Approaches to the Port Vila Inner Harbour

approaches to Port Vilaimage copyright CHESHER from the Cruising Guide to Vanuatu

Welcome to Port Vila's calm inner harbour

After you have finished the clearance formalities, contact Yachting World on VHF 16 and, if you wish, arrange for a berth at the sea wall marina or a swing mooring.

There are red and black entrance markers at the first reef shoal, the deepest place is close to the port marker and is 2.7 metres at spring low tide. There is a second shoal with a minimum depth of 2.4 metres. Yachting World's sea wall marina is to port as you enter. Click for more information on the sea wall marina.

There is an overhead power cable between Efate and Iririki Island that crosses just after (to the south) of the Yachting World Sea Wall Marina. The wire is highest near Yachting World and lower on the Iririki Island side. Yachts with masts higher than 19 metres (62 feet) are required by Vanuatu law to stay in mid channel to the east side of the mooring buoys.

In 2017 the channel on the southern end of the inner harbour was dredged to 5.5m depth. There are red and green lit markers through the channel. Any yacht with a draft less than 5.5m can enter into the inner harbour.


overhead wire

Routes into the Inner Harbor