Apataki…peaceful and beautiful. We spent three days here with our friends on SV One Fine Day. It was so beautiful and peaceful as we were the only two boats in the anchorage, so we had the entire place to ourselves.
Having come here from Toau and the crazy morning we had there we were a bit on edge and weren’t too eager for another difficult entry. The weather wasn’t all that great the afternoon we arrived with lots of fog and clouds. We had planned to enter at the southwestern pass, Pakaka, but as we neared it Captain Dan just wasn’t feeling it. We really were a bit early so we had to choose whether to heave to and wait for slack tide or continue to the northwestern passage, Tehere, which is ultimately what we decided to do. By doing so we hit at the perfect time and had no issues entering the atoll.
We chose to anchor at the northeastern corner of the atoll. We anchored in 20-35 feet of water on a sandy bottom with excellent holding. As it is everywhere, there were bommies but we were fortunate to find a spread where both boats could anchor with no chance of snagging them. Sometimes it just pays to cruise around a bit and investigate before dropping the hook.
Provisioning, Restaurants, Fuel, Boatyard
We spent the entire three days we were here anchored in our little corner of paradise, snorkeling and enjoying the beautiful beach. We never saw another soul other than our friends. We do know that there are some magasins, fuel spots and even a boatyard on the southern end of the atoll but can’t provide you with any firsthand information. For that we’d suggest you download the Soggy Paws Tuamotus Compendium.