Sandy Bay, Enderby Island, Auckland Islands, New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands

Sandy Bay is a good anchorage in winds from west through north to east. Holding is excellent in sand. This is the only site in the Auckland Islands where there is any current sign of human habitation; there are a couple of Department of Conservation huts ashore for the staff and volunteers who come for research and monitoring during the summer months. The approach to the Bay around the eastern end of Enderby Island should be treated with caution; there are heavy overfalls in this area, particularly with a north-going tidal stream and a strong northwesterly wind. A few smaller cruise ships bring passengers to land here and walk the board walk which crosses the island; these ships usually only stay for a day. Landing is on the beach in the NW corner of the bay behind a rocky reef. Caution is needed as there can be significant surf. Please see the general report for the Auckland Islands regarding permits and other requirements to visit the Islands.

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