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 BIOT (Chagos) - General Info

Time Zone

BIOT has the same time zone as the MVT (Maldives Time Zone) which has a UTC offset of +05:00 hours. However, the BIOT patrol vessel and the Diego Garcia military base set their clock back one hour to an UTC offset of +06:00 hours.

Communications

International dialing code for BIOT is +246.

Emergencies

If you have an emergency that you consider life threatening, you should declare it as a maritime emergency in accordance with International Maritime Regulations. In such a situation, BIOT authorities in Diego Garcia can be contacted on 2.182MHz HF SSB or VHF if within range. All reasonable assistance will be considered.

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Guide to Chagos Archipelago and British Indian Ocean Territory
By Tom Partridge
Published by RCC Pilotage Foundation (Feb 2017)
Available to download from www.rccpf.org.uk/pilots/151/Chagos-Archipelago
A very useful and up to date guide to this wonderful cruising area. In recent years obtaining permission to visit Chagos has not been easy, so the information in this guide is especially useful.

Indian Ocean Cruising Guide
By Rod Heikell
Published by: Imray (2nd edition 2007 / update 2011)
ISBN-13: 9780852889725
A good general cruising guide covering the routes from Europe to Australia and points in between, Indian Ocean Cruising Guide covers all the usual points of interest for cruising yachtsmen, from history to climate, weather patterns, formalities, route planning and so on. The general sections are followed by a country-by-country round up in which key ports are described in detail with the aid of harbour plans and photographs. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and contains a lot of additional information on Malaysia and Thailand, the Seychelles and Chagos archipelago

New BIOT website (with information for visiting yachts)
http://biot.gov.io/

Foreign & Commonwealth Office, British Indian Ocean Territory Travel Advice

Information about the Chagos Archipelago

Salomon Atoll - Moorings near Boddam Island
Useful information from SY Adina who visited in 2016.

The Stolen Islands of Chagos (October 2015)
The story of how the US and UK conspired to steal an archipelago, and the oceanographer who is trying to win it back for her people.

Stealing a Nation - How the UK/US Stole the Diego Garcia Island
A very moving video about how the islanders were driven out of Diego Garcia.

Cruising Notes for Chagos by SV Ocelot (2007 & 2008).
http://svocelot.com/Cruise_Info/Indian/Chagos_Cruising.htm
Whilst these notes on Ocelot's blog are several years old and the regulations for Chagos are constantly changing, it's interesting to read a cruiser's view of this little piece of paradise.

There are also some more recent reports adjacent about Chagos from various cruisers.

Update History

July 2017: Formalities checked.
June 2016: Further updates and new BIOT website details from BIOTA.
June 2016: Changed maximum size of attachments to emails to 5.0Mb.
March 2016: FCO note about visits added to Clearance.
July 2015: Information updated and confirmed by BIOTA. Useful application hints provided by Jason Trautz of SY YOLO.
July 2015: Publications updated.
January 2014: Links and formalities updated.
July 2012: All information for Chagos and links updated from BIOT website.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 09, 2016 10:53 AM

Posted on behalf of SY Adina - currently in BIOT:

Really beautiful in BIOT/Chagos. They are now using spotter planes to check on us! The pilot called us up on VHF16 and I read all the boat names to him - clearly had a list and he quickly recalled them. Very polite and wished us well.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 22, 2016 02:17 PM

Posted on behalf of Katja Verheul:
At the moment I am doing research for a 20-min documentary about the Chagos Archipelago, which will be finished in July 2016 as part of my research as a Master at Goldsmiths University in London. A part of the documentary will be based on stories of sailors who visited the island, preferably in the 80’s and the 90’s. I was hoping that through noonsite I could get in touch with some cruisers who have been here and ask them some questions about their stay and experience of the islands. Please e-mail me at va301kv(at)gold.ac.uk if you are able to assist.

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