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Tumaco bay (Colombia Pacific Coast)

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Tumaco bay (Colombia Pacific Coast)

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This interesting, friendly town is on the border with Ecuador. It sits on an island connected to the mainland by a causeway. Many of the houses in the area are built on stilts over the water.

Tumaco is a military controlled port. You must call Guardacosta on VHF channel 16 when you reach the sea buoy (01° 51.80’N, 078°46.15’W). Do not proceed past this point until you have spoken with them and given them all your information and they have cleared you to enter. They will require a great number of details so have all boat paperwork and crew details to hand. It is possible to request an English translator, if necessary.

The Port Captain's office is at the Naval base and is very helpful.
Tel: 2 727 1418

Servipac is a recommended agent for clearing in. Ask the Port Captain to contact him.

The anchorage is in an estuary off the SE side of Isla del Morro, which is connected to the town by a bridge. Security is good as there is a military base on the other side of the channel. It provides complete shelter from all winds.

You will be advised where to anchor.

There is a commercial dock, which is not suitable for yachts.

It may be possible to use the military pier for landing with the dinghy but ensure you have permission first. Call the guards on VHF channel 71.

Alternatively, the owner of the wharf is very friendly and will allow access across his property.

Use an anchor light at night and it is best to return to the boat by early evening. Also to ensure the boat is locked when away from it.


7/01/2016
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Joëlle
Tumaco bay (Colombia Pacific Coast)
7/01/2016
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