19th April 2018
As the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London gets underway, Vanuatu has joined forces with the United Kingdom to establish the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance. The new initiative is designed to support the clean-up of our oceans while assisting Commonwealth countries in their efforts to prevent plastic waste from entering the environment.
12th April 2018
Late last week, heir to the British throne Prince Charles touched down in Vanuatu as part of his Commonwealth Games regional tour. Greeting the thousands of spectators who came along to catch a glimpse of His Royal Highness, the Prince offered a traditional “Halo yafala euriwan” or “hello everybody” to the crowds’ delight.
24th January 2018
December 2017 marked Air Vanuatu’s milestone 30th birthday. The national carried for Vanuatu, the airline delighted passengers flying from Sydney with surprise celebrations. Passengers travelling to Port Vila were welcomed at check-in and treated to a variety of birthday goodies including balloons, lollies and cupcakes.
10th January 2018
Paradise just got a little prettier and a little better for the already incredible environment in Vanuatu. To ensure things stay that way, from 31 January 2018 single-use non-biodegradable plastic will be completely banned in Vanuatu in an effort to reduce plastic waste. Other countries from around the world have taken similar measures which include a ban on plastic, plastic bags and polystyrene takeaway containers however the Vanuatu Government says that it wants to go even further and eventually become completely plastic-free.
27th December 2017
Vanuatu is a popular holiday destination year round, however it’s particularly popular over the Christmas break when the school and working year is over and everyone has a chance to relax. It’s the perfect antidote to the craziness and chaos of the shopping centres and holiday rush. However you may be wondering if Christmas is actually celebrated in Vanuatu. It’s all well and good to escape the stress but that doesn’t mean you actually want to escape Christmas. The good news is that the people of Vanuatu follow the Christian calendar, meaning they do indeed celebrate Christmas.
13th December 2017
A recent list released by Canada’s largest online travel website has ranked Vanuatu’s Champagne Beach among the world’s best beaches. Out of a total of 1,800 beaches, Champagne Beach was in good company placing in the top 50. Judged by hundreds of leading professionals in the travel industry, Champagne Beach was honoured to be included in the list coming in at number 31.
22nd November 2017
Flights to Vanuatu take less time from Brisbane than flights to Hervey Bay or Coffs Harbour, however once you arrive in this tropical paradise, all concept of time just melts away – and it’s a welcome feeling in our busy lives. Luganville, on Vanuatu’s largest island of Espiritu Santo is barely two hours direct flight from Brisbane but it’s a world away from the cares and snares of your daily life.
8th November 2017
While the runway at Port Vila Airport has already been having some renovations of its own, the focus has now shifted to the Airport Terminal. Work has already commenced on the terminal with the renovations aimed to improve the passenger experience for those arriving and departing on flights to Vanuatu.
25th October 2017
Australia’s Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is helping Vanuatu business woman Votausi Mackenzie-Reur to commercialise and protect her new local foods company after it was almost destroyed as a result of Tropical Cyclone Pam two years ago. The success of her business means that Ms Mackenzie-Reur is now able to employ more locals which means they are able to afford to send their children to school. It’s the good news story that keeps on giving and it all revolves around a humble nut.
11th October 2017
Daily life is fast paced and before you know it days, weeks, months and even years have gone by in the blink of an eye. Often, it feels like there is not enough time to make space for the important things. However, Vanuatu offers a different pace. On this South Pacific island nation you can take time out and slow down. Encouraging Aussies to not let real life pass them by, Vanuatu is calling for us to reconnect with what really matters and to finally cash in our well-deserved annual leave on its friendly, peaceful shores.
27th September 2017
TV presenter couple Steve and Rose Jacobs recently decided to do away with their hectic lifestyle in Australia in place a more relaxed lifestyle and location. More than just a ‘sea change’ the couple decided to cross the South Pacific for the pristine beaches of Vanuatu in what they have dubbed a ‘palm tree change’.
