Vanuatu Travel & Holiday Packages
Welcome to Vanuatu! An archipelago nation of 83 islands dotted across a marine wonderland of natural beauty, enjoys a traditional life rather removed from the western world.
Relax on pristine beaches and take a dip in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean or be enticed by serene swimming holes amongst lush jungles. Visit friendly neighbouring villages and embrace the culture of their community life. Vanuatu is a natural paradise ready to be explored.
The island of Efate, home to the capital Port Vila, features varied landscapes of rugged coastlines, vast countryside, impressive waterfalls, stunning sandy bays and lagoons. Port Vila is set around a natural harbour and offers a range of exciting activities such as ziplining, hiking and snorkelling. Connect with the friendly locals by watching a cultural show, sampling fresh produce or purchasing handcrafted souvenirs at the local markets.
Tanna exudes traditional Melanesian culture (Kastom) and is known as the island of adventure. This charming island is teeming with a diverse range of spectacular sites around every corner. The iconic Mt Yasur is the world’s most accessible active volcano and is an impressive site to behold. A snorkelling adventure to the hidden grotto of the Blue Cave is a truly breathtaking experience and not to be missed. Marvel at the giant Banyan Tree, take in the “Kastom” at local villages, and explore hot springs and secluded beaches.
Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu's largest Island, is renowned for its world-class diving, spectacular blue swimming holes, fine white sandy beaches and lush jungles. Experience adventure, history, Melanesian culture and bare-foot-luxury on this extraordinary island. A diver’s paradise, explore various wreck sites including the legendary SS President Coolidge. Sip some bubbles on Champagne Beach or take a hike through dense jungle and cool off in the iridescent blue swim holes.
When to visit
Vanuatu enjoys endless sunshine year-round thanks to its sub-tropical climate. Mild temperatures and clear blue skies are typical throughout the year and swimming is also pleasant with sea temperatures varying between 22-28°C.
- The Winter season, April to September, is a cooler, drier period with an average temperature of 26°C. It is generally a popular time to travel, especially for Australians escaping the colder winter season.
- The Summer season, November to March, can be hot, wet and humid with an average temperature of 28°C. These months are part of the tropical cyclone season however, most resorts are located in the southern region of Vanuatu which benefits from less extreme climate conditions and generally experiences less rain and humidity. December-January can be quite busy due to the extended Summer holidays in Australia & New Zealand.
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- The currency in Vanuatu is Vatu. $1AUD equates to approximately 80 Vatu.
- Most resorts accept major credit cards. ATM’s and foreign exchange services are available in Port Vila and Luganville.
- Tipping is not required and goes against local tradition, as does bargaining. A simple smile or “thank you” is sufficient.
- The electricity plugs are similar to Australia & New Zealand, running on 230V three-pronged plugs
- Light-weight casual clothing during the day is recommended. During the cooler months a cardigan or jacket may be required during the evening. Pack a water-proof jacket if travelling in the wetter months.
- Vanuatu’s town water supply is safe to drink however, if intending to travel to the outer islands bottled water is recommended. Bottled water should ideally be purchased in Port Vila or Luganville as supplies in the outer islands are limited.
- There are over 120 distinct languages and many more dialects spoken in Vanuatu however the three ‘official’ languages are English, French & Bislama. Bislama is ‘pidgin English’ with a few French words.
Australian passport holders do not currently require a visa for a stay as a tourist of up to 30 days but must hold a passport with six months validity from date of entry to Vanuatu. A confirmed on-ward or returned ticket is also required as well as sufficient funds. If you are a non-Australian passport holder, please check your visa requirements with the appropriate Embassy or Consular office.
Air Vanuatu is the national airline and operates domestic flights throughout the islands. The main routes connecting Port Vila with Santo & Tanna utilise comfortable ATR-72 aircraft. Beyond these routes, flights are operated by smaller aircraft with no assigned seating, and land on grass runways with no airport facilities.
