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Waga Waga / Milne Bay
(votes: 1)
Type Anchorage
Country Papua New Guinea
City Waga Waga
Available places 20
Max depth 20 m
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For boats

It is very safe anchorage at the SW corner of Milne Bay. There is a village of Waga Waga with friendly people.
Very easy, without surprises. In the Waga Waga bay stay away from shallows on west side.
You can drop the anchor in many places on depth of 10-20 meters. We did it on position
10 24.494S and 150 24.484E (15m deep, mud, good holding)
It is safe anchorage, protected from all winds except North. The swell is not coming in to this small bay. When there is 25kn of E or SE wind outside, inside is only 10 to 15 kn without waves.
There is no wharfs or piers shown on some charts. Just go ashore near local boats. Last 10-20 meters are very shallows (10-30 cm).
It is good to visit a village’s chief first to say hello and ask for safe berthing there
No facilities there – no groceries (except some candies for children), ATMs, fuel. If you need a water ask locals.
Some local boats go everyday morning to Alotau, and back afternoon. If you need to get to Alotau ask locals. I read about sailors, which anchor there and go to Alotau with locals to get clearance. Maybe it is a solution when strong wind is blowing.
When we visited Waga Waga, people was very friendly, but during the night when we were sleeping someone came on board (very silence) and stole a computer and wallet from navigation room. Keep the doors locked or keep watches.

For crews

Go ashore, walk around, meet and talk to villagers. Play with kind, give them some souvenirs like balloons or candies. Do a photo of traditional wooden canoe on the water.


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