Vuda Marina in Fiji will operate as an Approved Boarding Station from the 3 September, saving time and improving the experience for yacht owners.

Yachts arriving into Fiji at Vuda marina will be able to clear into Fiji waters using the floating dock where government officials will be waiting to greet captain and crew and proceed with formalities.

It is seen as a welcome change for yacht owners arriving in the Western side of Fiji. Normally these yachts would clear at the industrial Lautoka Wharf, anchoring in muddy waters, before being being boarded by government officials in a dinghy. “They would potentially be covered in cane fire residue, be surrounded by large, commercial container ships and generally start their stay in Fiji in less than ideal conditions,” read the statement from Vuda marina.

General manager, Adam Wade, called the development a ‘huge’ step for yachts.

"For Fiji in general, it will increase the arrival and departure experience for international yachts and that is a huge thing for them," he told Fiji press this weekend.

Boarding station floating pontoon and entrance channel into Vuda
Marina (photo: Tor Johnson Photography)

Vuda Marina Boarding Station is open Monday to Friday around timetabled hours. Written advance notification must be made with the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA).