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 Fiji - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +12 (the date line has been adjusted to fall east of the whole group).

Yachting Essentials

Electricity: Voltage: 240 V, Frequency: 50 Hz

Water: Available in Levuka (for a fee), Savusavu, Lautoka (Vuda Point Marina), Port Denarau, Musket Cove, and Suva.

Fuel: Fuel is available in Levuka and Kadavu (by can). Fuel berths at Savusavu, Lautoka (Vuda Point Marina), Port Denarau, Musket Cove, and Suva (high tide only).

LPG / Gas: LPG bottles can be filled at Port Denarau Marina and Musket Cove Marina. Fiji Gas fills bottles in Suva and Savusavu. Many supermarkets and service stations around the country swap LPG bottles.

Recycling: Recycling facilities available at Port Denarau Marina.

Getting Work Done: Lautoka (Vuda Point Marina) has a travel lift and boatyard with repair services as does Port Denarau. Repairs possible at Savusavu, also some marine supplies. Chandlery at Suva.

Provisioning: Excellent supermarkets in the main ports stock a large variety of local products. Some goods are imported from NZ/Australia. Generally prices are reasonable and much more affordable than the expensive prices of French Polynesia and the Cook Islands.

Navigation Hazards: Charts of Fiji are notoriously inaccurate. Avoid navigating close to shore or reefs at night if possible.


Fijian dollar (FID, FI$). A maximum of FI$100 can be exported in local currency, and FI$500 in foreign currency.

It is better to regard all transactions in Fiji as being cash transactions and plan accordingly. Very few places take cards, and those that do will normally charge a 5% fee.

The only bank in Suva that will let you use a card to withdraw cash inside the bank is WESTPAC.

Note: On leaving Fiji, the bank regulations will cause difficulties when trying to change your Fiji dollars to another currency, particularly Vatus (Vanuatu) or Australian Dollars. See this report.


See Pacific List of Radio Nets

International Dialing code for Fiji is +679.

Mobile phone network generally works well in most areas around the country, even in some of the more remote islands.

Global roaming needs to be activated on mobile phones, but making and receiving calls can be expensive. Many visitors buy a Fiji SIM card on arrival. Fijian SIM cards are available at Nadi International Airport and at convenience stores and supermarkets. Registration of a SIM card purchased locally is mandatory. These are relatively cheap to buy and make calls, both local and international. Pre paid data plans are also available and inexpensive. Both Vodafone and Digital also sell portable modems that can provide internet for multiple devices.

In Fiji, it's 3G or 4G depending on how close you are to major centers. Latest reports (and local advice) is that Digicel now has the best coverage, speeds and lowest prices for internet connections.

See this cruiser's report.

Last updated April 2019.


Taxis are of variable quality. Only use licensed taxis; they have a yellow registration plate. As do licensed mini buses. Non-licensed vehicles are unlikely to be insured.

Diplomatic Missions


July: Bula Festival in Nadi

August: Hibiscus Festival in Suva

September: Sugar Festival in Lautoka

Early September: Fiji Regatta Week, Musket Cove. Contact for more information.


Police emergency number - dial 917

Fire and ambulance emergency - dial 911

For diving emergencies - dial 903 4093

RCC Nadi (Search and Rescue Fiji)
Nadi International Airport
Tel:+679 672 5777 Fax:+679 672 4600


Imray & Adlard Coles Pilot Books can be purchased with an exclusive Noonsite discount of up to 15% by visiting our Imray store if shopping from the UK or Europe.
For North America and the rest of the world visit Bluewater Books & Charts. When ordering through Bluewater be sure to enter the coupon code NOON during checkout to save 10%.

South Pacific Cruising Guide - Sail Fiji
Created by cruisers for cruisers, this new series of digital South Pacific cruising guide apps bring together years of local sailing knowledge, with the latest mobile technology. Easy-to-use and constantly updated. By ex-ICA directors John and Lyn Martin. There are three apps, Planning, Eastern Fiji, Western + Central Fiji with advice on planning your visit, charts, anchorages, activities and cultural information. All continually updated and improved. Available for iPad and Android 10” tablets (running Android 6.1 or higher).

