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We visited Vuda Point Marina (VUN-da) twice – once in 2016 and again in 2017.
Both times we moved over from the Mamanucas after sailing around for a few weeks.
The other option is Denarau, which also has a marina which is in the same area as a large shopping complex, several resorts and the ferry dock.
Vuda Point is a small, circular marina. It’s popular with cruisers because it’s well protected and you can handle Fijian formalities here, but it is pretty far from everything else like provisions.
Instead of coming into the marina we anchored outside the channel. In 2017, because it was still peak season (early October), we could not get a slip as the marina was full. Vuda Point is quite the hangout spot, so we always had several friend boats around.
There’s no snorkeling nearby, and it’s a huge bay. There’s not really cruisers out here, it’s a bit of a long dinghy ride into the marina, and not many tourist things there.
For errands, I met up with my friend Jordy one morning and hitchhiked to the closest grocery store (not the greatest store ever).
The next morning I took the bus into Lautoka, the nearest city, to find a western-style store (New World), the open-air market, and a butcher shop (Fiji Meats).
There is also a small grocery store in the marina, which carries a few things.
This morning was a market in the marina, I think they called it a farmer’s and handicraft market. David and I went to grab breakfast (David had an egg and bacon roll while I had a mango mini loaf, both delicious). There were only a few vendors selling produce, but several selling baked goods and art. I bought some produce; mangoes, papaya, long beans, spinach, and cucumbers. I also bought two treats – a homemade marshmallow and a giant meringue!
We had a few meals at The Boat Shed, including watching a glorious sunset from their outdoor seating while drinking great wine with our friends from Swiftsure and watching the hermit crab races!