clearing in and out of Barbuda
Barbuda is regularly visited by experienced sailors who like to keep the secret to themselves. The island has almost 200 wrecks around the coast which are enough to put off casual sailors, and is so flat that it is very difficult to see until you are dangerously close to the reefs. However, in his “Cruising Guide to the Leeward Island” and the article Cruising to Codrington Chris Doyle gives comprehensive details on how to do this safely. A regular visitor to Barbuda, Chris is very familiar with the coastline and was here this year to update his guide. Most of those who make the effort are delighted when finally anchored off a stunning beach without a soul in sight. Ask a local person for advice if you need to know where to moor your boat and please do not anchor to our reefs, fish in the restricted areas or use jet skis, spear guns and other destructive equipment.
To contact and clear Barbuda Immigration call (268) 721 2908 or, if you are in Barbuda already their local number is 562-5551. They ask that you contact them only during opening hours which are Mon - Thurs 8am - 4.30pm; Fri - 8am to 3pm, and at weekends 10am - 2pm.
Checking the weather - here is our link to Windguru