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Fiji Revenue and Custom Services (FRCS) requires that all yachts arriving from overseas must complete an Advance Notice of Arrival Form C2-C and submit it no less than 48 hours prior to the planned ETA in Fiji, along with these additional documents:

  • Scanned photo of your boat
  • Copy of the Captain’s passport

Yachts not submitting this advance notice of arrival may be fined (minimum fine 4000FJD), have clearance delayed, withheld, or even refused.

Download form C2-C from the Fiji Customs Website.
Note: This form is a lengthy one and requires good internet bandwidth to upload attachments (for example in Vava’u in Tonga the bandwidth is not enough).

Although FRCS is the principal agency, it is practical to send the form to all agencies (Ministry of Health, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, Department of Immigration) via email or fax as per the list below:

Fiji Revenue & Customs Services (FRCS)
Fax: +679 666 0570 (Att: Border Control)

Ministry of Health
Fax: +679 666 0570 (Att: Border Control)



Have a printed copy of your C2-C form for the authorities when you check-in.

Cruisers have reported that when they asked for it, an email confirmation of receipt was sent by Customs. Only one destination email address is necessary for advance notification.

If the form is not able to be sent for whatever reason, send an email to stating why this can’t be done and wait for (and keep) the reply from them. Being forced to stop in Fiji due to sail and engine problems will invite a thorough inspection and difficulties in obtaining a cruising license.


Ports of Entry:

You must clear in at a Customs port on arrival and must clear outwards at a Customs port before leaving Fiji. See ports of entry.

Lau Group:

This is not an official port of entry. It is not possible for individual yachts to clear into the Lau Group. Clearance into Fiji has to be completed first in Suva or Savusavu, from which the Lau Islands are a difficult sail back to windward. World ARC received permission in 2017 to clear in here at Vanua Balavu and a group of officers from Customs and Immigration, Quarantine and Biosecurity flew to this remote island specifically for the rally yachts. If you visit the Lau Group first prior to officially clearing into the country, you risk heavy fines.

Advance Notification:

As part of clearance procedures, Fiji Customs request visiting yachts to subscribe to and activate AIS while in Fiji EEZ waters. Non-compliance with this request will see yachts that are not broadcasting to be shifted into their high-risk category and appropriate attention paid to them.

On approach, contact Port Control on VHF Channel 14/16 to request permission to enter the port. You may or may not get an answer, but make the call regardless. Proceed directly to the designated quarantine area indicated on the chart for the port of entry you have chosen.

General Process:

On arrival in Fiji waters, fly the ‘Q’ flag.

Yachts arriving from the List of Countries/Ports given below should anchor outside the port of entry at the Quarantine mooring ground for clearance. These Countries/Ports are deemed to be Malarial Ports where Anti-Malarial Spraying has to be conducted in the yachts before proceeding to dock. The Captain is responsible for transporting Health Officials from the marina to the yacht. Fiji is currently free of Malaria.

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Vanuatu
  • Solomon Islands
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Gold Coast, Australia
  • East Indies
  • Asia

The authorities you will need to see in order to clear into Fiji are Health, Biosecurity, Customs and Immigration.

See Documents for paperwork required.

Note:  It is strictly forbidden for anyone to leave the boat before officials have come to your boat.  No one else is allowed to board the vessel, nor any person or article leave the vessel until all clearances are granted.  Cruisers have reported that Fijian officials are very strict about this process.

  1. Health
    It’s possible a Maritime Health Declaration will need to be completed by all crew on arrival and a Health Arrival card.
    See information above about Anti-Malarial spraying if coming from certain countries.
  2. Bio-Security
    The captain will be instructed to await the arrival of the BAF boat or to proceed directly to the wharf and await the BAF officer’s arrival. The BAF levy a fee for this clearance which must be paid at the Divisional Medical Officer’s office. The captain should inform the authorities if there are any prohibited items aboard.
    A full list of biosecurity goods that must be declared can be found on the Customs website. Some items will not be permitted to be kept aboard the yacht for the duration of the visit in Fiji. What is allowed to stay aboard will be at the discretion of the BAF officer at the time of inspection.
    For vessels arriving from Healthy Ports (free of Malaria, Yellow Fever or any other dangerous communicable diseases), Radio Pratique (approval to berth alongside) may be requested, however, the Health Quarantine officers may still board your vessel for inspection.
  3. Customs/Immigration
    Everyone needs permission from a Customs/Immigration officer before they disembark. Port Control should be asked to send out an Immigration officer, but if he does not meet the yacht on arrival, a message should be sent via the Customs officer repeating this request. The Immigration Department may expect to be reimbursed for the taxi fare to get the officer to the wharf and back.
    If you wish to cruise in Fiji Waters, in addition to the Customs clearance you must also obtain a clearance at any port from the Coconut Pest and Diseases Board. Certain Islands and places in Fiji are free of rhinoceros beetle and you may be proceeding from a dirty area to an uninfested area.
    Cruisers report that there are copious forms to fill out in duplicate using carbon paper (in addition to the forms you need to send for advance notification to Customs – see top).
    There is no fee for Customs and Immigration if you do not require a visa, but it is appreciated if you have a printed copy of your C2C form ready.

