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By No owner — last modified Jun 09, 2016 10:55 AM

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Facts

  • The Chagos Archipelago is constituted as the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), which is one of fourteen UK Overseas Territories.
  • BIOT is not a tourist destination. Access is restricted and a permit is required in advance of travel. There are no commercial flights and mooring permits are only issued to yachts in transit.
  • BIOT is extremely remote. There are no banks, electricity, Wi-Fi, stores, diesel mechanics, sail lofts, cafes, stores, or health clinics. When you visit Chagos you should plan on being 100% self-sufficient.
  • Access to Diego Garcia is only permitted to those on pre-authorised official duty.
  • The islands are uninhabited except for Diego Garcia which has about 3,000 military and civilian personnel stationed there. A brief history of the Territory can be found at http://biot.gov.io/about/history/
  • Vessels who wish to enter BIOT waters and moor, whether for one night or one month, must apply in advance to the BIOT Administration (BIOTA) for Immigration clearance and a permit. If granted, the mooring fee must also be paid in advance (see Clearance). BIOTA states that any person who enters BIOT without permission may be liable to imprisonment for 3 years and/or a fine of £10,000 and the vessel used to enter BIOT waters may be seized and forfeited.
  • BIOT Customs and Immigration officials visit the approved mooring sites on their patrols to check permits and passports (and spotter planes are also used). The passports of all passengers/crew will be checked against the permit issued. You will be asked to explain any discrepancies. People on visiting yachts are not allowed to spend the night ashore.
  • BIOT hosts the world’s largest contiguous Marine Protected Area and the largest expanse of undisturbed coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, as well as globally significant populations of endangered species of birds and other wildlife. There are strict conservation rules, which must be observed in order to preserve this unique sanctuary in its present state (see Restrictions).
  • It is not recommended to enter BIOT at night, there are simply too many interior reefs and coral heads to avoid (charted and uncharted). Good light and eyeball navigation is required within the lagoon.

Weather

Chagos Weather

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

Main Ports

Diego Garcia , Egmont Islands , Peros Banhos , Salomon Islands *

* indicates port of entry

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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