Unless you live in Australia, New Zealand or nearby island countries
in the South Pacific, it's possible you might not even know about country called Vanuatu. Those who watched
Survivor TV series in
the early 2000s might vaguely remember it, as Lopevi and Yasur tribes, named after volcanic island (Lopevi) and
a volcanoe on Tanna island (Mt
Vanuatu – South Pacific
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 in the Pacific Ocean. Hence the
warm and welcoming Melanesian hospitality and South Pacific charm of this island country.
Vanuatu is a travel destination that is rarely considered simply because people do not know that
much about it. Most are not even aware about its geographical location. We even see tourists that think they
need a USA Esta for traveling to Vanuatu. This is incorrect. The
truth is there are different reasons why you want to visit this remote Paradise.
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.
However, many of the other Vanuatu islands
also have holiday accommodation (usually bungalow type), especially the largest, Santo island.
This Vanuatu islands location map in the South
Pacific Ocean also shows the
6 Vanuatu Provinces of Torba, Sanma, Penama, Malampa, Shefa
The above Vanuatu map was provided
courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries,
The University of Texas at Austin.
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 and largest city in the islands.
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,
being the gateway to this country.
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.
Panoramic view of Port Vila town centre buildings
from a hillside,
looking towards harbour with Irririki Island and its resort in
the centre of this picture.
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.