About Vanuatu, South Pacific charm, Melanesian culture and
Only a few hours flying time from Australia, Vanuatu offers the
perfect blend of South Pacific culture, charm and hospitality. Combine that with duty free shopping, volcanic sand
beaches, tropical waterfalls and deep sea fishing, and you have the ideal escape from the daily grind.
| All About Vanuatu
Formerly known as New Hebrides, Vanuatu gained its independence in 1980. It is spread over 83
islands in South Pacific. Read more about Vanuatu's language, origins, traditions and
In the local language, 'Vanuatu' means 'our land forever'. Vanuatu is a self-governing republic
and a member of the Commonwealth. Ni-Vanuatu people are Melanesian race, who speak over 110 local
The tropical islands of Vanuatu will leave you wanting more, with its sightseeing, tours and
other attractions. Discover seven of the top attractions in Vanuatu, which includes many local
If you have never experienced a tropical Christmas, come December, take a trip to Vanuatu. You
will find Christmas celebrations similar as in the northern hemisphere, except there is no
snow and a more relaxing atmosphere.
Unless you are taking a cruise to Vanuatu, or going on slow boat ride, the only way to reach
Vanuatu is flying over. There are direct flights from the nearby island nations, but most flights
come via Australia and NZ.
Being close to Australia's east coast and New Zealand, Vanuatu is a popular destination for
those who want to relocate to warmer places. Many Aussies and Kiwis are living here, as are expats
of other nationalities.
When you are looking for a family holiday destination, you want the place that will be fun for
the whole family. Vanuatu holiday offers a range of attractions and activities that make it a
perfect family getaway.
The main administrative island, the most populated and home to Vanuatu capital, Port Vila. This
is your gateway island when you arrive to Port Vila. So, it's no surprise that most of holiday fun
can be had on Efate.
Vanuatu islands enjoy a slow pace of life, where you will find an abundance of sights and places
to see and things to do. The most popular islands are Efate, Santo and Tanna, providing many
activities and attractions.
Trip to Vanuatu
How should you prepare for a trip to Vanuatu? What kind of precautions you need before going
over there? What should you pack? What else would you need? Follow our guide to preparing for your
This area of the Pacific Ocean is geographically known as Oceania. South Pacific hosts
some of the most popular holiday and travel destinations, including Vanuatu, Nauru, Solomons, Fiji
and New Caledonia.
This tropical island paradise features secluded swimming spots, pristine beaches, active
volcanos and events that are unique to Vanuatu. These include many local fests, land diving, and
The largest island in Vanuatu archipelago is Espiritu Santo island.
But the main island and gateway to Vanuatu is Efate
island, home to Port Vila, Vanuatu's capital.
Vanuatu has two airports, domestic and international, both located
just outside of Port Vila. The domestic airport provides local flights to islands, including island hopping and scenic flights.
Bauerfield International Airport welcomes visitors from other
countries to Port Vila and
Vanuatu – South Pacific
Vanuatu islands map
Vanuatu is a group of 83 islands in the South West Pacific, situated
North East of New Caledonia and North West of Fiji. This region is more commonly known as the South Pacific. Vanuatu islands belong to Melanesia region.
Most Vanuatu resorts are located on Efate Island, which is the
main administrative island of the Vanuatu archipelago. This island is also
home to Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila.
Vanuatu and Oceania maps were provided courtesy of the
University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.
Port Vila Town
Port Vila city is the capital of Vanuatu and an important commercial and
business centre for Vanuatu and the South Pacific. The majority of 50,000 people living on Efate Island are
residents of Port Vila, which offers a lively
and colourful mix of services, offices, banks, restaurants, gift and souvenir shops, duty free stores,
supermarkets, boutiques, cafes, galleries and local green and handcrafts market. There are also many expats living
in Port Vila, who have relocated to
Vanuatu and / or have Vanuatu citizenship.
Panorama of Port Vila
Temperatures in Vanuatu
Remembering that Vanuatu is in the Southern Hemisphere (it’s Winter
here when it’s Summer in the Northern Hemisphere), the climate of Vanuatu is generally tropical temperate with
rainfall averaging about 235 centimetres (90 inches) annually. Ideal destination for those who'd like to experience
Christmas, for a change.
Typical temperature ranges are:
December – March: temperature range 21°C - 33°C
April – June: temperature range 19°C - 29°C
July – September: temperature range 15°C - 26°C
October – November: temperature range 18°C - 30°C
Use an online temperature converter for precise temperature
conversions, from Celsius to Fahrenheit.
Further reading about Vanuatu
out more about Vanuatu travel from author David Stanley’s South Pacific Organizer.