13th September 2017
At 9am on October 26 1942, American troop ship the SS President Coolidge struck two mines while entering the shipping channel of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu, known at the time as New Hebrides. Captain Elwood J Euart lead a rescue mission following the ships grounding to save the 5,340 men trapped in the ship’s infirmary below the decks. Today, the SS President Coolidge is one of Vanuatu’s and the world’s most sought after dive sites, keeping the memory of Captain Euart and his bravery alive. 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the SS President Coolidge.
30th August 2017
While Vanuatu is most famous for its spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches and capacious coconut forests, very few visitors understand just good the food is here. In fact, Vanuatu holidays are an absolute paradise for foodies. While some may expect fairly basic fare from the island nation, it’s clear that the produce being fresh and organic is just the beginning of a foodie’s delight. It’s not just that the food is cultivated on the island or that it has been freshly harvested that morning, it’s also in the preparation and the locals know how to take quality and flavour to the next level.
16th August 2017
For the first time ever in Vanuatu, Colour Fest will take place to celebrate togetherness and the human spirit. Inspired by the Hindu celebration of Holi – the Festival of Colours, this new Vanuatu event will be hosted by Le Life Vanuatu Resort on 30 September 2017. Celebrated throughout India during spring, the Holi festival marks the victory of good over evil and now, Vanuatu will be able to celebrate in a similar, fun-loving fashion.
2nd August 2017
Originally claimed by the United Kingdom and France in the 1880s, the archipelago was named New Hebrides and jointly managed through Anglo–French cooperation until the 1970s when an independence movement began and on 30 July 1980, the Republic of Vanuatu was founded. Celebrating 37 years of independence this week, Vanuatu has an incredible and interesting history. Aside from its previous European rule, this South Pacific nation holds some pretty amazing secrets. Here are 6 amazing facts about Vanuatu that you probably didn’t know.
19th July 2017
In recent months, the Air Vanuatu domestic fleet has undergone extensive maintenance, however the airline has been criticised for delays. The recent schedule of maintenance included engineering and structural work as well as new spare parts, cockpit refurbishment and new external windows and flooring. Air Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer Joseph Laloyer apologised for the delays but maintained that the airline prioritises safety ahead of its schedule.
5th July 2017
For the fourth consecutive year, The Havannah Vanuatu has once again been voted ‘Vanuatu’s Leading Resort 2017’ and ‘Vanuatu’s Leading Boutique Resort 2017’. The resort was honoured to be presented with both titles at the World Travel Awards recent Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony. General Manager of The Havannah Vanuatu Daniel Johnson was pleased to receive the award once again and thanked staff, guests and industry colleagues.
21st June 2017
It’s that time of year again. The folks over at Trip Advisor are handing out their illustrious Travellers’ Choice Awards and Vanuatu has fared quite well, beating two Fiji destinations in the top 10. Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu has been named #6 in the Top 25 Destinations — South Pacific in 2017 Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Awards, ahead of Fiji’s Vanua Levu at #8, Taveuni Island at #10 and Viti Levu at #23.
7th June 2017
Ever wanted to send a letter from a couple of the oddest post boxes in the world? Or sample exotic cuisine such as flying fox? Perhaps you just want to spend some time relaxing in an island paradise? Whatever your reason for visiting, the good folk of Vanuatu are ready to welcome you. From impromptu bands at Bauerfield airport and local village markets to friendly ‘warriors’ blowing conch shell greetings, the Vanuatu locals are waiting for you. Thanks to Qantas and Air Vanuatu, it's never been easier to get there.
3rd May 2017
Aussie commuters waking up to face another day of the same old routine are increasingly turning to Vanuatu holidays to take a break from the daily grind. Inspired by the ideal of a tropical getaway where they’re free of all of life’s ongoing responsibilities and obligations, Vanuatu tourism is capitalising on this fantasy as an evolution of their ‘Discover What Matters’ campaign. Showcasing all that is on offer for visitors, Australians are encouraged to wake to adventure, wake up to happiness, wake up to freedom and wake up in Vanuatu.
19th April 2017
An international visitor survey led by the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) in collaboration with the Vanuatu Government has shown that 57% of all international visitors to Vanuatu are from Australia and New Zealand. 85% of all Australian visitor arrivals came from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, with 56% of all Australians making their own travel arrangements while 30% purchased a pre-paid travel package through a travel agent.
5th April 2017
Vanuatu is like the buffet of holidays, there are so many wonderful things to gorge yourself on and there’s something to suit all tastes in one place. After all, there aren’t many (any?) other places in the world where you can hike up a crater to observe the fury of the most accessible volcano in the world then snorkel in a spectacular blue hole and partake in a kava ceremony with a village chief all in one day. However in Vanuatu, you can. There are so many amazing things to see and do in this island paradise, but here are five of the best things to do in Vanuatu to make the most of your holiday.
22nd March 2017
The diving in Vanuatu is some of the best in the world, so it’s no surprise that scuba diving is one of the most popular attractions in Vanuatu. Whether you’re an experienced diver of have never dived before, there are some superb reef and wreck dives for all skill levels. Home to some of the most sought after dive sites in the world, Vanuatu diving is a must-do on any holiday to the island paradise.
8th March 2017
Holidaymakers to Vanuatu have long been reporting the restorative powers of the island, with a visit to the tropical paradise the perfect cure for stressed out tourists. Now, hundreds of people are flocking day and night to a stream in Santo that reportedly has miraculous healing powers. Located near Luganville on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu, the natural stream is purported to have miracle powers and has been attracting people with all manner of ailments, sicknesses and disabilities.
22nd February 2017
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data has shown that Aussies are taking record numbers of overseas trips and one of the destinations whose popularity is growing the fastest is Vanuatu. Having increased Australian tourism by more than 10 per cent, the Pacific Island nation is looking for new ways to attract Aussie travellers to their shores. Leading the charge is Air Vanuatu who is encouraging Australians to start planning their next Vanuatu escape with flights starting at just $499pp return.
1st February 2017
In a first for Australian cinema, culturally immersive film Tanna has received an Oscar nomination for best Foreign-Language Film. Shot in Vanuatu, the film was directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler and features a cast of locals. The first time Australia has ever received a nomination in this category, the The Nauvhal-language film has been lauded for its unique insight into the daily life of the Yakel people which saw film crews immersed in daily village life for over 14 months.
11th January 2017
Bored Aussies who feel like they've been there done that when it comes to beach bound overseas holidays are looking for alternative places to getaway and explore and Vanuatu is high up the list. Australian travellers who are sick of going to all the same places that their friends and family have been are looking to broaden their travel horizons and out-do their mates, with Vanuatu named as one of the top holiday alternatives for Australian travellers in 2017.
28th December 2016
Christmas has come early for visitors to Vanuatu with four-star boutique resort Tamanu on the Beach reopening in December. While the name may not be new, almost everything else at the property is thanks to a full reconstruction and makeover. Following damage in 2015 caused by Cyclone Pam, the resort is looking better than ever however has managed to retain much of the original privacy and romance that made it such a favourite.
14th December 2016
As Christmas looms on our calendars, we're all starting to wind down for the end of the year. While the kids might be excitedly looking forward to Christmas Day, Vanuatu is looking forward to 2017 where some exciting new experiences await your Vanuatu holidays. There's so much for visitors to discover including a range of new activities, accommodation and dining options. Whether you're into rustic coffee shops, luxury resorts perched on crystal clear lagoons, unique Melanesian restaurants or secluded island retreats, Vanuatu has everything you need to create lasting memories.
