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Travel Guide to Vanuatu
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I dare you to grab a map and confidently point Vanuatu in less than a minute. If you were successful then you’re a better geographer than most. The paradise island state drifting in the Pacific Ocean has a lot to offer intrepid travellers and is all the more appealing for its obscurity. But first things first, before travelling to a certain country better make sure of the do’s & dont’s, rules & regulations and culture & beliefs.

In this article we’ll give you the Travel Guide to Vanuatu! Sink your teeth into more learnings today.

Vanua means “land” in many of Vanuatu’s one hundred five languages (principal language: Bislama, English, French), and translations of the new name include “Our Land” and “Abiding Land.”

What’s in It for Me?

Isn’t it that obvious? Well, that large body of water and isolated location. Of course, the geologically active archipelago is a natural playground of colourful coral reefs, bubbling volcanoes, bountiful beaches and lush rainforest. Plus a dollar is converted into 108.83 Vatu (Vanuatu currency)

The People
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They are largely Melanesian and the people are called Ni-Vanuatu. These indigenous ni-Vanuatu people greet visitors as friends and are keen to share stories about their country, which was declared the happiest nation on the planet in 2006. Some 80% of people live in rural areas, mostly in small clan-based villages of less than 50 people and headed by a chief. But beware of their Village Protocol:

  • Stick to the road when passing through a village. If you want to enter, wait at the outskirts until approached.
  • Most land is owned by islanders or their families. If you leave the road and walk on a bush path, ask permission from the first person you meet.
  • Do not pick fruit from the roadside, as it usually belongs to someone under customary law.
  • Bathing suits, shorts and skimpy clothes are considered disrespectful in villages. Visitors to villages should be fully dressed.
  • Outside of Port Vila, kava is generally drunk only by men. Often, it is acceptable for women travellers to try, although it can cause offense to local women.

Weather
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Vanuatu has all the tropical variances possible. From hot and humid in the north, to mild and dry in the south. The Capital Port Vila on Efate can expect 27°C in July to 30°C in January. Nights can drop to 12°C. Humidity from December to February is around 82% and 70% around July.

Food

Coconut milk and cream are used to flavor many dishes. Most food is cooked using hot stones or through boiling and steaming; little food is fried. Since Vanuatu is one of the few South Pacific regions influenced by the outside world, Vanuatu’s food has a multicultural nature.

The multicultural nature of Port Vila is reflected in the cuisine一there’s French, Mediterranean, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Asian Fusion, tapas and seafood. There are about 40 cafes and restaurants in and around Port Vila, many of them are excellent and worth trying for.
laplapLap Lap (grated yam, banana or manioc smothered in coconut cream and cooked in an earth oven) can be sampled at the markets.
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Coconut crab is a Vanuatu specialty but many restaurants have put a moratorium on serving it as the species is becoming endangered.

Places to Visit and Activities

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There are a lot of tourist attractions in Vanuatu. Those less disposed to physical exertion can always while away lazy days on Vanuatu’s beaches or charter a boat and hop from one island to the next. Diving, kayaking, snorkelling in the abundant and colourful marine life of Vanuatu are also one of the best-few things to do in Vanuatu. Here are the places you need to see while at Vanuatu:

Port Vila:
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Espiritu Santo:
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SS President Coolidge:
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Mele Bay:
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Mele Cascades:
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Mt. Yasur:
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Mt. Benbow:
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Mt. Marum:
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Millenium Cave:
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National Museum:
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Tourism Offices

Tourism in Vanuatu is largely centred on the islands of Tanna, Espiritu Santo and Efaté, with most international visitors arriving on the latter. From here it is easy to travel by boat or plane to the rest of the country, which caters for travellers of all stripes. Sure, it’s skewered to the well heeled, but amongst the high-end beach resorts are a smattering of wallet friendly options. Proof that paradise needn’t break the bank.

Pro Tip: If you’re planning to visit the nation called “Vanuatu”, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.

 

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Air Vanuatu Reviews

Vanuatu is a Pacific island state which is a perfect tourist destination. Their flag carrier “Air Vanuatu” was actually founded in 1981 shortly after their independence from UK and France. Initially, the beginning of the airline was 40% assisted by Ansett Airlines but when it was re-established in 1987, Air Vanuatu became a fully government-owned airline. The airline carries their company slogan “The friendliest smiles in the Pacific await you!”. Indeed, the Paradise of the South Pacific Ocean nation is even just a short distance from Sydney and Brisbane.
Air Vanuatu Reviews-aircraftNow, Air Vanuatu has 7 aircraft and operates at Bauerfield International Airport and follows the frequent flyer program, Qantas Frequent Flyer since the airline follows codeshare agreements with Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways and Qantas. There were only two incidents recorded in the history of the national airline of Vanuatu where all passengers in both cases were killed: the first incident (1998) was due to pilot error and the other (2008) was shrouded in thick fog at that time of the crash.

Air Vanuatu Reviews-routemapAir Vanuatu is being led by their CEO, Joseph Laloyer. But talking about world recognition, they were once nominated in 2007 by World Travel Awards as “Australasia’s Leading Airline Website”. In reference to more detailed information of Air Vanuatu’s destination, please refer to the route map image.

Flying with Air Vanuatu
​​Travellers have the option of services, either Economy or Business Class. The moment passengers set foot on board they are greeted with the friendly smiles of the cabin crew, not to mention their warm full services inflight. Air Vanuatu keeps their customers satisfied with their inflight entertainment downloadable on their smartphones. How? The airline has Free Wi Fi onboard dedicated to their Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Inflight magazines are offered as well.
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Meals are offered on board as they say “Keep your wallet in your pocket! Air Vanuatu International offers economy class passengers either a meal or snack service plus a complimentary bar service offering: wine, sparkling and beer.” Special meals by request must be done during booking and the meal option service is actually available when travellers book online. Please be notified that requests must be at least 72 hours prior to departure.

The Website
​​As mentioned earlier, their site had once been recognized as one of the best in Australasia. We can see why. We can say that Vanuatu is just a small island full of attraction, but at least they have the decency to be generous with their official website. In a nutshell, the page is user friendly, pleasing in the eyes and understandable. Like other airline sites, travellers can search, plan and book flight and hotel reservations.
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Air Vanuatu Reviews of Passengers
However, Air Vanuatu reviews are not showing the same fondness to the world renowned Vanuatu. As per 36 Air Vanuatu reviews, passengers are saying the airlines’ crew lack friendliness despite the nation of origin being known to have friendly people. The total Air Vanuatu reviews had scored 6/10, but if based on the content of the complaints, it will be 2/10. Well, to be exact the complaints are rooted mostly from the cabin crew and booking services.
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How To Reach Them?

  • Website URL:                         www.vanuatu.com
  • Contact Number:                   +678 23 848
  • Contact Email:                      sales@airvanuatu.com.vu
  • Fax Number:                         +678 23 250
  • Head Office Address:            PO Box 148, Du Vanuatu House, Rue de Paris,
                                                 Port Vita, Vanuatu

In A Nutshell
Even if Air Vanuatu reviews’ ratings are showing complaints, I will still recommend Air Vanuatu as the best airline for your Vanuatu destination trip. It’s not like you don’t have a choice, I bet you’ll love the warm personality of the Melanesian. And besides, Vanuatu is one destination you shouldn’t be missing on your list of “To visit”.

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