Overview for Vanuatu
Where is Vanuatu?
An archipelago of 83 islands, Vanuatu is located just over 3 hours flying time from the east coast of Australia. The mainly Melanesian population of over 160,000 live in the outer islands, where life has changed little over the years. The capital, Port Vila, is located on the island of Efate and is the gateway to Vanuatu.
You’ll enjoy your stay…
Vanuatu is a popular escape for Australians and has much to offer the holiday maker. The main tourist areas around Port Vila offer great water sports activities, round island tours, horse riding, jungle river trips, diving & village visits. To compliment these, Port Vila has a wide range of restaurants (reflecting its French influences), as well as duty free shops and nightspots. Port Vila harbour offers many great day tours including sail & snorkel trips and sunset cheese and wine cruises.
For those wanting to see a little more take a short flight to one of Vanuatu’s outer islands;
Tanna – a 50 minute flight South of Efate and home of Mount Yasur where you will find one of the worlds most accessible active volcanos and home to the custom people, who live in traditional thatched housing. A tour of one of these “primitive” villages is a must and you will see the women perform their custom dance.
Espiritu Santo – a 50 minute flight north of Efate. More commonly known as Santo is the largest island in Vanuatu, for keen divers you simply can not miss out on a dive on the wreck of the President Coolidge and Million Dollar Point, where Americans through equipment and machinery into the sea at the end of WW2.