Location - ****
Ease of entry - ****
Staff - ****
Facilities (showers and toilets) - n/a
Water and electric - no
WiFi - no
Price - ***
Fuel - no
Alderney is a fairly quiet marina and at first we were quite disappointed as it seemed there was very little there. We were pleasantly surprised though as there are loads and loads of old war shelters and fortifications that you can freely go in and explore and they are really cool. We walked around a few and loved it. There is also a nice beach and a few bars, restaurants and shops. We wouldn’t describe it as a buzzing place but it was nice enough and the scenery is stunning.
Getting into the marina was easy, there’s a clear channel and nothing too major to watch out for. The mooring balls are obvious but when there are a lot of other boats in there, it’s a little tight to get around them if the only mooring ball free is right in the middle. We entered at night which was a bit of a nightmare trying to spot the balls but there is a water taxi service and one of the lovely girls who works there came out on a rib and showed us where a free ball was - we’ve now bought a torch!
The water taxi service is really good actually, there’re really friendly and it’s much easier than rowing in yourself, especially when it’s rough, which it was for us.
We didn’t use the shower facilities but there were some as well as a laundrette. There is no water or electric though obviously as they’re mooring balls and there is only WiFi when you are stood on land.
Price wise it was £15 per night on a mooring buoy so not £10 like the almanac said but still it didn’t break the bank.