Anuta has no airstrip or harbor, and its anchorage is unprotected from the weather. But when weather is favorable, Anuta can be reached by sea. Several ocean-going sailing vessels are stationed permanently on Anuta, including a yacht built for the community by boat designer James Wharram. These are used by the community for inter-island voyages when necessary. For those who do not have access to their own seagoing vessels, however, it can be difficult to reach Anuta. And even for individuals with access to their own boats, the island’s lack of a harbor and the general conditions of the surrounding high seas make reaching and landing on the island a challenge.
Passenger ships travel to the island irregularly, typically a few months apart. Most ships depart from Honiara, the Solomon Islands’ capital, then pass through the other islands of Temotu Province, arriving last at Anuta. Schedules change frequently, and it is typically necessary to be in direct contact with the relevant shipping offices in Honiara or in Lata, the Temotu Provincial capital. If you ask around Honiara about ships going to to the outer islands of Temotu Province, sooner or later you’re likely to run into someone who will point you in the right direction.
We ask anyone interested in traveling to Anuta to contact the community first. If you’re interested in staying for any extended period of time, and especially if you’d like to carry out any project on the island, please discuss your plans with us beforehand. The community is small, its resources are limited, and it is important for us to be able to make arrangements for any visitors from overseas. We would also like to ensure that potential visitors are aware of the difficulty of travel and of the conditions of life on Anuta before they decide to come. That said, we welcome those who would like to contribute to the development of the Anutan community.