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Port of Entry
06°01.902'N, 080°13.502'E Chart icon.png
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The capital of the southern province is a city with a colourful history. UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. 300 year old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the fort and amidst its many historical buildings not invaded by the skyscrapers. The beautiful beach of Unawatuna is just 6 km south-east of the city centre.


See Sri Lanka.


See Sri Lanka.


See Sri Lanka.


See Sri Lanka.


The approach to Galle is relatively straightforward. The channel to the port is marked by buoys.

Arriving yachts should anchor outside the harbour entrance waiting for navy clearance or for a suitable berth to be allocated. Anchor near the yellow buoys opposite the entrance and allow room for ships to manoeuvre in and out. Due to the swell in this anchorage, most yachts move to behind Watering Point for a calm and peaceful nights sleep, then move back next morning to be near the harbour entrance in order to enter.


Galle is a port of entry/exit in Sri Lanka. For details see Entrance: Sri Lanka.

The procedure on arrival is to radio Port Control who will organize for the navy to come and clear you for entering the harbour. Your arrival should be timed for daylight as night entry to the harbour is prohibited. Yachts arriving at dusk or at night should anchor behind Watering Point.

All visiting yachts must appoint an agent and the names of agents will be given to you by the port authority official. The agent appointed will come to the yacht after having been informed by the port authority. Your agent will bring the health officer for the quarantine inspection of the yacht.

  • Windsor Yacht Services can be contacted on Channel 69 one hour before arrival to arrange for the boat to be met by an agent
  • GAC Shipping can be contacted on VHF Channel 71, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The fixed fee is $US200 - including 30 days alongside a pontoon

Clearance must be carried out through your agent, both on arrival and departure. Your agent will ensure that the captain complies with port and immigration regulations, that he has sufficient funds in foreign exchange for the fees and that all port dues and customs duties are settled before departure.

Once in the harbour, a port authority official will come to the yacht during office hours (0800-1200, 1300-1600 Monday to Friday) to fill in an arrival report. Ensure that the following is to hand:

  • Yacht details and registration papers
  • Clearance certificate from the previous port
  • Detailed crew list


Inner Harbour

Inner Harbour/wiki/Galle#Inner_Harbour
Harbour icon Inner Harbour [[Galle#Inner Harbour|Inner Harbour]] 06°02.066'N, 080°13.708'E

There are two new pontoons in the inner harbour for the use of visiting boats. They are fairly large pontoons and can each take 25-30 yachts.

The north side of the new concrete dock is available for visiting yachts when it is not in use by ships or fishing vessels, and on the inside at all times (shallower here). The pontoons and buoys on the south side of the harbour are still available, but the new berths are preferable as they afford better shelter.

Warning: You must use a clearing agent.
Clearing Agents
  • GAC Marine Services - Kithsiri Paliskara on arrival for help with clearance. GAC's vehicle is available to collect you (or your laundry/jerry cans/gas bottles etc) from the dock to take you to the harbour security gate
    [email protected]; Tel: +94 (912) 234 025; Fax: +94 (912) 243 769; Mobile: +94 (7777) 718 014; VHF channel 16 & 71
    Address: 205-5 Matara Road, Magalle, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Windsor Yacht Services
    [email protected]; Tel: +94 (914) 384 944; Fax: +94 (914) 380 737; VHF channel 69
    Address: 6 Closenburg Road, Magalle, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Barwil Meridian Navigation
    [email protected]; Tel: +94 (74) 517 532; Fax: +XX (XXX) XXXXXX; VHF channel XX

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



Note: You need permission to anchor off. The most popular anchorage is Watering point

Watering point

Watering point/wiki/Galle#Watering_point
Anchorage icon Watering point [[Galle#Watering point|Watering point]] 06°01.284'N, 080°14.226'E

Must have permission before anchoring here.

Note: It is rumored that you may not be allowed to use the dinghy to go ashore.


Water ?
Electricity ?
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry ?
Garbage ?
Fuel ?
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs ?
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


Give the names and locations of supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, etc..

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Eating out

Give the name of recommended restaurant, tavernas, pastry stores, etc.)

  • Location1
Name/wiki/Galle#.27.27.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EName.3C.2Fspan.3E.27.27Eatingout icon Name [[Galle#Name|Name]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.
  • Location2
Name/wiki/Galle#.27.27.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EName.3C.2Fspan.3E.27.27Eatingout icon Name [[Galle#Name|Name]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.


See Sri Lanka.



Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

List places of interest, tours, etc.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Sri Lanka.


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