Landfalls of Paradise: Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands (Latitude 20 Books)
By Earl Hinz
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press; 5th Revised edition (1 May 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-0824830373
The fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New appendices include procedures for entry to Australia, which are more exacting than most Pacific landfalls, and an extensive list of information sources: cruising guidebooks, important general tourist guides, chart suppliers, and key web sites for the countries covered by "Landfalls of Paradise".

Fiji Marine Guide
Free guide for yachts produced by Yacht Help for many years,

South Pacific Anchorages
By Warwick Clay
Publisher: Imray (2001)
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
This second edition contains numerous revisions to both text and plans. Warwick Clay's cruising guide covers the South Pacific from the Mariana Islands in the northwest across to the Galapagos in the east then down passed Easter Island to New Zealand in the Southwest. The guide covers this vast area in detail and virtually every anchorage is described with supporting plans produced from the author's own information.

The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Kitty Van Hagen
3rd Edition October 2016
See The Pacific Crossing Guide 3rd Edition
This book is a complete reference for anyone contemplating sailing the Pacific in their own boat. From ideal timing, suitable boats, routes, methods of communication, health and provisioning to seasonal weather, departure and arrival ports, facilities, likely costs and dangers.
See latest updates here.

Moon Fiji
By David Stanley
Publisher: Avalon Travel (9th edition 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1598807370
Available from Amazon
Since 1985, Moon Fiji has been the leading travel guidebook to Fiji. Author David Stanley has been writing about the South Pacific since 1979, and over the years tens of thousands of Pacific travelers have used his guides to Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa, Micronesia, and the South Pacific.

British Admiralty Pacific Islands Pilot Vol ll(The Central Groups)
Published by UK Admiralty and available from Imray Publications (11th edn 2006)
ISBN : 9780707718330 (ref. NP061)
This covers the islands of the South-West Part of the Pacific Ocean including: Nouvelle-Calédonie and îles Loyauté Vanuata, Banks and Torres Islands, Santa Cruz Islands, Fiji Islands, Samoa Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati (Gilbert and Phoenix Groups), Marshall Islands.

Cruising Fiji
Cruisers in Fiji have setup a website (May 2015) to help yachts sailing around the Fiji islands share anchorages, waypoints, information etc.

The Fiji Compendium
A Compilation of Guidebook References and Cruising Reports put together by SV Soggy Paws with updates from cruisers who have used it. Lots of good information if planning on cruising Fiji and many other notes for other Pacific cruising areas on the site too.

Cruising Ashika - South Pacific
SV Ashika stayed in Fiji for cyclone season 2018/19.

Fiji Shores and Marinas
A mariners guide to Fiji with the latest info for cruisers.
A guide by The Levuka Tourism Association.

Tourism Fiji 
The official website of Tourism Fiji.

Update History

April 2019: Communications and all formalities checked and updated.
March 2019:Security info updated.
May 2018: Clearance and Fees updated with new form, emails and fees.
March 2018: Immigration, Customs, Links, Health, Publications etc. all checked/updated.
January 2018: Security section updated following robbery in Savusavu.
July 2017: Fees updated. Clearance checked.
January 2017: Security section updated following attack on single handed cruiser in Suva.
August 2016: Clearance procedure in Suva reported by Tim Christensen and checked against noonsite info. still correct.
February 2016: Formalities checked/updated.
June 2015:Publications checked.
April 2015: Revision of all Formalities, with assistance from Brent Grimbeek of SY Impi.
June 2014: Security section updated following robbery in Suva.
May 2014: Added recommendation to avoid costly clearance out of hours following comment posted, plus updated fees.
July 2013: Further changes to Clearance procedures from Suzie Ohagan.
June 2013: Clearance procedures updated.
January 2013: Customs and Immigration checked. Web addresses checked.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

Charlie Liitle
Charlie Liitle says:
Mar 20, 2019 01:45 AM

Like many yachties before me, I would like to leave a critical note regarding the services of Baobab Marine. After asking a quotation for a job, we decided to work with another local contractor. Baobab does not like 'open markets' and refused to do any of our other jobs. This is pure monopoly-policy. The owner (who has been expelled from the marina) has shown his true face.

