Efate Island / Takara Beach (Beachcombers) Search Add Picture Edit

Continent
Oceania
Country
Vanuatu
Next Big City
Port Vila, Efate Island
Next Town
Takara
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Shower, Toilet, Food, Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop, Small wave
Hazards:
Reefs, Corals, Rocks
Quality:
Crystal clear
Best Tide:
High tide

The water is warm and mellow. Normally a mix between flat water, chop and waves. The waves break on the reef outside and often reforms on the inside. Fun for riding and they also forms nice ramps for launching. Tides vary a lot here. The reef is only passable on the higher tides. On two hours on each side of low tide it's too shallow. There is a opening in the reef a bit higher up the beach, but it's really narrow so you should have access to a boat to get safely through it. About two hundred meters of the beach is a small sandy island. Provides flat water at all tides. Waves are closing out a lot on the outer reefs, but some are also really nice for riding. Normal size 2-3 feet, but might be higher in summer and when the low-pressures is passing. Wear your reef-boots as the coral can be sharp. Careful when jumping on the inside, as there are shallow rocks.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Small
Hazards:
Shells
Beach Users:
None

Nice white sand, but with a fair bit of corals and pebbles. The beach is pretty narrow, but with an ok grass-area just inside of it is helping a lot. The grass is good for helping launch and land kites, as well as for rigging. You still need to be careful when going in or out.

Weather

Spring:
Shorts
Summer:
Shorts
Fall:
Shorts
Winter:
Shorts, Shorty

Winter is from May through October, summer November through April. Summer is very warm and humid. Air-temperature in winter approx. 25°C, in summer 30+°C. The water is warm and mellow. Temperature year-round approx. 24-25°C. Normally no wetsuit needed, but some days it's nice with a shorty.

Wind

Best Months:
June, July, August
Wind Type:
Trade
Best Direction:
E, ESE, SE
Main Direction:
SE

Winter is the best season for kiting here as the trades are pretty steady. In summer you can get hurricanes and heaps of changing weather. As the wind here is generated by the trades, it's pretty stable and predictable. Dominating direction is Southeast. Starts building in the morning, and normally starts decreasing late afternoon. Normal strength 12-15 knots, but also days with more. Good directions for kiting are Southeast to East.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

Fly in to Port Vila. From here you can get a taxi to Takamara Springs. Cost approx 4000 Vatu. Port Villa 50 km or 1.5 hours. Options is to rent a car, or if you stay at Beachcomber's the owner will arrange for you to be picked up for approx the same amount.

Extra information

Rules
None

No rules, except don't go wandering around the village without asking first.

Nightlife

Not much around the beach. Might be a kava-bar in the village, otherwise you can dine and drink at the restaurant at Beachcombers.