Banana boats are regularly used to travel from larger to smaller islands. For longer journeys, time permitting, a trip on one of the boats of cargo vessels offers a different perspective, viewing a range of landscapes and experiencing a different side of Vanuatu culture.
In Port Vila, the buses are mini vans which seat approximately 10 people. There is an ample amount within the city and the license plates start with a “B”. Buses are used by locals, but considered to be very friendly, cheap and easy to use by tourists. Luganville has comparatively fewer buses but there are many taxis available which are reasonable in price.
Taxis are plentiful within Port Vila. The licence plates start with a “T” and fare is calculated per taxi so in some cases, with a small group it is cheaper to take a taxi rather than a bus.
Scenic beaches, wondrous dive sites and welcoming locals are just some of the many reasons Vanuatu is called “The Isle of Smiles.”
Adrenaline buffs will love to try land diving. This daring activity is often credited as the precursor to bungee jumping. Land diving involves climbing a 100-foot bamboo tower. Your feet will then be tied and secured with forest vines before you freefall into the surrounding lush rainforest.
Another exciting activity you can do in Vanuatu is dive inside the wreck of the Coolidge. This luxury liner was converted into a trooper carrier during WWII. The ship sank in 1942 when it hit a friendly mine while carrying 5,000 troops. Since then, it has become a popular tourist attraction for scuba divers. Paddle through its ill-fated cabins and decks and marvel at the wildlife living among ruins.
Your Vanuatu trip won’t be complete without trying the infamous Kava. This non-fermented beverage is a traditional Vanuatuan drink consumed during ceremonies and special occasions. Drop by any Kava bar and give this beast a try.
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This tropical paradise doesn’t fall short of beautiful natural wonders. Have a glimpse of Vanuatu’s beauty with its numerous waterscapes, such as the Mele Cascades, Port Resolution and Luganville. What sets this island country apart from other tropical destinations is its different volcanic and geothermal attractions. You can visit the world’s most open active volcano, Mount Yasur, or join a guided tour up the couplet volcanoes, Mt. Benbow and Mt. Marum.
Vanuatu comprises more than 80 islands, with each having something interesting to offer. The country’s capital, Port Villa, is the busiest city, with different activities to enjoy and many restaurants, bars and other establishments to visit. Travellers can try various water activities like snorkelling and kayaking at Pentecost Island.
It’s best to know the country’s climate at specific months before booking our Vanuatu holiday deals.
This island destination enjoys a beautiful tropical climate with generally fair weather all year round. You can go to the country from April to October and expect comfortable temperatures ranging from 18°C to 28°C. These months are the country’s winter season, making it a cooler and drier period.
The remaining months of the year can be hot, wet and humid, but you can still enjoy the trip if you visit southern Vanuatu, as it experiences less rain and extreme climate conditions. You should also consider the peak season of the country for your trip. For example, February and the earlier, wetter months are slower. During this time, you can get great deals without the big crowds.
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The white sands and turquoise waters of Champagne Beach make it the epitome of paradise. Its name comes from the fizz that appears at low tide when gas escapes the volcanic rocks. You might also chance upon cows roaming and wandering the shoreline freely.
The National Museum of Vanuatu showcases a collection of artefacts, such as slit gongs, canoes, ceremonial headdresses, pottery and shell ornaments. You can also look at the photo exhibit in the museum about the unearthing of Roi Mata’s gravesite. Mata was a powerful Melanesian chief who had a peaceful rule over the islands of Efate.
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Enjoy peace and solitude as you book a room at the Hideaway Island Resort. This Melanesian-style resort is located on its own private island. It offers an unspoiled paradise as it is surrounded by clear turquoise waters, coral reefs and rich marine life. Guests can enrol at the on-site PADI training centre for scuba diving, snorkel among the tropical fish, or lay back and enjoy the sun.
This tropical country is also perfect for honeymooners. Couples can stay in the idyllic and romantic Havannah Vanuatu beachfront resort. Immerse in the beauty of the surrounding Flame trees and tropical gardens as you enjoy intimate candlelit dinners during your stay.
