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: thevysa@gmail.com

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

Captain Mark Gallaway

Captain Mark Gallaway

From my very first email from Justin I realized I was in good hands in regards to any yacht services I may need whilst in Vanuatu and points beyond, as we know Justin is a master mariner who has traveled the world extensively with superyachts for many years before settling on the tranquil Vanuatu archipelago. He knows exactly what a superyacht may need whilst in a new port.

Clearance was made easy by Justin’s knowledge of the formal procedures. He even brought the officers to the yacht which was anchored in the quarantine area.

Claire was so knowledgeable with provisioning on the island, which is not a simple one stop shop, we would have suffered severely without her help.

They are both just lovely people to deal with. “With their nothing is a problem attitude, it really made our months stay with guests aboard just a wonderful experience.”

Captain Mark Gallaway 10/03/2014

Phenomenal Travel Experience

Phenomenal Travel Experience

With a population of below 300,000 inhabitants, spread thinly over 82 unspoilt tropical islands, Vanuatu is a treasure trove of unspoilt beaches, unseen snorkel and dive sites, and places that inspire and renew. This beach is somewhere very near our office. Imagine that!

Our inspirational travel services provide bespoke travel expeditions. We create personalized itineraries that exponentially enhance your experience in Vanuatu. Our hand-selected team of guides are experts both locally and in their niche. We provide private dive guides, water sports, cultural guides, fishing and general guides. Every itinerary is custom-made with attention paid to the details.

S/Y Manu

S/Y Manu

VYS took great care of us on the Swan 70 MANU during April / May 2011.  As an ex super yacht Captain with a wide range of local contacts established during his family’s long term residence in Vanuatu, Justin was extremely well organized and easily able to anticipate our needs.  He dealt with all entry and departure formalities, at anchor fuel requirements, airport transfers, as well as providing us with invaluable local knowledge and suggestions for our cruising itinerary.

He connected us with the right people throughout the islands so that we were able to enjoy some of the vast range of unique activities on offer in Vanuatu.

Justin’s wife Claire also provided useful pointers with provisioning whilst in Efate and saved us a huge amount of time and effort in stocking the boat.

During out cruise we also had a potentially very serious medical emergency with one of our guests.  One call to Justin and the situation was quickly brought under control which was a huge relief to me whilst operating in a strange and remote place.

In short, VYS played a major role in helping us to provide the owner and guests with what will go down for them as one of the most memorable cruises they have ever enjoyed on the boat.  If I ever find myself in Vanuatu again, my first call will be to Justin.

Chris Godfrey

Captain S/Y MANU