has no barrier reef, and the mountains rise steeply above a line of cliffs, which SE seas break against. This coast is dangerous and should be avoided.

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Recif de Faratara, a chain of sunken reefs with depths of 5 to

20m, lie off Cote de Pari, with its outer edge 1 to 1.5 miles offshore. There is deep water between the reef and the coast, but it is encumbered with shoals which break in a heavy sea. When the swell from the SW is heavy and a sea is raised by E winds, there are tremendous breakers over the reef.

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The barrier reef commences again off the Riviere Vaiote and

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