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Tahaa / Tapuamu
(votes: 1)
Rate:
Type Anchorage
Country French Polynesia
City Tapuamu
Available places 10
Max depth 10 m
Facilities:
  • Shops
  • Fuel station
Views: 420

For boats

This bay is a great anchorage. There is about 25m of water, good holding. But there are also 3  yellow mooring buoys. There are near position:  
16 36.863S and 151 32.784W
 
If you intend to drop the anchor leave the south part of the bay clear due to ship traffic when approaching the wharf at Tapuamu village.
 
Dinghy landing
 
There is a small concrete basin in the village. You can tie your dinghy there (in the corner), leave free space for small ferries and taxi boats coming in and out.
 
Fuel:
 
There is a fuel station in the basin. I don’t know the depths, so I’m not sure you can approach there by boat (shallows inside basin?) – ask locals or station stuff. But it is no problem to fuel diesel directly to your jerry jugs in the dinghy. There is also gasoline to your dinghy.
 
Provision
 
There is a small groceries about 100m left from the wharf with very limited products.

For crews

In the village you will find a small shop with limited products, one food truck (50 left from the wharf) and a distillatory shop which sell own products (coco rum and other).  

The MOST IMPORTANT attraction around is the "coral river / garden" across the lagoon between the large motu Tautau and small Maharare – at position:

 
16 36.245S and 151 33.956W
 
This is in my opinion best snorkeling place in all Society Islands (see video in section photos / Viseos).
 
It’s 1.1 NM away from the mooring buoys. But you can easy go there by dinghy. Leave the
dinghy anchored between the island (when smaller begins – near few small buoys (usually there is few local small boats). Next you can walk north-west on the north island (follow the path) almost to the ocean, then wade into the "river" and you'll find a channel in which you can drift east back to your dinghy
 
or
 
swim north-west from your anchored dinghy. The left (NW) part is very shallow, the right (NE) part is deeper but with strong current (about 1kn). Both worth to visit.
 
Suggestion:
 
Take a banana and open in the water. The fishes will eat from your hand.
 

Fees

Mooring buoy – free

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