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#1 Jon

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 06:56 PM

Ok, I’ve cruised from the Americans through to Fiji, done deliveries west of that but never cruised.
We are looking at a 2 or 3 month trip next winter then the next big trip will be the Astrales Is then up to FP followed by across to Tonga and back to NZ
The question is should we do Vanuatu and New Cal, heard good and bad about both but what can you that have done it tell us, or should we just go back to Vava’u and chill
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Posted 16 June 2018 - 07:58 PM

Yes we think you should do Vanuatu and New Cal next season. Just hang the water hose over the side as we will need a big white water tanker near us next season.
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Posted 16 June 2018 - 10:46 PM

I would go new cal first. The trip nc to Vanuatu is easier than Vanuatu to nc.
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Posted 17 June 2018 - 07:39 AM

I spent a few days at the marina in noumea 2 years ago and one of the local sailors told us that once you get more than about 40 miles away from noumea you pretty much have the lagoon to yourself, with very few boats around.
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Posted 17 June 2018 - 07:45 AM

No problem Pete

BP, that’s interesting as most go the other way, or is it most come from Fiji so do Vanuatu first ?
I’ve heard that there aren’t a lot of good anchorages in Vanuatu, but love to hear otherwise
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Posted 17 June 2018 - 07:54 AM

Vanuatu is a long way north and the trip south can be a long wet beat.
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Posted 17 June 2018 - 08:24 AM

There are lots of good anchorages in Vanuatu, and I highly recommend it. Go up the volcano - Tanna. Ambryn, Ambae and Pentecost (origin of bungy jumping here, called land diving). If you dive, you have to do the president Coolidge, and million dollar point. Also visit oyster island, and take your dingy up the river to the blue pools spring. There is an electronic cruising guide for the area - get it!

From Fiji, the obvious route is Vanuatu then New Cal. It’s only a few days between the island nations, an in the trade wind zone. It’s not hard sailing.
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Posted 17 June 2018 - 08:54 AM

When going between new Caledonia and vanuatua
Loyalty islands are worth a look at there is also a
Marina there and if you are going from vanuatu to new Caledonia you can get a a part clearance to go to new caledoni we were there in 2014
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Posted 17 June 2018 - 11:31 AM

IT do you have a link or name of that cruising guide
I’ve been looking but obviously not in the correct places
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Posted 17 June 2018 - 11:58 AM

One other thing do you have to pay a bond in New Cal as you do in French Poly, I think I had to put up 1000 euros equivalent unless you were flying out. I got it all back when I departed but have heard that may just buy a refundable airfare out
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