The Republic of Vanuatu is an Island Nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. 1,750 kms from the East Coast of Australia, the flight time is 2.5 hours from Brisbane and 3.5 hours from Sydney.Twice voted as the happiest place on earth by the Lonely Planet Guide and one of the top 10 destinations in the world to visit, Vanuatu is relaxed, friendly and welcoming to all nationalities.
Capital: Port Vila
Dialing code: +678
Currency: Vanuatu vatu
Population: 252,763 (2013) World Bank
Official languages: French, English, Bislama
Since its independence in 1980 from French and British rule, Vanuatu has had a democratic government. Relations between government and the people are peaceful as well as the relationships between different villages and islands – Ni-Vanuatu are a peaceful and friendly people. There are no poisonous animals, spiders, insects, reptiles or marine life on the island.
Valé Valé Beachfront Villas and White Sands Beachfront Pavilion are situated on the island of Efaté where there is much to see and do. Efaté is not the largest island but is the most populated 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.
Hire a jeep or a 4WD for air conditioned comfort, otherwise take an organized tour around the island. Along the way you’ll find beautiful people welcoming you into their village. Enjoy a fresh meal at a gourmet beach front restaurant, a snorkel on a WWII plane wreck, visit a turtle sanctuary or abseil down the Cascades Waterfall or take a helicopter flight down a jungle clad canyon. For longer adventures there are rustic island escapes within achievable access including the active volcano on Tanna Island and the Pentecost land diving held every Saturday during the months of April, May and June. The land diving is one of Vanuatu’s oldest traditions. The ritual has evolved over many years, stripping a tall tree of its surrounding branches and building a tower of sticks to support the trunk. Local men then throw themselves in a bungee like style off the 20 metre tower.