Once all the authorities have been visited, you now need to obtain a cruising permit.

Domestic Cruising

Cruising Permits (valid for up to six months) are issued free of charge for all areas of Fiji and now automatically include the Lau Group. Permits are issued promptly, often “while you wait” at the Indigenous Affairs Board (TAB), or can be obtained via a marina who normally charge a small administrative charge for this service.

However, you must send a weekly email to providing your location, crew and the direction you are headed.

See Documents for more details about the Cruising Permit.


  • Working hours for clearance in most Ports of Entry are from Monday to Thursday 08:00-13:00, 14:00- 16:30; Friday 08:30-13:00, 14:00-16:00. Overtime charges will need to be paid outside of these hours.
  • Weekend Arrival: Remember, if you arrive at the weekend you may well be obliged to clear in at the weekend which incurs substantial overtime charges.
  • The current fees for out of working hours Customs Clearance, Biosecurity and Health fees have recently increased. See Fees below.
  • Links to all official clearance documents can be found on the Port Denarau website


Domestic Clearance:

Once you have your cruising permit in hand (2-3 days after arrival) you must take it to Customs to get a coastal clearance which enables you to cruise through Fiji without clearing in and out of different regions as used to be the case.

It is no longer necessary to clear in and out of each Customs region visited (Suva, Levuka, Savusavu, Lautoka, Lau Group, Rotuma)

There is a requirement, however, to report your position and current cruising plans once a week. This can easily be done by:

– VHF Channel 16
– Telephone: 324 3782/3747/3315 / Fax no.: as for Customs
– Customs Hotline: 324 3666
– E-mail:

In order to be able to do this, in the absence of a sat phone, one may want to purchase a cell phone card from Vodaphone, Fiji, which has reception in most areas of Fiji.

International Clearance:

Not less than 48 hours prior to departure from a Customs port for another country, all yachts must send advice of this fact to, outlining planned departure point and requesting Customs departure clearance.

Two government officials are only required for outward clearance, making the departure process much easier. The two officials are Immigration and Customs unless otherwise requested.

Clearance will not be granted unless all port and quarantine fees have been paid, so receipts for all these should be kept. Boats must leave within 24 hours of having cleared customs. Some ports/marinas charge a fee for arranging outward clearance.

Immigration is the final authority to clear the yacht out of Fijian waters. Immigration insists that boats depart immediately on receiving clearance. It is prohibited to stop at any island once cleared out.

Fiji has a formidable bureaucracy that is slowly loosening up. While officials are honest and polite, meeting the demands of the state takes time and lots of paper. Go with the flow as you cannot avoid it!

Last updated:  February 2023

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Ministry of Health – Fiji

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  1. April 10, 2023 at 8:08 PM
    Lynda Lim says:

    The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has advised that several islands in the Mamanuca Group will be off limits from 15 April to 30 June 2023 due to filming for the US Survivor series 2023.

    The islands are Monu Riki, Monu and Yanuya Islands, Tavua & Nautanivono Islands and Mana Island including Nuku Is.

    A 24 hour exclusion zone applies to these islands and all vessels are required to give a wide berth of at least 1.5 nautical miles from the shores of the respective beaches and islands.

    More information is available from the MSAF website –

  2. November 18, 2021 at 4:52 AM
    sailingprivilege says:

    FYI: Seal Superyachts is no longer offering their services as an agent for entry to Fiji via the Blue Lanes.

