Alderney Harbour is a great place to visit. Whether on a day trip from Guernsey or en route from England to Guernsey, Jersey or France, Alderney will provide a great welcome.

70 yellow buoys for visitors await your arrival. There are no pontoons, no walk ashore or places to drop off passengers, but a very helpful water taxi will collect you and take you back to your boat. There is no easy-to-access fuelling available.

Many visitors sleep on their boats, securely tied to the visitor’s buoys, although strong winds, especially from the North East can make an uncomfortable night.


Pre-season update for Harbour Users
Now that spring is upon us there are several projects taking place during what promises to be a very busy second quarter in Braye Harbour. Harbour users are asked to note that these projects may temporarily affect various aspects of normal port operations.
Pontoon – Work is due to begin on the installation of the extended pontoon facility after Easter weekend. This project will include replacing and reinforcing the shore-based structures which anchor the existing pontoon and will result in a delay in the introduction of the pontoon in its entirety. The expected completion date is now the end of April.
Water taxi – Despite the lack of a pontoon facility the States Water Taxi service will begin operating on Good Friday at 0800. Please call the taxi line for details of best pick up and landing locations whilst we await the installation of the pontoon.
The Harbour Showers are to be opened at the same time in order to accommodate visiting yachtsmen over the bank holiday weekends.
Taxi Hours (Times in BST)
Weekends and Bank Holidays: 0800-0000
Weekdays April, May & September: 0800-2200
Weekdays June – August: 0800-0000
Mobile telephone: 07781 121 046
VHF Ch 73
Mooring maintenance work – The annual servicing of all outer Harbour Moorings is due to commence on the 12th of April. The diving and servicing works will take approximately 14 days to complete, during this time Crane activity will be restricted to cargo discharge activity and essential lifts only to ensure that the project does not suffer unnecessary delays. Mooring holders wishing to recover old mooring warps and tackle from their allocated buoys may contact the Harbour Office to arrange a suitable time for collection.

Please call the Harbourmasters office on tel 820070 first to let them know you are coming.

The water taxi is operated by the harbourmaster’s office and is available on request. Moorings are £20 a night and the water taxi is £1.50 a person.

Access to vessels moored in Braye Harbour
Boat owners requiring access to their vessels must pre-book the water taxi by contacting the driver or the Harbour Office via one of the below methods:

Text or call the Water Taxi Driver on 07781 121 046 VHF channel 73

This is a good, strategic place to stop off.


Amazing panorama of Braye Harbour – picture by Chickenofbristol


Aerial photo of Braye Harbour – picture (c)States of Guernsey courtesy of Digimap


Some of the yellow mooring buoys – pictures by Colin Le Conte


Looking towards the land

Pilot Guide

There are some 70 yellow buoys for visitors which provide a good, secure mooring. If the wind is from the north-west to East – beware of the waves over the breakwater and possible roll in the harbour! www.channelpilot.info/alderney.php

Take a look at the following websites and respective pages www.visitalderney.com/visit/sailing/ and www.alderneysailingclub.com/

Digimap video entering Alderney Harbour – youtu.be/kV8FlxAHg1U

Alderney Tides

Alderney tides are around 20 to 40mins after HW Guernsey and Jersey

Please note it includes:

Swinge (between Alderney and Burhou)

Dangerous overfalls develop on flood and ebb tides, in particular when the wind is against tide conditions.

Keep to the south side – the calmest area is close to Corbet Rock.

Always navigate the Swinge at the slack water which is +2½ hrs HW or LW Alderney.

The tide is at full flow at HW and LW. Beware of wind against tide.

Race (between Alderney and France)

Going south through the Race, best to be at the top at 4½ or 5 hours AFTER HW Guernsey. This is relatively slack but starting to go south. Essential if there is an SW wind which causes the overfalls.  If leaving Cherbourg, the tide turns westward early providing you keep inshore.

Going north –  there is relatively slack water about 2½ hours before HW with the tide starting to go northeast soon after.  If going to Cherbourg, stand off the Cap for the best tide.  Nearly always roughish off the Cap no matter what the wind is doing!

For a power boat, I would leave SPP just before half- tide up to reach the Race soon after the stream is going NE. Trouble is, most boats can only get out of the QEII at half –tide up and that usually has to do!

If you are leaving Cherbourg, you can leave early – at say 3 hours AFTER HW Guernsey – since the tide turns to the west early if you keep inshore and this gets you to the Race at slack water.  Omonville is a good spot to wait for slack water if you are too early.

Many thanks to John Frankland for the above information. Do look out for his amazing books on Guernsey, Herm and Sark.

Radio Channels

VHF Channel 16 and 74

The Water Taxi is on VHF channel 73

Moorings on the yellow buoys are £20 a boat per day.

You can drop people ashore in the inner harbour (HW +/- 2hrs), at the dinghy pontoon (if you have a small boat and there is room) beware of rocks and ropes, or on the commercial quay if you have the agreement of the harbourmaster’s office.

Mainbrayce have a great webcam which sweeps the whole of the harbour and can be found on ipcamlive.com/53f3477a8ff5f

Harbour Office

Tel 822620 or 820070, Fax 823699

E-mail – harbour@alderney.gov.gg
Very good at responding and speak very good English!

Tide tables

Tourism web site



Spring / Summer Puffin Cam – microsites2.segfl.org.uk/view_project.ph…

Mainbrayce webcam – ipcamlive.com/53f3477a8ff5f


Travel Guide

www.islandlife.org/alderneyhome.htm www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Alderne…

Government website


The Divers Inn

Places to eat (and drink in Alderney!)

Places to stay


Braye Beach Hotel

Restaurant – www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g186228-…