Kevin  Rush
Kevin Rush says:
Jan 18, 2019 02:16 PM

Vuda Marina, I am happy to give a very positive recommendation to Ritesh Kumar, an independent mechanic. For us he did an excellent job servicing and repairing diesel engines and finding an issue with an outboard that the local authorized dealer had not been able to diagnose. He stays with the job until it is complete, working late and on weekends if necessary. His rates are very competitive and he is straightforward to deal with. His contact details are +679844 0860 and

Alan says:
Jun 08, 2018 08:57 AM

I am somewhat dismayed to read this thread about Bruce and Westside experience with Bruce in 2011 when he managed to repair our Furlex furler was nothing other than good. He went out of his way to help us with parts and we worked together well to dismantle and reassemble the furler. The ONLY problem I had with him (and it wasn't really an issue) was that it's a bit difficult to wind him up the mast !...He's a good guy, I find this story hard to believe.

anushil says:
Oct 02, 2017 01:06 AM

Mr Bruce is a very humble person and is a well known person in Vuda Marina. He is an experienced guy in this field and I am pretty sure of whatever work has being assigned for him or his company will be taken good care of it. And regarding the mast wind instrument problem, if it would have been genuine case then the owner of the boat would have fight for his right and wouldn't have paid the bill. And just to let the owner of the boat know that nobody would send his lesser experienced employees to do such work. They are well trained and have successfully completed and handed over bigger projects in this field.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Sep 29, 2017 11:27 AM

Posted on behalf of Bruce from Westside Rigging & Wire Ltd.

I was asked to replace two sheaves, when the owner had already replaced 2 of the 4 he had made. As soon as my worker had done this, it was suspicious when the mast unit was brought down and the wires were obviously cut as we left the job with 3 wires and 3/4 of the cover intact. The pins in the unit were all fine. But when the owner gave me the masthead wand and the mounting bracket where they connect together, suddenly they were mangled. When I asked why they were mangled, he didn't know. The unit was 35 years old and they obviously wanted us to buy a completely new unit. Why would you take a perfectly good wind wand and destroy it? We sure didn't do that or anything else. He broke the other 2 wires when he changed the 2 sheaves himself.
Lastly, when we go on a boat, we don't ask for the wind instruments to be turned on. We were there to change the other 2 sheaves after being too busy to get to the boat for 3 weeks. I believe that we were set up.

Dnkpratt says:
Aug 29, 2017 10:48 PM

Be aware of a service being provided by a man named Bruce of Westside Rigging & Wire Ltd, who operates out of Vuda Marina.
Our experience with this person is far from satisfactory.

We wanted two sheaves replaced at the top of our mast.
In carrying out the installation, his worker who went up the mast managed to break the wire going to our wind instruments (data cable). Bruce (the owner of Westside Rigging & Wire Ltd) got us an electrician, but when he tried to remove the wind instruments he somehow managed to break off the wire completely and now the data cable was down the bottom of the mast somewhere.

Upon inspection we noticed that Bruce's worker who went up the mast used multi grips to undo the bottom of the wind instrument, so instead of loosening it he tightened it instead. So now there was damage to the wind instruments themselves as well as the broken wire.

All our instruments were in perfect working order when we came into Vuda Marina, and we very much enjoyed the marina and the staff were wonderful, but this has put a bad taste in our mouth as far as outside services go.

To add to the saga we had a meeting with Bruce from Westside Rigging & Wire Ltd and advised him of our findings, but neither the rigging company nor the electrician took responsibility for the damage. Instead Bruce asked for payment for the work completed, so we said we would not pay him until the damage his workers had done had been fixed. He then went to the police and they came back with him and made a threat of going to court to get his payment that was owed to him. Further still he proceeded to tell us he would get our boat impounded for up to 4-5 days until a court date.

