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Raiatea / Uturoa / Mooring buoys off the Marina
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Type Anchorage
Country French Polynesia
City Uturoa
Available places 2
Max depth 10 m
Facilities:
  • Water
  • WiFi
  • Fuel station
  • Repairs
  • Shops
  • Port of entry
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For boats

More general information about Uturoa you will find there:
http://www.wesailors.com/marina/profile/889/
 
Approach
 
Passe Teavapiti is the main all-weather entrance and exit pass on the east coast for the port of Uturoa. There are two floating buoys at the entrance outside of the reef, a green conical buoy on starboard and a red cylindrical buoy on port. Located north of Motu Taoru, this main shipping pass to Uturoa has good leading mark on 258 magnetic. The smaller pass to the south of Motu Taoru should not be used, as it is quite narrow and has strong currents.
 
When you are inside the lagoon go North following the red/green marks (red to port, green to starboard). Marina is located in north part of the town, just after left corner, you will se a lot of masts. There is a cardinal mark 0.1NM NE direction. You should pass it correctly, but depths on the other side are about 6m, many boats do a short cut.
 
Mooring buoys:
 
There are two moorings maintained by Dream Yacht Charters, right off Marina Uturoa. These are often available for a night or two. You should contact for availability (pick up a mooring if available, then go in to the marina and ask). I don’t know it’s are paid or not.
 
Very good protection for all winds except North.
 
Fuel
 
There is a Shell station in the center of the town, which has a guest dock, but does not offer duty free fuel.
 
The Total station is located just north of the Marina at the head of the small inlet adjacent to the municipal marina, and Total does offer duty free diesel.
 
Water
 
Available on the quays inside Marina, ask for possibility to berth for a moment to fill up your tanks.
 
Provisions
 
In the downtown there are at least 3 supermarkets including Champion. Many products with prices a little higher than in Papeete.
 
You can buy some fresh fishes and seafood directly from the fishermen’s boats in the main harbour (center of the city).
 
Outside of Uturoa, there are not many places to reprovision.
 
Bank / ATM
 
There are two banks in Uturoa with ATM’s – easy to find in downtown.
 
Internet:
 
Internet available at moorings off the marina – WDG Hot Spot, but it’s paid (1hr – 500XPF; 5hrs 2000XPF; paid by card via internet). Vini Spot available close to the main post office with high antennas (also paid).
 
There is a WiFi in few restaurants (e.g. La Cubana near the wharfs in the center of the town.
 
Other:
 
The main post office is located at the main road to the center (look for high mast). The second one is located in shop complex near the wharfs.
 
There is a hospital, dentist and veterinary.
 

For crews

Uturoa is second largest city in Polynesia, but do not expect a big city. There’s only 12000 inhabitants. All shops, restaurants, foot trucks are around the center of the city. You can visit some bars, restaurants and souvenirs shops.
 
There is good sport shop called Havait Shop with e.g. snorkeling stuff.
 
Don’t miss it. Amazing arrival / departure of Hawaiiki’nui Va’a (pirog race) in late October/early November.
 
You can rent a car or scooter and do a trip around the island. Coast about 7000XPF for scooter and 8000-12000 for a car. There are few offices.
 
There is a small dive center in the marina. The most famous diving spot is wreck of Nordby (3 masted, 100 y.o. ship). The pass is also worth to visit. One dive 6500 CPF.
 
There is a second dive center located at Apooiti Marina. You can call or e-mail them and  make an reservation. They will pick you up from your place.
 
Hiking. There is a nice 1 hour hike up to Tapioi Hill, the peak topped by big
antennas behind Uturoa. It's an easy to moderate hike, took about 1 hour. From marina, walk south to the town along the inside road (not the one along the water that goes to the Shell Station). Pass the Gandarmerie and turn right on the narrow road.  Follow the road, where you will see a sign that indicates hikers are welcome but cars are not. From there, keep going
up the hill. On a clear day the views are spectacular - you can see Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Huahine. Take with you a bottle of water.

Fees

Mooring buoys – no data
Rent a scooter – 7000 XPF
Rent a car – 8000 and up
Diving  - 6500 XPF one dive (if you have certificate)
 

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