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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.

Position 19° 31.23'S, 169° 29.89'E (bay entrance)

Clearance

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

Update October 2018: Latest reports are that it is no longer possible to clear into the country in Tanna (see comments below) and yachts must go to Port Vila. We are still trying to get confirmation about this.

International Arriving 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.

Go to the Customs & Inland Revenue website and fill out the contact us form.  You should get a response within 24 hours.

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

You will have to pay $6000 vatu (roughly $60 USD) to have an officer come to Port Resolution for clearance. This can be shared with any other boats clearing in/out here at the same time.

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.

Note: Whilst clearance can be paid for in US$, the fee for tours up the volcano must be paid in Vatu. There are no banks or ATMs in Port Resolution, so Vatu must be obtained in advance (in Fiji for example).

Last updated October 2017.

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, however it has recovered well and there is plenty to see and do here.

See this useful report by SY Starry Horizons about a visit here in 2017 and the logistics of visiting the volcano.

Last updated November 2017.

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. Stanley, the chief’s son, acts as a liaison for cruisers, organizing trips and getting help when needed.
Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 31, 2018 12:57 PM

Reported October 8th by SY Golden Glow:

IMPORTANT UPDATE.
We cleared immigration at Port Resolution in August with no problem, but customs had to be done in Port Vila when we got there some weeks later (the officials in Tanna told us not to worry about the delay and officials in Port Vila also had no problem with that).
Friends who tried to clear Vanuatu immigration into Tanna EITHER in Lenakel or Port Resolution a few weeks ago however, were told it is no longer possible. There was a sign on the door in Lenakel saying go to Port Vila.
So folks, check the currrent status before you go. Stanley in Port Resolution May have the answer +678 68791

gemma ross
gemma ross says:
Aug 24, 2018 12:42 AM

In 2018 there was a new restaurant opened on the south west corner of Iwea Beach (the black beach in P. Resolution Bay- opposite side to the yacht club). Most people go into the main P. Res village to dine & they don't visit this one. The restaurant is run by Sheila & Willy & they are a young couple trying to start up so please go & support them, they can also trade you vegetables (as in most villages) & the tours to see the hot springs & steam vents are run by them. The restaurant is family owned, the money from the tours goes to the village. So look out for the rasta coloured canoe on the beach & the elevated palm roofed hut visible from the anchorage.

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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