9th November 2016
You may not have heard too much about Tanna Island, but as soon as you arrive in Port Vila anyone you speak to will mention that you simply must visit Tanna and its incredible Mount Yasur active volcano. From Vila, it's just a short flight (shorter than Auckland to Wellington) to White Grass Airport on the west coast of Tanna. From the runway, it's just five minutes north to White Grass Ocean Resort, the perfect place to base yourself while on Tanna.
19th October 2016
The largest island of Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo is one of the jewels of the South Pacific. There's a surprising amount of things to see and do in this leisurely island paradise, some obvious and some off the beaten track. From its magical blue holes to its stunning beaches and lush rainforest, Espiritu Santo is an unforgettable holiday destination. To help you make the most of your time in this island oasis, we've put together a list of the top 10 essential experiences in Espiritu Santo.
5th October 2016
Following the damage caused by Cyclone Pam in March of 2015, many resorts were forced to close for repairs. While some patched up the damage, the Aussie owners of Iririki Island Resort decided to make the best of a bad situation and closed the resort down for over a year to completely rebuild the accommodation and facilities, along with some exciting new additions. Now, Iririki is back better than ever, shiny and new and with a world-first facility that has previously only been seen alongside the excesses of Las Vegas.
21st September 2016
There are plenty of reasons to hang around in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila, not least of which is that it's one of the most accessible Pacific Islands to Australia's shores. Set your body clock to the chilled out vibes of 'island time' and experience some amazing coral diving right off the shore. However perhaps more importantly, it's also a great way to support our Pacific neighbours who are well and truly back open for business after almost being flattened by Cyclone Pam in March 2015. Not that you'd know it now with all the freshly renovated resorts, iconic restaurants and new local breweries that have popped up.
7th September 2016
Anyone who's enjoyed holidays to Vanuatu will know the happiness that overcomes you when you're there. You can't wipe the smile off your face when every day you wake up to glorious weather, pristine beaches and crystal clear water ready for another day of fun activities and sightseeing surrounded by the always smiling Vanuatu people. Any day spent in paradise rather than at work is reason to smile, but what about the local people who spend every day in paradise? Is it even possible to get accustomed to or, dare we say it, take for granted the utopia in which they live?
24th August 2016
Many holidaymakers considering a trip to Vanuatu often wonder when is the best time to visit. The good news is that anytime is the best time to visit Vanuatu. There is no bad time to visit, so what would be considered the 'best time to visit' is really just a matter of personal preference. Of course there are a few things that will affect your decision, but ultimately it comes down to where you'll be staying and what you really want to get out of your holiday to Vanuatu. In fact, the best time to visit Vanuatu is probably different for everybody. However the following factors should help you to make your decision.
10th August 2016
Almost 30 years ago Air Vanuatu began operations and like most of the world, there were hardly any women in management positions. Things are very different in 2016. Women comprise a hefty portion of airline employees, with many having success in management roles. Just like much has changed with flights to Vanuatu over time, so too has the representation of women in the workforce.
27th July 2016
In the tiny village of Lamakara on Vanuatu's Tanna Island is one of the last remaining Cargo Cults. A kind of fetishism of capitalistic commodities, these sects practice an almost religious belief that certain ritualistic acts and behaviours will manifest in the appearance of material wealth, particularly desirable Western goods such as 'cargo'. While these cargo cults have been present throughout history, particularly in Melanesia, the John Frum movement in Vanuatu is perhaps one of the most mysterious and enduring.
13th July 2016
Vanuatu is experiencing a kava shortage after a surge in demand from both the domestic and international market. The largest crop grown in Vanuatu, kava is exported to Australia, New Zealand and neighbouring Pacific Islands as well as the United States of America. A potent drink with mildly hallucinogenic effects, kava is a sedative brewed from the roots of a plant which is a member of the pepper family.
29th June 2016
Over the last 18 months Vanuatu has had a bit of a tough time. Between cyclonic weather, runway issues and car accidents, the holiday destination has copped its fair share of bad press. However none of these events seem to have affected tourism in the long run, which is a testament to the charm of a Vanuatu holiday.
