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By No owner — last modified Aug 28, 2017 09:01 AM

 Wallis and Futuna - Profile

Facts

  • Wallis and Futuna are two island groups separated by 150 miles of ocean in the central South Pacific. They are a Territorial Collective (Collectivité d’Outre-Mer) of France. Lying west of Samoa and slightly off the route to Fiji, Wallis and Futuna are not often visited by cruising yachts.
  • The pass into the lagoon at Wallis is relatively easy to negotiate and there are several anchorages, the most popular and best protected being at Gahi Bay. There are also several small islets in the lagoon which can be used as day anchorages.
  • Ashore one can come in contact with a relatively unspoilt Polynesian society where the rule of the traditional Polynesian chieftain, the Lavelua, still commands more respect than the French administration. The singing and dancing of the Wallisians is vigorous and one of the few places where traditional songs have not been changed by missionary influences.
  • A similar atmosphere survives on the smaller Futuna, which does not have a protected lagoon, but only an anchorage at Sigave Bay on the west coast.

Weather

The SE trade winds blow over the islands during the winter months from April to November. Winds are variable during summer when the weather is sometimes sultry. Westerly gales occur in summer and the islands are rarely affected by tropical storms.

Wallis and Futuna Weather Forecast.

A useful guide to South Pacific weather resources complied by a Noonsite contributor, Rory Garland.

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

Futuna: Anse de Sigave (Futuna) *

Wallis: Mata Utu (Wallis) *

* indicates port of entry

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SeaNote
SeaNote says:
Aug 08, 2016 08:22 PM

2016/08 Wallis Radio only monitor 16 now, Michel Soula is no longer there. Navionic chart plotter was very accurate and the tide and current charts are spot on. The small boat customs is right on the docks now, you don't have to walk the 1 1/2 km to get to them, although the police do indicate that you have to walk up there YOU DO NOT, that is a customs office but is for importing goods. The anchoring information remains correct.

belissima
belissima says:
Jun 01, 2015 01:16 AM

2015/05 : Wallis Radio is effective on Chanel 09 in the south and Channel 22 in the east part of the lagon. Michel Soûla will give you indications on the best places to anchor according to the weather. Mata Utu, Gahi, Halalo, or West of Faioa. Michel is watching on the motor boats which are going outside the lagon for fishing and hé has an AIS to follow you and help you If necessary.

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