Friday, 8 January 2016

Vava'U group

VHF Channel 26. Marine and ports repeater channel. 0830 - 0900. Then channel 06.

Friday night friendly race at the Port of Refuge Yacht Club in Neiafu Harbour.

Neiafu Harbour in Tonga’s Vava’u group is very well protected and experiences fewer cyclones than Fiji and there are several operators who rent cyclone moorings for that season which conform to insurance standards. Some will also provide an excellent, reliable caretaker service.

Moorings can be rented from Aquarium CafĂ©, Beluga Diving or Moorings for approx T$15 per night. Weekly or monthly rates can be arranged. All moorings are marked. When secure, call the company on their designated channel (marked on the mooring). Moorings (Charter company) own most of the moorings and are making these available for private yachts, moving their own boats elsewhere. They’ve also changed their service model to provide water, fuel by jerry cans and a new laundry.

In the outer anchorages, the moorings in Hunga (anchorage #13) belong to Ika Lahi (CH 71); in Tapana (anchorage #11) belong to The Ark/Tapana (CH 10) and in Mounu (anchorage #41) belong to Mounu (CH 77).

The following anchorages (#6, #7, #8, #19, #32 and Maninita) have moorings put down to protect the coral and are free to pick up but donations are expected to help maintenance & placement of future moorings (receipts given at Tonga Visitors Bureau, cafe Tropicana, Aquarium and Moorings). Maintenance of these moorings is questionable so be sure to check.

Check with Vavau immigration to extend visa from 31 days to >33 days.

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