Vuda Point Marina, near Lautoka, Fiji offers all the cruising conveniences –affordably — you’d expect in a pretty package.
We were on our way out of Fiji, when we stopped at Vuda Marina. After a couple weeks in the Yasawas, we needed to refuel and refill our water tanks. We weren’t sure if we were going to do any more than that before anchoring for free (our usual preference) in some other convenient check-out spot.
Ariel view, Vuda Marina, nabbed from their website.
We held our breath sliding into the narrow, shallow but very well marked channel into Vuda Marina, I stressed over the tight C space there to tie off on for fueling and refilling water. The slips were med-moored against a concrete circle enclosure, with little itty bitty docks making for exciting egress from our boat to the dock and back.
The accessibility moving from boat to shore varies with the tides and your boat. A bit acrobatic for us at low tide; though not bad when it’s like this. Vuda Point Marina, near Lautoka, Fiji
We were bowled over by the staff’s friendliness when we checked in, initially just committing for one night. We asked about how the country checkout worked, and were promptly alerted to some potential oops that could cause issues for us when the officials skipped some steps on check-in, unbeknownst to us. The staff figured out how to make it right.
Pam and Eric of Pied-a-Mer share rum punch at the very hospitable Vuda Point
Marina restaurant, which makes an excellent cruiser gathering point. near Lautoka, Fiji.
Plus, Vuda Marina staff was happy to convince all the checkout personnel required to take care of several of us departing cruisers at once, without ever having to leave the marina until we were ready to sail away. That sold us. Besides, at $0.37/foot/day, our daily cost was only a little over $13 USD.
We wondered if it was courtship time as
we saw these birds fighting and also
hanging out together as couples.
Vuda Point Marina, near Lautoka, Fiji.
We also happily availed ourselves of Vuda Marina’s showers, book exchange and laundry service. Even the little general store offered a nice selection, stocking some gluten-free products.
The “No Trespassing” sign was posted to be read from both side of the fence which we couldn’t resist trespassing to see this lovely view next door. Vuda Point Marina, near Lautoka, Fiji
No surprise, given Vuda Marina’s Nordstrom’s-like service approach, everyone on staff knew and greeted Sherman by name!
While in theory there’s a day-use fee to enjoy these facilities next door, seems buying a drink there fits the bill even better. Vuda Point, near Lautoka, Fiji
We could’ve walked a quarter mile out the marina, down the dusty road, then down the driveway into the resort next door. Instead we simply eased our way around the chain link fence between the two facilities and jutting over the shoreline, passing the “No Trespassing” sign posted on both sides of the fence.
Vuda Point Marina is renown for its cyclone protection in Fiji. Here a boat sits comfortably in one of their pits, securely blocked in with tires. Vuda Point, near Lautoka, Fiji.
It was like entering a whole ‘nuther ecosystem, or at least microclimate. The temperature was comfortable, a light breeze caressed us, and loungers around the pool had our names on them. Well, not really, but we claimed them as our own. In theory, there’s a day charge, but as we settled in with our drinks ordered from their bar, no one asked us to pay for any more than that.
A Westerbeke 40, same engine as what we have in our Pearson 365 sailboat, appears to have made its final passage. Ours is running like a top these days. Vuda Point, near Lautoka, Fiji.
More so, we were touched by Vuda Marina’s “Bula-bye;” several staffers who come by to bid you a musical fond farewell, with singing to a guitar accompaniment. As we sailed out of the marina, the same gals who helped straighten out our customs woes dashed out of the office to wave good-bye.
BulaBye is as sweet as a lullaby, when it’s sung by the wonderful staff at Vuda Point Marina upon departure. Vuda Point., Fiji.
Vuda Marina is on Fiji’s island of Viti Levu’s West Coast, in between
Lautoka and Nadi; closer to Lautoka.
- Our August 2016 sail from Fiji to Vanuatu was 525 miles.
- We cruised just under 440 miles in Fiji, between late May and early August.
- Our May 2016 sail from New Zealand to Fiji was 1090 miles.
- December 2015 – May 2016 if we weren’t cruising New Zealand or hunkering, we were making massive road trips from New Zealand’s tip to its tail.
- From December 2014 – November 2015 we sailed from Northern Florida’s Atlantic side to New Zealand, over 10,000 miles, with more than a few stops in between.
- Prior to that we sailed from St. Lucia to Florida and also spent a season cruising the Bahamas.