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Ratoua Island / Ratua Resort
(votes: 1)
Type Anchorage
Country Vanuatu
City Ratoua Island
Available places 10
Max depth 10 m
Views: 904

For boats

First you have to enter to Bruat Channel. There is a strong current there, usually 2-3 knots but 5 sometimes. Keep closer to the South cost. Guichen Reef with least depth of 1.8 meters blocks the northern half of the pass. If the current is against you do not turn north to quickly after passing Guichen Reef, you can be swept to shallows.
Approaching from West is easy, just watch on shallows around Purumamasa Island
The current head in from the east 2 to 3 hours past low tide, head in from the west 2 to 3 hours before low tide.
Useful approach waypoint:
15 36.741S and 167 10.338E
Keep clear coral heads on your right last few hundreds meter before anchorage.
We dropped the anchor on position
15 36.707S and 167 10.509E (13m sand, good holding)
This anchoring is very well protected from all winds and swell accepted SW and W.
There are two free mooring buoys installed closer to the Resort that they would prefer that you used rather than damage the reef with your anchor. But in my opinion they are not strong, for small boats only, like 10T or less. Do not mistake mooring buoys with other buoys showing shallow areas.
There is a small wharf belongs to resort. You can tie your dinghy there, but you can also go directly to the beach.
Do not expect much, but tell your needs to resort reception stuff.

For crews

There is very good snorkeling spot, just on your right (SW corner of the reef) on position:
15 36.777 and 167 10.496E
An amazing feature of that place is the number of sea turtles that hang out there. You almost always see a head pop out of the water. Big ones, too.
The resort
The old style looking resort is one of the most beauties I ever seen. Walk around and admire houses, restaurant or coffee. Eat a lunch or buy a drink in the evening. Harrison Ford was there.
The resort provides some activities, check their board in reception. They have also small diving center. More about activities you can find in section Photos.
The village
There is a small village - Port Lautour on Aore Island. Easy to see on your left. You can go there by dinghy; a small channel is marked by sticks. Leave all to your port side.
This is a quiet place, perfect for 2-3 days rest.


No fees for anchoring

Faciities prices - see section photos
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