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Society Islands, Moorea, Opunohu Bay: Rising Crime - May 2012

By Sue Richards last modified Sep 26, 2012 09:27 PM

Published: 2012-05-29 13:50:00
Topics: Piracy Reports 2012
Countries: French Polynesia

There have been a number of reports of rising crime from boats in Opunohu Bay, Moorea, Society Islands.

We were anchored there in May 2012 and were awakened at 1am with the noise of someone attempting to steal our outboard from the dinghy which was raised. The two thieves were in a local pirogue and paddled away once disturbed. We found they had already helped themselves to loose items on the deck such as kids shoes, and snorkelling equipment. The next morning we found our next door neighbours had had their outboard stolen (it was unlocked) from their raised dinghy, along with other loose items on the deck.

Friends who live in Polynesia tell us this is not uncommon in Moorea where the fall in hotel trade has led to the rise in crime.

Not to shatter illusions of Polynesian hospitality the robber was polite enough to shout back as he was leaving, "desolee" (sorry) after I'd used rather less polite language to him.

Colin Price
s/v Pacificbliss