We got his bill of 700 FJD and nothing was repaired or replaced. As well as the bill we got a letter from him denying any wrong doing and accusing us of going up the mast earlier in the installation and vandalizing our own equipment to get old for new at his expense. This is not true! All we wanted him to do was fix the damage that was caused by his employees.
We advised the marina about this problem and they too aren't happy, but it is not their problem as it is an outside service that is passed by verbal recommendations. We paid the bill with gritted teeth and got out of Vuda Marina still with broken wind instruments and a wire down the mast. We will now have to source someone in New Caledonia to fix their damage.

Heilporn says:
May 31, 2017 12:54 AM

Anchored in Wayasewa island west our boat was robbed (1 ipad , 2phones, dive lamp...) while we were having dinner with the chief of the village... Sad !

compdoc says:
May 30, 2017 07:40 PM

Adding my praise for Ritesh Kumar out of Vuda Point and Denerau. He's an independent marine mechanic who also babysat our 44 ft cuutter while stored in a trench for 9 months. Sent us videos of the engine exhaust running monthly while connected to shore water, kept her roach and pest-free and looked after her for very reasonable cost. And he's a lovely guy who took us home with him and to a Hindu Kirtan evening--a highlight of our adventures.

nautinauti says:
Apr 22, 2017 07:49 PM

A solid recommendation goes out to Robinson Caruso Island (Robinson Caruso Resort is on a small Island (Likuri Is.) off the main Fiji Island of Vetu Livu).
We went there to enjoy the Saturday evening Dinner and Show. Two thumbs up!!
The food was very good and more than enough on the buffet. The entertainment was very good and being one of the best shows we have seen outside of Las Vegas or Broadway. These folks really knock themselves out to give you very good value for your time and money.

Robert Straghan
Robert Straghan says:
Feb 19, 2017 06:06 AM

If you are looking for full on yacht service with experienced, qualified workers as you would find in the West, you will be sadly disappointed. Be prepared to either do the work yourself or be knowledgeable enough and have the time to supervise very closely. On the other hand, this is one of the few places with a travel lift for a very long way....
Every Supplier, whether marine or not, knows how to charge yachties, and a surprising amount of things will need to be imported at high rates and long lead times. I found it best to order from the likes of Defender in the USA, and import myself directly for a 'yacht in transit'.

Robert Straghan
Robert Straghan says:
Feb 19, 2017 05:56 AM

Marshall Sails did great work for me and a very short walk from Vuda marina

bmsmith says:
Feb 27, 2017 10:08 PM

I do not want to get into a, you said I said situation but would like to point out a few facts.
Robert Straghan cannot make judgement regarding our electrician'or for that matter any off our services as he was not prepared to pay our rates for our services. He was told what had to be done to solve his electrical problems by our electrician. He then took his advice and imported a new 220volt Victron inverter- charger himself. Regarding the hired transformer which was with the previous owner, this is a service we provide to our clients and are the only company doing so. With regards to our rates, we are the only marine repair company that have fully equipped workshops and professionally trained staff so you cannot compare our rates with other contractors local contractors. As the boat owner has the right to choose his contractor we have the right to choose who we work for.We choose not to work for you. This complaint is totally money driven and unfortunately we get boat owners and operators like this from time to time.

Robert Straghan
Robert Straghan says:
Feb 19, 2017 05:55 AM

I spent a total of 5 months over 2015-16 at Vuda Marina fitting out a newly purchased boat for a long passage to the Philippines. The staff at Vuda Marina were great, the Owner helpful, and the facilities decent.

My problem was with one of the service contractors. There are 3 contractors - Baobab Marine, Yacht Services and the newcomer Yuve Marine. Yacht Services went out of their way to help and even sent me to an electrical contractor in town when they were unable to do the work. Yuve has limited abilities, and some employees require more supervision than others. Do not expect them to be experts in electronics, but they go out of their way to help and work to the best of their abilities. Most common refit tasks are within their abilities.

The problem was Baobab Marine. The Owner is an arrogant South African who is banned from the Marina, which leaves supervision to his foreman who, while a decent chap, had no choice but to follow the Owner's instructions.

