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70 miles from Luganville

MASKELYN ISLANDS / SAKAO IS.16°29.936S, 167°48.281E

The Maskelyns are a small island group on the southeast corner of Malekulu. Enter from the east, just south of Sakao Is. The channel is clearly marked by dark blue water outlined by brown brackish water to south from the tidal flats and mangroves.

At the top of west tip of Sakao Island. there’s point of land just north of the village on the beach. Anchor in 20 metres with good holding in mud.

There are several chiefs that rule each of the islands. The Sakao Is. chief is Chief John. If Chief Jerry knocks on your boat he’ll ask for an exorbitant amount of money to grant you permission to snorkel and use his beaches. $5.00 per head is pretty standard. However, tell him that you’ve already made a deal with Chief John.

Lots of great beaches. Good snorkelling and diving.

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