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Home to Mt Yasur, considered to be the world’s most easily accessible active volcano, a stopover in Port Resolution with a trip to the volcano should not be missed.

Take care on entering this poorly charted harbour, it is most definitely not a place to enter in the dark. A number of boats have hit the rocks at the entrance to Port Resolution over the years.

The people of Port Resolution love yachts visiting and truly enjoy getting to know yachties.

Port Resolution suffered a lot of damage when Cyclone Pam devastated this Pacific island chain in March 2015. See the comment at the bottom of the page as to how you can help if you plan on visiting.

Clearance

For full details on clearing into and out of Vanuatu, see noonsite's Vanuatu Formalities.

New Rules 2014: Vessels may not call at Mystery Island (Aneityum), Port Resolution (Tanna) or any other place in Vanuatu unless the Director of Customs & Inland Revenue grants prior written permission. Masters of vessels who visit these places prior to obtaining inwards clearance and being issued with an “Inter-island Cruising Permit”, or obtaining written permission may be subject to fines and/or prosecution.

If planning to visit here, it is worth obtaining this prior written permission as the trip from Lenakel to Port Resolution is very tedious in normal trade wind conditions.

Customs, Immigration and Quarantine are all based in Lenakel on Tanna’s SW coast. The harbour at Lenakel however is small and fairly open so in the past boats would anchor at Port Resolution and take a 4x4 car over to Lenakel on the other side of the island to clear in. However, it is now necessary to obtain prior permission to do this from Vanuatu Customs and Inland Revenue, or face large fines.

See the RCC's report - May 2015.

Once you have obtained prior permission to clear at Port Resolution, on arrival Werry at the Yacht Club will contact Customs and Immigration who will travel over from Lenakel to inspect and clear you.

Note that there is a fee of 5000vatu for Customs and 5000vatu for Biosecurity for clearing in at a port other than a Port of Entry. There is also a charge of 15000vatu for the officials' travel costs (2 hours over the horrendous road from Lenakel and 2 hours back again).

Last updated September 2015.

Docking

Port Resolution offers the best all around anchorage on Tanna with a sandy bottom, but it is open from ENE to NNE and is shallow (4m), so in winds over 15 knots, the anchorage becomes very uncomfortable. The anchorage can be rolly and a stern anchor may make life more pleasant.

The Port Resolution Yacht Club are always happy to help with any tours, transport or provisioning needs. The glow of the volcano is visible from anchor at night and in certain winds you can expect to receive a light dusting of volcanic ash.

The growing number of yachts visiting Tanna has caused some problems, the biggest one being yachts leaving their rubbish behind or worse, burning it on shore. What makes this hard is if you ask a person in the village if you can leave trash or burn it they will almost always say yes.  That’s their culture, they do not say no and do not tell you when you do something wrong. Be sure to take your rubbish away with you.

Port Resolution did suffer extensive damage during Cyclone Pam in 2015 (see report below under comments by SY Tenaya).

Last updated April 2015.

Yacht Clubs

Port Resolution Nipikinamu Yacht Club
Port Resolution, Tanna
Tel:(+678) 68791
An organisation set up by the local villagers and run by an enthusiastic young man called Werry Narua, nephew of the village chieftain. The yacht club are keen to help visiting yachts.
crusader
crusader says:
Aug 24, 2015 02:32 PM

We visited the area in 2005. We were greeted by chief Ronnie and met his son Stanley. My wife, a nurse, assisted Stanley's wife in the delivery of her first child. They named the girl Naomi Pat after my wife's first name. Can we get in contact with Stanley? Is chief Ronnie still alive? Can we provide assistance to the area through Stanley or his nephew? Contact us on 805 708 5388 or emails wotrubadick(at)yahoo.com or pwotruba(at)hotmail.com.
Thanks - Dick and Pat

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 16, 2015 01:34 PM

Posted on behalf of SY Tenaya:
We spent two months, over two consecutive years, in Port Resolution on Tanna and made several friends. Stanley is the yachtie liason, and Werry is the owner of Port Resolution Yacht Club. We have been in close contact with Werry since Cyclone Pam devastated the island. Along with two photos of his ruined bungalows, we received this message from him:

Hi Jim, Here are some information for you in regards to cyclone pam. Most houses are down in the village. Classroom were damage and yacht club houses were gone.
Food and tools are mostly needed for the village community .Tell other friends who are coming to talk to me, Stanley or Johnson about gifts for the villagers as people are getting help from yachties without sharing them equally to other nearby families. Looking forward to hear from you.

Before Cyclone Pam, yachts could email customs in Port Vila ahead of arrival and receive clearance to stop at Port Resolution, Tanna, before checking in at Lenakel, Tanna, or Port Vila, Efate. To check for the latest information, contact: https://customsinlandrevenue.gov.vu/index.php/en/travellers/yacht-clearance

All the gardens were wiped out so Ni-Vanuatu people will need food through to the end of the year. We urge any boats leaving New Zealand or Fiji to please take extra food to give to people on any island of Vanuatu.

Jim and Katie Thomsen, SY TENAYA

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