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Vuda Point Marina Updates (Lautoka)

By Sue Richards last modified Dec 15, 2016 06:27 PM

Published: 2016-12-15 00:00:00
Countries: Fiji

Feedback from SY Mustang Sally 1
7 December, 2016

We arrived at Fiji on the 4th July 2016 and our first stop, as is the case with most yachts arriving from the West, was at Vuda Marina.

We found the facilities at the marina were excellent and they have thought of everything to make a cruising yachts life a bit simpler, from on-site customs clearance, well stocked chandlery and general store and even cabins that make life a bit more comfortable once the boat has been hauled out.

The Boatshed staff made us feel very welcome and we quickly felt like part of the Vuda family.  From a warm welcome upon our arrival including the 'Bula' song, all the staff knew our names after our first evening.  They made it a fun place to have a drink and a meal and share some time with our fellow cruisers.

The girls in the office were meticulous and a wealth on information which made the arrival process seamless.  During our various stops at Vuda they attended to every detail with a minimum of fuss.

We decided to leave our boat in a pit for the cyclone season and were very impressed by the expertise and care shown in handling our boat from water to being secured in her pit.  The haul out went exceptionally well making what can often be a very stressful time very easy.  Big thanks to all the boys in the boat yard.

They have even offered a service to monitor and look after the boat during our absence which give us peace of mind that she will be well looked after and still in tidy shape when we return in April 2017 to continue our cruising adventures in Fiji

Mark and Di
Mustang Sally 1

An update from SY Reboot
16 September, 2016

We are currently in Vuda Point. Once again we made an entrance - towed in due to bad engine vibration.

Vuda Point is the first comprehensive marine repair facility when traveling west from Tahiti.

Approaches

The entrance channel is well marked with white poles. At night they are illuminated by flashing red and green lights. Night entry is still not recommended.

Approaching the entrance channel is straightforward the second time. The first time is not so easy. The marina is not shown on the (Garmin) charts.

Position 17º41’04”S, 177º23’02”E (Vuda Marina entrance channel.)

The area around the entrance is littered with buoys (most not on the charts) and an offshore pipeline for tankers. As you get closer the picture becomes clearer as you sort out the channel, pipeline, quarantine, anchorage, etc.

The quarantine buoy is large, yellow and round. Do not confuse it with the yellow "can" buoys. It has "MARINA" painted on it. It is to port as you approach the channel.

The Marina

The marina facility is "med mooring." A chase boat is required to help you into your slip. Be prepared to wait outside for your turn. As of this writing the marina monitors channel 11.

The marina megayacht facility is still an artist's concept, although some work has been done on the breakwater.

The interior basin (at the moment the only one until the megayacht facility is complete), suffers from poor water flow so the water is quite dirty. Don't expect to dive to check the bottom of your boat.

The staff is very helpful and efficient. There is a list of contractors and the availability of casual labor to help with washing, etc. The restaurant is nice, but more pricey then in Savusavu.

Roger Jones
SY Reboot

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