Recognising the ongoing and increased uncertainty that coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing around the world, we wanted to update you on the actual situation and actions we are taking in response to the current situation.
Currently, while Vanuatu has recorded NO confirmed cases of COVID-19, all borders are closed and Ocean Blue have temporarily suspended its accommodation and fishing operation.
There are numerous media reports and hyperbole in regard to when domestic travel, bubbles, and international borders will re-open. The media hype centred around this issue changes almost daily, making it impossible to make sense of reality. We are in constant discussions with government officials and industry representatives.
What we can say: borders will re-open as soon as deemed safe to do so.
New Zealand will likely be the first international destination opened, followed by Pacific island countries. It is unlikely international destinations further a field will be available to access for a while yet. There are a number of pacific islands including Vanuatu who are COVID-19 free. These islands, including Vanuatu are currently open and operating without restriction and awaiting the lifting of restrictions from Australia and New Zealand.
Rest assured we are keeping a close eye on developments and will be ready to welcome our guests back to our island paradise as soon as possible.
Supporting your plans
We wish to advise our reservations team is operating as normal. We know that flexibility is what our guests are looking for right now. We are waiving change fees and providing all clients with a credit on their pre-booked adventures.
This will allow you to reschedule your trip for 2021, 2022 and 2023.
While a large number of our guests are already securing dates for 2021 and 2022, you are able to hold onto your credit and secure new dates at a later time.
We are currently working through contacting guests in order of priority and thank all our valued clients for their patience.
Fish with Confidence
We also want to reassure you that Ocean Blue is well-equipped to sustain a crisis of this kind, and operate successfully moving forward.
Ocean Blue was founded by some innovative individuals, and has been built from the ground up and able to be nimble and become sustainable in this current environment.
So don’t let the fear and uncertainty deter you from talking to us and booking your future adventure! We are approaching this challenge head on and for those savvy travellers you may be surprised at the extraordinary “Book Now Travel Later” discounted deals available at the moment! By booking now you can take advantage of some never to be repeated offers and are able to redeem your trip up to 31 December 2022.
We also wish to thank all of you who have supported Ocean Blue and been patient during this period and we look forward to welcoming you back to our angling paradise hopefully sooner rather than later. We are taking advantage of this downtime to make upgrades to our Lodge and boats to provide an even better Ocean Blue experience.
We see the current situation as a challenge, however, we also view it as short-term in the bigger scheme of things. Your next Ocean Blue adventure will outlive the current COVID 19 crisis!
We’d like to sincerely thank you for the trust and support you have in us and we look forward to welcoming you to Ocean Blue soon. Until then let’s please remember, while we’re all impacted by this unprecedented event, let’s be kind to each other and SHARE OUR LOVE OF FISHING!
The Ocean Blue Team.