Offered by the Fijian government to superyachts who long to “escape the COVID-19 pandemic in paradise”, the Vacation in Paradise (VIP) Blue Lanes initiative allows megayachts that meet requirements to enter into Port Denarau Marina in Nadi. The VIP Blue Lane allows very high net worth individuals to come into Fiji through their private jets, get into their superyachts and travel with a quarantine boat that moves around with them.
Superyacht owners entering Fiji through the VIP Blue Lane initiative spend an average of $250,000 during their stay at Port Denarau Marina. Port Denarau Marina chief executive officer Cynthia Rasch explained the travel initiative allowed high net worth individuals to travel to Fiji and escape the COVID-19 global pandemic for a few months.
“A superyacht is 24 metres and above and anything that is below is a smaller vessel,” she said. “A smaller vessel brings in an average of $60,000 to $70,000 for roughly a 120 to 160 odd days they spend in Fiji and a superyacht spends about 60 to 80 days in Fiji and they spend an average of $250,000.
“So they bring in a lot of money and these are very high net worth individuals.” “I’ve had people calling in asking ‘can I come in without going through the quarantine’ or those just willing to come in and saying ‘where do I sign’.
More details on the Vacation in Paradise (VIP) Blue Lanes initiative.