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Old 08-09-2009, 00:11   #1
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Navigable Tuamotus

I'm currently researching our forthcoming Pacific leg. We'll have a couple of weeks in the Tuamotus and it would be nice to stop off at a couple of out of the way places.

Does anyone know of a resource that will help me narrow this down to the navigable atolls? ie, the ones which we can sail into and have a protected anchorage.
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Old 10-09-2009, 15:19   #2
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Charlies Charts of Polynesia is probably the best overall for that area. Online bookstore for Charlie's Charts cruising guides We went to Kauehi, Fakarava, and Toau. The lagoon of Kauehi was not that clear but the south pass of Fakarava was very clear, we snorkeled and dived the pass many times. Toau was very nice. Visit O'VIVE PACIFIC CROSSING for pictures and some info on the three islands that we visited.
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Old 11-09-2009, 13:41   #3
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I did not like the Charlie's Charts found them too sketchy. Used a book I believe was named Pacific Crossing Guide, Landfalls of Paradise and South Pacific Anchorages, all acceptable to good.

We used French Charts, very good.

Tuamotu nor real 'out of the way'.

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I agree with Dave, the south pass at Fakarava was amazing. Fantastic drift-snorkeling, with acres of healthy coral, and hundreds of reef-and grey sharks.
If I could re-visit one place that we've been to on our 2-year trip through the South Pacific, it would be Fakarava.

Anchoring is easy, plentiful, and secure. 2 weeks is NOT enough...steal time from other locations (Marquesas come to mind).

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Agree. More time if only to visit a few. It was like a week adventure for each of them with us and we felt like staying weeks every time.

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