4 m swell!

We are anchored on a sandy shelf in a protected part of the lagoon of southern Tahiti. In front of us 4 m swell thunders against the outer reef in crazy avalanche-like looking barrels and behind us the deeper lagoon looks like a fast-flowing mountain river with eddies, whirlpools and standing waves… Pitufa gets swirled around by 3 knots of current, but we’re bouncing only a little bit. We heard from a friend that up in the anchorage off Marina Taina (where the reef offers very little protection) dinghies are getting flipped, boats inside the marina are pushed against the dock and at least one has broken its mooring…
It’s normal to have high swell coming up from the SW in winter, but 4 m is quite extreme.

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