Cruising Reports

Horn of Africa, Djibouti: Exploring the Gulf of Tadjourah and Ghoubet Al Khareb

Date Published - November 06, 2019

The majority of cruising boats use Djibouti simply as a convenient stopover port on their way through the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. SV Anthem, however, chose to spend some time cruising the coastline and were unexpectedly surprised at what an interesting and beautiful cruising area it proved to… Read More

Last Update - November 06, 2019

Pacific – List of Radio Nets

Date Published - December 12, 2018

This is a list of all the Pacific Radio Nets, both SSB and HAM, that we know about. Please send us an email if you are using others that you think should be listed, or you have updates to the below information – [email protected]…. Read More

Last Update - November 05, 2019

French Polynesia: Cruising Niku Hiva

Date Published - September 17, 2019

Regular Noonsite contributor Maria Wadsworth provided this useful report on cruising Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Archipelago of French Polynesia…. Read More

Last Update - September 17, 2019

Belize, San Pedro: Unexpected Clearance Fees

Date Published - August 21, 2019

I am cruising the Caribbean with my wife and kids aboard a Catamaran. I would like to provide some more details regarding our recent experience clearing in and out of San Pedro, Belize, where there were a number of unexpected charges during the clearing in and out process…. Read More

Last Update - August 21, 2019

Mazatlan Cruiser’s Guide

Date Published - May 31, 2017

George Krakie and his wife Jackie of M/Y Shamrock, first published the very handy Mazatlan Cruiser’s Guide for the cruising community in 2013, having cruised the area for over five years. They have since had to move back to the USA for health reasons…. Read More

Last Update - August 13, 2019

Venezuela, Los Roques: Cruising Los Roques – Fears Unfounded

Date Published - August 21, 2019

In recent years the Venezuelan archipelago of Los Roques has rarely seen any visiting yachts due to fluctuating clearance fees and security issues. Klaus and Elgard of SY September sailed to Los Roques in mid-2019 on passage from Saint Lucia to Bonaire, and found the experience rewarding and worthy of… Read More

Last Update - August 12, 2019

Suez Canal: Transit Information

Date Published - April 28, 2019

By Tom Sampson — Apr 18, 2019

A transit of the Suez Canal requires some planning. There is a lot of paperwork to complete and a pilot is required for the whole transit. In addition, there is an overnight stop at Ismailia and clearance has to be completed once the transit… Read More

Last Update - August 02, 2019

The Intracoastal Waterway and the Great Loop

Date Published - September 23, 2017

While Noonsite predominantly covers only coastal ports, we’ve come to realise via feedback from international cruisers that there is little information out there regarding the ICW & Great Loop specifically for international visitors to the USA. Therefore we have put this report together as an introductory guide and we welcome… Read More

Last Update - July 29, 2019

Western Indonesia, Batam to Belitung: Cruising the Riau Islands

Date Published - August 01, 2019

Long-term cruisers in SE Asia, as well as long-term contributors to Noonsite, Sue and John Woods spent 2 months cruising the Southern Riau Islands in Western Indonesia in early 2019. Their route took them down the west coast of most islands and then back up the east coasts on their… Read More

Last Update - July 29, 2019

Vanuatu, Aneityum: How to clear-in at Anelcauhat

Date Published - July 09, 2019

If you are coming from New Zealand to Vanuatu it is useful to be able to clear into Vanuatu at Aneityum. (Also called Anatom if you have French charts). Not an official port of entry, Patricia of Gulf Harbour Radio explains how two yachts (SY Meccetroy and SY Elysium)… Read More

Last Update - July 09, 2019

Argentina: Clearance and Prefectura Experiences

Date Published - July 02, 2019

Floris and Ivar cruised Argentina in early 2019 before heading to Patagonia. While the paperwork and reporting system can be tedious, they report that overall they found officials to be helpful and courteous…. Read More

Last Update - July 02, 2019

Okinawa, Naha: A Welcome Arrival at our First Port of Call

Date Published - April 28, 2019

(Apr 06, 2019) – SY Tamm Ha Tamm arrived in Okinawa from Tahiti on 1st March 2019 with a plan to spend up to two years cruising in Japan. Their first report details their arrival and the welcome reception they received from the authorities in Naha…. Read More

Last Update - June 26, 2019

French for Cruisers Book Review

Date Published - July 09, 2010

A particularly helpful book for sailors cruising the Caribbean where French is widely spoken and just as useful for anyone heading for the South Pacific, to French Polynesia and beyond…. Read More

Last Update - June 26, 2019

Refilling your gas bottles from a larger container

Date Published - October 16, 2018

In many countries it is not possible to get gas bottles refilled. However, gas, be it propane or butane, is often available in large (30kg or more) canisters. These cruisers have produced easy to follow guides on how to decant gas from a large cylinder into your cooking gas bottles…. Read More

Last Update - June 25, 2019

French Polynesia, Marquesas: Nuku Hiva In Five Days

Date Published - January 22, 2017

Leslie, our two sons (Bryce (14) and Trent (12)), and I arrived in Nuku Hiva aboard Kandu in late June of 2015. Intending to stay only a few weeks, we instead became certified residents of Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, so our sons could attend the local college (secondary school), the first… Read More

Last Update - June 25, 2019

Obtaining a French Polynesian Long Stay Visa

Date Published - May 10, 2018

A very useful guide on how to obtain an LS Visa for French Polynesia, what to do beforehand and what to do on arrival. The main stumbling block seems to be the French Polynesia postal system. Be sure to apply at least 6 weeks beforehand.
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Last Update - June 25, 2019

French Polynesia, Raiatea: Repair Facilities

Date Published - November 27, 2017

We have now been in Raiatea (French Polynesia, Society Islands) for just over a year, and going through postings for repair facilities on Noonsite, I find that an update might be useful…. Read More

Last Update - June 25, 2019