4 Things To Know Before Going To Vanuatu
things you should know about Vanuatu destination
There is simply no way to deny the fact that a Vanuatu vacation can be incredibly
memorable. However, this does not mean that you do not have to properly plan everything. You need to think about
very different things but some of higher importance are much more common than others. This is exactly what we will
focus on in order to help you quickly plan a perfect Vanuatu getaway.
Before you decide on your holiday to Vanuatu, get
to know some helpful things
about Vanuatu as a destination, to guide you around this tropical
When To Visit
There is not really a bad time when to plan a holiday to Vanuatu but most people
consider the period between April and October as the best since the weather is really sunny and warm. Humidity is
also lower so you will be much more comfortable. In other months, especially February or earlier, you will find
pretty cheap deals since tourist trade becomes slower. It is really easy to get to Vanuatu since only 3-4 hours are
needed by plane when traveling from the east coast of Australia,
depending from which of the Australia's cities you're coming from.
If you want to travel to Vanuatu, you do need a visa. However, this does not apply
in the event that you have a passport coming from a country that is listed as being visa exempt. The system is not
as the eTa Canada program or
like the ESTA in the US. You just need a valid passport from an authorized country. An official waiver agreement
was signed with the EU. All citizens of countries listed under the Schengen Agreement can travel to Vanuatu and
stay up to 90 days every 180 days.
Getting Around Vanuatu
Cheap transportation is available through a really well developed bus system
in Vanuatu's capital Port
Vila. The schedule is not timetabled but busses do often appear,
every 10-15 minutes. You can also consider metered taxis as they are really common. Some do offer fixed rates
or rates that are comparable to that of the buses. You can flag down mini buses from the street. They are
identified with the letter B put in front of their license plate.
Depending on your desired type of accommodation,
you will find many different
types of holiday accommodation in Vanuatu, from traditional
to villas, resorts and hotels in different parts of the country.
Obviously, the possibility of renting a car is available but you should know it is mostly not needed. Islands are really compact
and it is so simple to navigate them on foot. You can also consider hiring bicycles if you want to have a
more active or a little bit faster experience.
Is Vanuatu Expensive?
Contrary to what many think, Vanuatu is not expensive. However, it cannot be seen
as a cheap travel destination. If traveling from Australia, you are used to prices as they are similar for drinks
and food. Vanuatu has numerous self-catering accommodations, supermarkets and markets. These allow budget conscious
travellers to save a lot of money.
It is important to note that most resorts will accept the major credit
cards. ATMs are easy to find in Port Vila’s main
street, together with numerous money exchanges. Once at the airport, it is a good idea to exchange some money
so you are sure you have some cash available if you need it. Vatu is the official currency of Vanuatu. 1 AUD
is around 80 Vatu, with a bus trip around the town costing 100 Vatu.