ISLANDS OF VANUATU
The Islands of Vanuatu are surrounded by colourful coral reefs, deserted beaches and crystal blue waters, sparkling with a clarity that you can only dream of. Wherever you visit in Vanuatu, you will find no two beaches are the same. Each location offers something different. Quiet lagoons where dugongs wallow, black volcanic sands, white sandy beaches, blue holes for snorkelling, waves for surfing, deep water for diving amongst ship wrecks and impressive deep sea boating and fishing.
Vanuatu affects visitors in many ways, and everyone who visits this Island paradise, located so close to Australia, is touched differently by the experience, which is why so many return again and again.
The islands and people of Vanuatu have a charm that you simply won’t find elsewhere. With each visit, you will uncover and discover another amazing aspect of these relatively untouched islands. Each time creating different memories and experiences.
Whether you are looking for an escape from reality, family friendly resorts, children friendly activities, extreme adventures or honeymoon escapes for the newlywed or always wed, this island paradise has something for everyone. All within a few short hours air travel from the east coast of Australia.
Vanuatu is culturally rich, interesting, safe, friendly, affordable and must be experienced to be believed. Vanuatu simply is “The happiest place on earth”.
Introduction to the Region
The islands of Vanuatu (previously known as New Hebrides) are volcanic in origin (active volcanoes can be found on Tanna, Ambrym, Ambae, Lopevi and Gaua), with lush tropical rainforests and mountain ranges, fresh water rivers, streams and waterfalls. This island paradise is surrounded by the sparkling clear waters of the South Pacific Ocean and protected by expanses of coral reefs that offer a snorkelling and diving experience not to be missed.
Where is Vanuatu?
This beautiful archipelago is located east of Australia, north-east of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and south of the Solomon Islands.
Vanuatu is only 2.5 hours flying time north-east of Brisbane and 3.5 hours from Sydney, Australia. It’s a little over 2 hours from Auckland, New Zealand and less than an hour from Fiji.
Which International airlines fly to Vanuatu?
Air Pacific, Air Vanuatu, Aircalin, Pacific Blue, Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand.
Travelling to Vanuatu
Citizens of most countries do not require a visa to visit Vanuatu. Visitors may stay up to 30 days with possible extensions of up to 4 months. Visitors must have onward tickets and current passports. Visitors must not engage in any form of employment or business activities without a relevant visa.
Urban tap water in Port Vila is perfectly safe to drink. It does, however, have a high calcium content so those little white specks floating in your tea doesn’t mean the milk is ‘off’. It is advisable however, in the outer islands to boil your water or to drink bottled water. When travelling to the outer islands where supplies are scarce it is advisable to take along your own bottled water.
Vanuatu the tourist’s idealic destination
Efate Island; Is the third biggest island in Vanuatu with an approximate population of 50,000 multinational and Ni Vanuatu residents. Its capital city, Port Vila is the business and tourism Mecca of Vanuatu and hosts Vanuatu’s biggest port, Havannah where luxury cruise ships pull in week after week with tourists from the world over.
Want your holiday to begin from when you leave home? Grab a berth on a cruise ship bound for Vanuatu. Cruise ships offer a hassle free, relatively inexpensive, completely organised, fully inclusive holiday with a difference, where you can experience Vanuatu from sea and visit a few of it’s idealic untouched tropical islands. Each year over 50 cruise ships visit Port Vila, with departures from Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland.
Geography of Vanuatu
Efate is complete with lush tropical rainforests and mountain ranges, fresh water rivers, streams and waterfalls. This island paradise is surrounded by the sparkling clear waters of the South Pacific Ocean and protected by expanses of coral reefs that offer a snorkelling and diving experience not to be missed. As Vanuatu lies squarely on the top of the Pacific Ring of Fire, earthquake tremors can occur but are so small they go unnoticed. Every couple of weeks you get a little one that some people notice. In Bislama it’s called a ‘kraon i shekshek (ground he shake-shake). Once you have been there long enough you will “feel” one coming seconds before the earth begins to move. If the locals are not worried, you needn’t be.
Vanuatu Hiking Trails
Walking is the best way to get close to the sights, sounds and smells of the beaches, plantations, native villages rivers and jungle first hand. An experienced tour guide can help you trek safely through dense rainforests and discover caves, waterfalls, local villages, rivers and streams. Or grab a backpack, good walking shoes, hat and water and set off on your own adventure, you will be safe and find yourself welcomed by local villagers.
Charity work and Volunteer Programs
There are many international aid projects and volunteer programs operating in Vanuatu. Volunteers have the opportunity to work side by side with local Ni Vanuatu to work on projects that involve; education, construction, community development, youth development, and to improve health and hygiene levels. http://www.ivp.org.au