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Location

Wallis Island is about 300nm west of Samoa and is rarely visited by cruising yachts, hence there is little tourism. Entry is through the pass, off the south west corner of the island. It is simple at slack water and most, but not all, of the lagoon markers shown on French chart 6876 were standing in August 2012. Proceed to the main settlement of Mata Utu.

There is an excellent large supermarket here that accepts credit cards and has a good variety of produce, wines, cheeses etc.

May 2015: Wallis Radio monitors VHF channel 16. Michel Soûla is no longer there. As you approach, call Wallis Radio and they will keep an eye on you for your safety.

Position 13° 23'42"S, 176° 13'11"W (entrance to the pass)

Position 13° 17'07"S, 176° 10'05"W (wharf at Mata Utu)

Clearance

For details on Customs and Immigration rules for Wallis, see the main formalities page.

Customs are located at the Mata utu wharf and the Gendarme approx. 500m from the wharf in town. Very little English is spoken.

The captain should proceed ashore and check in first with the Gendarmerie who handle immigration. They generally want to see each crew member with their passport at their office, just above the harbour and past the post office. It is usually manned.

The Customs office for small boat reporting is on the wharf. Customs, is open Monday-Friday from 0700 until 1330, except for Thursday: 1330- 1700. Radio calls tend to go unanswered.

Both must be visited again on departure even if visiting another island in the group.

Last updated August 2017.

Docking

For clearing Customs and re-provisioning, the anchorage just south of the Mata Uta wharf is much more convenient to town. Cruisers recommend anchoring at 13 17.280S, 176 10.100 W in 8 metres, which is within easy distance to a dinghy landing and steps on the inside of the south side of the wharf.

Anchoring off Mata Uta is quite exposed to the strong SE winds.

Further south off the fuel silos it is possible to anchor off at Halalo. There is a dredged small boat channel to dinghy up to "Evasion Bleu" dive shop where you can leave your dinghy. From here, you can catch a ride into town to clear and/or shop.

Gahi Bay provides a more protected anchorage for longer stays and is most popular with yachts. One should ask the local chief for permission to anchor in the Bay.

One of the most secure, protected and beautiful anchorages in the lagoon is in the lee of Ile Faioa at 13 22.940 S, 176 10.460 W. There is easy dinghy access ashore and great beach walks on this uninhabited islet. If entering the pass too late in the day to make the transit to Mata Uta anchorage off the commercial wharf, this could be an alternative.

In settled weather it is possible to anchor off the islands to the east of Mata Utu, but take care not to foul your tackle on coral heads. Only the east side of the main islands Ile Uvea, is navigable.

A useful contact regarding shore-based facilities, is Joanne Kanimoa (jozwhite0712@yahoo.com.au)

Last updated August 2017.

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