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Tahuata / Vaitahu
(votes: 1)
Rate:
Type Anchorage
Country French Polynesia
City Vaitahu
Available places 15
Max depth 10 m
Facilities:
  • Water
  • WiFi
  • Shops
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For boats

Vaitahu is the name of a bay, the valley and village in western Tahuata. It is the site of most important village on that island.
 
Anchorage


The anchorage is very scenic. The bay protect good from prevailing winds, and the swell is unusual. But you have to be prepare for strong short gusts up to 30-40kn from the hills. In most cases the anchor keep good, but leaving boat alone could be danger.
 
The bottom is sand, anchor keep good. The depths in a bay are about 10-30 meters. There is a room for about 10 yachts.
 
Dinghy landing is easy in the small harbour on NE corner. There is a water on the quay, but it is collected from the rain, not for drinking.
 
Water


on the quay of small harbour. It is the water collected from the rain. 
 
Fuel


difficult to find, ask locals or sail to Atuaona 10 Nm to NE.
 
Gas


only Polynesian bottles available (not all the time). Better place to arrange a gas is Atuona (10 NM to NE).
 
Groceries


there is a one shop with limited products. Fresh baguette are available, but you should make an order one day before..
                                                                                                                  
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
 
Vaitahu 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.

For crews

No shower or WC.
 
If you arrive close to the July festivities the village practices dancing & drumming each evening.
 
There is no restaurant but local people may prepare a food especially for you. Ask them.
 
There is a small museum, open on request (free of charge). Catholic church is also worth to visit.
 
There is a dirty road links Vaitahu and Hapatoni – it’s takes about 3hrs (one way).

Fees

no fees for anchoring
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