Vuda Point Marina is not your typical marina set up….at least nothing that Trevor or I have seen before. It has no docks and is circular! There is a pass that has been blasted out to get inside the marina. The boat yard is behind all the boats…and this is where some vessels stay for cyclone season on land and IN the land!
We had purchased a promotional haul out way back in/at Moorea, French Polynesia at the Pacific Puddle Jump Rendezvous for a cheaper price. We had been in contact with Adam, the marina manager, for a week before we arrived to make sure they had room for us and to schedule the lift out of the water. As usually, things happen! Schedules got confused, marina staff was turned over, and worst of all….our friends on SV All Day (Vlad and Nicole) hit a reef and needed to come into the yard to do rudder and keel repair. SV Me Too and us we schedule to be hauled out on Tuesday but we gave up our spot for SV All Day as they are in need to make it to Australia and have a much tighter sailing schedule. Additionally, SV Me Too had a guest flying in in a week and they needed to get their work done before we needed to so we arranged for them to haul out before us. Nothing happens as you expect them too : ) Me Too hauled out after us due to a miscommunication and SV All Day is still in the yard….
Well we finally got into the yard…but I will post what we accomplished and bore you on a later post : )
For now I will share some of the fun we had even while living on the “hard”…. we all need to take a break at some point!
The BBQ-Slow Flights new Galley (kitchen) – So….our boat has all United States A/C plugs (110 volt) and so is our stove (yes it’s electric)….while the electrical hook ups are all 220 volts….we could not easily cook while we were on the hard but…there was this nice little BBQ with picnic tables where you could cook. We would pack up dinner makings and beverages and have dinner there in the breeze and away from the dust and dirt.
Since we couldn’t cook and to add, Vuda Point is a bit far from any town, we were kind of stuck there so we would frequent the restaurant, The Boat Shed, for their lunch specials ($5 usd for lunch) almost everyday and depending on the group’s day, we would eat dinner there too (Tuesday evenings were 1/2 off pizza…yeah I was there)! Let’s just say they know us on a first name basis right now : )
Port Denarau – Is a port about a 40 minute cab ride from Vuda Point. We took many trips here but one of them was to celebrate SV All Day 1 year anniversary of leaving the states to cruise!
We took a liking to Veer, a taxi driver, who would take us to Port Denarau for a good price…he would wait for us while we ran errands, make special stops for us along the way, and almost everyday would come by to say hi to all of us (probably to see if we needed his services but it was nice in any case!)
Sunday fun day – Sunday is generally time for rest..right? The yard has a rule that in we can’t use power tools on Sunday so we all decided to take a break and eat Yum Cha (dim sum, chinese lunch style eating) and then go see a movie, Blade Runner.
First Landing resort – So there is a resort right next “door/reef” to Vuda Point Marina. It is in a shape of a barefoot. We can walk around the reef under a fence and have access to their pool. We buy beer and had dinner there one night after a hard day’s work!
Over all Vuda Point Marina has been wonderful for us and it was so great to catch up with old friends and loving meeting new ones!