The Salomon Islands, south-west of Blenheim Reef, are one of the most popular anchorages and fortunately are one of those permitted by the authorities for visiting yachts (Ile Boddam and Ile Fouquet/Takamaka).
The British authorities visit regularly to check yachts' permit papers.
See Chagos Clearance with details on how to apply for a permit.
The Salomon Islands offer the best all-round protection in the archipelago. Several boats were anchored there in safety when a tropical cyclone passed close by in May 1993, producing winds of up to 50 knots. Although fully fledged cyclones are not known to have passed over the archipelago directly, this incident served as a timely warning that even areas that are considered to be lying outside the known cyclone area should be treated with great caution during the cyclone season.
The boats anchored at Salomon normally monitor VHF channel 69.
When anchoring off Takamaka/Fouquet, always keep in mind that sudden violent squalls from the NW can occur anytime. See "Warning about Salomon Atoll" adjacent for further details.
There are wells on both Takamaka and Boddam Islands. The water can be used for laundry but it must be treated or boiled if used for drinking. Rubbish can be burnt on Boddam Island and there are trash cans where tins, bottles and other non-degradable items can be deposited.
The coral patches and reefs in the approaches to the ruined dock at Boddam (next to a large cross) have been marked with white buoys. Because of many isolated coral patches throughout Salomon atoll, the lagoon should be crossed only in good visibility.