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Safe Places In Pacific To Leave A Boat

By doina — last modified Dec 18, 2007 08:22 PM

Published: 2007-12-18 20:22:37
Topics: Cruising Information
Countries: Tonga , Fiji , French Polynesia , Hawaii

I am planning a cruise next year in the Pacific with the following route: April California to Hawaii; Late May, Hawaii to Tahiti; September Tahiti to Tonga; October Tonga to Fiji; late October Fiji to New Zealand. At each leg, I will have to leave the boat in Hawaii, Tahiti, Tonga and Fiji. Are there places to leave the boat in each of these ports where it will be safe from natural and man made dangers?

Here are my recommendations for the best places to leave your boat in the S.Pac I suppose you will be flying out of those countries so you would like to be as close as possible to an international airport?

Tahiti: you can take a berth at one of the marinas: Marina Taina would be my recommendation. Or you could anchor at Maeva Beach anchorage or outside Marina Taina and have a resident boat there keeping an eye on your boat. Contact: MOANA ROA, BP 4685, 98713 Papeete, Tahiti - Fr. Polynesia. GSM 00689 723.307,

Tonga: in Tongatapu, the capital island (never been there) or in the beautiful Vava'u Group at one of the moorings rented by local companies and they take a local flight to Nukualofa (unreliable!)

Fiji: in Nadi, ask a free mooring at the Bekana Island Resort just off Lautoka. For a few dinners and cocktails you get a good mooring. They have ferry service to Lautoka and from there it is only 45 min by bus or taxi to the airport. Or take a berth at one of the local marinas.

You can find contacts in those countries pages on Noonsite. You can also find useful info in Jimmy Cornell's "World Cruising Handbook"

Luc Callebaut, s/v Sloepmouche, Noonsite regional editor

As a addition to the 2006 posting, at Musket Cove, on the island of Malolo Lai Lai, (about 18 miles SW of Lautoka) there is a pretty little marina, and adjacent to it is a great hurricane hole, well protected and with substantial mooring points around the shore. Terry Hammond