15th June 2016
As athletes around the world strive for a precious place in their national Olympic team, one promising young ni-Vanuatu rower has already secured his place in Rio.
Getting his start in sport on a national soccer team for his age group in Vanuatu, Luigi Teilemb (tare-lemm) only took to the water a couple of years ago. However, it seems he is a natural, as his progress has been swift.
1st June 2016
When you live on the Sunshine Coast you have access to some of the state's most beautiful beaches and waterways as well as easy access to the Great Barrier Reef just a couple of hours' north. What more could want? Well, the spectacular shores of Vanuatu apparently.
4th May 2016
The open and welcoming smiles of the people of Vanuatu conceal the sad reality that more than a year on from Cyclone Pam, some4 of them are still living under tarps or going to school in tents. While the main tourist areas have been back up and running for quite some time, the more rural residential areas of Vanuatu are still recovering from the devastating cyclone which tore through the region with winds of up to 320km/h a year ago.
20th April 2016
Olympic athletes are ordinarily plastered across commercials, cereal boxes and lucrative endorsement deals, but not all of them. Some are from countries with less recognisable names, however their other-worldly talent is still recognisable. In the lead up to the Rio Summer Olympics in August, many athlete's training will go unnoticed, with no sponsorship deals and no adoring public. But for Academy Award Winning director Morgan Neville it's a story worth shining a light on.
6th April 2016
In March of 2015,Vanuatu was lashed with one of the most powerful cyclones to ever hit the Pacific. Cyclone Pam left 75,000 people homeless and killed at least 15. One year on, Vanuatu is slowly getting back on its feet, yet the nation still faces some challenges.
23rd March 2016
The first shipment of materials have arrived at Bauerfield International Airport with works on the runway commencing on schedule. Having been awarded the contract in February, New Zealand company Fulton Hogan have confirmed that the required repairs are on track and they are confident they will meet the completion deadline of 6 April.
2nd March 2016
While you wouldn't necessarily think that Vanuatu is at the forefront of technology development, this week techies and tourists had their heads turned by brand new technology home grown in Vanuatu, designed to make visitor information easier to manage for both tourists and business owners.
10th February 2016
Vanuatu's already fragile tourism market is currently feeling the strain with a number of international airlines suspending flights to the island's capital Port Vila over concerns about a deteriorating runway. The tourism market is still trying to recover from the devastating effects of Cyclone Pam almost a year ago, and this flights fiasco has dealt the people of Vanuatu a fresh blow.
20th January 2016
Established in 1987, for the last 25 odd years Air Vanuatu has been providing friendly air travel to Australia and New Zealand. Delivering passengers safely is of course its top priority, however the airline also recognises how important comfort is to its passengers. Constantly re-inventing itself to offer its passengers more for less, Air Vanuatu is proud to introduce the latest addition to its inflight entertainment service - wireless streaming.
24th December 2015
Vanuatu is a popular holiday destination over Christmas, particularly with those who prefer to leave the shopping centres and mad holiday rush behind. However, that doesn't mean that they don't want to celebrate Christmas and many wonder whether Christmas is even celebrated in Vanuatu. Never fear, gather round kiddies and we'll tell you all about how Christmas is celebrated in Vanuatu.
3rd November 2015
On the surface, Vanuatu is a relaxing island paradise perfect for romantic and family holidays. Its ancient culture, pristine beaches, fantastic holiday resorts and lush mountainous terrain make it a truly majestic tropical island to explore and enjoy. However just beneath the surface of its crystal clear waters lies a rich underwater ecosystem which offers an otherworldly experience for snorkelers and divers.
11th September 2015
While the red carpet of the Venice Film Festival is used to being graced by the likes of Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Hollywood's most famous names, some unlikely stars have then their place on the red carpet this year. Their first time on the red carpet, in fact their first time on any carpet at all, the group of 'stars' are part of the Yakel people and are also the cast of the new feature film Tanna.
