Originally Posted by brookiesailor
Thanks atoll. I will look more into the tides. The charter company says nothing about them just prevailing winds.
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the chances are you will do the majority of your sailing inside the outer fringing reef so narrow pass enterances will not be an issue.
inside the reef tidal currents are much weaker,but still care and good visibility is needed when rounding headlands and off lying areas of reef.
use of the tide tables and tidal diamonds will also assist if you are day sailing
as the current flows both ways inside the reef ,north and west with a falling tide and south and east with a rising tide inside the fringing reef areas.
you also get smoother sea conditions when wind
and tide run together!
if you do visit any of the offlying atolls(which is unlikely on a short charter) you can expect up to 4knots either side of slack in pass enterances.
one thing you will have to watch out for in march- april is radical wind
changes,accompanied by rain squalls when at anchor
,as this is the end of the NW monsoon period.
hope this helps