325 miles from Luganville
The southernmost island in the Vanuatu archipelago, this is an excellent first stop if you’re coming from Cairns (or New Zealand).
Clearing in with customs and immigration is possible but most likely there won’t be any officers present unless you make prior arrangements. In most cases, if you email the head offices in Efate ahead of time they’ll allow you to stop.
Another option is make your way into the anchorage and fly the quarantine flag. The locals are generally curious and they’ll come to you in canoes bearing coconuts and other local produce.
Anchor in 11-14 metres. Mystery Island has a dock, where cruise ships offload passengers, and a small airstrip. Make sure you ask the chief if you can use the beach or island before you go.
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