Anchoring: Our main Honiara anchorage (J) is a straightforward approach to anchor in 9-11 metres. Holding is poor, so use plenty of scope and watch for shifting winds.
The alternative anchorage, 9°25.675S, 159°57.300E, about half a mile ESE, is only recommended for yachts under 20 metres. Two buoys mark the entrance to the channel; stay to the middle and watch for local traffic at night. Fair holding in 6 metres. There’s one courtesy mooring here maintained by the yacht club.
When going ashore, the two best options are the Point Cruz Yacht Club and a small restaurant to the west of the yacht club. There’s a sunken craft near this dock marked by a small buoy; use caution when entering.
When anchored off Honiara it’s wise never to leave your vessel unattended. Maintain a vigilant watch against theft, especially at night – locking up any loose gear and tenders. If you have to leave your vessel unattended, a local watchman can be employed for a reasonable fee. This is best arranged by an agent.
There are several commercial piers if you need to arrange fuel or want to take on provisions.
While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the charts of anchorages are based on personal experience and satellite imagery and are intended as a guide only. They should not be used for navigation. Please refer to Official Hydrographic Charts of the respective countries.
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