French Polynesia, Huahine, Baie D’Avea: Night Boarding – September 2015

Published 9 years ago, updated 5 years ago

On the night of September 25th, 2015, a younger man in a hooded sweatshirt boarded our catamaran at 0330. We were anchored 1/4 mile offshore.

We are a large luxury catamaran and had guests on board at the time.

He came inside the saloon (the boat was not locked) and was heard on the deck.

We came up and scared him off, where he proceed to quickly paddle off in his Polynesian canoe.

We then put on our very powerful spotlight and watched him paddle to shore, pick up his canoe and run further into shore with his canoe.

Nothing was taken.

There were 5 other boats in the bay and as far as I know, no one else was boarded. We reported the incident to the authorities.


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  1. February 6, 2019 at 2:03 AM
    Data Entry5 says:


    We are a cruising family making a stop in Moorea, in the night of 15-16 of October 2015,
    a crew of thieves broke out in our cabin, after having hammered the padlock:

    We were not onboard that night, I think the boat was alone at the anchorage,
    Maharepa, facing the Moorea Beach Coffee. That night had no moon and was rainy.

    The team of thugs took out our tools, 2 batteries, they manage to destroy the vault;
    in there, they found a watch, a mini iPad, and GPS unit.

    They also stole some rope, pencils, some cups;
    they seem to be local young residents in need of stuff for their house, kids, and fishing boats.

    We went to report to the police and file a complaint, that day;
    we put an ad in the local shops to get some tips as to retrieve some of our stuff, and we were approached by a journalist who was willing to write a newsletter in Tahiti info. We have no update on the news article.

    There is some + 10% increase in thefts in Polynesia, affecting the communities,
    so cruisers pay attention to your goods, because the thieves wander around your boats.

    David Ruffieux