  3. May 8, 2021 at 1:34 AM
    flashback says:

    Looking through the updated notes on entry into Fiji I notice that there is a charge noted for dock garbage removal. Please know that Denarau Marina does not charge for this. Biosecurity does. Thanks

  4. April 12, 2021 at 12:11 AM
    opusnz says:

    It is with sadness that I report the passing of Curly Carswell of Savusavu on April 11,2021 after a long illness. Curly was a stalwart of the cruising community in Fiji and Savusavu and he will be missed.

  5. April 2, 2021 at 9:28 PM
    elyse says:

    As of April 1, 2021, Savusavu is now open for Blue Lane arrivals in Fiji.

    And it’s not just for luxury yachts. Any yacht can use the procedure.

  6. September 11, 2020 at 8:14 PM
    swan65cdlgmail-com says:

    After being stuck in the rather chilly New Zealand autumn and winter during the lockdown there from March till July 2020, I was finally allowed to clear out on July 23 after being Covid tested.
    Fiji bound!

    Arrived at the designated quarantine anchorage outside Port Denarau Marina on July 29. Nine other yachts were anchored there with their Q flags up. I had used almost exactly six days from Whangarei in NZ and was therefore required to wait another eight days in quarantine at anchor. Dinghy had to stay onboard and no swimming to any other boat – so no socializing except on the VHF. Friendly Fiji Navy personell in a RIB came by twice a day. They even accepted some NZ cash I had and bought me a bottle of local rum to help me pass the time. Change came back in Fiji Dollars.
    As the yachts that had fulfilled their quarantine time disappeared into Denarau Marina and were cleared in they were steadily replaced with new arrivals, nearly all coming directly from either French Polynesia or New Zealand.

    One requirement for entry to Fiji in these covid times is to work through an agent. I chose Yacht Partners Fiji and have NOT regretted that decision. Jo (Josephine) and her staff have been exceptional! All clearance procedures were taken care of, cruising permit included. I wasn’t even visited by any authorities during the process. Technicians I needed for some issues on the boat were quickly provided. Anything can be arranged with a smile.
    Carol, their Auckland representative has skippered yachts in Fiji for 44 years and gladly provided firsthand knowledge when I asked. She is the author of all the “Cruising The Fiji Group” articles in the free annual booklet “A Mariners Guide To Fiji”, also online at

    I have been told that I was among the first 100 boats to arrive. As a result the cruising situation here is truly amazing right now. Fiji is huge. A circle around the 322 islands has a more than 300 nautical mile diameter. About the same distance as Antigua to Grenada. Hardly another yacht to be seen. This is probably as close to cruising the islands of the South Pacific forty years ago as it will ever be again.
    I went straight to the southern Lau group which is the most remote region. In every island village the people are very welcoming. I am anchored off my fifth island now and have been the very first yacht that has visited each of those five islands this season.

    At the same time it’s a tragic situation for many. Most tourism related business is closed. No customers. Many people are out of work and having trouble making ends meet.
    Nature is good here though.

    The very big question remains however:
    Where to go in November for hurricane season?????

  7. August 9, 2020 at 6:04 AM
    gaero says:

    Coral Trekker left French Polynesia together with Bona Dea as buddy boat on the 1. July 2020 and sailed directly to Fiji. The entire A.C. ( after corona) process if in flow and changes weekly. As we did not get a “certificate” from the laboratory doing the Covid-19 test we did not do one on the departure side. This was not really a problem and resulted in a 14 days quarantine in Port Denarau. Well supported by the Navy for food and a SIM card that is much cheaper than spending 250USD p.p. for the Covid-19 test in French Polynesia. If you want your travel time to count towards the quarantine get a statement IN ENGLISH with letter head date and placed signed and stamped by the laboratory. Then leave latest 48 hrs after that test and make no stop anywhere else the test will be compromised.
    Just one day before arrival and after 18 days at sea we ran south of Viti Levu in a storm with 42 kts. Westwind and 8 m waves. Our 3rd reef unfurled and the genoa sheet broke. Our buddy boat had not engine as the pre-filter got blocked. We cruised N-S-N offshore from 03:00 to daybreak to find a bay with calm water to do repairs. Passing the Lakeba Passage boats are followed by satellite and AIS. We resolved the problems ourselves. After a while we got a visit from the water police asking for papers and documents. In a weeks process we had to explain the emergency stop. The authorities could see the evidence and we also pre-filed the C2-C form which was also B.C. mandatory. Anyway we got fined 1000FJD because at 03:00 in the morning we did not inform the gov. officer of our intention to change the initial course and planed to take a shelter for repair.
    So be warned the customs and immigration people in Port Denarau are very welcoming and friendly. The border enforcement agents watching you as you enter Fiji territory are Rottweiler and will take any paragraph in their books to issue you with a fine.
    Also my recommendation is to file the C2-C form and appoint an agent. The agent will send you a bundle other additional forms to be filled in. DO NOT leave for Fiji before you get a clear written statement from frcs approving you and inviting you to Fiji and confirming you case has been approved. Some clerks write messages like : ( C2-C form ) well received or we confirm receipt of your pre-arrival form. That ain’t enough!
    Check the process frequently for changes. Once on the way you can not deal with updated forms and processes as the file sizes are too big for IridiumGo.

