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Moorea / Cook’s Bay / Otumai
(votes: 1)
Type Anchorage
Country French Polynesia
City Otumai
Available places 20
Max depth 15 m
  • Fuel station
  • Shops
Views: 1792

For boats

This is a very scenic anchorage. Towering peaks and ridges, draped in mantles of rich
Moorea has 2 deep bays on north coast – east one is named Cook’s Bay, the west Opunohu Bay. Both are worth to visit.
Cook’s Bay is situated in inner lagoon. The pass through the reef is well marked by red/green buoys and leading lights, and is 170m wide. The bay is deep (20-30m), you can go almost to the end of the bay.
There is a lot of room for many boats, my suggestion is to drop the anchor close to the small wooden wharf with petrol station on SE corner of the bay, at position:
17 30.100S and 149 49.143W (mud, 20m depth, very good holding).
The bay is safe in all condition except N wind and swell (very rare). When strong SW-W wind is blowing you can expect katabatic winds that gusted up to 30 knots.
Best place for dinghy landing is on the small wooden wharf. The gate located in the middle of the wharf is closed in the evening, tie your dinghy after that gate. Be carefull on very shallow water there. Another public dock is located at the NE corner, next to Hotel Kaveka (best if you drop anchor before the bay, on E side of lagoon).
Moorea is not port of entry, do it in Papeete.
Fuel - Mobile gas station in located at small wooden wharf in SE corner of the bay. You can berth directly to the station. The stuff you can find on petrol station other side of the main road.
Some small groceries along the main road. The nearest is on petrol station, but the prices are  expensive, next one near the road about 300 meters N (turn left when you leaving the wharf). Well stocked with some fresh vegetables and fruits. More groceries you will find in the town of Maharepa, but it is 30 minutes of walk, or try to pick up a car.
Bank / ATM
Two banks and ATMs are located in the town of Maharepa, just east of Cooks Bay (2-3 miles north along main road).
Post office is located in the town of Maharepa.

For crews

Snorkeling - good snorkeling is along the barrier reef, so you have to leave the bay by dinghy and go close to the reef.  There are a lot of fish and on a calm day when the water is clear, it's beautiful. Try different areas along the barrier reef to get a variety of experiences, some better than others. There is 2 or 3 mooring balls, where you can tie your dinghy.
Scuba diving - there 3 or 4 several dive shops in Moorea. Most of them can pick up you from your anchorage area. Easy to find on the internet. E-mail and ask about the prices. I dived with Moorea Blue Diving, small family center located on NE corner of the bay. E-mail: mooreabluediving@mail.pf. I negotiated very good price for 2 tanks diving. During the dive you can meet turtles, many sharks including the Lemon Shark, sometimes also a Humpbacks (depends of the season). The coral is not very good but there are still many colorful fishes.
Pizza – 10 minutes walking left from the wharf is located “Allo Pizza”. Not cheap, but taste really good (I recommend Sophia Pizza)
Hiking - just west of the bridge in Paopao is a road that takes you up to the pineapple
plantations. It is the shortcut to the Opunohu valley and ultimately leads you to the
Belvedere viewpoint. The sceneries are beautiful.


Anchorage – free of charge
Rent a car – from 14000 / 1 day
Allo Pizza – 1500-2200 / medium pizza (there is only medium size); cheaper about 200 XPF if is “take away”
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