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Fatu Hiva / Omoa
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Type Anchorage
Country French Polynesia
City Omoa
Available places 8
Max depth 15 m
Facilities:
  • Water
  • WiFi
  • Shops
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For boats

Omoa bay and village is located on the west coast of Fatu Hiva. The bay is rather open, and there is limited room for few yachts. Drop the anchor at 5-15 meters. There some small buoys with local boats, keep clear of them. The bottom keep quite good. Be prepared for some swell, even when E wind is blowing.
 
Small harbor with breakwater is located at S part of bay,  where you can tie up your dinghy safety away from the big surge.
 
Water: on the quay of small harbor. It is the water collecting from the rain.
 
Fuel: difficult to find, ask locals or sail to Atuaona 45Nm away.
 
Gas: only Polynesian bottles available (not all the time). No possibility to refill your bottles.
 
Groceries: two small groceries with limited products. Fresh baguette.
 
WiFi: there is a WiFi (available at anchorage), name ViniSPOT, but it’s not free and rather quite slow. One hour cost about 4EUR, 20hrs – 40 EUR (payment via internet with credit card). In 2016 the system worked wrong and with 1hr credit you can surf all the time.
 
Cash: no bank or ATM, bring a polynesian franks. Payment in US Dollars or Euro is limited, as well using a credit cards.
 
 
Formalities:
 
Fatu Hiva is not port of entry. If you are come in to Polynesia you should visit first one of three Gendarmerie areas in the Marquesas: Hiva Oa, Ua Pou or Nuku Hiva. However boats do often stop at Fatu Hiva first.
 
When we visited Omoa some boats came here without check in and had no problems with the local Police - but this may easily change. In the past several cruisers being fined US$200 or more for staying there without check in.

For crews

No shower or WC.
 
Thor Heyerdahl lived on Fatu Hiva (E coast) for 2 years in  1920’s. Omoa is the main village on he island.
 
If you arrive close to the July festivities the village practices dancing & drumming each evening.
 
There is a restaurant located on the corner (on the right) at the beginning of the main road. Catholic church is also worth to visit.
 
There is a 17km long dirty interior track that links Omoa and Hanavave. It’s good for walking and takes about 4 hours (one way). 
 
A walk to the end of the village and little more up to the hill is an alternative. Nice views and forest around.
 
Omoa is famous for its two giant petroglyphs, which are in two different locations. First (a huge fish) you can see after 10 minutes walk, second is available after 20 minutes walk. For directions ask the inhabitants or ask for a guide.

Fees

no fees for anchoring
a boat taxi Omoa – Hanavave: about 100USD
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