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

shallow pass, then comes to the surface and continues NNW for about 1 mile to abreast Pointe Putaiamo.

1.72 Passe de la Boudeuse (17°36'S., 149°17'W.) is nar-

rowed by a shoal extending about 0.2 mile from the islet on its N side. There is a rock, with a depth of less than 2m in the middle of the pass, and Mouillage de Bougainville, inside the barrier reef N of the pass, is encumbered with numerous isolated shoals. This pass and anchorage should not be used without local knowledge as a swell rolls unobstructed through the pass. This anchorage is unsafe in winds between the S and E.

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Baie de Taipahia affords anchorage, in a depth of 30m, sand,

with the islet Motu Puuru, 0.5 mile NE of Pointe Mataorio, bearing 050° and that point bearing 148°.

Mouillage de l’Ilot Nansouty lies between the coast and the barrier reef N of Motu Puuru.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage may be obtained 0.5 mile S of Ilot

de Nansouty (17°34'S., 149°17'W.), in depths of 35 to 46m, sand and mud. The anchorage may be approached from Baie de Taipahia or from the NNW from Passe de Mahaena. There are two shoal spots, with depths of 3.2 to 3.6m, which should be avoided when approaching the anchorage from the N, and a reef ,with a least depth of 2.3m, which should be avoided when approaching from the S.

1.73 Passe de Mahaena, about 1.3 miles NNW of Motu

Puuru, is 0.5 mile wide; it lies E of the entrance to Vallee de Mahaena. The pass is deep, but should only be entered by vessels with local knowledge.

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From Passe de Mahaena the coast trends WNW 11 miles to

Pointe Venus. The mountains are close to the coast and the im- portant Vallee de Onoheha is easily identified by Le Matotea, a mountain at its head 2 miles inland.

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Along this coast the barrier reef is submerged and forms a

series of dangerous shoals with general depths of about 5.5m, sand, which extend from 1 to 1.5 miles from the shore. Between the shoals and the shore there are large open basins

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that vary in depth from 37 to 42m in the E to 18.3 to 22m in the W part.

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Several wide passes give access to these basins, and in good weather, small vessels can pass over the shoals when sure of the marks. These passes should not be attempted except under the most favorable weather conditions, and then only with local knowledge.

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Banc de l’Artemise (Artemise Shoals) extends 2 miles in a

NW direction from Passe de Mahaena and then turns sharply W for 2 miles to Passe d’Onohea (17°31'S., 149°21'W.).

Passe d’Onohea, about 0.4 mile wide, has more than 61m in mid-channel in the entrance between the shoals.

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Passe de Faarumai, about 1 mile W of Passe d’Onohea, is 0.2

mile wide. Recif Pupuura, inside the entrance 0.3 mile off- shore, has a least depth of 6m.

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Passe de Papenoo, 2 miles NW of Passe de Faarumai, is

about 0.3 mile wide and about 1.4 miles offshore. 1.74 Motu Aau (17°29'S., 149°28'W.), a small, wooded

islet, is located 0.9 mile ESE of Pointe Venus; a reef extends 0.2 mile NW of the islet. A basin is formed between the islet and the fringing reef extending E from Pointe Venus; it is

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untenable and dangerous with winds from between the NE and NW.

The channel between the two islands is 7.5 miles wide between the barrier reefs; it is deep and clear of dangers. When there is a fresh E breeze N of Tahiti, it is generally

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calm in this channel, but the currents and eddies are variable and uncertain.

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When there is a meeting of E and W winds in this channel, a

heavy sea is raised, appearing like a line of breakers. When this condition occurs the E extremity of Moorea becomes more dangerous, which under any circumstance should be given a wide berth.

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The NW coast of Tahiti should not be closely approached,

especially at night, as a portion of the W current striking Moorea is deflected and sets directly onto the barrier reef off that part of Tahiti.

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A vessel entering this channel at night from the SW should

make the light on Pointe Venus, after passing the S extremity of Moorea before standing to the E.

Moorea

1.75 Moorea (17°32'S., 149°50'W.) has a broken outline

and numerous peaks; Mont Tohivea, 1,207m high, is located in the S central part of the island. There are numerous mountains throughout the island between 610m and 914m high, but the most remarkable is Muaputa, 830m high, located 2 miles NNE of Mont Tohivea. It has a hole through its summit which may be seen through on a SE bearing. The island is thickly wooded, but some of the peaks are bare.

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The island, which is triangular-shaped, is about 8 miles long

on each side. It is surrounded by a barrier reef which has several passes through it. Baie de Cook and Baie d’Opunohu, 2 miles W of Baie de Cook, are on the N side of the island. The island is administered by a French Agent, who usually resides at Afareaitu, situated near the middle of the E coast. Caution.—A marine space management plan has been es-

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tablished for the waters around Moorea from the shore to the 70m depth contour. The plan is intended to protect ecosystems and the environment. It regulates navigation of vessels, anchor- ing, fishing, diving, leisure actities, mineral extraction and plant gathering.

The plan includes protected marine areas as well as special fishing and mooring zones which are marked by buoys. Anchoring is prohibited within the marked channels, except

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in emergency and also within a 50m area on either side of sub- marine cables and pipelines.

1.76 Pointe Faaupo (17°29'S., 149°45'W.), a low wooded

point, is the E extremity of Moorea. From this point the coast trends NW 1.8 miles to Pointe Aroa, another low point, where it turns WSW 2.5 miles to Pointe Paveau, the E entrance point to Baie de Cook.

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The barrier reef fringes the coast between Pointe Faaupo and

Pointe Aroa, and then extends to 1.25 miles off Pointe Paveau. The 500m curve lies 0.9 mile off Pointe Faaupo and 2 miles off the coast between Pointes Aroa and Paveau. Baie de Cook (Paopao Bay) (17°29'S., 149°49'W.) is en-

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