Fish Species That Attract Tourists in
you expect to catch if you go fishing in Vanuatu?
Fishing isn't just important to the economy of Vanuatu; it is also cherished by a
huge percentage of tourists who visit these awesome islands. Vanuatu is regarded as one of the best fishing
destinations, because there are diverse types of fish species in this island archipelago.
In fact, fishing is the primary source of income for most of the residence of the
islands and based on 2009 figures, about 77% of households in Vanuatu are involved in fishing activity. According
to a figure released in the year 2005, Vanuatu caught over 150,000 fish that year. With such an amount of fish
caught in every year, it's no surprise that Vanuatu islands are a fishing mecca for many tourists.
|When you visit tropical destinations such as Vanuatu,
water based holiday
activities come naturally, including diving and fishing.
Vanuatu islands thrilling experiences
Vanuatu country comprises of about 83 islands and is well-known for the
experiences. Irrespective of your interest in these amazing islands, be it
in the beautiful corals, huge fish or fantastic historic wrecks, Vanuatu provides tourists with several incredible
experiences. The large caverns and drop-offs, plenteous marine life, exquisite shimmering corals, extraordinary sea
fans, including its prominent wrecks, have all given these tropical islands its incredible underwater reputation.
The islands are also one amongst the best places for divers to view dugongs, attracting many tourists to
visit Vanuatu in the hope of encountering these amazing creatures.
Fishing in Vanuatu
The islands of
Vanuatu boast of several thrilling landscapes, beaches, amazing
features, sites, lookout spots, etc.; this makes it an attractive place for tourist who engages in several
activities on their visit to this island country. The fishing in Vanuatu is one of the best in the world and this
it is not really surprising because of its enviable location in the South
Vanuatu islands are well known for their deep-sea and reef fishing, but sport and
game fishing is also something most tourist and island residents indulge in. Irrespective of your fishing style,
probably you are the type of angler who loves to drop a line in and relax or you are like most angler who get right
in their and into the action, Vanuatu fishing is sure to thrill you. To making your fishing adventure in the
islands smooth, consider getting a fish finder with GPS. This
device is good at locating fish and would ensure that you have a good time catching lots of it.
|When you live in a country that's surrounded by the
sea, one of the most common
activities is likely to be fishing, not only for sport but for economic reasons,
Variety of fish in Vanuatu
If you are the type of angler who always love to get into any challenge to prove
your expertise in the field of fishing, then Vanuatu's angler and game fishing offer you the chance to capture
anything ranging from wahoo, yellowfin tuna, Marlin, swordfish, dorado, and other arrays of fishing fish. For
anglers who don't like the wrestling aspect of fishing but rather want something that provides the thrills and
spills, then you will surely love reef fishing.
If you choose to visit the reefs, you will end up catching everything ranging from
Queenfish and Mangrove Jack to Coral Trouts, Giant Trevally, including
Green Jobfish. As time goes on, the fringing reefs will assist you in capturing bigger fishes such as Bonito,
Mahi Mahi, Marlin and Dogtooth Tuna so ensure that you go along with a durable rod, so you don't get frustrated
when your rod fails you.
Unlike fishing in other places, Vanuatu fishing offers you the chance to come out in the night and catch fish. In the night, the
Dogtooth, Tuna, and Broadbill are always out, so this should be your likely target. Regardless of when you
decide to go fishing, you will notice large schools of Sailfish that move around the waters of Vanuatu, and
this makes sighting them more interesting.
|Whether you are a sport angler or like to catch a good
dinner, you will find
fishing in Vanuatu a great activity that's likely to reward you well.
Who to go fishing with in Vanuatu?
There exist diverse fishing companies around the Islands of Vanuatu, especially
within Port Vila. These companies have flexible options and can decide to take you out on a boat for supreme game
fishing, including deep-sea fishing. Deciding the areas you wish to go all depends on the type of fishing
experience you are in search of. There are some guides on the boats that are quite knowledgeable. If you aren’t
sure of the type of fishing experience you want, you can talk to them about your options.
