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

between the edge of the barrier reefs. A drying reef is located 0.6 mile SW of Iriru.

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A course of 217° will lead through Passe Iriru. When abeam

Iriru’s SW end, steer no less than 230° to clear the drying reef mentioned above. Baie Faaroa, entered about 1 mile SW of Iriru, offers anchorage in SW portion, in depths of 15 to 30m, mud. Anchorage is prohibited near submarine cables which cross the bay’s entrance.

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There is a pass inside the barrier reef S to Passe Teava Moa

and N 3.5 miles to Passe Teavapiti. These passes should only be used by vessels with local knowledge.

1.89 Tahaa (16°38'S., 151°29'W.) (World Port Index No.

55780) is nearly round; Mont Vaihaato rises to a height of 590m near the center. Two passes lead through the barrier reef off Tahaa, one on the SW side and the other on the SE side, into the lagoon surrounding the island. There are a number of islets on the barrier reef on the N side; many of them are wooded. The barrier reef is nearly awash in places, and in others, has depths of 3.1 to 3.7m.

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Vaitoare (Village de Tahaa), the principal village on the

island, is situated in the SE part; it may be recognized by a temple.

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Passe Toahotu (16°39'S., 151°24'W.), 4 miles NE of the S

extremity of Tahaa, may be identified by the islets of Toahotu and Mahea, which stand on the S and N side, respectively, of the channel.

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The pass is about 0.1 mile wide between the barrier reef and

is deep and clear of dangers; however, a shoal with a depth of 5.2m lies 410m NW of Toahotu.

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Passe Toahotu should be entered on a mid-channel course of

293°, and when the N extremity of Toahotu bears 180°, course should be changed to 260° to pass S of the 6m shoal.

A pass inside the barrier reef leads SSW to Vaitoare. There is anchorage, in 37m, mud, 0.2 mile offshore, SE of the village. From Vaitoare, the inner channel follows the coast WSW to

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abreast Pointe Toamaro (16°41'S., 151°28'W.), the S extrem- ty of the island, then trends NW about 3 miles to Pointe Tiama- hana, the S entrance point of Baie Hurepiti.

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The inside pass from the N extremity of Raiatea leads E of

Grand Banc Central to the anchorage of Vaitoare. 1.90 Passe Paipai (16°40'S., 151°31'W.), on the SW side

of the island, provides access to Baie Hurepiti; it also gives access to the inner channel which encircles the island. There is a quay for coasters on the S shore of Baie Tapuamu (16°37'S., 151°33'W.); the quay has a depth of 6m alongside.

The pass is deep between the reefs on either side, which are awash. South winds cause a heavy swell in this pass.

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Range lights standing on Pointe Pari (Pointe Tepari) lead through the pass.

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Currents in the pass are reported to be strong.

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Baie Hurepiti, entered between Pointe Pari and Pointe Tia-

mahana, 0.5 mile SSE, affords anchorage, in depths of 25 to 30m, sand, good holding ground. Anchorage is prohibited be- tween the village of Tapuamu and Tautau islet due to the pre- sence of undersea electrical cables.

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Caution.—Mariners should note the presence of marine

farms, best seen on the chart, which lie off the NW shore of the bay.

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1.92 Vaitape (16°30'S., 151°45'W.) (World Port Index No. 55770), situated on the W coast of Bora-Bora, may be recognized by the church with a red steeple situated 0.3 mile WNW of the light marking Passe Teavanui. A pier able to accommodate vessels up to 500 grt is available here, with alongside depths of 3 to 4m; larger vessels Med-moor to this pier. A marina protected by rocks is situated at the N part of the pier. Because of the presence of coral heads around the landing wharf and the lack of solidity for mooring points, this post becomes dangerous when the wind picks up.

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There is an inside passage from Passe Paipai NW, then NE to

the N extremity of Tahaa. East of the N extremity of the island the passage is obstructed by a group of reefs and becomes intri- cate. From these reefs the passage SE to Passe Toahutu appears to be clear. This passage should only be used by vessels with local knowledge.

Bora-Bora

1.91 Bora-Bora (16°30'S., 151°45'W.) is composed of sev-

eral islands enclosing a central lagoon, the whole being en- closed by coral reefs. The largest island of the group is Bora- Bora. A light is shown from Teturiroa, at SW extremity of the reef.

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Aspect.—Bora-Bora is distinguished by the double-peaked

Mont Pahia; the highest peak to the SE is 661m high. Mont Otemanu (16°30'S., 151°44'W.), close E of Mont Pahia, is the highest peak on the island, rising to a height of 727m. The E side of the island has a barren appearance. In general, this is- land group is more craggy than other islands of Iles de la Societe. A radio mast stands on the island’s SW end.

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The barrier reef is covered with islands, except on the S and

SW side. This portion of the reef is awash in places, and in others, depths up to 3.1m exist.

Pilotage.—Pilotage is available and should be ordered from Papeete. Vessels are usually met 2 miles off the pass entrance. Vessels should send their ETA to the Captain of the Port,

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Papeete at least 15 days in advance, confirming 3 days prior to arrival. The islands are governed by the administrator at Uturoa in Raitea, who delegates his authority to a police superinten- dent residing in Vaitape, the principal village.

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Passe Teavanui, the only passage through the barrier reef, is

off the W side of the island. It is straight, free from danger, and has a least charted depth of 9.4m in the fairway; the edges of the reef are clearly visible.

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The pass is marked by buoys and a beacon. The daymark

(white square) situated 0.2 mile SE of Pointe Pahua is reported as conspicuous. A range leads through the pass. Within the barrier reef, course may be set on two leading lighted beacons bearing 133.5°, and that will lead through the pass. Port entry limits ship size to an overall length 220m and a width of 30m, with a maximum draft of 9m.

A bouyed channel, not charted, has been established (2004) W and S of Toopua Island.

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The prevailing wind blows out of Passe Teavanui, but with

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