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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Wallis and Futuna.

-13.7718613°17′S, -177.16873176°11′W Chart icon.png
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Wallis & Futuna
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Capital Mata-Utu World icon.png 176_11_W 13°17′S, 176°11′W
Language French, Wallisian (indigenous Polynesian language)
Currency Change Franc Pacifique (XPF)
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Wallis and Futuna is located about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand, at 13°18′S 176°12′W / -13.3, -176.2 (225 mi west of Samoa and 300 mi north-east of Fiji).

The territory includes the island of Wallis (the most populated), the island of Futuna, the uninhabited island of Alofi (the population of Alofi was reportedly eaten by the cannibal people of Futuna in one single raid in the 19th century), and 20 uninhabited islets, totaling 274 square kilometres (106 sq mi) with 129 kilometres (80 mi) of coastline. The highest point in the territory is Mont Singavi (on the island of Futuna) at 765 metres (2,510 ft).

Only five percent of the islands' land area is arable land; permanent crops cover another 20%. Deforestation (only small portions of the original forests remain), largely as a result of the continued use of wood as the main fuel source, is a serious problem; as a consequence of cutting down the forests, the mountainous terrain of Futuna is particularly prone to erosion. There are no permanent settlements on Alofi because of the lack of natural fresh water resources.

Wallis and Futuna comprises two archipelagoes:

Hoorn Islands group (also known as the Futuna Islands, and as Îles Horne)

Alofi Island is the smaller of the two. According to legend it was as densely inhabited as Futuna up until the 19th century, when the Futuna people slaughtered and ate the population in a single raid.

Wallis Islands group (also known as ʻUvea, as is Wallis Island)

Wallis Island is surrounded by 15 smaller islands, all of which are uninhabited.


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The islands have a hot, rainy season from November to April and a cool, dry season from May to October. The rains accumulate 2,500 to 3,000 millimeters (98–118 in) each year. The average humidity is 80% and the temperature 26.6 °C (79.9°F).

The SE trade winds predominate during the winter months (April to November). In summer the winds are variable and the weather is often sultry but westerly gales do occur though the islands are rarely affected by tropical storms.


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.



Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Any navigation notes here. If this section does not apply remove it.



On arrival, yachts must check in with Customs and with the local gendarmerie (for immigration processing) - no fees are charged. Visit both offices again on departure.


Visit both Customs and with the local gendarmerie offices again on departure.

Customs and Immigration


  • Firearms and ammunition MUST be declared on arrival and these will be sealed on board.
  • PETS: All animals must have a valid Rabies vaccination certificate.
  • Yachts may stay for 6 months in any 12 month period without attracting duty.


Nationals of the EU, Canada, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland and the USA do not require visas. All other nationalities need visas that must be obtained in advance from a French diplomatic mission. If you are simply passing through and stop for a very short visit a visa is not usually required.

Fees and Charges


Health and Security


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See each island below.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

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List anchorages except the ones covered under Offshore Islands below. If there is more than two paragraphs for a given anchorage, create a dedicated page for it (Port/Stop Template).

Yacht Services and Repairs

List services. If no services are available on the island write "None" and remove all the subsections (Marine Stores, & Repairs/Yards, & Fuel, Water, & Electricity.

If services are included in specific port pages, the following line is appropriate, otherwise remove it.

Also see each Port.

Marine Stores

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Fuel, Water, & Electricity

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Things to do Ashore


List places of interest, tours, etc.

Grocery & Supply Stores





Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal



List transportation to other countries, or islands.


Submit details/contacts of cruiser's "friends" that can be contacted in advance or on arrival - who can offer information and assistance to our cruising "family".


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Books, Guides, etc. Use the Reference template or not at your discretion. For example:

Rod Heikel, Greek Waters Pilot Imray, , ISBN Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, expands to
Rod Heikell, Greek Waters Pilot Imray, Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, ISBN 9780852889718
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You may want to remove the above entries and use instead a link to an Island Group that lists the relevant references. If so enter, after removing xx, the following:

See [[Island Group#References_&_Publications|Coutry or Region]].

If you do not use the above link, please remove it.


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