Vanuatu holiday resorts and visitors guide

 

Everything you need to know about long stay vacations in Vanuatu

How to meet travel requirements and what to do in Vanuatu

Poolside tables at sunset overlooking the ocean at Iririki Resort

Vanuatu is coronavirus-free, but travel restrictions still remain.
However, it's time to start planning your long-stay vacation now after lockdown.

Visiting an island paradise sounds like a dream come true. Staying there for an extended period would therefore be living in a fantasy. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about long stay vacations in Vanuatu.

First, we need to tackle the elephant in the room. COVID-19 is still holding the world captive. While Vanuatu is corona-free, the country is currently under lockdown. With 2021 seeing a slowdown in the spread of the virus and the vaccinations being rolled out at a fast pace, many people are already making travel plans for the year. Travel restrictions are about to cease soon, and now is the perfect time to plan your first post-corona holiday.

Purple sunset over calm water and anchored boat.

As a peaceful tropical destination, Vanuatu islands offer a great opportunity
to enjoy many beautifully coloured sunsets in secluded locations.

Travel requirements

In order to travel to Vanuatu, there are a few basic requirements you need to meet.

Things you need to have to travel to Vanuatu:

 Valid passport – your travel documents need to be valid for at least six months from the time of your departure for Vanuatu.

 Confirmed return ticket – most visas are issued as temporary, and if you do not have a one-way entry visa, you will need to have proof of a return ticket or an e-ticket itinerary.

 Valid visa – to be granted entry to Vanuatu, you must have a valid visa or other re-entry documents.

Visas are issued for 30 days – the standard visa issued by the Immigration Department lasts for a 30-day visit. If you are thinking about long stay vacations in Vanuatu, you will need to extend your visa. You can extend your stay by up to 12 months by filling out some paperwork and paying a nominal fee. Check out the link here to see the official form you need to fill out.

Where to stay in Vanuatu

Whatever your holiday needs may be, we are sure you will be able to find something to your liking. Vanuatu has plenty of resorts for you to choose from. Options range from functional dormitory-style rooms if you are in the backpacking mood to spacious private beach houses if you are traveling with more people. You can book beachside bungalows and enjoy breathtaking views every day.

Most lodging options also include on-site restaurants, private pools or beaches, and sports and entertainment options. Booking your stay at a high-quality popular resort means all of your needs will be met, and you won’t need to worry about a thing. The only thing that’s left for you to do is to relax and enjoy yourself. If you are traveling with pets, you can check with the resort of your choosing, but most of them are pet-friendly.

Waterfall surrounded by trees and shrubs.

For the lovers of all things natural, Vanuatu offers plenty of options to spend
your time exploring the natural wonders this island country abounds with.

How to transfer your belongings

Traveling to Vanuatu is one thing, but with an extended stay, you need to think about what to bring and how to get your possessions there. Going on a long stay vacation is almost like moving house overseas. An overnight bag isn’t going to cut it. It is probably best to leave this task to professionals who have experience with international moving, as transporting some of your bulkier belongings might be a challenge. Thankfully, the climate in Vanuatu is tropical, with primarily warm temperatures and moderate rainfall. This means you don’t need to carry your entire wardrobe with you for your vacation.

During your stay, you might fall in love with Vanuatu and decide to relocate there permanently. Thankfully, we have a guide for moving to Vanuatu. You can apply for a residency visa and prolong it year after year.

Underwater divers exploring a reef.

When you are on holiday in tropical islands, diving is a great way to explore the
underwater world. You will find many great diving spots in Vanuatu.

Things to do in Vanuatu

Vanuatu is very tourist-oriented, meaning there are plenty of resorts and activities for you to partake in. If you are a fan of sports and outdoor activities, there is plenty for you to do in this island paradise.

Top things to do in Vanuatu include:

Day tours

Guided tours are a great option if you have just arrived in Vanuatu and want to do some sightseeing and learn something about the rich island history in the process. Even if you plan a long stay vacation, starting with a couple of day tours will give you ideas on what you can later explore yourself.

Diving

Vanuatu has a large number of  prime diving locations for you to explore. You can book lessons and charter private tours, which are beginner-friendly. On the other hand, if you are a seasoned diver, you can find adventure by exploring shipwrecks in the local reef.

Car rental

If you are planning a long stay vacation in Vanuatu, you might want to consider renting a car. Some resorts can offer you rentals, but there are also specialized companies that have scooters and four-wheel drives. Having a vehicle to drive around the island paradise will let you search for out-of-the-way hidden gems.

Golf, surfing, fishing, and hiking

All sorts of outdoor activities can be found in Vanuatu, which is to be expected with yearlong warm weather.

Getting married in Vanuatu

Ever thought about having your wedding on a secluded island getaway and then extending it into a long stay vacation? There are multiple wedding venues that can help you organize the whole thing. Once the wedding is wrapped up, you don’t even need to go out of your way to plan the honeymoon as a separate event. Just extend your stay in Vanuatu and make it the most memorable vacation of your life.

Duty-free shopping

Doing some discounted shopping is good for saving money while you are there, but it also makes an excellent option for purchasing items to take back with you once your holiday is over. Just remember that there are some duty-free allowances on the number of goods you can bring back.

Visiting Vanuatu is never the wrong decision, regardless if you are going there for some time in the sun or if you want to partake in one of the many activities Vanuatu has to offer. Hopefully, after reading this article, you have a handle on everything you need to know about long stay vacations in Vanuatu. We have covered everything from required paperwork and lodging options but have also looked into things you can do while you are on your long stay vacation.

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