Vanuatu

South Pacific charm, Melanesian culture, and hospitality

South Pacific map
MAP OF SOUTH PACIFIC
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Located only a few hours flying time from Australia and New Zealand, Vanuatu offers the perfect blend of South Pacific charm with Melanesian culture and hospitality of Melanesian people.

Combine that with duty free shopping, volcanic sand beaches, tropical waterfalls and deep sea fishing, and in Vanuatu you have the ideal escape from the daily grind. Experience a different time and different place by visiting Vanuatu.

Regardless of where you stay in Port Vila, it is important to make the reservation ahead of time. The further ahead that you plan, the more likely you are to have an enjoyable and stress free stay in the area.

That said, there are a number of travel websites out there that allow you to find a place to stay in Port Vila with little to no difficulties. There’s simply no reason to waste hours of your time running from hotel to hotel at the last minute, when you can book the perfect room in just a few moments online.

South Pacific

Vanuatu is a group of 83 islands in the South West Pacific, North East of New Caledonia, and North West of Fiji. See South Pacific map on the right - click on to enlarge it. Vanuatu islands archipelago is surrounded by Solomon Islands on the north-west, Fiji islands in the south-east and New Caledonia on the south-west.

Efate Island

Efate Island map
EFATE ISLAND MAP
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Efate Island is the main administrative island of Vanuatu, where Vanuatu's capital Port Vila is also located. Efate has a land area of approximately 1000 sq kilometers and it's one of 83 Vanuatu islands. Make your Vanuatu Efate holiday complete by doing 'Round the Island' day tour.

Bauerfield Airport

The main Vanuatu airport is Bauerfield International Airport, not far from Port Vila, on Efate Island. It's the main gateway to Vanuatu.

Upon your arrival at Bauerfield International Airport, the Worawia Courtesy Bus will be waiting to deliver you to the resort which is only 10 minutes away. Other bookable courtesy bus services can be arranged at Worawia's reception.

Bauerfield International Airport in Port Vila
Bauerfield International Airport parking area

Vanuatu Temperatures

Remembering that Vanuatu is in the Southern Hemisphere (it is Winter here when it is Summer in the Northern Hemisphere), the climate of Vanuatu is generally tropical temperate with rainfall averaging about 235 centimeters (90 inches) annually.

Typical Vanuatu temperature ranges are:

Summer:

Port Vila panorama
Hill view of Port Vila, with Iririki island
seen in the centre of the photo
December - March
(temperature range 21°C - 33°C)

Autumn:
April - June
(temperature range 19°C - 29°C)

Winter:
July - September
(temperature range 15°C - 26°C)

Spring:
October - November
(temperature range 18°C - 30°C)

No matter when you decide to holiday in Vanuatu, you will find it a tranquil paradise.

Vanuatu Articles

Learn more about Vanuatu from the following articles:

  • Backpacking in Vanuatu - When it comes to hiking and backpacking holidays, you want your destination to be scenic, weather to be good, and people to be friendly. You'll find all that and more if you choose to backpack your way in Vanuatu.  
  • Kava Kava Root - If you know anything about South Pacific culture, you would be familiar with the name of kava root. Used for thousands of years, this popular root drink has many uses in the local customs. It is also very popular in Vanuatu. 
  • Kava Tasting - One of the most popular local customs in Vanuatu is that of kava tasting. This root-based drink offers you a relaxed, numbing feeling, even though it's not an alcoholic drink.  
  • Melanesian Culture - When you visit Vanuatu you also get an opportunity to experience the history and culture of the local Melanesian people. This includes visiting local villages and historical sites.
  • Melanesian Feast Night - You Vanuatu holiday experience won't be complete without attending at least once Melanesian Feast Night. Combining local customs, music, dancing, food and kava kava drink, this is a unique outting, popular with Vanuatu visitors.
  • Melanesian People - Vanuatu belongs to the Pacific Island area, which is mostly inhabited by Melanesian people. But the islanders cultural values have also been influenced by European peoples due to settlement.  
  • Prepare Healthy Meals - Port Vila's and Vanuatu's great outdoor areas are a true magnet for picnics and family outings. For a complete outdoor experience, why not prepare your own healthy meals, using the great variety of fresh food available in Port Vila markets. 
  • Reasons to Visit Vanuatu - Welcoming Melanesian people make Vanuatu one of the most desirable holiday destinations. But there's much more to this tropical island paradise. We give you seven reasons why you should visit Vanuatu for your next holiday and travel experience. 
  • Resorts in Vanuatu - Nothing can spoil your holiday like staying in a place that's less than you hoped for. Your holiday accommodation should be more than just a good bed. Choose your resort accommodation in Vanuatu with well-reputed resorts. 
  • Vacation in Vanuatu - Port Vila offers some of the best Vanuatu resorts. But you will also find good private vacation homes available for rental and lease. They all offer good accommodation and traditional Melanesian hospitality. 
  • Vanuatu Land Dive - It's one of Vanuatu's most recognized features - the Nagol or Land Dive ceremony. Held annually to ensure a rich yam harvest, this is a unique ceremony that can be seen on Pentecost island only.  

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