Vanuatu is an archipelago consisting of 83 coral and volcanic islands located in the heart of the south Pacific. Literally meaning ‘Land eternal,’ it is obvious why it was so called when you see the beautiful luscious mountainous terrain rising out of the Pacific ocean. Vanuatu really is truly a tropical paradise for those searching for a relaxed holiday with all the benefits of modern comforts.
Famous for it’s sheer beauty, Vanuatu has so much going for it as a holiday destination with activities that can fill everyday of your trip. Adventures such as scuba-diving in some of the best dive sites in the world, to various other water-sports, jungle river excursions, golf, bush-walking, sailing, outstanding game and sport fishing and most importantly beautiful tropical sandy beaches to relax your holidays away. Vanuatu also has the chance to experience one of the most active volcanoes in the world on the island of Tanna. Hike into the jungles of Vanuatu and spend the day by cascading waterfalls or perhaps cool off in the many freshwater pools as you climb to the top of Klems Hill.
Vanuatu offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere with a strong French influence. This influence reflects the superb cuisine offered throughout the islands. One of the real pleasures of visiting Vanuatu is the many superb restaurants, eateries and cafes catering to travelers of all tastes.
If you travel to Vanuatu in April and May ensure you travel to the island of Pentecost where you will witness one of the most courageous feats you will ever see, local tribesmen throwing themselves from a thirty-five meter high bamboo tower with vines tied to their ankles – vines which are longer than the distance to the ground.
Vanuatu is one of the world’s most popular game and sport fishing locations. Experience the thrill of tangling with a big blue marlin or sailfish. Spend a few days light tackle sport or reef fishing. Serious anglers are well catered for with superb vessels and crews offering multiple day and live aboard trips to some of the more remote island fishing locations.
Vanuatu is famous for it’s underwater world with some of the most diverse diving sites in the world. With superb visibility, warm tropical waters and easily accessible dive sites there are no shortage of breathtaking diving experiences. The underwater landscape mirrors that found above with mountainous terrain, plunging cliffs, huge underwater caves with interconnecting tunnels formed by frozen lava and a rich abundance of marine life from sea fans, soft corals and acropora gardens, plate corals and sponges and thousands of tropical fish species.
What makes Vanuatu a diving experience like no other are the WW2 wrecks. Planes, destroyers, sailing boats and the mightiest shipwreck in the world, the SS “President Coolidge” are all found in the waters surrounding Vanuatu. The world famous wreck, the SS President Coolidge was a 22,000 ton luxury liner converted to troop ship which sank fully laden during the WW2, just a few meters off the beach.
The best time of year to holiday in Vanuatu is April/May to October when temperatures range from 18 to 28 degrees Celsius. The wet season is from November to March and is hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 26-34 degrees Celsius. Sea temperature generally vary from 22 to 28 degrees making swimming, snorkeling and diving enjoyable all year round.
How to get there
Vanuatu has a few different carriers providing frequent flights from Australia during the week.
Getting around the islands of Vanuatu is best done sailing. There are many companies which provide Sailing holiday expeditions around Vanuatu which includes many of the famous dive sites and wrecks as well as some of the beautiful remote uninhabited tropical islands.