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Overview: Vanuatu

Composed of 83 spectacular islands, the archipelago of Vanuatu features an authentic and unique blend of breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and friendly locals.

After just a short plane ride from Australia, travellers can explore everything the destination has to offer – from untouched nature and exciting adventure to barefoot luxury and tropical beaches.

Vanuatu is quite unlike anywhere else on Earth. It’s like a ‘greatest hits’ of the world’s most spectacular experiences – all in one place.

With a population of under 200,000, Vanuatu is the very epitome of the idyllic south seas islands with its exquisite beaches, golden sands, clear waters, coral reefs, lagoons and free and easy vibe.

Port Vila is no bustling city, but a laid back, easy-going place where walking at a snail’s pace is being in a rush. It’s one of the few places in the world that can boast an underwater post box.

Yes, Vanuatu is different.

Many people go there for diving. Its clear waters are perfect for those who love snorkelling over reefs amid a myriad of colourful marine life. For those more adventurous, there are many World War II wrecks that over more changing dives for those who don’t like clinging to the surface.

Vanuatu Cultural Village

Stand on the rim of an active volcano and enjoy the fireworks. Venture into untouched rainforests and come face-to-face with ancient tribes. Or sail from island to island – there are 83 to hop between – and explore our lush tropical beaches before jumping in to snorkel on our spectacular reefs.

Wherever you go, you’ll find the locals to be the happiest, most friendly bunch you’re ever likely to meet. And whatever you do, you can be back relaxing by the pool in time for dinner.

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Vanuatu has a slice of something for everyone. Adventure seekers will find outdoor activities such as diving, snorkelling, hiking and ziplining. Nature lovers can enjoy the most scenic views above and below the water. It is a destination that is well known for being family-friendly with activities to keep even the most challenging kids entertained. Mature travellers can enjoy the ease of access around the country and niche markets like weddings and honeymooners will be spoilt for choice.

How to get to Vanuatu

Flights to Vanuatu

Vanuatu is a short plane journey from Australia, with direct flights from major cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Airlines operating include Air Vanuatu, Virgin Australia and Qantas (operates / codeshares with Air Vanuatu). These airlines fly into the nation’s capital, Port Vila, with flights from Brisbane flying directly into both Port Vila and Vanuatu’s largest island, Espiritu Santo. Inter-island flights and boat trips are available to explore all 83 islands of Vanuatu.

Air Vanuatu

Air Vanuatu is Vanuatu’s national carrier. Passengers can enjoy the finest dining in the South West Pacific skies, with Air Vanuatu’s in-flight service. Anyone flying into Vanuatu will have experienced the beauty of our people and warm hospitality from the moment they step aboard.

Port Vila Airport

Port Vila Airport, just 10 minutes from the centre of Port Vila and 20 minutes from the Havannah Coast, is where most visitors arrive for the first time in Vanuatu. It acts as a domestic hub for Air Vanuatu and a range of charter airlines, and is where most will come when travelling domestically in Vanuatu. The international and domestic terminals, while separate, are next to each other, allowing easy transfers between flights.

For information on travel to/from Port Vila Airport, check out this page

Getting to Espiritu Santo

Air Vanuatu also operates direct flights from Australia straight to Espiritu Santo departing Brisbane. For those flying into Port Vila first, there are daily domestic flight transfers to Espiritu Santo taking approximately 50 minutes.

Espiritu Santo is Air Vanuatu’s northern hub, with flights onward to the Banks IslandsPentecost and Maewo.

Getting to Tanna

Inter-island flights operate from Port Vila to Tanna daily with Air Vanuatu. The flight time from Port Vila to Tanna is just 40 minutes, however depending on what time and day your international flight arrives, you may require a 1-night stopover in Vila before continuing on to Tanna.

Top 10 things to do in Vanuatu

Discover the stunning paradise of Vanuatu where cascading waterfalls and breathtaking natural wonders meet lush, cool jungles and white sandy beaches. Just a few hours from Australia and New Zealand, Vanuatu is the ideal location for a romantic escape or fun-filled family holiday.

Couples, families, adrenalin junkies and serenity seekers will all find plenty to do. 

So slow down and relax in the moment, and work up the energy to indulge in a plethora of invigorating experiences. From climbing to the rim of an active volcano, to soaking yourself under a stunning waterfall, day cruising between islands or careering through the jungle on a buggy fun adventure; Vanuatu has a wide range of activities that will make your holiday truly memorable.

Dive some of Vanuatu’s incredible, natural blue holes

Experience the rich, local culture and kastom by visiting a local village

Snorkel through colourful coral and deep dive through historic wrecks

Adventure through the lush jungle with Buggy Jungle Safari

Relax on one of Vanuatu’s many spectacular beaches

Take a plunge in the must-see waterfalls

Discover the breathtaking Blue Cave on Tanna

Explore the rugged landscape on a hiking trail

Take a day trip to an outer island

Scramble over suspension bridges and cool off in the water, with a tropical ecotour at Eden on the River

For more on Vanuatu visit www.vanuatu.travel/au

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