Vanuatu


Wala, Vanuatu
Cruise ship in Sight, the Fair Settles In
In much of Vanuatu, the days of the population's “good savages” are behind us. In times misunderstood and neglected, money gained value. And when the big ships with tourists arrive off Malekuka, the natives focus on Wala and billing.
Efate, Vanuatu
The Island that Survived “Survivor”
Much of Vanuatu lives in a blessed post-savage state. Maybe for this, reality shows in which aspirants compete Robinson Crusoes they settled one after the other on their most accessible and notorious island. Already somewhat stunned by the phenomenon of conventional tourism, Efate also had to resist them.
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
Naghol: Bungee Jumping without Modern Touches
At Pentecost, in their late teens, young people launch themselves from a tower with only lianas tied to their ankles. Bungee cords and harnesses are inappropriate fussiness from initiation to adulthood.
Tanna, Vanuatu
From where Vanuatu Conquered the Western World
The TV show “Meet the Native” took Tanna's tribal representatives to visit Britain and the USA Visiting their island, we realized why nothing excited them more than returning home.
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
Pentecost Naghol: Bungee Jumping for Real Men
In 1995, the people of Pentecostes threatened to sue extreme sports companies for stealing the Naghol ritual. In terms of audacity, the elastic imitation falls far short of the original.
Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Divine Melanesia
Pedro Fernandes de Queirós thought he had discovered Terra Australis. The colony he proposed never materialized. Today, Espiritu Santo, the largest island in Vanuatu, is a kind of Eden.
Malekula, Vanuatu
Meat and Bone Cannibalism
Until the early XNUMXth century, man-eaters still feasted on the Vanuatu archipelago. In the village of Botko we find out why European settlers were so afraid of the island of Malekula.
Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
The Mysterious Blue Holes of Espiritu Santo
Humanity recently rejoiced with the first photograph of a black hole. In response, we decided to celebrate the best we have here on Earth. This article is dedicated to blue holes from one of Vanuatu's blessed islands.
Vanuatu, Cruise in Wala
Wala, Vanuatu

Cruise ship in Sight, the Fair Settles In

In much of Vanuatu, the days of the population's “good savages” are behind us. In times misunderstood and neglected, money gained value. And when the big ships with tourists arrive off Malekuka, the natives focus on Wala and billing.
Efate, Vanuatu, transshipment to "Congoola/Lady of the Seas"
Efate, Vanuatu

The Island that Survived “Survivor”

Much of Vanuatu lives in a blessed post-savage state. Maybe for this, reality shows in which aspirants compete Robinson Crusoes they settled one after the other on their most accessible and notorious island. Already somewhat stunned by the phenomenon of conventional tourism, Efate also had to resist them.
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

Naghol: Bungee Jumping without Modern Touches

At Pentecost, in their late teens, young people launch themselves from a tower with only lianas tied to their ankles. Bungee cords and harnesses are inappropriate fussiness from initiation to adulthood.
Passage, Tanna, Vanuatu to the West, Meet the Natives
Tanna, Vanuatu

From where Vanuatu Conquered the Western World

The TV show “Meet the Native” took Tanna's tribal representatives to visit Britain and the USA Visiting their island, we realized why nothing excited them more than returning home.
Jumping forward, Pentecost Naghol, Bungee Jumping, Vanuatu
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

Pentecost Naghol: Bungee Jumping for Real Men

In 1995, the people of Pentecostes threatened to sue extreme sports companies for stealing the Naghol ritual. In terms of audacity, the elastic imitation falls far short of the original.
Champagne Beach, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Divine Melanesia

Pedro Fernandes de Queirós thought he had discovered Terra Australis. The colony he proposed never materialized. Today, Espiritu Santo, the largest island in Vanuatu, is a kind of Eden.
Totems, Botko Village, Malekula, Vanuatu
Malekula, Vanuatu

Meat and Bone Cannibalism

Until the early XNUMXth century, man-eaters still feasted on the Vanuatu archipelago. In the village of Botko we find out why European settlers were so afraid of the island of Malekula.
Refreshing bath at the Blue-hole in Matevulu.
Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

The Mysterious Blue Holes of Espiritu Santo

Humanity recently rejoiced with the first photograph of a black hole. In response, we decided to celebrate the best we have here on Earth. This article is dedicated to blue holes from one of Vanuatu's blessed islands.

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How to go


VISA AND OTHER PROCEDURES

Portuguese and Brazilian citizens do not need a visa to enter Vanuatu if they present a plane ticket that proves departure from the country within 30 days, as well as a visa or relevant documentation that proves the right to enter the country of return or otherwise.

HEALTH CARE

Officially, unless you come from a country at risk of yellow fever infection, Vanuatu authorities do not require any proof of vaccination. 

Hepatitis A and typhoid fever vaccines are advisable if you plan to visit Vanuatu.

Vanuatu also remains one of the Pacific archipelagos plagued by malaria (several variants including falciparum, one of the most worrying) and by Dengue fever. Of the entire archipelago, the exceptions are Port Vila, Futuna, Tongoa, Aneityum and the Mistery Islands. Follow preventive treatment before, during and after possible exposure to mosquitoes. Possibly more importantly, if you visit risky areas, wear light clothing that covers your arms, legs and feet, use repellent and/or mosquito nets and, at night, use a mosquito net. It is recommended that you check a traveler's consultation and to take malaria medication on time before traveling to Vanuatu. 

