Vanuatu overview

Vanuatu, situated in Melanesia in the Pacific, offers a rare and authentic travel experience with breathtaking natural beauty and a vibrant cultural legacy. Visitors can enjoy everything from exploring active volcanoes to swimming in clear lagoons, immersing themselves in local customs and pristine surroundings. The warm and welcoming locals, diverse cuisine, and luxurious accommodation make Vanuatu a must-visit destination for those seeking a unique adventure off the beaten path.

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Example Vanuatu itineraries

Inter-island flights and ferries connect Efate, Espiritu Santo, and Tanna. Create the adventure of a lifetime exploring Port Vila and the beaches of Efate, diving and volcano trekking in Santo, and immersing in the local culture and customs in Tanna, including visiting Mount Yasur and attending traditional ceremonies.

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14 Day Explore Vanuatu

For the adventurous traveller who favours travel to parts unknown and truly unspoiled islands where the local culture is all around not hidden away behind the resort gates - then we highly recommend this 2 week trip to Vanuatu. Spend 3 nights on Tanna, 6 nights on Espiritu Santo and 4 nights on Efate. There is time for relaxing and exploring - visit local villages, swim in magnificent natural blue...


Top Vanuatu locations

Vanuatu is a stunning tropical archipelago located in the South Pacific, consisting of 83 islands offering diverse landscapes, unique cultural experiences, and world-class adventure tourism activities.

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Efate Island Vanuatu

With its untouched natural beauty, hot mineral springs, waterfalls, and pristine reefs and lagoons, Efate Island is also the most populated. Home to Port Vila, the national capital, visitors can experience the magnificent deepwater harbor, delicious wine and food, and convenient access to Vanuatu’s international airport, 10 mins away from the centre. The island’s warm waters are perfect for activities such as fishing, diving, and snorkeling, while its resorts offer opportunities for swimming, sailing, and kayaking. For those seeking adventure, popular excursions beyond Port Vila include visiting the Cascades Waterfall, Eton Beach, and Hideaway Island (Mele). Read More

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Espiritu Santo Vanuatu

If you’re looking for an adventure off the beaten path, Espiritu Santo, the largest island in Vanuatu, is a must-visit. Experience the enchanting Champagne Beach on Espiritu Santo, where pink...

Tanna Island
Tanna Island Vanuatu

Tanna’s beautiful landscapes, cultural experiences, and unique volcano make it a fascinating destination for adventurers and those seeking to experience traditional island life. Nestle...

Best resorts in Vanuatu

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Warwick Le Lagon, Vanuatu

Warwick Le Lagon – Vanuatu is ideally situated along the picturesque Erakor Lagoon, offering stunning views of Erakor Island and its sparkling lights at night. Just a 5-minute taxi ride from Port Vila Town, the resort provides convenient access to the vibrant city. ...

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Iririki Island Resort, Vanuatu

Located just a 3-minute ferry ride from Port Vila on 69 acres of tropical landscapes, Iririki Isl...

Turtle Bay Lodge Santo, Vanuatu
Turtle Bay Lodge, Vanuatu

Nestled on Santo’s east coast, Turtle Bay Lodge is a breathtaking boutique resort with 14 r...

Tanna Blue Pools
White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa Vanuatu

Nestled into beautiful tropical gardens, 328 feet from pristine coral reef, each private island s...


Frequently asked questions

When is the best time to visit Vanuatu?

Vanuatu boasts year-round tropical and equatorial climates, with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 28°C (64°F to 82°F). The best time to visit is between April and October with comfortable temperatures and less rainfall.

How do I get to Vanuatu?

Vanuatu is located in the South Pacific Ocean. Most travelers fly to Bauerfield International Airport (VLI) in Port Vila, the capital city. Several airlines offer flights to Vanuatu, including Air Vanuatu, Qantas, and Virgin Australia. Direct flights are available from various cities, including Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, and Nadi.

What are the must-visit attractions in Vanuatu?

Vanuatu is known for its natural beauty, pristine beaches, and unique cultural experiences. Some must-visit attractions include the stunning blue holes, such as the famous Nanda Blue Hole, the volcanic landscapes of Tanna Island, and the traditional villages on Pentecost Island, where you can witness the land diving ritual. Snorkeling, diving, exploring waterfalls, and immersing in the local culture are popular activities.

Are there any cultural customs or etiquette I should be aware of in Vanuatu?

Vanuatu has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. It is important to respect their customs and traditions. When visiting villages or participating in cultural activities, it’s customary to seek permission and follow any guidelines provided. Modest dress is appreciated, especially when entering sacred sites or attending traditional ceremonies.

Are there any entry requirements or visas for visiting Vanuatu?

US citizens do not require a visa for visits up to 30 days in Vanuatu. However, it’s important to ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended departure date.

What is the tipping culture in Vanuatu?

Tipping is not a common practice in Vanuatu. However, if you receive exceptional service, leaving a small gratuity as a token of appreciation is always welcomed.

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