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

1.85 Uturoa (16°44'S., 151°27'W.) (World Port Index No.

55800), at the NE extremity of Raiatea, a natural coastal harbor, is the residence of the administrator.

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Tides—Currents.—The tidal current within the barrier reef

is strong in places; the general set is NW, but this may be af- fected by the prevailing wind and by the direction of the swell in the vicinity of the island. Off the wharf the flow is generally weak.

Depths—Limitations.—There is a wharf, 365m SE of the hospital, that will accommodate a vessel with a draft of 7m. A small craft pier extends about 50m SE of the wharf, while a second pier extends E from the shore close SE of the hospital. Aspect.—The temple, a white building with a belfry, is

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situated in the NW part of Uturoa; the police station stands 275m SE of the temple. A hospital consisting of a yellow conspicuous building is situated 0.1 mile SE of the police station.

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required.

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Pilotage.—A pilot can be made available from Papeete, if Anchorage.—Anchoring vessels leave the range when about

0.8 mile SSE of the hospital, steering for a beacon on the reef N of Uturoa, bearing 327°. Four anchorage berths are available off the town, in depths of 31 to 39m, sand and coral, and are situated with the front range light on the following bearings and distances: a. 215°—410m. b. 241°—275m. c. 285°—595m. d. 309°—640m.

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The 215° and 241° anchorages are the recommended berths,

as the holding ground is good. The other two are subject to a strong NW set. Swinging room at all the berths is cramped. Caution.—Caution is advised, as there is a depth of 15m on

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the 327° track, about 0.2 mile E of the front range light.

1.86 From Point du Roi Tamatoa (16°44'S., 151°27'W.),

90m N of the hospital in Uturoa, the coast trends 1.3 miles WNW to Pointe Motutapu, the N extremity of the island, then about 2.8 miles SW to Pointe Mirimiri (16°46'S., 151°29'W.). A 1.6m shoal lies 0.3 mile N of Pointe du Roi Tamatoa, and a 4.4m shoal is located 0.5 mile NNW of the same point. Reefs extend 0.4 mile N of Pointe Motutapu, and Grand Banc Central, separated from this reef by a channel 205m wide, extends 0.9 mile farther N.

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A pass leads from the NE of Pointe Motutapa N within the

barrier reef, E of Grand Banc Central, to the anchorage and the channel E of Tahaa. The pass is easy to navigate by vessels with local knowledge. In the absence of any beacons, the pass- age should not be attempted unless the reefs on either side are clearly distinguishable.

An aircraft landing strip, situated in an E and W direction, is situated close S of Pointe Motutapu.

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An inner passage leads SW from Pointe Motutapu to Pointe

Mirimiri. Vessels from the W whose destination is Uturoa may use this passage, but local knowledge is necessary or the ser- vices of a pilot are recommended. This inner passage is entered from Passe Rautoanui.

1.87 Passe Rautoanui (16°46'S., 151°30'W.) is a break in

the coastal reef 0.5 mile W of Pointe Mirimiri. Generally, there is a SW set in the pass, caused by the prevailing E winds here.

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The pass can be easily identified by the islets Tahunaoe and Torea, which lie on the N and S sides, respectively, of the pass. A range light is situated on Pointe Mirimiri, and the front

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range light is situated 145m W. These lights, in line bearing 083.5°, lead through the pass.

A confined anchorage, in 30m, mud, can be taken in Baie Pufua, close S of Pointe Mirimiri.

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From Pointe Mirimiri the coast trends in a S direction about

9.8 miles to Pointe Tahoata (16°55'S., 151°26'W.), the S ex- tremity of the island. This coast is irregularly shaped and is in- dented by numerous bays.

The barrier reef, which lies up to 1.25 miles offshore, is breached in three places by passes.

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Passe Tiano (Passe Tetuatiare) (16°50'S., 151°29'W.) is

located 4 miles S of Passe Rautoanui. This pass is both dan- gerous and difficult, and is not recommended.

1.88 Passe Toamaro (16°51'S., 151°29'W.), about 1.8

miles S of Passe Tiano, is about 145m wide between the reefs and has a least charted depth of 10m. Toamaro, a small, wooded island, is on the inner part of the N side of the pass, and there is an islet on the inner part of the S side of the pass. This pass leads to a safe anchorage inside the reefs and also

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to Baie Vaiaeho, to the N of the pass. Care should be exercised in the vicinity of the 5.2m patch, 0.2 mile E of the S extremity of Toamaro, and the isolated reefs which lie 275m N and 180m S, respectively, from the 5.2m patch.

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A deep, intricate channel, available only to small craft with

local knowledge, leads S inside the barrier reef from Passe Toamaro to Passe Punaeroa.

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Passe Punaeroa (16°54'S., 151°28'W.), 2.5 miles S of Passe

Toamaro, is about 0.3 mile wide, with a least depth of 7m, leading to a deep roadstead. Anchorage may be obtained as convenient, avoiding isolated shoals.

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A deep, narrow channel trends SE to Pointe Tahoata, within

the barrier reef; in places it is nearly blocked by the coastal reef.

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From Pointe Tahoata, the coast trends NE to Pointe Puuta-

rape, about 7 miles distant, then NW 7.5 miles to Passe Teava- piti.

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Passe Nao Nao (16°55'S., 151°24'W.), located 1.8 miles E

of Pointe Tahoata, is a pass across the barrier reef close E of the islet Nao Nao. The pass is 90m wide and has a narrow bar with a depth of 7m, on which the sea breaks heavily in bad weather. The pass can only be used by small vessels with local knowledge in good weather.

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Oatara (16°51'S., 151°19'W.), a small island on the barrier

reef, lies 6.5 miles NE from Passe Nao Nao. This islet lies 1 mile E of Pointe Puutarape, the E extremity of Raiatea. Passe Teava Moa (Passe Teavamoa), about 1 mile NW, is a

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deep narrow pass. A depth of 15m is charted close E of the entrance, and 9m is charted in the pass on the S side, close off the barrier reef. This pass leads to Baie Hotopuu, SW of the pass, and Baie de Toahiva (Baie Opoa), 1 mile W of the pass. Baie de Toahiva affords good anchorage in the middle of the entrance, in 33m, mud, 180m S of a rock, awash.

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Passe Iriru (16°47'S., 151°22'W.), 3.3 miles NW of Passe

Teava Moa, leads SW through the barrier reef to Baie Faaroa. It is easily recognized as it lies between two islets, Iriru on the S and Tipaemau on the N. The pass is deep and about 135m wide

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