Gap Years, Backpacking & Travelling in Vanuatu

Vanuatu is a tropical paradise made up of over 80 small islands which cover an area of over 1,000 miles. There are various unique experiences to be had in this exotic country, you could go snorkelling, swimming or just kick back, relax and mix with the friendly local people. Expect pristine white sandy beaches, waterfalls, jungles, spectacular coral reefs and an active volcano. 


Travel Packages in Vanuatu

Plan your trip with our travel ideas and cultural holidays in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu Travel Guide

Vanuatu Destination Guide

Get ideas, inspiration and essential information about visiting Vanuatu.

  • Capital: Port-Vila
  • Currency: Vatu (VUV)
  • Size: 12,200 km2
  • Population: 196,178 (July 2002 est.)
  • Language: English, French, creole (known as Bislama or Bichelama) official; plus 100+ local languages


Top Reasons to Visit Vanuatu 

  • An undiscovered paradise
  • A lot less touristy than other islands in the region
  • Vanuatu relies heavily on tourism which boosts the local economy and helps employ local people
  • So many sightseeing and watersports available
  • Great value for money 


How to Get to Vanuatu

The easiest way to get to Vanuatu is on a direct flight from Australia or Singapore. International flights arrive into Bauerfield International Airport is an airport in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Return flights from Australia can vary in price but are generally around UA$500 - AU$750 from Brisbane and Sydney.


Weather & Best Time to Visit

Vanuatu is an all year round destination but the most popular and one of the best times to visit is from around May - September. This is when there is a warm climate but not too hot and also less rainfall which makes sightseeing and activities more pleasant.


Best Things to See & Do in Vanuatu

Here are some of the top attractions and places you should try to visit in Vanuatu:

  • Go shopping in Port Vila
  • Visit the secret garden
  • Go island hopping
  • See the Mele Cascades waterfalls
  • Go in search of the best beach
  • Snorkelling off the beautiful Lelepa island 
  • Trek to devils cave
  • Experience the thrills of the Vanuatu Jungle Zipline 
  • Get off the beaten track by visiting Mystery Island
  • Go diving, there are so many top rated locations like the Hideaway Island Marine Reserve
  • Watersports
  • Northeast of Efate you can soak in thermal hotspings


Vanuatu Travel Tips

  • Accommodation: Avoid the large resorts and book a hotel instead - you will save a lot of money. You will struggle to find any hostels in the country but there are lots of budget hotels most of which have wifi. Expect to pay around 5000 VUV for a standard double room per night.
  • Getting Around: If you be independent you can get to see some of the best sights in the country without paying extra for a guided tour by using public transport. For example a bus to the Cascades costs around 500 VUV which is cheaper than an organised trip.
  • Money: Try to exchange money in advance before departing for Vanuatu. Or if you need to exchange when in the country do it in Port Vila as this is where it is cheaper than in other areas of Vanuatu.
  • Activities: You can hire kayaks for a couple of hours for around 2000 VUV whilst entrance to the spectacular Cascades waterfalls costs 2,500 VUV. Other activities like dive packages can vary in price depending on your choice.
  • Free Things to Do: There are lots of free things you can do when visiting Vanuatu for example sunbathing and going in search of the best beaches.
  • Suggested Daily Budget: You can get by with around GBP £30 (AU$60 / US$50) per day with includes basic accommodation, eating out and some activities. 


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