Tourism Vanuatu Blog


Vanuatu Beats Fiji in 2017 Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Awards

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.

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Qantas Resumes Code-Share With Air Vanuatu

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.

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Tired of Not Waking Up on an Island?

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.

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Visitors Survey Shows Aussies Lead Arrivals 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.

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Five Things to Do in Vanuatu

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.

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A Guide To Vanuatu Diving

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.

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Vanuatu Holidays The Cure for Aussie Holidaymakers

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.

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Vanuatu Flight Sale Encourages Aussies

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.

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Oscar Nomination for Tanna Movie

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.

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Vanuatu Named One of Top Holidays for 2017

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.

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Tamanu On The Beach Reopens

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.

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Exciting New Experiences in Vanuatu in 2017

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.

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Up Close & Personal With A Volcano

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.

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Top 10 Experiences in Espiritu Santo

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.

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World's First Swim-Up Casino Outside Vegas in Vanuatu

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.

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A Quick Guide To Port Vila

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.

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Vanuatu Ranked World's Fourth Happiest Country

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?

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The Best Time to Visit Vanuatu

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.

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Female Employees Celebrated at Air Vanuatu

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.

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Cargo Cult: The Mysterious Movement of John Frum

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.

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Vanuatu's Cup Does Not Runneth Over

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.

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Vanuatu Remains Untarnished

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.

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Rio Olympics Golden Ticket for Vanuatu Rower

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.

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Sunshine Coast Divers Visit Vanuatu

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.

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Aussies Create Cyclone Proof Buildings for Vanuatu

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.

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New Doco Gives Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Girls A Fighting Chance

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.

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Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu One Year 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.

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Vanuatu Runway UPDATE

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.

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What To Do in Vanuatu

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.

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Flights to Vanuatu Suspended Over Runway Safety

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.

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Vanuatu WiFi In The Sky

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.

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A Very Vanuatu Christmas

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.

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Dive Beneath the Surface 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.

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Unique Feature Film Tanna to Debut at Venice Film Festival

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.

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Vanuatu Recovery Marks 100 Days

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.

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Cruise the South Seas

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.

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Visit Vanuatu: What You Need To Know Before You Go

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.

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Vanuatu: What Lies Beneath

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.

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Vanuatu Happy To Accommodate You

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.

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Not Just A Flying Visit

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.

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So Much to Do in 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.

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Vanuatu Packages Tied Up With Discounts

8th July 2014

These are a few of our favourite things and we're certain you'll love them too! Vanuatu holiday packages that is, tied up with all kinds of savings and inclusions. While you won't be needing the warm woollen mittens in Vanuatu (hello gorgeous tropical weather!) Vanuatu holiday packages are a great way to save time and money when booking your next trip to the Pacific Islands.

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Tying the knot Vanuatu style

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.

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Whether the Weather in Vanuatu

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.

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Vanuatu: The War Years

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.

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Dive into Vanuatu

21st February 2014

As scuba diving season in Vanuatu draws near, it's time to start planning your adventure. After all, with the best time to dive in Vanuatu occurring from April to October, there's a pretty big window of opportunity to explore the Pacific waters.

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Vanuatu: Culture & Land Eternal

31st January 2014

Vanuatu is made up of 83 islands that sit in a Y formation 800km west of Fiji. The name translates to land eternal and the ancient and diverse cultures of Vanuatu is almost as old as the land itself.

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Vanuatu Offers Aussies More

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.

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A Guide to Christmas in Vanuatu

20th December 2013

The Ni-Van people of Vanuatu follow the Christian calendar and especially like to celebrate the Christmas tradition and New Year's, known as Bonane.

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