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Ua-Huka / Vaipaee
(votes: 1)
Type Anchorage
Country French Polynesia
City Vaipaee
Available places 4
Max depth 5 m
  • Water
  • Shops
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For boats

Vaipaee is the name of the bay and the village in south of Ua-Huka. It is the most important village on that island.
The bay protect good from E or NE winds, but when SE is blowing heavy swell rolling into the bay. In most cases the anchor keep good, but leaving boat alone could be danger at that situation.
There is a concrete wharf for small ships, you can berth there, but even small swell coming into the bay makes staying very danger. I recommend to anchor. 
Drop the anchor at position
08 deg 56.412S and 139 deg 34.366W (depth about 5m), just in front of some locals boats. The anchor keep good.  Anchoring behind the local boat, deeper in the bay is danger – shallow waters and more swell.
There is a place for 2-4 boats only.
Dinghy landing on the stairs in concrete wharf. You can also tie and leave the dinghy there.
Water: On the wharf. It is a water collected from the rain, not for drink, . 
Fuel: difficult to find, ask locals or sail to Taiohae on Nuku-Hiva,  25 Nm to W.
Groceries: there is a two one shop with limited products. You can bay a baguette every morning in the second one.
There is a post and Air Tahiti office.
Cash: no bank or ATM, bring a Polynesian franks. Payment in US Dollars or Euro is limited, as well using a credit cards.
Vaipaee 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 a museum located halfway between Vaipaee and Hane with some canoes, old Tiki figures, and other exhibits. Near the museum is also a botanical gardens (the best chance to see the rare fruits – more than 200 species of citrus fruits - you can pick some). Both worth to visit. Ask locals how to get there. Roca, local teacher get us there with no fees. The Alexis pension can organize a trip for about 120 USD.
There is an inland track that connect Hane and Vaipaee (13km). It goes over a small pass, near the museum and small airport. Nice views for a coast and valleys.


no fees for anchoring

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