The previous boat Owner had been renting a shower power 220-110 transformer and I inherited the rental agreement when purchasing the boat. I then tried to use Baobab, but was not impressed with their electrician capabilities nor workshop rates. The final straw was that after waiting 3 days for a welder and chasing every day as to when he could find the time to attend work, I resorted to hiring Yuve Marine's welder. As soon as Baobab found out that I hired his competitor for a job that he could not do as agreed, he sent his electrician to my boat to take back his hired transformer as my punishment for being so presumptuous as to deal with someone else. He then engaged in a big shouting contest with me over my temerity and refused to deal with me in the future, thereby insuring that all my future work went to Yuve Marine.

I flew in a new 220V Victron inverter/charger that week and switched the boat to 220V myself - Baobab problem solved. The Baobob Owner attitude problem however remains.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 14, 2016 04:53 PM

From Women Who Sail Facebook Page:
An unexpected find in Fiji. Anchoring at Natuvalo Bay on the west side of Naviti Island we saw a resort but were not sure if we would be welcome ashore. Korovou Eco-Tour Resort opened their arms to us. From 1600-1900 they have happy hour (beer FJ $ 5) and offer a hot shower in the chalet and dinner with the guests for FJ $ 25pp.

dogstar says:
Nov 01, 2016 10:43 PM

we arrived in Fiji in November 2014 and first set up in Suva on a mooring near Mosquito Island. It was hard to find workers that could do a job on our vessel as we had to be there to supervise constantly. We also had alot of gear stolen from the boat whilst there, all our galley equipment (they didn't even leave a spoon). We had around AUS$5000 worth of our things stolen (from electrics to tools and engine supplies).

Most of the work done in Suva had to be ripped out and done again when we moved to Vuda marine in Lautoka, which is a beautiful place to stay. The staff at the marina are very helpful and friendly. The Boat Shed restaurant and bar is well priced and serves the best fish and chips anywhere in Fiji.

We continued the refit on our boat here, but had nothing but trouble with the large contractor we used, who were constantly changing things to suit themselves without checking with us first and dragging jobs out to try and delay us in leaving for our next port. Some jobs were of good quality, others in the end we had to re-do as they were very unprofessionally finished.

Lessons learned:
- Never allow anyone to work on your vessel unsupervised;
- Always log the exact hours each worker does and what they did, as bills were constantly incorrect and we had to fight to have them corrected;
- In the end we found the smaller contractors we used were much more helpful and professional and willing to do a good job.

All in all Vuda marina was a great place to take our vessel, but don't get taken in by the larger professional-looking contractors, as the smaller ones can do just as good a job and for cheaper and better quality.
All the best to Adam and staff at the marina, we highly recommend to visit them and use their facility.

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Nov 01, 2016 09:39 AM

Posted on behalf of Karl on 31st October 2016

Several boats have reported that Cmaps, often used with OpenCPN, are unreliable for navigating passes in Fiji. Sometimes being out by 2 or 3 kilometres. Lots of people are now using the OvitalMap app on iPad which can download sat images from google, bing etc while on wifi, and which are then available off-line to use in navigating passes at very high resolution (your can see surfers on a wave) with boat plotted on screen. So far appears to be very accurate and reliable for navigating coral shallows.

dcusick says:
Jan 08, 2017 02:53 AM

we also had and attempt made to steal our dinghy and outbaord in saweni,they even boarded our boat in the nite! they couldn;t figure out how to cut the chain on the dinghy...lucky for us i chained it before turning in. you guys have that yellow trimaran?

fritsnz says:
Oct 10, 2016 12:49 AM

We just had our inflatable dingy and outboard stolen from Saweni Bay, between Lautoka and Vunda point. Rope cut overnight. Just be aware.

kiwibeanz says:
Oct 09, 2016 05:39 AM

Wanted to let other cruisers know about the excellent service we received from Krishna Yacht Services, run by Ritesh Kumar (Mob. 844 0860, email: for engine servicing and repairs. He was extremely knowledgeable and competent, turned up on time and stayed late til the job was done. Excellent service and our engines are running like new. Highly recommended. He works independently at Vuda Point Marina or at Denarau Marina via YachtHelp, who were also extremely helpful.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 21, 2016 09:11 AM

