Annual Events and Festival Celebrations in
If you'll be traveling to Vanuatu, there are numerous ways to occupy yourself during your
trip. However, Vanuatu islands are home to numerous events and festivals
throughout the year that can enrich your vacation and add immeasurable enjoyment. What events can you find? Where
are they located? Here's a quick list of Vanuatu festivals celebrations that you can attend when you journey
to this South Pacific paradise.
The celebrated inspiration for
bungee jumping, the natives of Pentecost
annually leap from tall, wooden towers with nothing but vines securing them. This festival runs from April 5-16,
from May 3-31, and from June 7-28, though only on Saturdays. Numerous tour companies incorporate this
unique Naghol into their
Various festivals in Vanuatu usually involve
native dancers performing for the visitor,
sometime done without any music - just vocals and dancing
Come celebrate island magic in a
real way with the magicians and native dancers on Ambrym
Island. This festival runs from July 21-23. Guests will see Rom dancing, spirit summoning, magic
(sorcery) demonstrations and much more. Local planting methods, hand-catching methods for fishing and other local
specialties will also be showcased.
Ambrym Arts Festival
Held in July, the Arts Festival
features incredible native dancing, including Rom dances, custom village tours, handicraft displays and sales, as
well as much more. Lunch is provided in the form of an authentic village feast. While this festival is put on for
the benefit of visitors, it is also a real festival, celebrating the heritage and culture of the
The annual relay run in Port Vila attracts local and
international participants and spectators.
Held annually in February, in Port Vila, this run offers fun and enjoyment for
spectators and runners alike.
This is an incredible, unique tradition in the
islands and should not be missed, as one of the best Vanuatu festivals.
It attracts runners from different countries,
especially from Australia, New Zealand and some of the nearby Pacific islands.
Held in late February every year,
this championship tournament is designed to benefit the game fishing industry in the islands. The event is tons of
fun for participants and has a festival-like atmosphere for observers.
Vanuatu Pacific Swim
This event, known locally as the
Rossi to Rossi swim, boasts more than 200 swimmers and is an incredible race through the ocean waters around the
islands. This is an incredible display of strength and endurance, as well as being a ton of fun for all. Vanuatu Pacific
Swim is one of the best known Vanuatu festivals.
Vila Race Day
Horse racing, island-style, is the
only way to describe this event. Numerous horse races take place throughout the day, as well as a party atmosphere
all around. You'll find hundreds of people in attendance, live food, live music and more.
These are some of the most important Vanuatu festivals. There are
many other local events and festivals - just enquire with your friendly Vanuatu host. Our Vanuatu Guide provides
the list of Vanuatu Public Holidays.