South East Asia to South Africa

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South East Asia to South Africa
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South East Asia to Cape Town


The Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) cruising route is a wonderful alternative to transitting the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea, particularly during these troubled times (2008). Rather see the Maldives, glorious Chagos, beautifull Seychelles, Mayotte, Madagascar, the atolls in the Mozambique Channel and to crown it all, throw in some shore excursions to the renowned Safari Parks in South Africa. Stock up the boat with the fantastic South African wines in Cape Town (the "fairest Cape of all") before onward passage across the Atlantic Ocean.

Yachts leaving Thailand often congregate in Nai Hahn Bay on the Southern Tip of Phuket/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BPhuket.5D.5DIsland icon Phuket [[South East Asia to South Africa#Phuket|Phuket]] 08°01.922'N, 098°20.317'E , then take off from there to the Maldives.

The 1st waypoint is Uligamu/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BUligamu.5D.5DAnchorage icon Uligamu [[South East Asia to South Africa#Uligamu|Uligamu]] 07°05.034'N, 072°55.406'E in the Northern Maldives where fuel can be purchased and siphoned into your tanks or jerry cans. Alternatively, set a waypoint to Male/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BMale.5D.5DHarbour icon Male [[South East Asia to South Africa#Male|Male]] 04°10.517'N, 073°30.533'E the capital in the Central Maldives where repairs can be effected and fuel can also be purchased.

Male, Maldives


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Weather Windows

This passage from South East Asia to the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) and beyond is usually undertaken from mid December to end February to use the North East monsoon winds across the Northern Indian Ocean.


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Possible Departure Points

Route/Suggested Stopovers

The traditional route from South East Asia to the Cape of Good Hope (Cape Town) roughly follows the route below (but not necessarily). The cruising passage will normally take about 12 months - leaving South East Asia in December/January and timed to be in Cape Town around December/January. Extended stop-overs en-route should be planned to allow you to arrive in north coast South Africa before the cyclone season begins (mid November) in the Mozambique Channel and Madagascar. (Expand on this)

  1. Starting from
    1. Phuket, Thailand/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BPhuket.5D.5D.2C_.5B.5BThailand.5D.5DIsland icon Phuket, Thailand [[South East Asia to South Africa#Phuket, Thailand|Phuket, Thailand]] 08°01.922'N, 098°20.317'E or
    2. Langkawi, Malaysia/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BLangkawi.5D.5D.2C_.5B.5BMalaysia.5D.5DMarina icon Langkawi, Malaysia [[South East Asia to South Africa#Langkawi, Malaysia|Langkawi, Malaysia]] 06°18.37′N, 99°51.11′E
  2. xx nM to Uligamu, Maldives/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BUligamu.5D.5D.2C_.5B.5BMaldives.5D.5DAnchorage icon Uligamu, Maldives [[South East Asia to South Africa#Uligamu, Maldives|Uligamu, Maldives]] (Uligan) 07°05.034'N, 072°55.406'E or
    1. xx nm to Male/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BMale.5D.5DHarbour icon Male [[South East Asia to South Africa#Male|Male]] 04°10.517'N, 073°30.533'E
  3. xx nM to Chagos Archipelago/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BChagos_Archipelago.5D.5DAnchorage icon Chagos Archipelago [[South East Asia to South Africa#Chagos Archipelago|Chagos Archipelago]] 06°00.000'S, 071°30.000'E
  4. xx nm to Seychelles/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BSeychelles.5D.5DIsland icon Seychelles [[South East Asia to South Africa#Seychelles|Seychelles]] 04°37.51′S, 55°27.25′E
  5. xx nM to Mayotte/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BMayotte.5D.5DIsland icon Mayotte [[South East Asia to South Africa#Mayotte|Mayotte]] 12°49.367'S, 045°09.593'E or possibly
    1. East Africa
  6. xx nm to Madagascar/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BMadagascar.5D.5DIsland icon Madagascar [[South East Asia to South Africa#Madagascar|Madagascar]] 18°55′S, 47°31′E or possibly
    1. directly down the Mozambique Channel
  7. you can stop either at:
    1. Richards Bay/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BRichards_Bay.5D.5DHarbour icon Richards Bay [[South East Asia to South Africa#Richards Bay|Richards Bay]] 28°48.600'S, 032°05.670'E or
    2. to Durban/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BDurban.5D.5DHarbour icon Durban [[South East Asia to South Africa#Durban|Durban]] 29°52.65′S, 31°02.77′E
  8. Finally after xx nM you arrive at Cape Town/wiki/South_East_Asia_to_South_Africa#.5B.5BCape_Town.5D.5DHarbour icon Cape Town [[South East Asia to South Africa#Cape Town|Cape Town]] (Cape of Good Hope) 33°52.635'S, 018°27.257'E


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