Posted on behalf of Yacht Help Owner operator David Jamieson:
I am sorry to say that this complaint is absolutely outrageous. It is so full of blatant fabrications I can hardly believe anyone could write it.
It feels awful to put in this position when the reality is the yachting industry in Fiji is going from strength to strength with 750 foreign yacht clearances into Fiji last year. There has been a huge growth in yacht visits to Fiji and the increased length of stay. Statistics show that yachts are voting with their keels and completely rubbishes the statements made. The brilliant success of Fiji’s marine industry is built on constantly improving and up grading of facilities (i.e. just look at facilities at Port Denarau they won the Marina Industries Association Marina of the year award 2016/16), training and up-skilling of the workforce and improving legislation (i.e. Vuda Marina becoming a clearance port).

Regarding service companies in Fiji. There are the 3 mentioned and a few others. There is healthy competition between these companies (a good thing) and consequently like any business we have to strive for excellence in order to succeed. I have 25 employees; 14 have worked for at least 3 years, they are led by myself a professional captain of 20 years and my expatriate boat builder who I employed from Australia (up-skilling). All the service companies have been here for years and don’t just suddenly employ people each year, they are fully staffed all year round and hence trained. I am constantly up-skilling.

Regarding this particular job. Yes, we did remove the Propspeed from the shaft and the Prop. The captain claimed afterwards that he only wanted the Propspeed removed from the shaft, which made no sense as the Propspeed on both were dead. It was removed with an angle grinder using a plastic poly web abrasive disk 100 x 16 standard grit. There were some scratches that I believed were there before, but rather than argue we sanded them out with 240 grit just in case. We antifouled the yacht and re-launched it. The owner then claimed we had damaged his prop and he was experiencing vibration when running.

At this stage I told him I will haul him out, send the prop to Henley’s Propellers in NZ at my cost. If Henley’s said the prop is damaged I would pay for everything and if not he would pay for everything. This agreed to, the yacht was hauled and the prop sent. The report from Henleys came back and we were completely absolved from the accusation that we had damaged the prop. We were asked to apply Propspeed at my cost. I could not see the logic in this as he had asked us to remove it in the first place.

I offered Capt Per a F$1000 as a good will gesture to try and placate him and the marina only charged F$200 for haul and launch (although the stated value was much more), also as a good will gesture, so I paid that too.

We also noticed when the yacht was out that the antifoul was damaged on one place on the side of the keel. It looked like a rope or similar had gone down the edge of the keel and there was no sign of any of the antifoul failing. Capt Per said the antifoul damage was also our fault, so rather than argue I said we would fix it as it was not a big deal.

I realised at this stage that perhaps giving a good will payment may not have been then best idea as it was being taken as an admission of guilt and not as gesture of “no hard feelings” as it was intended. I am perplexed as to why Capt Per wants to slander Yacht Help, Vuda Marina, the entire marine Fiji Marine industry, Fiji and Fijians.

perel says:
Sep 05, 2016 01:42 AM

Having stayed in this amazing country with its amazingly friendly and resilient people more than a year now, and having used almost all facilities for repair and maintenance there is, I want to warn other cruisers that in my experience quality of work is really an issue in Fiji and something that needs to be addressed. Everything has to be micro managed by the captain/owner, but even then big mistakes are made in most projects.

Currently there are only three full service contractors allowed to work in Vuda Marina and Denarau - Baobab Marine, Yacht Help and Juve Marine. This makes it hard as a customer to find any good quality labour. Most skilled labour has now moved to NZ or Australia instead of staying in Fiji with low wages. This results in companies picking people more or less from the street with no real education, handing over a company t-shirt and calling them experts.

Vuda Marina, the only yard in Fiji with a decent sized travel lift, makes 7% of all the money their contractors charge you, and their short term incentive to improve the quality of their contractors work is low to say the least. Extra lay days at the yard and marina due to small jobs becoming big and long, caused by mistakes by their contractors, makes more money for the yard than good quality work. Prices in general have also gone up this year.

