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Become an Expert in Vanuatu Cruising

Become an Expert in Vanuatu Cruising

Special Information for Captains’ and Charterers’

We want to help you become an expert in traveling through the outer islands of Vanuatu.

A great place to begin is by subscribing to our mailing list to keep updated through our news release and by following us on Facebook.

We know some fantastic online resources that will empower you to make cruising Vanuatu’s islands easy and enjoyable.

The Insiders Guide to Vanuatu

A downloadable guide with great content is really well worth it for serious Captains and Charterers who understand that knowledge is power. If you need information verified, please email us with your questions.

Clearance & Formalities

We don’t guarantee all content supplied in the above linked websites is up to date, however the content is a good starting point for growing your expertise.

When you are on Efate Island, we welcome you to join us on our adventures and escapades.

Empower yourself with excellent information, and be free to discover Vanuatu.

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Our lovely archipelago

Our lovely archipelago

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.

Pillars of Vanuatu’s marine industry unite

Pillars of Vanuatu’s marine industry unite

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:

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

Vanuatu Ecotours

Vanuatu Ecotours

Every so often, we have the opportunity to showcase some of Vanuatu’s treasures. Pascal Guillet is the owner and operator of Vanuatu Ecotours. Pascal shares our passion for bringing people close to the real Vanuatu, while integrating and empowering indigenous Ni-Vanuatu through training and employment.

Pascal is practical and adventurous, so you can feel safe in the hands of this boy scout extraordinaire. Whether hiking into the wilderness, kayaking,  horse riding or one of the numerous sports and activities Pascal is adept in, you can be rest assured you will return to your yacht for sunset cocktails on time.

We appreciate Pascal’s “leave no footprint” philosophy, and his genuine love for the outdoors coupled with his empathy for humans, Pascal creates opportunities to go deeper within as you explore the beauty of Vanuatu’s archipelago.

Pascal is available to guide tailor made excursions throughout the archipelago. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Email for more information.


Vanuatu Ecotours

Pentecost Vanuatu Ecotours


Vanuatu Tanna Lake   Vanuatu La Colle




Fresh Food in Vanuatu

Fresh Food in Vanuatu

It is the middle of May, so we are in between seasons. Autumn is a favourite time of year for food, as farmers begin to grow typical temperate “summer” vegetables like tomatoes.

Today we found a few delicious avocados remaining, next week there may be none.

Firm and tasty pumpkins have begun to grace the marketplace.

There is a great quantity of citrus in particular the sweet and organic mandarins. Get used to seeds… there is no hybrid fruit in Vanuatu. Only ORGANIC.

We anticipate tomatoes, wild raspberries and pineapples, among other delightful tropical fare during the winter / cruising season.

The final two images here are from inside the supermarket, and this represents mostly imported fresh produce.

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From top left:

  • Chinese Greens,
  • Danya,
  • Sweet Potato,
  • Pawpaws & Drinking coconuts,
  • Chestnuts & Nakatombol,
  • Christophine,
  • Passionfruit,
  • Crab,
  • Cooking Banana & Manioc,
  • Cabbage,
  • Taro,
  • Basil,
  • Peanuts,
  • Pumpkin & Eggplant, Mandarins, and finally the supermarkets’ imports!

There is a lot more, such as parsley, ginger, coriander and mint. Along with other vegetables and fruits.

The currency VATU has no decimals, therefore 200 vatu represents approximately $2. And 50 vatu represents 50c. We bought a kilo of limes for $1 or 100 vatu today.

The eggplants are delicious cooked in the Asian style – stuffed with minced pork or chicken, flavoured generously with spring onions, fresh mint, coriander, garlic and ginger.

Christophine is the versatile vegetable, and can be used as ubiquitously as onion and potatoes.

Fresh organic local produce is abundant, especially on the island of Efate. Further North on the remote islands between Efate and Santo, there is less variety although there is no shortage of commonplace staples- manioc and taro.

We love eating here, there is never a dull moment. We enjoyed “lolly” last month, which is an ice cream bean and tastes delicious. Fresh cocoa and other treats appear in the market to the great delight of foodies.

We look forward to a hydrating coconut with every visit to the market.

… and that’s how we grow fine sailors!

Ten Reasons We Love The Black Island

Ten Reasons We Love The Black Island

If you read the Events Calendar for 2014, you will have noticed that the island of Ambrym is the center of ceremony and festivals in Vanuatu.

Known for its volcanoes and wizards, Ambrym is the magical heart of Vanuatu.





Ten Reasons to Visit Ambrym:

  1. Many festivals and ceremonies
  2. Lots of accommodation
  3. Active volcano and ash plane
  4. You can get around on foot
  5. You can get around by truck
  6. Proximal to major centers, Port Vila and Santo
  7. Rom Dance
  8. Tam Tams
  9. Best trekking and hikes
  10. Magical

See Vanuatu Aelan Walkabaot for details on hiking and trekking on the island.