Vanuatu Travel Overview

Vanuatu Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: Port Vila (See more on SIMPLYYELLOWPAGES.COM)

Official language: English France

Currency: Vatu

Continent: Australia and Oceania-Australia-Oceania

Vacation in the South Seas

Long chain of islands, silent and active volcanoes and the happiest people on earth, you can encounter all of this on your Vanuatu vacation.

Location and accessibility

According to Countryaah, Vanuatu is a sovereign island nation in the South Pacific. It lies in the middle of the triangle between Fiji, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. The island archipelago consists of 83 individual islands that can be reached by ferry or flight. An international airport is located on the island of Éfaté in the capital Port Vila on the southwest coast.

Climate and texture

Trade winds and storms are not uncommon on Vanuatu. The main typhoons season is November to April, so avoid this time to travel.

Vanuatu, like most of the islands in the region, is of volcanic origin. On the one hand, this favors the cultivation of crops, at least in areas with a layer of earth, on the other hand, earthquakes often occur in the region.


Vanuatu is a snorkeling paradise. Simply for the reason that there are few compression chambers in Vanuatu to fill oxygen bottles. One of these devices is available in the capital Port Vila.

Useful information

A study by the British New Economics Foundation (NEF) rates the happiness of Vanuatu residents as the highest in the world. Satisfaction, life expectancy and dealing with the environment were examined.


Currency (sub-unit)

Vatu (100 centimes)

ISO 4217 code

VUV / 548


Continent: Australia-Oceania

Region: Australia and Oceania

Geo coordinates: S -15 ° -22 ‘-36.1 “E 166 ° 57’ 32.9”

Highest mountain: Tabwemansa (1,877 m)

Total area: 12,200 km²

Mainland: 12,200 km²

Coastline: 2,528 km


Dependency: Great Britain until 1980
France until 1980

UN member since: 1981

Other political affiliation: Commonwealth

Form of government: Parliamentary republic


Vanuatu GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Copra, cocoa, coffee

Electricity consumption: 47 million KWh

Cultivation area: 8.55%

Fishing: 21,000 t

Demographic data

Residents: 208,900

Average age: 23 years

0-14 years: 32.6%

15-64 years: 63.7%

> 65 years: 3.7%

Population growth: 1.49%

Birth rate: 22.72 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 7.82 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1.05

Fertility: 2.7 children / woman

Infant mortality: 53.8 ‰

Life expectancy men: 61.34 years

Life expectancy women: 64.44 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: VU

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: VUT

ISO 3166 numeric: 548

Top Level Domain: vu

IOC country code: VAN


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 51


Foundation: 1980

Last sovereign since: 1980


Main religious group: Christians


Prison inmates: 100


Arriving by plane

Vanuatu’s national airline, Air Vanuatu (NF) (Internet: offers connections from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne (Australia) and Auckland (New Zealand).

Even Air New Zealand (NZ) (website: flies to Vanuatu.

Air passes

The Sky Team Asia Pass is valid depending on the number of coupons (min. 3, max. 8) for flights between Korea (Rep.) Or Japan and the Southwest Pacific (American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands) Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu). The pass can only be purchased together with a long-haul flight operated by SkyTeam partners outside of the above countries. The pass is valid for a maximum of 60 days. More information at

Departure fee

2800 VT. Children under the age of 12 are excluded. The airport fees are included in the ticket price.

Arrival by ship

The largest international ports are Port Vila and Santo. Some shipping companies call at Vanuatu.


Traveling by plane

The national airline Air Vanuatu (NF) ( flies to 29 destinations within the archipelago. Unity Airlines (Internet: offers charter flights.

Air passes

Air Vanuatu is offering reduced domestic prices to travelers in connection with an international flight ticket.

On the way by car / bus

Most of the roads are not asphalted, but in towns they can be driven by normal cars (otherwise with all-wheel drive). However, extreme caution is required after heavy rainy seasons and prolonged periods of drought. The most common modes of transport are bicycles and mopeds.

Private and irregular bus transport.

Taxis are plentiful and relatively cheap. There is a taxi rank at the cultural center in Port Vila.

Rental cars
are available from the international car rental offices in Port Vila.

National or international driver’s license.

On the way by ship

Ferries operate between Port Vila and Santo and the northern and southern islands. Boats operate between many of the other islands.