All that Vanuatu has to offer
Fill your time in Vanuatu with as much or as little as you desire. Vanuatu truly has it all for the adventurer, or for those who simply want to relax and unwind.
There is much to see and do on the island of Efaté.
Efaté may not be the largest island but it is the most populated island and the hub for tourism, financial and commercial activities. The spectacular natural Port Vila harbour provides protection for the numerous yachts and sailing boats that come to rest and explore the shores. Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila while small, boasts boutique resorts and gourmet restaurants.
Vanuatu culture retains a strong diversity through local regional variations and through foreign influence. Vanuatu may be divided into three major cultural regions. In the north, wealth is established by how much one can give away. Pigs, particularly those with rounded tusks, are considered a symbol of wealth throughout Vanuatu. In the centre, more traditional Melanesian cultural systems dominate. In the south, a system involving grants of title with associated privileges has developed.
Young men undergo various coming-of-age ceremonies and rituals to initiate them into manhood, usually including circumcision.
Most villages have a nakamal or village clubhouse which serves as a meeting point for men and as a place to drink kava. Villages also have male- and female-only sections. These sections are situated all over the villages; in nakamals, special spaces are provided for females when they are in their menstruation period.
The traditional music of Vanuatu is still thriving in the rural areas of Vanuatu. Musical instruments consist mostly of idiophones: drums of various shape and size, slit gongs, stamping tubes, as well as rattles, among others. Another musical genre that has become widely popular during the 20th century in all areas of Vanuatu, is known as string band music. It combines guitars, ukulele, and popular songs.
Vanuatu is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire – that’s where two of the earth’s tectonic plates bump into each other – and that means we have some really neat volcanoes! See our volcanoes for yourself and learn about them and their eruptions.
If it’s adventure you’re after Vanuatu is for you. With hundreds of sightseeing and soft adventure tours on offer there’s always plenty to see, do and experience in this amazing country.
Make the most of this South Pacific paradise with your choice of adventure tours and activities from kayaking trips, game fishing, scuba diving or sailing trips throughout the magnificent islands of Vanuatu. There’s 83 islands and adventure waiting for you to enjoy on many of them. Vanuatu is one of the few places in the world where you can stand at the rim of an active volcano – an awe-inspiring site many travel to Tanna Island to witness.
Sailing trips across Melé Bay are available to all ages! Half day sailing, sunset cruises, private functions, snorkelling, fishing, partying are just some of the activities you can do.
Some of Port Vila’s best nightspots have just recently opened, serving party goers as top socializing venues in town and there is always a good chance to make new friends, mix and mingle with both international visitors and locals.
Our Guest Relations Manager can assist you with tours, arranging visits to other islands and anything else you might like to experience in Vanuatu.
To capture the complete Vanuatu experience, you must try a cultural or community tour. Tours range from pure cultural village experiences showcasing ancient way of living that is still being lived today, custom dances, experiences that merge culture and nature, to past traditional village set ups demonstrating the old way of life, and rural village community tours. All cultural & community tours are 100% owned and operated by local Ni-Vanuatu. Watch dancers perform a custom dance that is only unique to their island such as the Banks and Torres Islands snake dance, or feel the adrenaline rush from lurking warriors with bows and arrows, watching you make your way down with the tour guide to the village entrance for a big community welcome. Come on a cultural adventure with us!
Vanuatu’s known to have a great selection of game fishing operators in the South Pacific. With a range of options from shared charters, 3, 4 and 8 hour day trips, live-aboard game fishing, sightseeing trips, sport fishing charters offering light game fishing tackling to test skills against tunas, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Albacore and Marlin, and more. Fishing can be customized to suit each requirements where possible: Deep-sea fishing in remote waters, Reeling-in a 50kg Wahoo, secret fishing spots, picture perfect views out to sea, testing your skills against a mahimahi, tuna or marlin, the salty air and the sun on your skin, fresh fish for dinner and an ice cold beer.