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Kiribati Mr John's Guide

Kiribati Mr John's Guide

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Kiribati Sailing Guide and Pilot
Kiribati Sailing Guide and Pilot

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Published by: yachtmrjohn3695 on Jun 03, 2011
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KIRIBATI
Mr John’s little guide
I
n the fall of 2010 Mr John went north from Fiji to theMarshall Islands to escape Hurricane Season and like other yachts doing the run, we called in at Kiribati (pronounced‘Kiribas’) along the way going both North and South. Thiswas my third and fourth visits to Kiribati having done asimilar, up and down, Hurricane Season run in 88/89 withMr John IV.In this guide I will tell you all I know and all I learnt fromother people along the way, we didn’t go to as many islandsas we would have liked so I do not have first handinformation on all the Islands…… I will make it clear toyou what is ‘proven’ and what is not so you can judge for yourself how reliable the information is.
 
Yacht “Mr John VI”…….2010 / 2011 www.yachtmrjohn.blogspot.com2
INDEX3GETTING THERE4Funafuti5Nukufetau6Nanummea7The Weather9Winds (and nasty blows from the west)12Rules, Regulations and Permits16Arriving Tarawa21North Tarawa22Abaiang29Butaritari36 Maiana38Abemama42 Kuria43Aranuka44Nonouti48Tabiteuea51Onotoa52Arorea53Banaba – Ocean Island55Fanning Island56Entry RequirementsVisaCustomsQuarantineHealthEntry Ports59Radio ProceduresTourist Office/ Provisions / Water / Propane
 
Yacht “Mr John VI”…….2010 / 2011 www.yachtmrjohn.blogspot.com3
GETTING THERE
First time I went north, I did Apia, Funafuti, Tarawa…. itwas a reach and a blast all the way.This last time, we went Lautoka, (Rotuma), Funafuti,Tarawa. It worked out OK but could have been better, wewere looking forward to going to Rotuma and had a CoastalClearance from Lautoka with the intention of checking outthere (It has been a Full Clearance Port of Entry for Fiji for over a year now). Unfortunately as we got close the windwent around to the Northwest and it promised to increaseabove fifteen knots…. that made the main anchorageuntenable and friends of ours, who were there, were bailingout. Thus we gave up on Rotuma and went direct toFuinafuti. That wasn’t bad but we arrived just too late toget anchored before dark and chose to hang off in the leeovernight. We put an anchor light on and let her drift, problem was the current was running and the wind came upfresh easterly during the night, so by morning we werealmost eight miles off…..it was a tough beat back to theisland and then, when we got there, I didn’t like the look of the western pass as we would have the morning sun in our eyes AND I guessed the current would be running outstrong with the fresh easterly wind driving it…..Even hadwe been able to motor through the pass against all that, wewould then have been faced with a tough beat / motor allthe way across the big lagoon. SO we tacked north keepingclose up to the reef, went in through the northern pass andhad a close reach down to the anchorage, where we arrived just after noon. The Northern and eastern passes are quiteeasy, even in poor lighting; we found our OpenCPN to be

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