Fiji – Destination Information for Yachts
The island nation of Fiji, made up of more than 300 islands dotted across some 200,000 square miles of sea, lies between 15 degrees and 22 degrees south of the equator and straddles the 180th meridian. In Fiji the new day begins, and a better place to start the new day would be hard to find!
Situated at the hub of the South-west Pacific, Fiji has become the crossroads of air and shipping services between North America and Australia-New Zealand. This, together with its position in relation to the other major island groups of the Pacific, makes it a natural port of call during any passage of the South-West Pacific. Magnificent cruising grounds abound in the waters of Fiji, and the yachtsman can seek out either developed resort areas or, if desired, total isolation.
Port Denarau Marina is classed as a Port of Sufferance which allows us to clear vessels into the marina on a case by case basis. This needs to be applied for in advance. For normal clearance procedures there are two Ports of Entry close to the marina. Vuda Marina (only 4nm by sea) was made a Boarding Station in 2013. Alternatively Lautoka is the main Port of Entry in the Western Division.
Upon reaching pilot station, you will need to contact Port Control and request for entry into port. In the meantime, you must hoist and fly the “Q” flag on the mast until cleared by Health or unless you have received a radio pratique from Health. Also, you can request assistance from Port Control to contact Port Health, Customs and, Agriculture Quarantine for Clearance upon arrival. You will be met with officials from Port Health, Customs, and Agricultural Quarantine Division on arrival and must remain on board until the yacht has been entered. The following documents must be presented on arrival:
- Completed “Inward report ” (including 2 copies of crew and passengers lists)
- Completed “Passenger arrival card”
- Valid passport
- Clearance from last port
- Valid outward airline ticket if crew/passenger is disembarking at port of entry and leaving the country by air
Port Denarau Marina
Only 20 minutes drive from Nadi International Airport, Port Denarau Marina is Fiji’s premier marina facility. As the hub of the integrated Denarau Island Resort, Port Denarau Marina is the gateway to exploring the idyllic sun drenched tropical isles of Fiji’s Western Division.
The fast developing marina complex is the centre of yachting activity in Fiji, located on Denarau Island, it is accessed through a well marked channel that is 5 metres deep at zero tide. The marina is well protected from all weather. The basin contains 52 fully services berths and 14 swing moorings including 14 berths capable of taking Superyachts up to 85 metres in length with 5 metres draft. Fuel, water, single and three phase power and wifi are all available at the dock. The complex contains a 50 tonne travel lift, a hard stand area and marine workshops.
A unique commercial marina complex for cruising yachts, operating as a hub for yachtsmen and yachtswomen traveling to the South Pacific during the southern hemisphere winter. It is conveniently located at Vuda Point, which is situated on the western end of Viti Levu between Nadi International Airport (20 mins) and Lautoka city (15 mins). The local restaurant at Vuda Marina is a popular dining venue for locals and yachties and for good reason. Private berths moor med-style (up to 60’). Each berth has a 240V, 10amp, single phase, 3-pin powerpoint and shared access to a fresh water tap on each dock. Vuda Marina has the largest travel hoist in Fiji and is capable of hauling vessels up to 63 tonnes.
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