For more information on traveling health, see the Health Portal of the Ministry of Health and Tropical and Traveler Medicine Clinic. In FitForTravel find country-specific health and disease prevention advice (in English).

TRIP TO VANUATU

A Star Alliance fly from Lisbon to Sydney or Auckland with the Lufthansa (tel: 707 782 782) via Frankfurt and Singapore from €800. Airlines that fly from Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands to Vanuatu include Air New Zealand, Air Vanuatu, Fiji Airways, Virgin Australia and How many. Return flights from these countries to the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila, start at €250.

Must Do's


Ephate: 

  • Mele-Maat waterfalls
  • Back to the island in a 4WD
  • ​Port Vila Market

Holy Spirit:

  • Luganville
  • ​​World War II Tour
  • fanafo
  • ​Malo River 
  • Matevulu blue hole
  • Champagne beach
  • Lonnoc beach
  • Big Bay Highway
  • Trekking to the top of Pico Santo

​​Tanna

  • Yasur Volcano
  • ​Imayo waterfall
  • John Frum Village (Sulphur Bay)
  • Port Resolution
  • Lanakel
  • Tribal villages of Yakel and Ipai

Malekula

  • Dog's Head Hiking
  • old cannibal places
  • Aop beach 
  • Market on Wala Island (only when cruises arrive in the vicinity)
  • Walk from Rose Bay to the ex-cannibal village of Botko
  • ​Dances kastom Small Nambas and Big Nambas (Rano, Amelboas, Botko, Unmet, Mae etc.)
  • Uripiv and Uri Islands
  • Maskelynes Archipelago

Pentecost Island

  • Ceremonial jumping ceremonies naghol 
  • ​Fabulous black sand beaches
  • Penama Day (September 15)

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  • Hiking to Marum and Benbow Volcanoes
  • Back to My Roots Festival (August)
  • Lolibulo and its shows kastom rom and of magic
  • North Coast Boat Trip from Craig Cove​

 

Explore


INTERNAL FLIGHTS

To travel between islands, you'll always have to fly with the Air Vanuatu. Prices for each flight are quite high. During high season, the shorter ones cost over €100 while the longer ones – for example Port Vila – Luganville cost over €200.

CAR RENTAL

If, on the main islands – Efate and Espírito Santo – you insist on being totally independent, don't forget to rent vehicles with four-wheel drive. Leaving the city centers behind, the roads become deplorable. Expect to pay around €60 to €100 per day for a small jeep. A little less if you just rent an SUV. On the other islands, there is not even the possibility of renting a car or, if there is, it will be outside commercial rules. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Alternatively, in Port Vila (Efate) and Luganville (Espírito Santo) you can take a public minibus (1€ per way within the cities). At night, as the natives do, wave a cell phone or other light so that drivers know you want to get on board.

OTHER

To visit places outside the cities, sign up for existing tours or charter a land taxi (55€ to 105€ per day) or sea taxi.

When to go


Vanuatu's climate ranges from humid tropical in the north (more than 4.000 mm of rainfall per year) to subtropical in the south (less than 2.000 mm per year). In addition, each of the islands has its own wet and dry areas, marked by relief and other factors. Vanuatu's dry season runs from May to October. It's also the freshest. The rainy season, muggy heat and mosquitoes runs from November to April. December to March are the months of cyclones and, on average, Vanuatu is visited by two a year. In Port Vila, maximum temperatures range from an average of 27ºC in July to 30ºC in January. During the austral winter, on the nights of Port Vila, temperatures can be registered below 12ºC.

Money and costs


The currency of Vanuatu is the Vatu (VUV). At the time of creation of this text, international surveys were only possible in Port Vila – Efate and in Luganville. Credit card payments were only accepted in the most modern establishments in these cities. Vanuatu's cost of living is somewhat inflated by the archipelago's insularity and tourist eccentricity.

ACCOMMODATION

You'll find a little bit of everything but only on the most touristy and developed islands of Vanuatu: Efate, Tanna, Espiritu Santo.

Some guest houses quasi-family and motels in Port Vila and Luganville charge from €15 to €30 per night for a double room. certain guest houses they also include breakfast and laundry service. 

In a completely different record, several resorts disseminated in paradisiacal places around Efate, Espiritu Santo and even Tanna they guarantee stays almost with their feet in the water for much higher prices, in the order of €250 to €500 per night for a double room. 

FOOD

The strong insularity and the rise of Vanuatu as an unmissable archipelago in the South Pacific have caused prices in general and, in particular, of food to have risen substantially in the last decade. Meals in the most common restaurants in Port Vila or Luganville range from €12 to €20. In the most sophisticated restaurants, mainly in resorts from €20 to €80. If you arrive on a limited budget, buy groceries at mini-markets and local markets. Port Vila and Luganville have their own, which the Ni-Vanuatu population accesses en masse to sell products. Even if somewhat bleak, any of these markets is a veritable epic of Melanesian ethnicity.  

INTERNET

Barring drastic last minute changes you will find unstable and desperately slow Internet even in the capital Port Vila. In fact, it may not work perfectly for long periods if there is a failure in the island's electricity supply. If nothing changes in the meantime, outside of Efate, Espiritu Santo and the best hotels/resorts in Tanna, it is best to forget about the Internet for a few days.