The Great Southern Route : 2010 - 2011
GSR | 291 CAPTAIN'S LOG TAHITI 291 | GSR arrangement, with the barrier reef protecting you from the oceanic swells. This is not a terribly safe marina, where a Captain would feel safe leaving his command. If the predicted swell is for greater than five metres, I leave the dock as the surge is potentially dangerous. The marina however does have good shore power, clean water and fairly priced duty free fuel. The supermarket, Carrefour, is 500 metres away, and downtown Papeete, 10 minutes drive. Otherwise the cruise ship wharf right in the heart of Papeete is available most of the time. Power, water and fuel is available off the dock. The wharf is under ISPS jurisdiction, so you will be required to hire a security guard. Navigation in the lagoon from Papeete Port to Marina Taina : As the channel passes both the western and eastern ends of international airport. Yachts with rigging higher than six metres must request authorisation from port control on channel 12 or 16. In accordance with the air traffic control tower, the port control tower will give you clearance to pass. Anchoring is illegal in the clearly marked zones at either end of the airstrip. Also, navigation during darkness are strictly controlled and prior authorisation return a quality radar echo. The passes and lagoons within the Society Islands are thoroughly marked with navigation beacons. This makes for safe movement during the night. The reliability of the lights are however, questionable. While I selectively enter and move around the lagoons of the Tuamotus at night, I would not recommend this practice for newcomers. Some of the reef passes will test your nerves during daylight, as they can be very narrow; have severe tidal streams, and sometimes standing waves of over three metres. NAVIGATION IN PEARL FARMING AREAS: Pearl farms are a hazard to navigation. Information for safe navigation should be obtained for you by your agent. Pearl farming is ongoing in and around the following islands and atolls. Leeward Island: Huahine / Raiatea / Tahaa and Mopelia Tuamotus: Ahe / Amanu / Apataki / Aratika / Arutua / Faaite / Fakarava / Hao / Katiu / Kauehi / Kaukura Makemo / Manihi / Marokau / Marutea Sud / Nengo-Nengo / Ranguiroa / Raraka / Raroia Taenga / Takapoto / Takaroa / Takume / Tikehau / Toau Gambier: Akamaru / Aukena / Mangareva Contact your agent to obtain necessary information MARINAS: Marina Taina is the only marina within FP that can handle superyachts. This is a stern-to IMMIGRATION: Thankfully, as of 2008 all yacht crew can be issued with a "Long Stay Visa" in country. This can be arranged by your agent upon the yacht's arrival, although it is not necessary for those carrying an EU passport. When traveling to the islands please respect the health regulations on plants and animals -- see www.agriculture.gov.pf - Tahitian authorities are working hard to prevent the import (either accidental or otherwise) of pests and disease into this delicate environment. Stores: Most international foods are available off the shelf in Papeete. We consistently have fresh provisions flown throughout the Society Islands and the Tuamotu Archipelago. The service is fairly priced, reliable and the quality excellent Fresh fruit is in abundance throughout French Polynesia, as is fresh local fish. PILOTAGE Admiralty and French hydrographic charts cover the area thoroughly. The Tuamotus have been charted, but only the reef passes and lagoons servicing a township or village have accurate hydrographic information. Outside these Zones of Confidence is unsurveyed territory. As with navigation in all coral waters, "Mk.I eyeball" is the best final assessment of the situation. Transas ENC has proven surprisingly accurate, even in the poorly charted Tuamotus. The reefs in FP are shallower than most, and the tidal range only one foot or so. Consequently the breaking waves on the reef crest consistently Superyachts in French Polynesia By: Captain Gordon Scott - M/Y Bullish Photography: Rodolphe Holler/Tahiti Tourisme French Polynesia is an oddity of remote cruising in the South Pacific. Here you are surrounded by everything you ever imagined the South Pacific to be and you can get proper coffee, real French baguettes, great wine and cheese. This place is paradise!
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