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Savusavu, Fiji, Is Noonsite Port of the Month

By doina — last modified May 01, 2006 08:44 PM

Published: 2006-05-01 20:44:38
Topics: Noonsite
Countries: Fiji

If one area in Fiji has been changing quickly for yachts in Fiji, it is certainly Savusavu on the south side of Vanua Levu. From a quaint natural harbor frequented by copra trading boats last century, it has arguably become the most visited harbor by pleasure yachts nowadays! Being the 4th official port of entry, many yachts arrive here from Tonga or leave from here to New Zealand or to the North for the cyclone season. The French islands of Wallis and Futuna are close by and make convenient locations to sail to in order to re-start the clock on visas for those who would like to stay a full year in beautiful Fiji!

The small town is becoming a busy commercial place with more and more new services offered to cruisers. If services are not found here, Suva, the capital, is only a short flight or ferry ride away and parts can be sent to/from Savusavu inexpensively daily. You can get your mail and parts sent here easily via the Postal Service as well as by international courier.

So far, Copra Shed Marina and Waitui Marina have competed to get yachts to use their moorings and services … but new marinas in the making may be competing for business in just a few years from now. In the meantime, both existing marinas are renovating and adding new services: internet, laundry, cafes, and bars. A cruiser's friend, Curly (Bosun's locker) runs a daily VHF morning net where you can get all the local info needed. Seminars of interest for safe Fiji cruising, and cooking classes are offered too! Inexpensive BBQ dinners are organized weekly. You can provision here, access the internet, enjoy good food, and most of all, feel the cruisers' camaraderie. The municipal authorities are keen to hear cruisers' suggestions. Special bins have been allocated for used oil and batteries. The Savusavu Yacht Club organizes small races for kids (local and cruiser's) and teaches them sailing.

During the sailing season, mooring or anchoring places may be at a premium but during the cyclone season, the small community of yachts that stay in Fiji has all the room it needs. You can leave your boat in the water here and fly home via the small Savusavu airport, (only 15-20 mins from the marina area) to Nadi International Airport. Savusavu is also conveniently located to nearby interesting cruising grounds: great diving on the Rainbow Reef from Viany Bay; a visit to Jim on Also Island (SSB morning net, Rag of the Air), Taveuni Island, the islands East of Levuka, or even a special visit to the Lau group.

Luc Callebaut, s/v Sloepmouche