When it comes to your Vanuatu holiday, if you thought all you needed to worry about was which cocktail to try next, think again. Although Vanuatu is famous as a relaxing island holiday, there is still plenty to think about when it comes to planning your trip. To make things easier, we’ve compiled all the most important information you need to know before you go to Vanuatu. We’ve answered all the most common questions from our customers including the best time to visit, how to get around, currency, travel insurance and more.
To ensure you have the most enjoyable and relaxing time in Vanuatu, read up on everything you should know before you go. We’ve answered some of our customers’ most common questions to prepare you for all the little details that go with travelling to an international remote island holiday destination.
Vanuatu offers wonderful tropical weather all year round, so there really is no bad time to visit. However weather-wise, the best time to visit Vanuatu is between April to October when the weather is warm and dry. Low season is from November to March when the weather is warmer and wetter, prices are cheaper and there are less tourist crowds.
Located just 4 hours by plane from Australia’s east coast, getting to Vanuatu is easy and affordable. The gateway to the main island of Efate, international visitors arrive in Port Vila where shuttles and taxis are available to a range of mainland resorts, as well as a variety of transfers which are operated to the nearby islands of Tanna and Espiritu Santo.
Departing Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, flights to Vanuatu are available with a number of major airlines including Virgin Australia and Air Vanuatu. Arriving in Port Vila at Bauerfield Airport, flights to Vanuatu take approximately 4 hours from the east coast of Australia. Our handy flight search can help you find the most convenient time to fly or the cheapest available airfares if you’re flexible with dates.
It’s easy and affordable to get around Vanuatu while on holiday thanks to its reliable, safe and affordable local transport. There are metered taxis everywhere, some with fixed rates, as well as a frequent but not timetabled local bus service which you can simply flag down anywhere along the route.
The official currency of Vanuatu is the vatu, a single unit of currency with the smallest denomination being 1 vatu and 100 vatu being the largest. 1 vatu is worth approximately 12 Australian cents, with 1 Australian dollar equalling approximately 80 vatu. As a guide, a trip on the bus costs around 100 vatu or AUD$1.20.
You never know what’s just around the corner, so regardless of your age, how healthy you are or whether you plan on doing nothing but tanning by the pool, Vanuatu travel insurance is a small price to pay for peace of mine. Aside from illness or injury, it also covers stolen or missing luggage, acts of nature and other misfortunes.