Vanuatu Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Vanuatu

Where is it?: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia

Why do people go here?: Vanuatu has a bit of it all. For those a little tired with the lazy beach scene but still into the outdoors, this is the place to be for hiking, diving and living the good life.

What are the main entry points?: Qantas, Air Pacific and a few others fly to the airport outside of the capital. Yachts are welcomed, and the few cruise ships that bring tourists ashore a month.

Currency used: Vatu (VUV)

Country Code: 678

Area codes for Major Cities: No city codes required

Religion: Presbyterian 36.7%, Anglican 15%, Roman Catholic 15%, indigenous beliefs 7.6%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6.2%, Church of Christ 3.8%, other 15.7% (including Jon Frum Cargo cult)

Population: 300,000

Ethnic Breakdown: Indigenous Melanesian 98%, French, Vietnamese, Chinese, other Pacific Islanders

Government: Parliamentary republic

Languages: Three official languages: English, French, pidgin (known as Bislama or Bichelama), plus more than 100 local languages

Travel Information

Major Cities: Port-Vila (Efate)

Attractions: Volcanoes, Reefs, Good Life, Land Diving

Accommodation: Vanuatu Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Vanuatu National Tourism Office of Vanuatu PO Box 209, Kumul Highway Port Vila, Vanuatu +678-22515, 22685, 22813;; FAX +678-23889 //

Health Issues: Low to moderate malaria risk exists throughout the year in the whole country. It is resistant to chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine. Recommended treatment is chloroquine plus proguanil.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: April to June are the best months for weather and festivals, but the temperatures and rain are agreeable until October

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 30 July (1980)

Getting Around: Flag down the minibuses or even hire a car if you so wish.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Vanuatu is the Port-Vila International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Vanuatu travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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