The last job Yacht Help did for us was (we thought) an easy one) - antifouling painting. But...they used an angle grinder to remove the propspeed on the propeller and p-bracket when the instruction was not to remove the old propspeed at all. The damaged propeller had to be sent to NZ for repairs. On haul out five days after the paint job, to remove the prop, we noticed that the antifouling had already come off on the hull due to bad preparation. The repairs kept us another 6 weeks in the marina, with extra cost for lay days of more than 2 300 FJD plus 5 000 FJD for the work, but Yacht Help didn't even agree on paying for the repairs (prop plus paint) nor the reapplication of the propspeed, rejecting all responsibility for their mistakes..

After me threatening to go to court, Yacht Help paid part of the propeller repair (1000 of 2380 FJD), two haul outs plus the antifouling paint fix up. They did not pay for the hard stand during the repair and they did not pay for the prop speed though. The marina did not wave any marina costs for our six weeks stranded in the marina.

At the moment there are two other boats "stranded" on the hard, left there to extra charges due to contractors’ mistakes.

Problem is that we all are just passing through and can't stay long enough usually to go through the long and weary legal processes. These guys are much aware of this, and in the end we all pay just to get away from there.

There are plenty stories like this I am afraid.

SwissSailor says:
Jul 19, 2016 06:32 AM

We are currently in Fiji for four months this season (2016) )and have found the Digicel is by far the best provider here for phone and internet over Vodafone (contrasted by earlier posts to this forum). We've spoken to a number of local people who guided us to Digicel and we've been really happy with the service and speed (and really low cost!).

For an in-depth review and article about Internet in Fiji, see the article e've posted to our weblog at

S/Y Feelin' Good

datches says:
Jul 04, 2016 09:54 PM

Cruising east of Kadavu - Kavala Bay
We stopped for some days, because auf strong se wind, in Kavala Bay (nordeast Kandavu).
In front of the small village solotoa vui (oposide Kavala) with a real good anchorage (18° 58,5S , 178° 25,6 E) on 22m. The bottom is flat and has a very good holding. Jo says, no stones.
Jo is a local and can supply fruit and vegetables grown on his farm. He and his wife are very friendly and like the sailors. Close to the anchorage he has a second small house in the mangroves on his farm. There he has a modern washing machine and his happy to do sailors washing if they need. Also he likes to make lovo (food cooked under the ground in the earth oven) together with the sailors.
You can find his main-house (yellow) close to the church of solota vui.
Also nice is a visit to the school (prim and sec) with round about 250 children. Best after 12.30, then is dinner and the teachers have time.
Close to the the village is a store, where you can get many things.
This chief here was very nice and they prefer for sevusevu rice or sugar. Cava they have themselves enough and this chief does not drink Cava.
On top of a hill they are building a vodafone tower. So probably best internet in the next weeks.

ty-yann says:
May 16, 2016 05:34 AM

A free mapping application with 250 points of interest and 50 routes to sail around Fiji islands is available at

Mapping use satellite images which are more reliable and precise that any chart in Fiji.

ty-yann says:
Apr 24, 2016 02:26 AM

Cruisers have setup a map and directory of services for yachts which are available in Savusavu, Fiji.

