The Great Southern Route : 2013 - 2014
PACIFIC 98|GSR SuPeryACht ServICeS John Lum & Assoc, Port Agent, Santo T: +678 36329 E: email@example.com Kaleva Yachting Services, Port Vila T: +678 25613 M: +678 543 8321 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.kysvanuatu.com Port Services (Vanuatu), Santo T: +678 36035 South Sea Shipping Co, Port Vila T: +678 22205 E: email@example.com W: www.swireshipping.com Vanuatu Cruising Yacht Club T: +678 543 8321 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.vanuatucruisingyachtclub.org Yachting World, Yacht Help Vanuatu Port Vila, Efate T: +678 23273 E: email@example.com W: www.yachtingworld-vanuatu.com reCent SuPeryACht vISItorS Tango, Blue Gold, Squall, Never say Never, Silvertip, Major Wager, Plan B, Cavu, Ke Ama 2, Gray Lady, Endeavor, Sasafras, Vent of Est, Ultimate Lady, Island Passage, Spirit of Sovereign APProXIMAte DIStAnCe In nM FroM Port vILA to: Noumea 298’ Suva 586’ Brisbane 1,026’ Auckland 1,206’ Cairns 1,309’ uSeFuL PubLICAtIonS Cruising Guide to Vanuatu – Rocket Guides Sail South Pacific – B & J Hepburn South Pacific Cruising – D Thatcher Vanuatu Cruising Notes 2nd Edition – Bob Tiews & Thalia Hearne Atlas Du Vanouatou uSeFuL WebSIteS www.rocket-guide-vanuatu.com http://portvilaboatyard.com www.cruising-vanuatu.com www.governmentofvanuatu.gov.vu vanuatu useful Statistics Republic of Vanuatu GOVERNMENT: Republic AREA: 14,763 km2 (5,700 sq miles) POPULATION: (est. 2011) 224,564 LANGUAGE: English, French and a Pidgin language called Bislama which is widely spoken CURRENCY: Vatu (VT) CLIMATE: A tropical climate with humidity averaging 83% all year. The hot wet (cyclonic) season occurs between November and April. Moderate conditions from May to October due to SE trade winds. UTC: +11 INTL DIALLING CODE: + 678 VANuATu, formerly called the New Hebrides during its colonial period, is an archipelago of 13 large volcanic islands and about 60 small islets in the southwest Pacific Ocean, the largest being Espiritu Santo, Malekula, Efate, Erromango, Ambrym and Tanna. The archipelago is located some 1,750 km east of Australia, 500 km north- east of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and south of the Solomon Islands. Vanuatu is a unique blend of intact tribal communities, resorts, beaches and geography ranging from accessible volcanoes to pristine underwater environments. Most of the islands are of volcanic origin, rugged and mountainous, and contain extensive rainforests with cultivated narrow strips of land along the coasts. Some other islands are of coral atoll formation or almost atoll types. Left alone by the Europeans for longer than other parts of the Pacific, Vanuatu leapt into the modern age quickly, while remaining a place where the rich Melanesian culture is kept very much alive. It is the chance to experience a little of this fascinating culture that brings most superyachts to this country which has been endowed with less cruising attractions than its neighbours. With the exception of the northern islands, the number of natural harbours is rather limited, with the notable exception of the main island Efate which has several attractive bays. One of the greatest attractions of the islands is a visit to the live volcano on Tanna or Ambrym, where one can ascend into the crater, the closest you can get to an active volcano safely anywhere in the world. The outer islands have an increasing number of stores and shops, stocked with basic items. However nothing will compare with the facilities available in Port Vila or Luganville. Many small island resorts are extremely helpful to superyachts and provisions can be arranged as well as guides and tours through the local village chief. Many villages receive little or no contact with the outside world other than through visiting yachts. Trading goods for local carvings and fresh produce is a major source of clothing, school supplies and currency for these villagers, so it is to be encouraged as a benefit to all.
2010 - 2011