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

up to 160m off the E side and 0.1 mile off Pointe Nuurua. The bay has depths of 32m decreasing gradually to the 10m curve, which lies 135m from the head of the bay.

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Depths—Limitations.—There is a T-shaped pier with a

least depth of 4.5m alongside. A light shows on the coastal reef, close N of the pier.

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Passe Avaroa, the entrance to Baie de Cook, is entered 0.7

mile NW of Pointe Paveau. The pass is about 0.1 mile between the 20m curves; it has a least charted depth of 26m. The pass is marked by a lighted range.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage is available, in a depth of 32m,

mud, on the intersection of two ranges shown from the W shore of the bay. It should be noted that strong winds blow down from the mountains.

1.77 Papetoai (17°29'S., 149°51'W.) (World Port Index

No. 55830) is a small town on the W bank of Baie d’Opunohu, located about 2 miles W of Baie de Cook. The bay is enclosed by precipitous mountains; however, an extensive valley lies at the head of the bay.

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Depths—Limitations.—The bay is entered through Passe

Tareu, which is nearly 270m wide and has a depth of 69m in the middle, but shallow water borders the reefs on either side. The depths in the bay decrease gradually to 20m, 0.3 mile from its head.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage is available, in a depth of 20m, on

the intersection of two sets of range beacons. The first, which marks Passe Tareu, are in line bearing 157°, while the second pair are in line bearing 246.5°.

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From Papetoai, the coast trends 2.5 miles W to Pointe Tehau

(17°29'S., 149°54'W.); the barrier reef lies about 0.8 mile offshore. Two islets lie inside the barrier reef NW of Pointe Tehau.

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From Pointe Tehau the coast trends in a SE direction 8.5

miles to Pointe Parao (17°35'S., 149°49'W.), the S extremity of the island. The barrier reef lies about 0.8 mile offshore along this coast, and the 500m curve lies 1.3 to 1.8 miles off. Passe Matauvau gives access to an anchorage capable of

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handling a ship, but all of the reef passes require local know- ledge.

1.78 Passe Matauvau (17°34'S., 149°52'W.), about 0.9

mile SSE of Passe Avamotu, is 0.2 mile wide and has a depth of 6.5m. Shoal water extends about 0.2 mile SW from the reef on the N side of the pass and the sea nearly always rolls heavily onto this shallow area. The current running out of the pass sets toward it.

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Passe Matauvau may be approached with Mont Muaroa

bearing 046°, taking care not to confuse it with the two peaks 0.5 mile S of it. Steer through the pass keeping 90m W of the reef on the E side; when within the pass steer 067°. Port Haapiti is about 0.4 mile in diameter, with general depths of 14 to 30m over sand. Take care to avoid a 0.5m patch at the E end of the anchorage. This anchorage affords little protection from a W sea.

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Passe Avarapa, 2.5 miles SE of Passe Matauvau, leads N

through the barrier reef to Baie de Vairapa. A depth of 3.5m is charted in the middle of entrance to the pass. The pass is 0.2 mile wide, and the general depth is 5.8m. Baie de Vairapa is

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deep, but the shelter is not good and there are several unmarked shoals.

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From Pointe Paroa the coast trends 1 mile E to Pointe

Nuupere (17°35'S., 149°48'W.), and then turns NNE 6.5 miles to Pointe Faaupo. This coast is indented by several small bays backed by high, rugged mountains.

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The barrier reef lies about 0.8 mile offshore to Pointe Nuu-

pere, then it follows the coast about 0.5 mile off to Pointe Faa- upo, where it joins the shore.

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Passe Teruaupu, 1.3 miles NNE of Pointe Nuupere, is about

275m wide, but the navigable channel is only 92m wide. It should not be entered without local knowledge.

The pass leads into Baie de Haumi; there are channels, marked by beacons, that extend both N and S from the bay. Passe Tupapaurau, 1.3 miles NNE of Passe Teruaupu, has a

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least depth of 4m in the deepest part. Small schooners and boats can use the pass in good weather, but in bad weather the sea breaks heavily across it.

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Baie Putoa (Baie Afareaitu), entered through Passe Tupa-

paurau or from the S through the pass from Baie de Haumi, affords safe anchorage, in depths of 30 to 49m, mud.

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Passe Vaiare (17°31'S., 149°46'W.), 2.3 miles N of Passe

Tupapaurau, is 180m wide; it is deep, clear of danger, and safe in all weather. The reef on the N side of the pass is awash in places, and a small bare islet is located on the reef on the S side. Range lights, in line bearing 272°, mark the pass. Baie de Vaiare (Baie de Teavero) is a deep, sheltered basin.

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A village, with a wharf having an alongside depth of 3.3m, lies about 0.8 mile NNW of Passe Valiare. Anchorage is available within the bay, in depths of 20 to 40m, mud. Anchorage is pro- hibited between the range beacons.

1.79 Tetiaroa (17°03'S., 149°34'W.) is an atoll which con-

sists of a number of small, low islets covered with coconut palms. There is no passage into the lagoon, but small boats can pass over the reef. A hotel is located on the atoll. A light is shown from the S extremity of the atoll.

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Maiao (Tubuai Manu) (17°39'S., 150°38'W.), when seen

from a distance, resembles a ship under sail, but on closer approach it is easily identified by two hills, which nearly divide the island. One of the hills is 154m high. A narrow fringing reef surrounds the island, except on its SW side where the reef extends seaward for 0.75 mile. There is a boat passage through the reef on the NW and S sides of the island.

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Depths—Limitations.—The NW channel, oriented at 135°

and dredged to 2.5m, is 120m long and 30m wide. Its entrance is marked by two lighted beacons. The open basin, 60m long and 40m wide, has a landing wharf that is 24m long. The swell from the SW to the NW can unfurl in the channel and create violent undertow in the open basin.

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It was reported (1999) that the depth in the channel and

along the landing wharf are not more than 1.5m. No anchorage is available around the island.

1.80 Huahine (16°45'S., 151°00'W.) is the farthest E of

Iles Sous le Vent. The island is about 8 miles long N-S, and 5 miles wide; a narrow channel, with a least depth of 0.3m, divides the island in two parts.

Depths—Limitations.—Passe Farerea, in the middle of the E side of the island, leads to Baie de Maroe. The pass is narrow

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