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 Palmerston - Shore Services

Communications

Public phone booth with prepaid phone cards (682) 37 685 and public fax (682) 37 683.

There is internet on the Island but it is slow and unreliable. You can buy access cards from BlueSky Monday to Friday until 2pm.

Laundry

Ask Bill Marsters at the Yacht Club.

Provisions

No stores are available as people get their supplies from the cargo boat. If you can bring any basic supplies like rice, flour, sugar, fruit & veg, eggs or any food items, people will be glad to buy them from you as their supplies arrive irregularly. Many items you carry on your boat and may not need could be priceless to these very generous and welcoming people.

Transport & Travel

No cars, no bicycles, no airport.

Medical/Health

Nurse on the island, but no doctor.

Accommodation

You could sleep ashore at the Yacht Club.

Attractions

Hiking around the island, visting the school and families, snorkelling in the lagoon and outside, deepsea fishing and scuba along the barrier reef.

Restaurants & Bars

Palmerston Yacht Club: Bar & Pot-luck area.

April Cunningham
April Cunningham says:
Aug 03, 2018 05:20 PM

From Will Rowe via email:

My wife and I have the only AIS station on Palmerston to assist approach. We also provide internet and weather update facilities free of charge to all cruisers no matter whom they are hosted by on Palmerston.

We check the AIS traffic and our email every four to six hours.

Vessels intending on making Palmerston their next port of call can contact us at [email protected] and expect a prompt reply with answers to any questions they may have.

Meitaki korereka,

Will Rowe

Froxi
Froxi says:
Nov 07, 2016 04:10 PM

DO visit Palmerston! We did so this year and the welcome was just wonderful.
We contacted Bill Marsters in advance, and brought much needed supplies from RaroTonga. Our reward was to be adopted, fed, and brought into their daily life, with No Charge for the use of their (newly laid) mooring. Bill's wife Metua makes delightful necklaces and wristbands and various other beautiful mementos and gifts for very reasonable prices. I bought a shell necklace for my 96y/o mother and mailed it to her - she wears it everyday! I and my 3 crew had a wonderful time, and we cannot praise Bill, Metua and their lovely family, enough.
I cannot say how the other families treat you, but I can wholeheartedly recommend getting in touch with Bill and stopping with him if you can.
Only one caveat......the mooring is on the reef, which will be a lee shore if the wind becomes N round to W. We only left because a trough was coming, which would have - and did, I am told - make the anchorage untenable.

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