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Restrictions On Yachts In Avatiu Harbour

By doina — last modified Jan 16, 2007 10:09 PM

Published: 2007-01-16 22:09:08
Countries: Cook Islands

There are some major changes to the wharf and marina area at Avatiu Harbour on Rarotonga. A separate anchorage has been created for fishing boats and yachts which will be away from the mooring for the bigger cargo ships. There are more changes all along the waterfront and beach area.

Reports from January 2007 is that yachts were denied entry into the new facility, all places taken by local fishing craft and a severe depth restriction. Coral heads are present external to the new wharf, an ideal place to anchor. Additionally if you do chance this area you will still be required to move your vessel when a cargo ship arrives. A height restriction is also in place. The harbor master should be contacted for updated information.

Avatiu harbor is convenient for checking in but otherwise fees are high and surge is often a problem, with the harbour even at times untenable.