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Pacific Ocean Outlook

by Noonsite 3 Mar 06:40 UTC
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The Amigo Net in Pacific Mexico was retired at the start of February due to a consistent reduction in interest and participation over the past several years. The net controllers say competing communication methods and global internet availability are contributing to the reduction in interest in SSB.

After 26 years without changing, the Galapagos National Park entrance fee (payable by every crew member on board) will increase to US$200 for foreigners and US$30 for nationals from August 2024.

Despite the costs, bureaucracy and restrictions, the Galapagos Islands (see map) are not just the ideal stopover en-route from Panama to French Polynesia, but are also unique and full of adventure. Richard Freeborn of SV Hawkeye, who visited in January this year, says they should be on every Pacific cruiser's bucket list. Use his extremely detailed report to assist with planning, navigation, island information, the paperwork and the incredible activities these enchanting islands offer.

Mainland Ecuador is gradually returning to normality after a state of emergency was declared in January. Puerto Amistad, a cruiser-friendly marina in Bahía de Caráquez, have a good summary of the current security situation on their website.

Over the first half of February the South Pacific saw two weak and short-lived tropical cyclones develop east of the date line affecting the Cook Islands and French Polynesia. Both Tropical Cyclone NAT and Tropical Cyclone OSAI were short lived with minimal affect.

Arriving with a clean hull is vitally important if cruising to New Zealand. This very useful new website - www.marinepests.nz - has heaps of information for visiting cruisers so everyone should be aware of the requirements when arriving in NZ and when cruising the country. It also has a list of all haulout operators.

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