One of the fundamentals is that cash is
king in Vanuatu
If you are travelling to the islands of Vanuatu, in addition to paying for your holiday accommodation, you will
have to bring some spending money. Not only for your shopping at supermarkets, duty-free shopping, or tour
bookings, but also to pay for your entertainment expenses, such as cafe bars and restaurants.
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Banks and ATMs in Vanuatu
Having unexpected travel expenses can be part of any travel experience, including on your
holiday in Vanuatu. But it's good to know that many Vanuatu resorts offer money exchanges, while
there are also ATMs available in Port Vila and Luganville.
Guide to Banking in Vanuatu
The local currency in Vanuatu is the Vatu. Australian dollars are widely accepted in store,
restaurants and supermarkets. Traveler's cheques and credit cards are welcome in Port Vila and
Luganville towns, on Efate and Santo islands respectively.
Do you know how to save money when exchanging currency? Here are a few currency
exchange tips that could save your money when travelling. Learn how exchange process works when you
are exchanging US dollars to Vanuatu vatu.
Vanuatu banking convenience
In the centre of Port Vila, you will find the main Post Office building, along with a few bank branches.
There is the local National Bank of Vanuatu a bit further from the town centre, while Australia's Westpac Bank and
the ANZ (Australia and New Zealand) Bank branches are right across the street from the Post Office, with ATMs. This
makes it rather convenient to do your banking in Vanuatu for your travel needs.
From the town centre, take one of the side streets and walk up the
hill, away from the harbour side. In amongst other dwellings, you’ll find Vanuatu Reserve Bank building there. No
free samples are offered at the Bank, but it’s a good spot to view the whole town from above, with its harbour and
islands. Prominent in your view will be Iririki island with its Iririki Island Resort. It’s well
worth the walk, especially for a photo opportunity.
|Located on a hill just about Port Vila town centre is Vanuatu's Reserve Bank
Investing in Vanuatu
For those looking to invest in
Vanuatu, best real estate properties can be found in Port Vila and other parts of Efate island, as well as in
Bouganvile on Santo island. Most of expat community lives in and around Port Vila, on Efate