Vanuatu will ease travel restrictions starting on July 1, 2022. Until then, you can only enter the country’s borders if you’re a citizen, permanent resident or priority traveller.
You must be fully vaccinated to enter the country’s borders, with the last shot taken at least 14 or 28 days before going to the country. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test must be taken at least 24 to 72 hours before flying. You’ll also undergo a mandatory three-day quarantine upon your arrival.
Vanuatu’s strategic location between Fiji and New Caledonia provides travellers with a quick travel time — just three hours away from Australia and New Zealand. It’s easy to get direct flights from different parts of the country, namely Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Noumea, Honiara and Nadi.
Catch a flight with Air Vanuatu, the country’s national carrier. First-time travellers often arrive at Port Vila Airport as it is just a few minutes away from Port Vila and the Havannah Coast.
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Mount Yasur is an active volcano on the island of Tanna where you can stand at the crater’s edge and watch as the lava dances like fireworks across the sky. Access to the 400 metre wide rim of the crater is by foot but local guides run volcano tours and can drive you close enough to feel the heat.
Whatever island you find yourself on, getting into the water with your snorkel is a must. Some of the highlights include the islands off Efate – Lelepa, Tranquillity, Pele and Hideaway Island. There are also glass bottom boats and cruises to help you get closer to the marine life.
Relax on the beach, by the pool, at a blue hole, or by the ocean in a waterfront restaurant. When you’re in Vanuatu, you can put yourself on Aelan time and enjoy not having to be anywhere other than right where you are. With so much to keep you busy, make sure to schedule some time to unwind.
These naturally formed pools are surrounded by dense jungle and a swim here is next-level refreshing. Make your way up to the very top of the cascades, spurred on by the roaring sound of the waterfall and the spray of the water on your face as you inch as close to the waterfall as you dare.
Each island centre has it own central marketplace, where fresh fruit and vegetables are sold. Agriculture is the mainstay of many local families and they bring their produce into the markets each day. The mamas spend their time gossiping and laughing. You will feel part of the scene when you visit.
House Blong Handikraft market is the place to go for genuine handmade island goods. Take in the vibes at the busy market as the ladies laugh and chat away while working. All the money you spend here goes straight back to Vanuatu’s villages and helps keep the island economy going.
With tropical rainforest and picturesque coastline waiting around every corner, you’ll need to set aside a full day to explore all the island’s breathtaking attractions. Whether you want to lunch at a local village, snorkel at Havannah Eco Lodge or swim at Eton Beach, getting there is easy – as everything is connected by a sealed ring road.
Nobody knows how old the Giant Banyan really is, as it was already ancient when Captain Cook landed on Tanna in 1774. But it’s an amazing sight, 80 metres high and over 100 metres wide, surrounded by dangling roots that snake out into the surrounding jungle. Join a 4WD tour from Lenakel to the little village of Leitouapam – around 10 minutes away – where you’ll meet the Tannese locals who own the Giant Banyan.
The Ni-Vanuatu people are a little shy at first, but always quick to flash a smile. Make the first move and the cheekiness and laughter will burst into life. The local children – or pikininis – are curious and fearless. Just watch them triple somersault into a blue hole without a second’s thought. And once you get talking to the mamas, they’ll be only too happy to share their life experiences. If you can learn even a few words of the local language, it’s always appreciated.
Flying to Vanuatu
Vanuatu's well-situated in the south-west Pacific between Fiji and New Caledonia (each a 90 minute flight from Port Vila), with Australia and New Zealand both only 3 hours away. Because of the proximity, getting to Vanuatu is easy with direct flights from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Noumea, Honiara, and Nadi by various international airlines (below airline listing) including our very own national carrier. Air Vanuatu is Vanuatu's national carrier. Port Vila Airport, just 10 minutes from the centre of Port Vila and 20 minutes from the Havannah Coast, is where most visitors arrive for the first time in Vanuatu.
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