Website of sailing yacht Tokomaru2's circumnavigation of the world
Crew: Nick Thomas and Liz Vernon
(date of infomation: Jan to March 2006)
(date of infomation: Jan to March 2006)
These are slightly off the direct line across the
Indian Ocean from
These islands are part of
Two hours out one should call port Blair radio and then
again just before entry and they will tell you where to anchor. The anchorage
is 1 mile west of
Checking out is the reverse process visit the HM to pay harbour dues he will issue an NOC - no objection certificate, take this to customs who will issue the port clearance, take this to immigration. You have to leave on the day you are stamped out. The rest can be done the day before.
Just before we arrived a yacht had anchored at Car Nicobar without authorisation. It had evidently sailed on before officials could check it out. However the HM did politely quiz us to see if it was us. Nobody could explain why tourists are not allowed to visit the Nicobar Islands. North Sentinel, an Andaman island, is also out of bounds as the indigenous population do not like outsiders. A month after we left we heard that some local fishermen went ashore on this island and were killed. When the Indian police went to recover the bodies they were driven off. The bodies were eventualy recovered by the Indian Navy, who have a big presence in Port Blair. What they did to exert their authority we were not told. By March, 24 boats had visited the Andaman’s in 2006.
Places to Go
It is essential to have a visa before arrival. These
are normally valid for 6 months from date of issue. You have to leave
At the Malabar anchorage you will probably be met by Nasar of boat 72. He is the self appointed yachtie Mr Fixit. He is very helpful and speaks reasonably good English. He can fetch diesel and petrol for a mark up of 10 rupees on pump prices which are 35 and 45 Rupees respectively per litre. (£1 = 75 Rupees mar 06).
Boats are directed to the anchorage off the Bolgaty palace hotel. There is no anchoring fee but the hotel charges 100 Rupees per month per boat for "yacht services". This includes water by jerry can, drinkable after Chlorox treatment, rubbish disposal and use of their bar and restaurant. The pool use charge is 250 rupees per person per day.
Dinghies can be left on an old jetty near the
"high court" ferry jetty. This is a burned out water side restaurant.
There is a 24 hour caretaker who will happily look after tenders for a small
tip. Once ashore you are in the centre of a large busy noisy city. There is a
small market close to the jetty with fruit veg bread newspapers. The street directly
up from the market is Banerji rd. Book stalls, hardware, photoshops and the
liquor shop are along here. We found 4 supermarkets in
No visa is needed here. Call up port radio an hour or so before arriving. They will direct you to wait while a navy launch is summoned to check you out. While waiting you can engage your agent, which is compulsory, Windors on vhf 69 or GAC on vhf 72. After naval clearance you will be directed to a berth and lines will be taken by the agents "runner". The choice of berth is either stern to the "Lego" pontoon just inside the breakwater or rafted alongside the north jetty. The former has no facilities and a long walk to the harbour gate, the latter has an ablution block and a water tap too far away to be reached by hose. The harbours main business was importing cement and is correspondingly dusty.
The agent's man will take you his office the charge
(mar 06) was $170 at
Contrary to what is indicated in the corrections to
the pilot book. Mikes yacht services is still in business he is just a bit
dificult to find. He will probably come out to the boat with his pricelist. He
has a large selection of groceries and can fill gas tanks at a good price. In
town the "Food city" supermarket has a reasonably good stock
including fresh meat. At the harbour gate a variety of tuk-tuk operators wait
for custom. Dee Dee speaks some English and can arrange tours inland. The
Klosenberg hotel restaurant is up the lane to the left immediately outside the
port gate. It is not as bad as some have suggested. However, coming from
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