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Fiji, Vanua Levu, Savusavu: Local information and security update - March 2015

By SV Mylady — last modified Apr 27, 2015 01:01 PM

Published: 2015-03-26 00:00:00
Topics: Piracy & Security Incident Reports 2015
Countries: Fiji

This is our 5th year cruising in Fiji. This cyclone season of 2014/15 we have been on a mooring of Savusavu marina.

Local Information Updates

- The shower and toilet facilities ashore at Waitui Marina are below sub-standard.

- Waitui Marina has had major problems with their VHF radio for the season of 2013 and 2014/15 that we've been here. Therefore most clearing assistance goes through the COPRA SHED Marina.

- The toilet and shower facilities at Copra Shed need lots of maintenance.

- Helix and similar as well as traditional moorings are used throughout Nakama Creek (not just at Waitui).

- Rats are a problem as are invasive birds.

- The creek from top to bottom is regularly stinking and soiled with waste - a disgrace. If not oil and diesel, then household and farming waste. Not to mention the black snow that creeps into everything.

- Your readers are missing an opportunity if Curly is not mentioned as a mooring provider http://curlycarswell.blogspot.com/p/moorings.html

Security Issues

Statistic's just for Marine/Cruiser Crimes - Jul/Aug/Sept/Oct 2014

5 x Yacht Break-ins - Damage to most yachts - items stolen -one yacht a large Cat was left in a terrible mess as it was turned over, opening every locker etc.

2 x Yacht attempted Break-ins- Criminals fled due to new alarm systems being installed - nothing stolen.

1 x Dinghy stolen from behind a cruising yacht - recovered by a fellow cruiser who saw and heard drunks with the dinghy, they fled when illuminated.

2 x Local Dinghys stolen - Recovered by friends and relatives.

2 x Local small runabouts stolen and recovered by public/friends.

2 x Cruiser Ladies had their Handbags stolen when enjoying a night out in town - one hand bag recovered via the local Taxis locating the Criminal and leading the police to him resulting in an arrest and nothing lost from the Handbag.

Since the above crimes, 2 more yachts (my neighbours) have been broken into.

Monthly meetings are held to combat the growing criminal activity in and around Savusavu. Up to now (March 2015), eight months down the road, not one of the 9 marine cases has been solved by the police. Nor do the marinas act in defense of their visiting yachts. Curly (curlycarswell.blogspot.com) however, is doing his best to curb the new trend.

To top it all, I was disgustingly, verbally abused (http://peterparsley.blogspot.com/p/bad.html) by local young fishermen.

There is no way I can say Savusavu is a safe place. Savusavu is merely an interesting old fashioned island town. It is a FALSE paradise, where one should visit with the necessary precautions. Crime is everywhere in the world. But here, those who need to care and do something about it, don't.

Eelco and Mi-sá-lê
SV Mylady

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