The Great Southern Route : 2010 - 2011
getting an outboard motor running and giving them some fishing gear and they put on a festival for us in their village. On to Vanuatu, where the cruising grounds are limited but the diving is exceptional and there is the 200 metre LOA President Coolidge, one of the most famous and accessible wrecks in the world. Lamen Bay in Namuka is a fantastic place to anchor and they welcome visiting boats andwillroastapigforyouandlayonabitofa feast. It's a very village-oriented mentality, so it's not advisable to take alcohol in any quantity but they do welcome gifts of schoolbooks, stationery etc. Vila is a great port and a very sheltered harbour with facilities for every sort of yacht and a beautiful place to visit. New Caledonia is agreeably French and a bit expensive but you can get anything there and the Isle of Pines is a fantastic place to hang out for a week or two. This might be the point of departure for cruising in Australia and / or New Zealand, both of which I would encourage, but I don't think we have enough room here for more specific recommendations and you can get cruising guides for both countries, unlike some of the more remote destinations I have mentioned. Fiji offers some fabulous and well documented cruising grounds and while Nadi, Lautoka and the Yasawa Group are delightful, Vanua Levu is spectacular and will reward the more adventurous. Provisioning facilities are good but you can get fresh produce almost anywhere you go in the Pacific and bartering with the locals in the really isolated areas is an excellent way to meet them. And you can give them some of the things they need like food, engine oil, two-stroke oil, petrol and Sure, your antifouling may work when your boat is moving, but what about when it sits in the marina? The moment your boat hits salt water, the patented SPC technology in Micron 66 switches on - and stays on. This award winning antifouling uses a unique chemical reaction to continuously release fresh biocide. Unlike conventional antifouling, Micron 66 does not rely on the movement of your boat to make it work, so it stays 100% active even when your boat is not. ® , International® and Biolux® are registered trademarks of Akzo Nobel. For more information: yachtpaint.com Free Technical Helpline: Australia 1800 251 431 New Zealand 0800 808 807 Pacific Islands + 61 7 3892 8888 Asia + 65 6862 2928 To you, this may not look like an action shot.
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