  8. February 28, 2020 at 4:41 PM
    SailorCindy says:

    Our insurance is requiring a rigging inspection in Fiji by August, 2020. Can anyone recommend a qualified rigger for that purpose? I did see the mixed comments about Bruce of Westside Rigging & Wire Ltd, who operates out of Vuda Marina. Are there others? Thanks.

  9. February 18, 2020 at 4:52 AM
    raneyman says:

    I have been here in Vava’U, Tonga since the middle of last August and I’m planning to move west all the way to Australia by early November. Aside from a visit to the US mid-August to early September, I have time to kill along the way. I’m planning on leaving my boat in Vanuatu for the trip to the US. That means I basically have April to early August to spend in Fiji. Several questions come to mind:

    – Coming from Vava’U, is Savusavu the best port of entry?
    – I understand that there are a lot of un/poorly charter reefs in Fiji. Is there a inbound route from Vava’U to Savusavu that is safe enough to single hand?
    – Further re the preceding question, is it crazy to consider single-handing locally?
    – Is April too soon to arrive in Fiji, …too hot/rainy and/or still a significant risk of cyclones?
    – What would be your ideal itinerary for exploring Fiji starting from Savusavu and ending up in Nadi in mid- to late July? Assume I’ve found some crew. Tell me about your not-to-be-missed stops. (Note: I’m primarily a snorkeler, but do SCUBA, too. Hiking isn’t really my thing, but I’d do it if I had company. I’m not a surfer.)
    – Which stops on your ideal itinerary are culturally traditional and what is the customary amount of Kava to offer the chief of the village?

    1. February 19, 2020 at 10:45 AM
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      sue-richards says:

      Hi Roy, if you spend some time reading the Noonsite Fiji information, and in particular the reports from cruisers (, you should be able to get most of your questions answered.

    2. February 20, 2020 at 8:03 PM
      raneyman says:

      Been there, done that, but I don’t see such answers. Am I missing something obvious?

  10. February 7, 2020 at 11:41 AM
    ChristianSchiester says:

    Hello Sailors! I will sail to FIJI this year. Hope to arrive in September 2020. Any comments about good MARINAS there. Storage during December 20 till April 2021. And even “Anti Osmosis Service” for the hull of my sailingboat ? thanks for your feedback. greetings Chris SY EL TORO

    1. February 7, 2020 at 3:07 PM
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      sue-richards says:

      Hi Christian,
      The two largest marinas on Fiji are Vuda Point and Port Denarau.
      Both have boatyard services.

    2. February 17, 2020 at 8:50 AM
      ChristianSchiester says:

      Hey Sue!
      Tanks a lot for your feedback.
      Greetings and FAIR WINDS !!!
      SY EL TORO

