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Location

The Denarau Island Resort with its integrated marina and boatyard, lies on the western side of Nadi Bay, about 15nm south of Lautoka.

Only 20 minutes drive from Nadi International Airport, the marina offers good protection from all weather and is accessed via a well marked channel that is 5 metres deep at zero tide. The marina also has land rights to the cyclone hole which offers very good protection.

This is now an official Port of Entry for Fiji.

Position: 17º 45.73'S, 177º 23.16'E (entrance channel)

Clearance

Ensure you fly the 'Q' flag. Refer to the main Fiji Formalities page for detailed clearance information.

Port Denarau was granted Port of Entry status in 2017 and can provide clearance for yachts with a booking at the marina. Send a copy of your pre-arrival paperwork to the marina to smooth the way for your arrival and clearance.

Operation hours for Port of Entry clearance are: Monday to Friday 0800hrs – 1600 hrs. Contact the Port Control on Channel 14/16 and request entry into port.

All authorities come to the marina for inward clearance, Customs, Health and Immigration and are reported to be very efficient. Fees must be paid in cash - there is an ATM close by.

For outward clearance, only Customs and Immigration are required, however, an overnight booking at the marina with a prior notice of 48hrs before departure is still required so that officials can schedule accordingly.

Last updated March 2018.

Docking

The marina basin contains 63 commercial and 56 fully serviced private berths and 16 swing moorings including 20 berths capable of taking super yachts up to 85 metres in length with 5 metres draft.

The complex contains a 50 tonne travel lift, a hard stand area and marine workshops.

There is good provisioning here with a supermarket, pharmacy and bakery at the end of the dock and Nadi and Namaka towns only a short bus or taxi ride away.

Cyclone Season

During cyclone season the marina has procedures in place to ensure that all vessels needing protection have access to the cyclone hole in the mangroves. For yachts that need deeper water, it would be prudent to plan to head in a tide or two before the last high tide before the storm, to make certain entry is possible before the local commercial operators block the entrance (they tend to position themselves closest to the exit so they are ready to resume operations as soon as the bad weather passes).

The marina has a meeting at the start of every cyclone season with all commercial and private yacht owners to discuss the procedure and positioning of all yachts that are planning to be in the area (whether they are marina guests or not). There is quite a bit of space as long as everyone works together.

Last updated June 2018.

Port Denarau Marina
Location 17° 46.18 S, 177° 22.56 E ,
Denarau Island, Viti Levu , Port Denarau, Fiji
Tel:(679) 750 600 Fax:(679) 750 700 ,VHF Channel 16, 14
Part of a large resort complex on Denarau Island separated from Viti Levu by a causeway. All facilities, fuel dock, laundry, WiFi, internet, chandlery, restaurants, banks and mini-market. Max. length 85m, max draft 5m.
Boatyard with 50 ton travel hoist, good range of services including sailmaker, engineering and engine repair workshops.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 15, 2018 02:02 PM

Feedback from Hugh Pilsworth, SY BlueFlyer:

Port Denerau became an official port of entry to Fiji recently.
I booked 3 nights in advance from Tonga, this includes filling out and emailing a 7 page advance notice of arrival form. Be sure to copy the form to the marina as it makes life easier on arrival.
As it happens there was no room on any fingers so I was put on the last available mooring at Fiji$25 per night. I was approx 100 metres from the waterfront cafes, bars, etc. with a dinghy dock to tie up on.

I arrived at about 11 as instructed by the marina on channel 14, and was informed all the officials would arrive at 12, which they did! Very pleasant and efficient too, all done in about 15 minutes.
Fees were Fiji$165 for customs and $320 for garbage, Bio Security, etc. As I didn’t have enough cash they were happy for me to pay at the marina office after a trip of about 50 metres to an ATM. The official walked over to the office to collect the cash.
There are no exit costs other than mooring fees.

The marina has a good travel lift and hard stand at reasonable costs, with power wash too. Baobab Engineering is an excellent on site company with Yanmar and Mercury agencies amongst others. I used Ravmarine, note the name, to check out a VHF problem, and it seems to be OK.

The marina has all the usual facilities and despite being full up and high season we’re very helpful.

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