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MAEWO (Ansanvari Bay)

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MAEWO (Ansanvari Bay)

58 miles from Luganville

MAEWO (ANSANVARI BAY). 15°22.536S, 168°7.848E

One of the most interesting anchorages in Vanuatu. Stay a quarter mile off the southwest corner of the island if approaching from the south. Come to Lat 15°22.536S and head due east. When you’re in the centre of the bay, head SSE until you’re in 30m of water; holding is good. All the charts I’ve seen are inaccurate. Be extremely cautious entering this anchorage. Without local knowledge don’t attempt it in the dark.

The locals are very friendly and the village is lovely. Make sure you visit the ‘Yacht Club’ where the locals will put on a show called a ‘Custom Dance’ if you ask them.

Spectacular waterfalls, bathing pools, beaches, snorkelling and diving here. In Ansanvari, the chief will often accept school supplies in lieu of, or in addition to, payment for services. If you’re thinking of trying Kava, this is the best place to do that too. (Best check up on the possible side effects. Note Kava is banned in Europe and Canada.)

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