  11. December 23, 2019 at 6:34 AM
    littlewing says:

    I would like to pass along to our fellow yachties, cruising the waters of the South Pacific a true gem that we discovered in Fiji. His name is Sachin Prasad, the owner operator of Prasad General Marine Services. I came upon him by sheer luck, while at Vuda Marina which is located near the city Lauktoka on Viti Levu’s western side. I was in the Yacht Shop (chandlery) where we struck up a conversation. Sachin asked where I was from and what our plans were while we were in Fiji. I explained that we would only be in Fiji for a short time and we’re going to haul out and do some much needed maintenance. I ran down a list of things that we planned on doing and some things that we were going to farm out. Sachin told me that he had just recently received the paperwork required to work in the marina and was available if I needed his services. I asked about his experience and any referrals that he may have. I was told that he has been a marine tradesman for more than twenty years, much of it spent working on Super Yachts, all over the world. He took me to see a catamaran that he had recently refurbished. The fiberglass work and the painting were first rate. While discussing my needs I found that he had solutions to all my questions. He offered to write up a proposal for all the things that we wanted to accomplish and I could pick and choose the ones that I wanted to do myself and he and his crew would do the rest. The next day he came by the boat with a professionally composed proposal with each job itemized with the amount of time estimated to complete them. 
    We determined what jobs that he would do, and what we would do ourselves. We were very pleased with the quote. 
    From there, Sachin took over. He arranged with the yard manager for the haul out and made sure that we had a good spot in the yard, with access to water and electricity. As soon as “Little Wing “ was secured on the hard, he and his crew began working. They took to their task in a efficient and professional manner. Annie and I could tell right away that we made the right choice. Friends stopped by to chat and were very impressed with what they witnessed and two hired Sachin to look after their yachts and make repairs while they returned home. 
    One was so happy, that he offered us a fifty dollar finders fee, which we of course refused. I could go on forever about how fortunate we feel about finding Sachin and the great experience that we had. If you are going to Fiji, be sure to take advantage of Prasad General Marine Services.
    I’m sure, like us you will be pleasantly surprised.
    Sachin can be reached at +679 937 2478 or

  12. December 5, 2019 at 5:32 AM
    trishe says:

    After being denied clearance into American Samoa and having to return to Tonga, because of the regional measles outbreak and rising death toll in Samoa, we have travelled from Tonga to Fiji.
    I emailed the national health department in Fiji explaining that we would be arriving and asking for advice aboout entering from ‘measles port’. Perhaps predictably, there was no reply.

    We arrived on Wednesday in Savusavu and were told that since we had come from Tonga and had no documentation of vaccnation, we would need to be vaccinated against measles before we could leave the boat. This was eventually done in the afternoon by friendly and efficient health department staff and we have now been granted clearance. They did say during the interview that we were the first people this had happened to.
    I’m not entirely sure about the process of vaccinating us as a means of protecting the local population and then allowing us to leave the boat, but as a nurse I do know we have had no symptoms of measles, so I am easy in my own mind about being non-infective.
    (As an aside, I had suggested to the health department staff in Pago Pago that we could be vaccinated there and then, but they refused)

  13. September 24, 2019 at 6:56 AM
    ghemwall says:

    We will arrive to Vuda soon and will store our sailboat in a cyclone pit for the season. Yard manager is telling us that using a dehumidifier is unnecessary.We loved the results of having one last year in Raiatea. Has anyone used one, or not used one, at the cyclone pits and has advice for us on this matter? Thank you!
    Geoff s/v Un Mundo

  14. September 22, 2019 at 8:18 PM
    tubbs says:

    Vuda Marina:
    We fully support the positive comments about Ritesh. He is an exceptional mechanic, excellent value for money, helpful, and a great guy.
    For electrical work, we strongly recommend “Summer Electronic Services”. The Director is Mohitesh. He has an office on-site. He was absolutely amazing. He was also excellent value for money. He saved us approximately $10000AUD by thinking a bit laterally and fixing our 115V aircon system whereas the previous guy from Rainbow Airconditioning advised us that the system was beyond repair and required new units ordered from the US. Mohit also took the time to explain everything he was doing to two ‘newbie’ yacht owners trying to learn the systems. Exceptional service and also a very nice guy.
    Carpentry – we used the carpenters based at Vuda. Excellent work again.
    We do not recommend: Rainbow Airconditioning, Oceania Water Group.

  15. August 13, 2019 at 5:19 AM
    Eleuthera says:

    Our friend David Hoch comments regarding Ritesh Kumar were spot on. Excellent mechanic!

  16. June 10, 2019 at 10:22 AM
    dfhoch says:

    If you need repairs to your boat’s mechanical systems or someone dependable to look after your boat while you are away, I recommend Ritesh Kumar of Krishna Yacht Services. Others have left favorable comments and I echo them. He helped me repair our genset and watched our boat while we were away. I also watched him take apart and diagnose a transmission for a sailboat and I can say he is very skilled as a mechanic, responsive, responsible and reasonably priced. He’s a good guy too! 679 844 0860

  17. April 18, 2019 at 2:17 AM
    Lynda Lim says:

    Apr 18, 2019 02:17 AM

    I would advice any yachts who need metal welding to be done to use the services of Sanjiv. He is based in Suva, but gladly comes over to Denarau or Vuda. A very friendly guy, with the right work ethics. Punctual and modest. See

  18. March 20, 2019 at 1:45 AM
    Lynda Lim 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.

  19. January 18, 2019 at 2:16 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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

  20. June 8, 2018 at 8:57 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    I am somewhat dismayed to read this thread about Bruce and Westside rigging…my 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.

