Although there is no official public harbour to speak of on Bora Bora, there are a few locations recognized by the public for mooring
, or docking
1) The main dock
at the Vaitape wharf can be used on a temporary basis for loading and unloading. There's quite a bit of boats wanting to dock
here, so "temporary" is the key word here.
2) The first and maybe most popular spot for mooring
vessels is in front of the famous Bloody Mary's restaurant, where services are few but include water
fillups, trash facilities, a dingy docking
area, and a local card phone
. It's probably not a stretch to say that over 90% of the boats mooring here have dinner or drinks at the restaurant. Long stays here are not permitted.
3) Another public and popular place to anchor
or moor vessels is the Bora bora yacht club. Here, vessels from all over the world are permitted to stay for times of longer duration if necessary, (no drydocking) and can utilize the facilities for water
hookups, garbage disposal, and newly revamped restaurant and bar services among other things.
4) You will also see yachts at various other random protected places within the lagoon
waters. A few favorites include anchoring
in the protected waters of Motu Toopua, and just inside the Teavamoa Pass and to the South of Motu Piti Aau where there is a 30 foot sandy bottom and good holding.
See the Moorings itinerary:
The Moorings Tahiti Itinerary - Bareboats
Raiatea and Taha'a
are two islands enclosed in a single
Uturoa is the only harbour on Raiatea island. The large lagoon
offers near complete circumnavigation
of Raiatea within it's barriers.
There is one harbour on Tahaa and a few good places to anchor
or moor boats. The harbour is located in Tapuamu Bay on the northwest side of the island and is called Tapuamu village. Tapuamu bay is considered by sailors to be one of the most sheltered in the area, affording good protection from the famously strong southeasterly tradewinds known as "Maraamu".
For good places to moor outside of Tapuamu bay, the 2 most popular places to moor are at the Marina Iti, on the south side of the island, and also in front of the Hibiscus hotel
in Haamene bay on the east side of Tahaa.
There is no public harbour to speak of on Huahine, but several good places to anchor and moor your boat. One of the most popular spots to moor is in the protected lagoon directly in front of the village of Fare. You will also see yachts at various other random protected places within the lagoon waters.