Oceania

Vanuatu

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  • Port Vila
  • 260,000
  • French, English, Bislama
  • Vanuatu vatu
about Vanuatu

This picture-perfect island archipelago with its sub-tropical climate, sand-fringed islands and rich marine life fits the bill as a dream Pacific getaway. Vanuatu is suitably photogenic – both naturally and with it’s photo-loving people and hip-shaking festivals. One of the best known, land diving (the original bungee) on Pentecost will have you biting your fingernails to the quick.

You might rub shoulders with the locals at kava bars, where you’ll be offered a bowl of the intoxicating liquid. Traditional life continues on many of the islands and villagers will likely welcome you. Be warned: they may love to eat root vegetables (kasava, taro or yam) but you probably won’t, although you should at least give them a try.

The capital, Port Vila, errs on the touristy side of things, but has colonial charm and dining in its restaurants with water vistas is a treat. Get your fix of live-it-up decadence one day then dabble in adventure sports next by visiting the active volcano on Tanna or diving on the wreck of the SS President Coolidge on Espiritu Santo.

Just remember to leave your city slicker mentality at home. These islands are chillaxed to the max – even in the capital there’s no bargaining or hawkers.

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MALEKULA, VANUATU

The Maskelyne Canoe Festival is an epic Vanuatu cultural event, comprised of...

The Maskelyne Canoe Festival is an epic Vanuatu cultural event, comprised of feasts,...

LENAKEL, TANNA ISLAND

Leave Vanuatu’s main island of Efate behind and head to a land of...

Leave Vanuatu’s main island of Efate behind and head to a land of adventure. Thankfully...

MAEWO ISLAND, VANUATU

From the south to the north in Vanuatu, Maewo is full of rivers and...

From the south to the north in Vanuatu, Maewo is full of rivers and waterfalls with an...

GAUA ISLAND, VANUATU

Gaua Island is in the northern Torba province of Vanuatu and is less...

Gaua Island is in the northern Torba province of Vanuatu and is less developed and over...

AMBRYM ISLAND, VANUATU

Being one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world, Vanuatu's...

Being one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world, Vanuatu's traditional...

MASKELYNE ISLANDS, VANUATU

After landing at the tiny Lamap airport we are transferred to a boat ramp and...

After landing at the tiny Lamap airport we are transferred to a boat ramp and sped out...

NGUNA ISLAND, VANUATU

Nguna Volcano Summit Hike isn't the hardest walk you'll ever do but there's...

Nguna Volcano Summit Hike isn't the hardest walk you'll ever do but there's a fair chance...

MAEWO ISLAND, VANUATU

Caves conjure visions of tight squeezes, claustrophobia and dark, scary...

Caves conjure visions of tight squeezes, claustrophobia and dark, scary spaces. Not on...