  21. October 2, 2017 at 1:06 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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 to him or his company will be taken good care of it. And regarding the mast wind instrument problem, if it would have been a 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.

  22. September 29, 2017 at 11:27 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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 work 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.

  23. August 29, 2017 at 10:48 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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 the 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 wrongdoing 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 wire down the mast. We will now have to source someone in New Caledonia to fix their damage.

  24. May 31, 2017 at 12:54 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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!

  25. May 30, 2017 at 7:40 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Adding my praise for Ritesh Kumar out of Vuda Point and Denerau. He’s an independent marine mechanic who also babysat our 44 ft cutter 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 a 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.

  26. April 22, 2017 at 7:49 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    A solid recommendation goes out to Robinson Caruso Island (Robinson Caruso Resort is on a small Island (Likuri Is.) of 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.

  27. February 27, 2017 at 10:08 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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 a judgement regarding our electrician 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.

  28. February 19, 2017 at 6:06 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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’.

  29. February 19, 2017 at 5:56 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

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

  30. February 19, 2017 at 5:55 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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 ensuring 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.

  31. January 8, 2017 at 2:53 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    we also had an attempt made to steal our dinghy and outboard in sawing, 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. Do you guys have that yellow trimaran?

  32. November 14, 2016 at 4:53 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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.

  33. November 1, 2016 at 10:43 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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 a lot 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.

  34. November 1, 2016 at 9:39 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Posted on behalf of Karl on 31st October 2016

    Several boats have reported that Camps, 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 (you can see surfers on a wave) with boat plotted on the screen. So far appears to be very accurate and reliable for navigating coral shallows.

  35. October 21, 2016 at 9:11 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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 upgrading 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 an F$1000 as a goodwill 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 goodwill 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 goodwill payment may not have been the best idea as it was being taken as an admission of guilt and not a 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.

  36. October 10, 2016 at 12:49 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

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

  37. October 9, 2016 at 5:39 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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 was also extremely helpful.

  38. September 5, 2016 at 1:42 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Having stayed in this amazing country with its amazingly friendly and resilient people more than a year now, and have 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 micromanaged 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 decently sized travel lift, makes 7% of all the money their contractors charge you, and their short term incentive to improve the quality of their contractor’s 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, make 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 prop speed on the propeller and p-bracket when the instruction was not to remove the old prospered 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 prop speed, 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 of stories like this I am afraid.

  39. July 19, 2016 at 6:32 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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 an article about the Internet in Fiji, see the article I’ve posted to our weblog at

    S/Y Feelin’ Good

  40. July 4, 2016 at 9:54 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Cruising east of Kadavu – Kavala Bay
    We stopped for some days, because of auf strong se wind, in Kavala Bay (northeast 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 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 the best internet in the next weeks.

  41. May 16, 2016 at 5:34 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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 than any chart in Fiji.

  42. April 24, 2016 at 2:26 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

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

  43. October 23, 2015 at 9:14 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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, if they did what we did, we would admonish them for foolish and impulsive behaviour. 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.

  44. May 18, 2015 at 10:05 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

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

  45. May 7, 2015 at 7:47 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

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

  46. April 13, 2015 at 2:47 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Posted on behalf of Brent Grimbeek of SY Impi:
    Chat with other sailors and search online before entering Fiji for waypoints, 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 waypoints we used in Fiji on our blog for future sailors.

  47. March 15, 2015 at 3:37 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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

  48. December 27, 2014 at 4:06 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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.

  49. May 12, 2014 at 11:22 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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.

  50. April 27, 2014 at 10:41 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Hello everyone, be careful about the 24 hours you have to clear when you arrived in Fiji’s 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 the official source immigration obliged us to check in.
    FYI; Biosecurity normal price 89 FJD, on WE 182 FJD – Health normal price 173 FJD, on WE 228 FJD – immigration we still trying to negotiate as they forced us to clear in a Sunday

  51. March 25, 2014 at 8:48 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

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