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Tahuata / Hapatoni
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Type Anchorage
Country French Polynesia
City Hapatoni
Available places 10
Max depth 15 m
Views: 641

For boats

Hapatoni is the name of a bay and the valley in western Tahuata. It is the small village on that island with population about 100.
 
The anchoring is a bit difficult because of the depth. Acceptable depths are close to the shore (about 50-100 meters). Probably the best anchorage place is at position:
 
09 deg 57.612S 139 deg  07.161W
 
but it is 0.6 Nm from the small harbour and dinghy landing point. You can also drop the anchor in front of the church, at position
 
09 deg 58.080S 139 deg 07.378W
 
The bottom is sand and coral, anchor keep good. The depths in a bay are about 10-30 meters. There is a room for about 10 yachts.
 
The bay protect good from prevailing winds, and the swell is rarely. There is no gusts like in Vaitahu, but be prepared for light wind from E or NE when W is blowing (direction change cause the mountains).
 
Dinghy landing is easy in the small harbour on S corner of the bay. There is no water on the quay.
 
Water: No water, if you really in need ask locals. 
 
Fuel: difficult to buy, sail to Atuaona 13 Nm to NE.
 
Gas: difficult to buy, arrange a gas is Atuona (13 NM to NE).
 
Groceries: there is no shops, no bread. Fresh baguette and groceries are in Vaitahu (4NM to N).
                                                                                                                  
WiFi: there is no WiFi
 
Cash: no bank or ATM, bring a polynesian franks. Payment in US Dollars or Euro is limited, no credit cards.
 
 
Formalities:
 
Hapatoni 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

For crew
 
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 dirty road links Hapatoni and Vaitahu – it’s takes about 3hrs (one way).
 
In the middle of the village there’s a lovely me’ae . Next to it, you’ll find a church built from stones, and a cemetery.
 
In the village lives one of the best sculptors on Marquesas. Ask locals, they will show you their handcrafts which you can buy (expensive but beauty).
 
The people there are extremely friendly.

Fees

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