Helped open up new unseen layers of Vanuatu
Cruising in Vanuatu can be a confusing lesson in logistics for many superyachts. That’s when you need the help of a good agent; Justin and Claire of Seal Superyachts Vanuatu are those agents. Local and connected to the islands and islanders, they have been there and done that in Vanuatu. Having cruised here many times with our well-travelled owners, Claire and Justin helped open up new unseen layers for us to explore. Their connection to the various chiefs and network of first class guides made it easy to arrange one-of-a-kind excursions that will always be remembered. From captain and chief engineer to chef, not once did we hear it cannot be done from Seal Superyachts. After 39 years of running superyachts, I would not think of visiting Vanuatu without Claire and Justin on our team.
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.
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
I was fortunate enough to happen upon Claire and Justin from Vanuatu Yacht Services soon after I arrived in Port Vila.
I actually arrived by plane several days ahead of Alive (a 66ft canting keel reichel pugh racing yacht) and her 16 person crew as they completed the Melbourne to Vanuatu yacht race. My daunting task was to prepare all the things needs to get a Grand Prix racer and her large crew through customs, through quarantine, fed, accommodated, and prepared for the return journey as well as a organise a large function to celebrate the completion of the race. I had no idea how big a task I had set myself!
Fortunately I found Claire and Justin almost by accident but who proved to be absolutely fantastic.
I can not recommend them highly enough. They solved every single problem associated with a race boat and her large crew without even missing a beat.
To start, the clearance in and out of the country was smooth despite the Sunday arrival and Sunday departure (anyone who knows Vanuatu will know that this is a small miracle)!
Justin found us berthage (quite difficult for 4.5m draft) and water transport while Claire organised land transport, caterers, equipment and food. No request was too big or too small, and all of this in advance of the boat arriving and all at very short notice and no warning!
Justin through Port Vila Boat Services also arranged to have the boat cleaned thoroughly both inside and out, as well as all of the wet weather gear and berth cushions, which certainly made our trip home much more palatable.
I thoroughly recommend Justin, Claire, their staff, Vanuatu Yacht Services and Port Vila boat yard.
Yacht Services Vanuatu has just received the official notice from the Department of Customs outlining the new requirements for superyacht charters.
This updated notice (Dated 1st April 2014) supersedes any and all previous notices that may have been released through various channels to the yachting industry.
Yacht Services Vanuatu, Vanuatu’s Department of Customs and other Government agencies are committed to facilitating all superyachts visiting our shores. Our collective goal is to ensure a smooth, straight forward process for all superyachts, private and charter.
New notice below