mlinder says:
Oct 23, 2015 09:14 PM

We are new to this forum. I would like to log a warning regarding theft in Savusavu. Please be cautious if you deal with a local "artisan" who may lure you into his very small shop and invite you to his home for dinner. We accepted their offer to dine with them in their home. We laid our backpack on their dining room table and had our backs to the backpack as the shopkeeper's wife told a story. The next morning I looked for my wallet in my backpack and it was gone. We went to his shop and confronted the shopkeeper and his wife and two of their houseguests and told them that we would like our wallet back, keep the cash $200 USD, we just want the credit cards and ID, etc. They denied any knowledge of the whereabouts of the wallet. We gave them 2 hours to come up with the wallet and advised them to "search" for it in their home or vehicle as it may have "dropped" out of the backpack.(The shopkeeper was wearing brand new shoes) We further informed them that if they could not come up with the wallet and the contents of it in 2 hours that we would file a police report. We returned 2 hours later and naturally they did not have the wallet so we filed a police report. Luckily there had been no suspicious activity or fraudulent charges on the account and naturally all credit card companies were notified. We cannot prove anything but I can say that these people were NOT ABLE to passionately deny that they could ever do such a thing. They are con artists and are very good at what they do. They work as a team. Police informed us that this shopkeeper and his wife have been on their radar for some time. From their shop they have a direct vantage point of an ATM machine. Once they see that you have withdrawn cash, the shopkeeper runs across the street and informs you of his "50% off" sale and invites you into his shop. He then may offer you a shot of beer and then invite you to his home to enjoy fish curry. As I told my children after the fact, it they did what we did, we would admonish them for foolish and impulsive behavior. We should have known better, however in the spirit of adventure we trusted these people who told us "Our home is your home." This translates to "your stuff is our stuff." We initially thought that these were kind and open hearted locals who wanted to give us a taste of Fijian hospitality. In retrospect they are low class petty thieves who have no concept of the difference between right and wrong. We do not judge all of Fiji from this unfortunate experience. We love Fiji and all other experiences have been wonderful.
Just please beware of this shopkeeper. We will continue to enjoy your time here.

armellet says:
May 18, 2015 10:05 PM

We have been sailing around the world since 19 years and went to Fiji in 2004, 2005 and 2015. Yachthelp has been our agent those three times and I must said that we have been very happy with their service. They are very helpful, very efficient, very friendly and overall very professionnal. I will have no hesitation recommending then to anybody intending to cruise Fiji Waters.

ty-yann says:
May 07, 2015 07:47 AM

Cruisers in Fiji have setup a web site to help yachts sailing around Fiji islands and including anchorages, waypoints, ... at:

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 13, 2015 02:47 PM

Posted on behalf of Brent Grimbeek of SY Impi:
Chat to other sailors and search on-line before entering Fiji for way points, tracks and routes all over the island group.

We have obtained volumes of information from other cruisers who share with one another as well as by googling ‘Waypoints for sailing Fiji’ – there are great blogs with free waypoint information as well as ‘Soggypaws Compendium for Fiji’ and we too will post a detailed report of all the way points we used in Fiji on our blog for future sailors.

wildfox says:
Mar 15, 2015 03:37 AM

I support the positive comments on Baobab Marine who were helpful and on time. Nice people to work with; just do not expect them to be world experts on electronics and the like and you will be OK with them.

The staff at the marina were wonderful; the bar a great place to meet for sundowners.

All in all I highly recommend Vudu as a place to call in, get work done or to clear.

Anthony sv Wild Fox

Sailboatuser says:
Dec 27, 2014 04:06 AM

We were very happy with Baobab Marine in Vuda Point in Sep. 2014. Excellent work with hull sanding, antifouling, cutlass bearing replacement, shaft alignment. We were constantly in contact with the managers, and workers were cheerful and responsible.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
May 12, 2014 11:22 AM

Sara (above) cleared in at Savusavu. They did in fact complain to Customs about the fact that they obliged them to clear in on a Sunday and pay the additional fees. After few hours of argument they managed to get their money back from Customs, but no reimbursement from biosecurity or health.

Sara Dépagneux
Sara Dépagneux says:
Apr 27, 2014 10:41 PM

Hello everyone, be careful about the 24 hours you have to cleare when you arrived in fijis waters. We arrived a Sunday and they obliged us to clear on sunday and to pay the additional fees. As we were not able to provide them an official source immigration obliged us to check in.
FYI; Bio security normal price 89 FJD, on WE 182 FJD - Health normal price 173 FJD, on WE 228 FJD - immigration we still trying to negociate as they forced us to clear in a sunday

jaramanpotter says:
Mar 25, 2014 08:48 PM

Take care with yachting service providers. Yacht Help were unhelpful and incompetent over a range of jobs. Marshall Sails did poor work.

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