Great business opportunity!

Hi there!

Port Vila, Vanuatu’s oldest scuba diving operation is for sale. Nautilus Watersports is now on the market.

To create an inventory for Nautilus is a massive task. We are simply not going to go through and count every knife, fork and spoon at this stage. What I have attempted to do here is give you an overview of what is included.

Nautilus Watersports/Wild Blue Fishing Charters has been owned by Pete and Leanne Phillipps for 22 years. It’s been a passion and a great family business providing a great lifestyle however we would like to retire.

If you’re looking for a business and a great work environment in Port Vila that’s up and running and profitable pre covert here it is. Don’t forget Vanuatu is still a tax haven.

Pre-COVID we ran 2 dive boats daily. We have sold the boats at the start of the pandemic.

I have put some photos in here to give you an idea of what comes with the business. Basically, I would take my workshop tools “Not Diving Related” and everything else would be included. There is lots of diving-related and odds and sods that can be gone through if you were perusing a purchase. Example double tank rigs, back plates “Non B.C.D” assorted S/H equipment that I have just kept as spares.

Really, I think the best option is for an interested party to come and have a look and you can get a better idea if this is for you.


Wetsuits & BCD’s

Training Pool, Gear Lockers & Wash Tub

Shop & Classroom

Some Stock that is in the Shop

Staff Living Area & Kitchen

The staff living area is made up of 4 bedrooms, 2 rooms are setup with bunk beds, 1 room with a double bed and 1 with a single bed, Kitchen area, Bathroom & Dinning/lounge area.

Compressors & Fill Panels

There are 5 Compressors in Service, 2 X fill panels and banks for quick fills.

Fishing Charter Business

We are including Wild Blue Fishing Charters. This fishing charter business was the busiest in Vanuatu due to its positioning, both price-wise and being located right in the heart of Port Vila. Stormbird runs many days with a skilled skipper and deckhand and a very good range of tackle. Wild Blue Fishing Charters also conducts fishing charters for the visiting cruise boats.

NOTE: Fishing Vessels were sold at the beginning of COVID-19.

Upstairs above the dive shop is the Studio and Dorm.

These are semi self-contained and everything is included as well.

NOTE: This accommodation was temporarily turned into office space at the start of the lockdown.

The current tenant is leaving shortly and this can be turned back into accommodation. Will need refurnishing.

Dorm Accommodation

Front Room (Overlooking Water)

Back Room (Facing Road)

Private Bathroom for Dorm

Studio Apartment

Lodging is located right in the middle of town so it is only a short walk to shops, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.

Just walk down the stairs and you can board our boats.

The room is rented out at 4,500Vt per person per night and is discounted to 4,000vt per person per night if the guests are staying for more than 3 nights.

The Study Accommodations had:

  • Own bathroom with toilet, shower and basin.
  • 1 Queen Size Bed
  • Couch that folds out to a double bed
  • Storage for clothes to be hung and drawers provided.


The room is rented out at 8,000vt Twin Share per night and is discounted to 7,000vt Twin Share per night if the guests are staying for more than 3 nights. If the couch is made up for extra guest an extra charge of 1,500vt per person. These accommodations are also very popular with AirBnB.

The Farey

Last but not least is the Farey which used to be our humble abode where Leanne and I lived for 12 years and has now become my office. The Farey has its own private bathroom and small walk through rob.

We would just empty out our personal possessions.

We are looking to sell this operation to an enthusiastic operator that would like to continue with Vanuatu’s longest-running dive operation. This operation serviced cruise boats, resorts, and many international divers and anglers.

There is a long lease available on the premises and the possibility of a rent share with a commercial diving operator as well.

Figures are available from pre-COVID and booking diaries are also on hand.

What you need:

We are open to reasonable offers to take over existing plant and equipment.  

You will need to purchase a dive boat or boats and if you wanted to continue with fishing a fishing vessel will be required. We still have lots of tackle available. The web presence is up and running and still generating inquiries. This has been a great family, lifestyle business for my wife and me, and our children, and it’s been a great place for family and friends to come and holiday.

What better time to purchase an existing Watersports operation with the boarders opening on the 1st July.

For further information please contact Peter Phillipps on or phone  +678 5563288