Vanuatu is is an island nation in the SW Pacific composed of over 80 islands with 2,528 kilometers of coastline and a total surface area of 12,189 square kilometers.
Vanuatu lies a mere 600 nm to the West of Fiji and 1000 nm East of the Australian East Coast making it a great stopover point for yachts heading across the Pacific or for those on a SW Pacific circuit from NZ – Fiji – Vanuatu – New Caledonia – Brisbane as an example.
Due to the many islands most of which are sparsely populated Vanuatu has an abundance of safe and absolutely beautiful, spectacular and unspoiled anchorages and bays. Each island, bay and village along the way brings a new and totally unique experience to the visitor.
Know for it’s excellent fishing, diving, sailing, unique cultural spectacles, awesome happy people, spectacular mountain walks and active volcanoes make Vanuatu a premier cruising destination or stopover for visiting yachts and superyachts.
Superyacht charter is officially allowed in Vanuatu due to recent changes in legislation.
We are your dedicated superyacht support agents who are based in the country year round.
Our strategic partnerships with other businesses and key individuals throughout Vanuatu ensure all our customers 100% trouble free cruising and the absolute best experiences available in the country at unbeatable prices. We have the insider experience needed to truly open the doors to the best that Vanuatu has to offer.
Contact Vanuatu Yacht Services for detailed information about cruising in Vanuatu, superyacht charter regulations and about how we can support your upcoming visit to our beautiful country.
The Pacific Superyacht Explorer knows that Vanuatu is a bucket-list destination for all Superyachts planning to cruise the Asia Pacific region. Our clients all agree that Vanuatu is South Pacific Superyachting at it’s best.
For excellent & highly personalized superyacht support services contact Claire or Justin at Yacht Services Vanuatu – We bring the very best of Vanuatu to our clients every time.
If the following is not already on your Pacific bucket-list then we suggest that maybe they should be:
- Tanna Volcano
- Ambrym Volcano
- Rom Dance
- Vanuatu’s unique and authentic Cultural dances and spectacles
- Diving the Tongoa Wall
- Pentecost Land Diving
- Port Vila Markethouse (The South Pacific’s best fresh produce market)
- Diving the HMS President Coolidge and Million Dollar Point
Be sure to make Vanuatu part of your 2016 South Pacific Superyachting experience.
Yacht Services Vanuatu – Vanuatu Superyacht Support
Our vessel, PB Matua was en route to Singapore when the air con circulating pump failed. At very short notice Justin at Vanuatu Yacht Services sourced the required spare parts for the pump and also assisted with customs and immigration requirements for the vessel thus allowing the vessel to proceed on its voyage with minimal delay.
Beautiful, Amazing & Helpful!
Reneé Dreyer, Chief Stewardess of 50m Motor Yacht Big Fish
I would like to thank Vanuatu Yacht Services for providing us with an excellent service while we were in Vanuatu, as well as uncapped support that we needed so very much. You guys were extremely helpful during our time in Vanuatu in helping with provisions, shipping and going above and beyond to make sure our guests were taken care of.
I truly hope more yachts find their way to your beautiful county and your excellent service and support! – MY Big Fish
VYS NEWS: Incorporation of Vanuatu’s marine industry association – The Vanuatu Yacht & Superyacht Association
In late 2014 after months of discussions between the key support pillars of Vanuatu’s marine industry, the Vanuatu Yacht & Superyacht Association was realized. This collaboration of the founding members marks a very important step towards meaningful and unified efforts for the real development of the yacht and superyacht industry in Vanuatu.
The founding members of the VYSA are:
- Vanuatu Yacht Services – Vanuatu Superyacht Support Co. (Superyacht agents) (Est. 2010)
- Yachting World Marina – (Port Vila Marina, Yacht & Superyacht Support and Waterfront Bar (Est. 1974)
- Port Vila Boatyard – Vanuatu’s full service marine repair and haul out facility (Est. 1995)
- Marine Surveyors & Consultants Vanuatu – Vanuatu’s most experienced and qualified yacht, superyacht and ship surveyors (Est. 2013)
- Asanvari Bay Yacht Club – Asanvari Bay, Maewo (Est 1990)
This collaboration of Vanuatu’s most established and innovative marine businesses means better services and support for all customers using VYSA member businesses. “We have cemented our relationships for the greater good of all of our customers and for better more directed development of the industry within Vanuatu”. “We all realize that a close working collaboration is the only way for the industry to grow in our country”. “We want to make sure that Vanuatu does not end up with a thin and fickle marine industry that can not support the projected growth in the region”. “We have seen many expat service providers come and go over the years who damage the countries reputation and without any meaningful contribution to the long-term growth of Vanuatu’s marine industry”. “That negative publicity is a trend the VYSA aims to mitigate through this important unification of contributing member businesses”. “We have a strict code of ethics and conduct for members and we screen all new applicants carefully.” “All new members have demonstrated to us that they meet the associations requirements, that they are here to stay and to make their contribution to the local economy and to the growth of the marine tourism industry”.
The VYSA is setting the benchmark for quality services and support to ensure that yachting tourism is supported in the best possible way. The VYSA is the countries only yachting industry association and is endorsed by Vanuatu’s department of tourism which it works closely with for the development of this important segment of Vanuatu’s tourism industry.
With regards to yachting tourism there is much work ahead for both The Vanuatu Yacht & Superyacht Association and for Vanuatu’s Department of Tourism which is something that the two have embraced and are are taking in their stride. This initiative has been commended by various government departments all of whom see the importance of a close collaboration of private sector stakeholders, by way of a trade industry association working with local government departments.
“Each month we see new interest in Vanuatu as a yacht and superyacht destination and we are happy to be contributing towards growth and leading the way”.
Aside from the initial task of finding ways to ensure a better experience for those visiting our shores we are looking at ways to enable more local Ni-Vanuatu working as seasonal and later full-time crew on yachts. One of our member businesses Vanuatu Yacht Services – directed by Claire Barkhuizen and Justin Jenkin launched this initiative a few years back and have trained several excellent local yacht guides who regularly travel aboard superyachts to provide their customers with a truly unique Vanuatu experience. VYS and their guides have been praised by several superyacht captains and owners all of whom wanted to take the VYS guides with them when they were leaving the country. “We are very proud of our guides and as we train more we hope to then be able to give them the opportunity to experience traveling aboard yachts to other counties….as long as they come back home afterwards!”
Anyone wishing to contact the VYSA can send their message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the links to some of the VYSA member businesses below:
Asanvari Bay Yacht Club
Yachting World Vanuatu
Marine surveyors & Consultants Vanuatu
Port Vila Boatyard
Vanuatu Yacht Services