Vanuatu Islands - Official Vanuatu Region Guide

Introduction to the Region

The islands of Vanuatu (previously known as New Hebrides) are volcanic in origin (active volcanoes can be found on Tanna, Ambrym, Ambae, Lopevi and Gaua), with lush tropical rainforests and mountain ranges, fresh water rivers, streams and waterfalls. This island paradise is surrounded by the sparkling clear waters of the South Pacific Ocean and protected by expanses of coral reefs that offer a snorkelling and diving experience not to be missed.

Where is Vanuatu?

This beautiful archipelago is located east of Australia, north-east of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and south of the Solomon Islands.

Vanuatu is only 2.5 hours flying time north-east of Brisbane and 3.5 hours from Sydney, Australia. It's a little over 2 hours from Auckland, New Zealand and less than an hour from Fiji.

Which International airlines fly to Vanuatu?

Air Pacific, Air Vanuatu, Aircalin, Pacific Blue, Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand.

Travelling to Vanuatu

Citizens of most countries do not require a visa to visit Vanuatu. Visitors may stay up to 30 days with possible extensions of up to 4 months. Visitors must have onward tickets and current passports. Visitors must not engage in any form of employment or business activities without a relevant visa.

Water

Urban tap water in Port Vila is perfectly safe to drink. It does, however, have a high calcium content so those little white specks floating in your tea doesn't mean the milk is 'off'. It is advisable however, in the outer islands to boil your water or to drink bottled water. When travelling to the outer islands where supplies are scarce it is advisable to take along your own bottled water.

Vanuatu the tourist's idealic destination

Efate Island; Is the third biggest island in Vanuatu with an approximate population of 50,000 multinational and Ni Vanuatu residents. Its capital city, Port Vila is the business and tourism Mecca of Vanuatu and hosts Vanuatu's biggest port, Havannah where luxury cruise ships pull in week after week with tourists from the world over.

Cruise Ships

Want your holiday to begin from when you leave home? Grab a berth on a cruise ship bound for Vanuatu. Cruise ships offer a hassle free, relatively inexpensive, completely organised, fully inclusive holiday with a difference, where you can experience Vanuatu from sea and visit a few of it's idealic untouched tropical islands. Each year over 50 cruise ships visit Port Vila, with departures from Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland.

Geography of Vanuatu

Efate is complete with lush tropical rainforests and mountain ranges, fresh water rivers, streams and waterfalls. This island paradise is surrounded by the sparkling clear waters of the South Pacific Ocean and protected by expanses of coral reefs that offer a snorkelling and diving experience not to be missed. As Vanuatu lies squarely on the top of the Pacific Ring of Fire, earthquake tremors can occur but are so small they go unnoticed. Every couple of weeks you get a little one that some people notice. In Bislama it's called a 'kraon i shekshek (ground he shake-shake). Once you have been there long enough you will "feel" one coming seconds before the earth begins to move. If the locals are not worried, you needn't be.

Vanuatu Hiking Trails

Walking is the best way to get close to the sights, sounds and smells of the beaches, plantations, native villages rivers and jungle first hand. An experienced tour guide can help you trek safely through dense rainforests and discover caves, waterfalls, local villages, rivers and streams. Or grab a backpack, good walking shoes, hat and water and set off on your own adventure, you will be safe and find yourself welcomed by local villagers.

Charity work and Volunteer Programs

There are many international aid projects and volunteer programs operating in Vanuatu. Volunteers have the opportunity to work side by side with local Ni Vanuatu to work on projects that involve; education, construction, community development, youth development, and to improve health and hygiene levels. http://www.ivp.org.au

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