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Tuamotus / Toau / Passe Tehere / Anse Amyot
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Type Anchorage
Country French Polynesia
City Toau
Available places 10
Max depth 5 m
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For boats

This pass is untypical, because it is fail pass. Yu can not sail inside lagoon (very shallow coral at the end), only inside a natural small bay. Drop the anchor there or tie to one of few mooring buoys. This place is protected from all winds and swell except NW.
 
Leading Marks:
 
The lights on both leading marks are out. The red and green entry pilings are both unlit. Entering at night is not recommended.
 
Mooring buoys
 
There are now 9 moorings. Each mooring is 3/8-inch chain wrapped around a large dead coral head, with ¾” line up to a floating buoy. Most buoys have a floating ‘tag line’ with a loop in the end. You need a sturdy 7-10 meters line from your boat ready to tie onto the loop. This buoys hold really good.
 
The price for mooring is 500 CFP (5USD) per day. Paying for a meal at the restaurant cover the mooring fee (meals are about 3000 CFP per person). However Valentine doesn't have as much time to run the restaurant as she used to so if you come in for one or two days it's likely you will miss a chance at dinner and have to pay for the mooring.
 
Anchorage
 
If all the moorings are full, there is room for 3-4 more boats at anchor. Depth about 15m, bottom is sand. Not much place for swinging. Use a mooring buoy if available.
 
Dinghy landing:
 
Dinghy landing to a small wooden pier near the main building. You can tie and leave dinghy there.
 
Currents
 
There is outgoing current up to 3kn. Incoming current is lower and shorter and depends on the weather (more E wind, less incoming current and more outgoing).
 
Other:


No disposal, no fuel.
 
There live Valentine and Gaston, they provide some facilities.
 
Small quantity of fresh water available in Valentine’s house. Take your cans.
 
Sometimes Gaston may be able to arrange for fuel if you need it, but do not count on it.

For crews

There are really no facilities ashore except for Gaston and Valentine’s hospitality. Their restaurant is the focal point, in which they arrange dinners 2-3 times a week as boats come in.
Valentine likes to do the dinners in small groups of 8-10 people. It is possible to press her to
handle more, but the meal and the service will suffer. Unless you are lucky, do not expect to
come into the anchorage late in the day unannounced and be able to eat dinner ashore that
night.
 
There is a ‘pension’ (small guesthouse) on the island, run by Valentine’s sister (not all the year).
 
All they are gracious hosts, and very generous in typical Polynesian fashion. You can spent with them many nice hours, but always remember that this is their home (the whole island), so ask permission before you do anything. Small gifts are always appreciated… wine, liquor, beef, coffee, and peanut butter seemed to be the most appreciated.
 
For divers with their own equipment and compressor, this is a paradise. The anchorage area is
in the lee of an atoll with a beautiful wall that runs for a mile in either direction. Gaston has
installed 2 dinghy mooring balls for divers, and it is also very easy to drift the wall with dinghy in tow with a 25m ‘leash’.
 
Following s/y Nakia some spots below:
 
  • Yellow Dog: 15 47.468 and 146 08.698 – Dive buoy with deep sand canyons 50m east of buoy. Best dive at Anse Amyot. Start at 9 am and go over the wall.
  • Snapper Hole: 15 47.608 and 146 08.832 – A sand crevasse full of snappers. No buoy, but anchor your dinghy in 10 meters, or start here and do as a drift down the wall toward the SW.
  • Amyot Pass: 15 48.040 and 146 09.360 – Dive buoy just outside the pass in 10m, close to the wall. Dive the wall, or slow drift into the pass on incoming tide.
  • Caves and Grottos: 15 48.674 and 146 09.906 | 15 48.806 and 146 10.066 | 15 48.938 and 146 10.206 – this is a series of large grottos along the wall SW of the anchorage. Each one is very nice, and there’s a lot of nice wall to explore in between. Possible to do as one long dive or a series of shorter dives. 6-12 meters deep in and around the grottoes, and the wall to as deep as you dare to go. If you only have time to do one spot, the middle one is the best.
 
For snorkelers, inside the reef close to the anchorage is a beautiful snorkeling area in 2-6m of
crystal clear water (uou need to wait until 2-3 hrs after low tide for the incoming tide to get the clearest water). In a 15 minute snorkel you will see hundreds of fish, large and small, moray eels, lion fish, if you look carefully, and only an occasional shark. If you are adventurous, drift snorkeling outside the reef is also very nice in 3-10 meters of water.
For safety when going outside the reef, always go in pairs or with extra person as support on dinghy.

Fees

Mooring buoy – 500CPF per day
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