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

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Anchorage.—Anchorage is available in Baie de Povai, in

depths of 22 to 33m. The anchorage off Vaitape, in a depth of 33m, lies with the church bearing 067°, 0.4 mile distant. Baie Faanui, N of Passe Teavanui, offers anchorage, in a

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depth of 25m, sand and mud, on the bay’s W side. A wharf about 130m in length lies on the S side of the bay, about 1.3 miles NNW of the church at Vaitape. In 1985, a report stated the wharf was in good repair, with alongside depths of 7.3m. Anchorage is prohibited within 280m of the submerged

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water pipeline laid between Pointe Faripiti and Ilot Teveiroa; anchorage is also prohibited in the submerged pipeline area, best seen on the chart, between the main island of Bora-Bora and Motu Tape (16°30'S., 151°42'W.).

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There is a prohibited anchorage area extending from Motu

Mute S to Bora-Bora. Anchorage is also prohibited in the vici- nity of the pipeline which extends ENE about 0.4 mile to an is- land off the N entrance point of Baie Faanui. There is an air- craft landing strip and jetty on Motu Mute, an island on the N extremity of the barrier reef.

1.93 Atoll Tupai (Ile Motu-Itu) (16°16'S., 151°50'W.)

consists of a group of low, wooded islets, about 9m high, con- nected by a coral reef. It is 4.5 miles long N-S and 3 miles wide.

The area surrounding the atoll is said to be free from danger; however, its position and charted outline are not definite. Small boats may enter the lagoon through a break in the reef located 1 mile S of the E extremity of the atoll.

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1.94 Atoll Manuae (Fenua Ura) (16°32'S., 154°41'W.) is

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One can land at the NW point of the island facing a hangar,

passing by a narrow indentation in the reef which gives access to a partially-destroyed quay.

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Maupiti (16°27'S., 152°15'W.) is a small mountainous is-

land, 380m high. The peak provides an excellent navigational aid and is easily identified. Should the peak be obscured, it is possible to use the S end of the island as it is steep-to and de- fined.

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The barrier reef extends for a distance of about 2 miles off the S

side and about 1 mile off the other sides. The S part of the barrier reef, except for a few islets, is mostly awash, but the N part of the reef is above water and has some wooded islands on it.

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The entrance to the lagoon is on the S side of the island. In

bad weather the sea breaks across the entrance, and in good weather rollers are common. A strong current always sets out to the entrance. The pass is narrow and tortuous, and is only available to small vessels with local knowledge during good weather.

Atoll Maupihaa (Mopelia) (16°49'S., 153°57'W.) is roughly circular and about 5 miles in diameter.

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The reef surrounds an extensive lagoon. The E side of the

reef is occupied by a long, narrow band of dry land with nu- merous coconut trees. On the N and W sides there are a number of islets; many of them are covered with brushwood or trees. The reef on the S side is uncovered; some breakers indi- cate the presence of a danger.

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A pass located about 1 mile SW of the N extremity of the

atoll leads SE through the reef. The pass, about 27m wide between the reefs on either side, has depths of 9m at its outer end. The fairway at its inner end is encumbered by coral heads and by a shoal, with depths of less then 1.8m, which divides it into two channels. The N channel is practicable for small boats,

the farthest W of Iles de la Societe. The reef encircling the lagoon is about 7 miles long NNW-SSE and about 5 to 6 miles wide. There is a group of low, and consequently dangerous, islets on the reef. The E side of the atoll is said to be green with trees, but the W side is reported to be coral which breaks heavily for about 5 miles. The lagoon is only accessible to craft by a pass located at about 0.4 mile to the WSW of the N point. A cavity in the barrier reef also allows whalers on the E coast close to the town; craft must be pulled up on the reef flat. This landing as well as the crossing of the pass can only be planned in calm weather. At night or in thick weather, vessels should avoid approaching this atoll.

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Atoll Motu One (Bellingshausen Island) (15°50'S.,

154°31'W.) consists of four low coral islands covered with coconut trees and other vegetation on a reef of triangular form about 3 miles in extent. The reef is steep-to and has a number of rocks on it. There is no passage into the lagoon.

Iles Tubuai (Iles Australes)

1.95 Iles Tubuai lie between 21°45'S and 23°55'S, and

147°32'W and 154°50'W. This is a scattered group consisting of five islands surrounded by fringing coral reefs which are generally steep-to. The French Government agent for Ile Tu- buai, Raivavae, and Rapa, resides at Ile Tubuai; the islands of Rurutu and Rimatara are administered by a similar official sta- tioned at Rurutu. These agents are under the orders of L’Ad- ministrateur des Colonies, whose headquarters are at Papeete. Iles Tubuai are volcanic in origin; they are high, except for

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Iles Marie, which forms an atoll. All the islands surrounded by reefs are usually steep-to. The sheltered lagoons are accessible only to small vessels, and navigation marks in Iles Tabuai are not reliable.

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Courtesy of Polynesie Passion

Maupiti Channel from N

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and then for those with local knowledge only. The S channel has a least depth of 4m and also requires local knowledge. Oyster cultivation cages canbe found inside the lagoon at

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