Safety Tips in Tokelau

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    The MV Tokelau
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    Luana Liki Hotel, Nukunonu
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    Don't swim on the ocean side

    by ollyf Written Jul 12, 2007

    Swimming in the lagoons of Tokelau's three atolls is safe and stunning, but don't be tempted to dip into the ocean sides. The sea is very powerful and you would risk at least being pounded onto rocks or at worst, swept out into the open ocean.

    It goes without saying there are no lifeguards in Tokelau.

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    Coral rocks

    by ollyf Written Jul 12, 2007

    All of Fakaofo, most of Atafu and some of Nukunonu is made of coral rock, the most abrasive rock in the world. It is fossiled coral and is extremely jagged, sharp and uneven. Make sure you wear strong shoes when walking on it along the coasts, because it can cut through skin like butter and can even tear apart soft shoes and flip flops if you step in the wrong place.

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    Book ahead

    by ollyf Written Jul 12, 2007

    Staying onshore requires the permission of the relevant island's chief, even if you're planning to stay at the hotel. Arrange this permission through the Tokelau Apia Liaison Office in Samoa, or at the very latest, via radio from the boat en route. Without this permission, you will have to stay on board the ship for the whole nine days.

    It is also worth making a reservation if you wish to stay at the Luana Liki Hotel in Nukunonu because, while Tokelau receives very few visitors, the hotel only has five rooms and you might be unlucky and travel at the same time as a Samoan or New Zealand delegation, or party of temporary workers.

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    Take sleeping materials

    by ollyf Written Jul 12, 2007

    Space is at a premium on board the outward-bound leg of the MV Tokelau's round-trip, and no sleeping materials are provided. I did not realise this and had to sleep on the metal floor of the deck, while others around me enjoyed mats, blankets and pillows.

    Another note - I advise you to stay on the upper deck, as the lower deck is weighed down with cargo on the outward leg, which means a) it can get a bit smelly in the hot weather, and b) the boat lies lower in the water, so bigger waves can wash the deck - meaning you get soaked as you sleep!

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    Get permission to stay on uninhabited islands

    by ollyf Written Jul 12, 2007

    ALL land in Tokelau is owned by somebody - even the tiniest specks on the furthest side of the lagoon. You are not allowed to set foot on any of these without prior permission.

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    Be sure to go to church

    by ollyf Written Jul 12, 2007

    If you're staying onshore on a Sunday, make sure you attend church. Tokelau is deeply religious, and your absence will be noticed and frowned upon.

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