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Huahine / Fare
(votes: 1)
Type Anchorage
Country French Polynesia
City Fare
Available places 15
Max depth 20 m
  • Water
  • WiFi
  • Fuel station
  • Shops
  • Port of entry
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For boats

Avamoa Channel and Avapehi Channel both bring you to the principal town of Fare (dock, gas station, fresh water, medical services, shops, restaurants, banks, and market on Saturday morning).
There are two passes you can sail in : Avamoa and Avapehi. Both well marked (red / green buoys and leading light), wide enough and with low current. Follow the route in the middle of the channel. Avamoa is a pass sailed by all supply ships.
There are two main anchorages close to the town.
Anchorage 1:
First is located to the left of the Avamoa pass at position:
16 42.768S and 151 02.349W (sand 5-15 meters, good holding)
There are a few coral heads, but they are easy to avoid. This is a fine anchorage when the swell is down. If there's a large southwest swell (rare) it’s becomes a very rolly.
There is a space for about 10 boats. There is also 3 or 4 small yellow mooring buoys. If you want to take one ask in the nearby bar / restaurant ashore (go by dinghy to the wooden wharf, and you are there). The coast of mooring buoy is 1500XPF per day including fresh water available at restaurant garden and garbage. Buoys are small but moorings looks strong.
Anchorage 2:
Second anchorage is located right of the Avamoa pass at position:
16 43.066S and 151 02.269W (sand 5-15 meters, good holding)
There are a few coral heads, but they are easy to avoid. This is a better anchorage when the swell is coming, but more far from the village.
There is a space for about 20 boats. There is also 2 or 3 small yellow mooring buoys. If you want to take one ask in the bar / restaurant ashore close to the small wooden wharf (go by dinghy to the wooden wharf, and you are there). The coast of mooring buoy is 1500XPF per day including fresh water available at restaurant garden and garbage. Buoys are small but moorings looks strong.
In Fare, it is forbidden for yachts to dock at the concrete wharf. You can, however, dock on the little wooden wharf but ask for permission in Port officer’s authorization (VHF 12).
Dinghy landing
There is a few places you can land, first is a public beach (most left), then a small wooden wharf of the restaurant (in my opinion best), then a little bigger wooden wharf, next is both corners of concrete main wharf and at least small pier on the right. All places shown at small chart (see section photos).
Fare is the Port of Entry for boats.
Yachts can now clear in or out of FP with the “gendarmes” offices (French Police) which deal with Immigration and Customs formalities.
The Gendarmerie is located in at the SE part of the village. It is less than 1km from wharf . Turn right, when you see a cross with main road turn again right, pass the small bridge and keep a sharp look on your right (you can’t miss them).
There is the official source from the Government of France:
French Polynesia is part of the European Union (as an overseas collective of France) but not of the Schengen Area Agreement and has its own visa rules. These rules closely follow those of mainland France with some exceptions that are specific to FP.
UE sailors
All European Union sailors don’t’ need a visa, and the procedure is easy going. You all have to visit Gandarmerie with your passport, a captain have to fill up the customs form, and send a copy to Customs in Papeete (there is a post office, the address is on the form). That’s all, you are allowed to stay on Polynesia for 2 years. Prepare a list with quantity of strong alcohol, wine, beer, cigarettes, cigars, you have on boat (for customs form).
Non EU sailors
You need a “Visa On Arrival” which is good for 90 days. Applying for a 90-day visa does not help with the bond or your check-in process. If you wish to stay longer than 90 days in French Polynesia, you should apply for a “Long Stay Visa”. Anyway all the crew has to visit Gandarmerie personally with the passport.
The French Polynesia Bond.
French Polynesia requires all non-EU visitors to either prove that they have a paid way out of
the country, or pay a bond on arriving in French Polynesia. This bond basically is the guarantee that the French government doesn’t have to pay to fly indigent people home. There are 3 ways to satisfy this requirement:
1. Show an airplane ticket out of the country
2. Pay the bond (roughly the equivalent of an airplane ticket out of the country) – about 2000 USD. The bond is refundable when you leave, with time and paperwork. Even if you have obtained a long stay visa, you must pay a bond.
3. Arrange with an agent to “guarantee” you. Essentially the agent guarantees that THEY
will pay to fly you out of the country, and so you essentially pay for an insurance policy
with the agent – cost about 200USD per person.
All detailed information you will get at Gandarmerie office.
No fuel station for boats, but regular one is a short walk from dock (turn right; use own jerry jugs).
You can fill up your tanks in two spots
  1. A restaurant close next to the wooden wharf. You can moor there and ask about the water in restaurant. There is a tap outside the restaurant, close to the shore, close enough to use a hose.
  2. Fresh water is also available from faucets southeast of the main commercial town dock (concrete main wharf). Ask first for permission to berth there (Fare Port VHF CH 12), than call to Martine and Claude by phone: 68 72 49 and they will tell you when to tie up to the dock and fill up water tanks or ask in dive center located on the quay. You will be charged 1000 XPF.
Fare has an excellent supermarket Super U – many products and prices 5-10% higher than in  Papeete. Also, each morning, several vendors set up stands and sell fruits and veggies on the street in front of the supermarket.
Bank / ATM
There are one or two banks in Fare with ATM’s - on the waterfront near the shops.
Internet available at both anchorages – WDG Hot Spot, but it’s paid (1hr – 500XPF; 5hrs 2000XPF; paid by card via internet).
There is a WiFi in few restaurants, sometimes paid about 500XPF per hour, sometimes gratis if you order anything. Just ask.
The post office is located at the end of the village (NW part) on the way to the airport.

For crews

Fare is the main village and administrative center for Huahine. The village is a pleasant and unspoiled water front center with some interesting local general stores, the small Hotel Huahine and other local eating houses.
We tried to snorkel on the reef marked by green buoys between two passes. Nothing to encourage – current, some waves, no coral, not many fishes. But much better spot is located close to the public beach at position:
16 42.647S and 151 02.405W.
It is not a Tuamotus but ther is some corals and different fishes to see.
Don’t miss it Amazing departures of Hawaiiki’nui Va’a in late October/early November.
You can rent a car or scooter and do a trip around the island. Coast about 6500XPF for scooter and 8000 and up for a car. There are few offices.


Anchorage – free of charge
Mooring buoys – 1500XPF / 1 day
Rent a scooter – 6500 XPF
Rent a car – 8000 and up
Diving  - 6500 XPF one dive (if you have certificate)
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