The best fishing spots in Vanuatu
Fishing is a prominent activity in Vanuatu, and most tourists who visit these
islands love the fishing experience that it offers them. There are several species of fish in Vanuatu, but a huge
concentration are often found in certain spots on the islands. Let's take a look at some of these spots.
You will be in the company of a good fishing community when you visit the
French-speaking Port Olry. In this spot,
you have to be very stealthy than you would in a flowing stream because the waters aren't murky but transparent
and the fish can sight you. Also, you have to be cautious, so you don't hook some coral.
Hint: If you have a budging line, you aren’t in a battle with a huge fish, you are
likely hooked on to a reef.
The town of Port Olry is also a very awesome place for you to exchange fishing
stories with other tourists, or you could enjoy an angler fresh catch of the day.
Certainly, you don’t have to be told this! If you want to reel in some of the
bigger game, it is advisable that you head out to the darker waters and test your fate at deep-sea fishing. You can
decide to register for trips that range from a few hours to some days and see what you can get from the Pacific.
If you are very fortunate, you will come across fish such as the pacific blue Marlin, spearfish,
mahi-mahi, etc. So it is quite obvious that you have that huge opportunity of making a huge catch in this
|Hiring a boat to go sea fishing is one of the options
available when you are
in Vanuatu as a tourist, although your best option is to get a good guide,
When to fish in Vanuatu?
Well, the refreshing news is that Vanuatu provides you with a range of angling
options every year. As a tourist, regardless of when you visit these tropical islands, you will definitely get onto
some great fish. But, for individuals who are quite flexible with their time, I have divided the year into three
primary seasons and important detailed factors to consider which will help you decide the appropriate time to visit
these amazing tropical South Pacific islands.
The months of January to April is regarded as the season for capturing Monster GT,
Dogtooth Tuna, Big Yellowfin Tuna, and Blue Marlin. Between these months, the sea conditions are normally ok
because it is outside the trade wind season. The temperature is warm as well (around 30 degrees most days with high
humidity). In times such as this, you can expect a combination of sunny days and tropical showers on most
During May to August, anglers are often happy because they get the chance to go
after several varieties of fish such as Giant Trevally, Dogtooth tuna, yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, etc. The
day temps are ok (26-28 degrees most days), with a little amount of humidity. If you are an angler or a tourist who
loves going for those large varieties of fish, this is your best time to visit Vanuatu.
Spring is certainly spawning season and the time when all species become active
and feed aggressively. During this period, a wide variety of fish are always available. Species ranging from Giant
Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna, and Blue Marlin can be caught during this period. The day temperature is ok, and the
humidity is low as well.
Having briefed you on few things regarding fishing in Vanuatu, including other crucial related information, let us take a look at the fish species that
attract tourists visiting these islands.
|Different anglers have different preferences when it
comes to the type of fish
they like to catch, as well as type of fishing activity they prefer in
What species of fish attract tourists in
The Islands of Vanuatu is home to many species of fish, namely broadbill swordfish, billfish, short bill spearfish, Sailfish, and striped, black and
blue Marlin, as well as yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, Spanish mackerel, dogtooth tuna, coral trout, jobfish
red bass, Watson’s bonito fish, dolphinfish, sharks, Skipjack Tuna, and rainbow runners..etc. But none of these
species of fish attracts the attention of tourist like the Indo-Pacific blue marlin. This fish is regarded as
the Mike Tyson of all fish in the world, and this is because of its agility, strength, and
For the fun of it, and also for the experience, most tourists in Vanuatu prefer to go after something that presents them with the thrills and spills, something
that is worthy of the catch and the Indo-pacific blue Marlin is the only species of fish in Vanuatu that can do
that. This fish is the biggest, meanest, as well as the hardest fighter of its generation. The blue Marlin will
bite both your ears off and never even think of an apology! Of course, it is that mean, but that and other factors
have made this species of fish highly sought-after by tourists in
This unique and agile fish is one of the reasons why most tourist visit the
Islands of Vanuatu. Who doesn't want to have a glimpse of one of the most ferocious fish in the world?