25th June 2015
Last Sunday marked 100 days since Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, causing widespread damage with wind gusts of up to 320km per hour. Although the island was hit hard by the tropical storm and the initial effects looked to have devastated this island nation, true to their strong sense of community, resilient spirit and sunny disposition, the people of Vanuatu are well on their way to recovery, with many resorts open and back in business.
19th May 2015
Whether you fancy yourself as a bit of a Captain Jack Sparrow or you prefer things a little less rum-soaked, you'll love the adventure of cruising the South Seas in Vanuatu. While the only bounty you'll be getting your hands on is a delicious beach BBQ lunch, we won't make you swab the decks for it on this full day adventure cruise of the stunning waters around Efate.
4th February 2015
Located 800km west of Fiji, Vanuatu is a Y-shaped chain of islands situated in the South Pacific Ocean. A popular holiday destination renowned for its natural beauty, Vanuatu is a world away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Although not a complete 'castaway' experience, a visit to Vanuatu is quite different to life on the mainland and there are some helpful hints worth noting to make your visit more enjoyable.
20th January 2015
There are many treasures to behold in Vanuatu, not least of which are the stunning beaches, friendly locals and equally stunning resorts where you can spend time relaxing. However if you're up for a little adventure on your holiday or simply want to explore the crystal clear waters on a more up close and personal level, Vanuatu offers some absolutely fantastic diving.
22nd October 2014
The people of Vanuatu are not only friendly but are also very accommodating. Proud to share their beautiful island home with you, they want your experience in Vanuatu to be one of happiness, relaxation and lasting memories. That's why they're also happy to offer a great range of accommodation options to ensure that your stay here is equally as enjoyable.
16th September 2014
Vanuatu is a tropical island paradise that retains much of its original culture, history and mystique. Far less developed than many of the other more popular Pacific Islands, Vanuatu offers a fascinating and relaxing insight into the unique customs and traditions of the island tribes that continue to inhabit this spectacular island. There's plenty to discover so you won't want to make it a flying visit to Vanuatu.
6th August 2014
Although most people travel to Vanuatu to enjoy a relaxing holiday soaking up the fascinating ancient culture and doing not very much at all, there's actually quite a lot to see and do in Vanuatu if the mood takes you. When you've had enough of the sun, sand and sipping cocktails by the pool and you're looking for something a little more exciting to fill your days with, there are a great range of Vanuatu tours and activities to choose from in both Espiritu Santo and Efate.
8th July 2014
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16th May 2014
Vanuatu is renowned as a tropical island paradise and is increasingly popular as a wedding and honeymoon destination. Offering an affordable option for destination weddings, you can still enjoy the relaxing and romantic beaches for your Vanuatu wedding without needing the megabucks to hire out an entire private island.
2nd May 2014
If you're considering a holiday to Vanuatu, then now is the time! Although Vanuatu is beautiful to visit year round, now is the perfect time to enjoy the mild temperatures and lower rainfall of Vanuatu weather. Famous for its stunning sub-tropical climate, Vanuatu enjoys an almost endless amount of sunshine with mild temperatures and clear blue skies being almost a permanent fixture on the island. In fact, there are actually only a few months out of the whole entire year when the climate is characterised by cooler, drier conditions.
28th March 2014
If you're a fan of John Cleese then you wouldn't dare mention the war, however on a visit to Vanuatu you can step back in time with a fascinating historical tour that reveals the role Vanuatu played in World War II, as well as some of the secrets it still holds today. Unless you're a real history buff, many people wouldn't even realise that Vanuatu played any real part in World War II but it was in fact home to more than 100,000 military personnel throughout the war years.
6th January 2014
According to the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO), Vanuatu has experienced a six per cent increase in Australian visitors compared to last year. This further growth in the tourism sector has encouraged businesses to expand and develop their offerings in the market.