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  • Traveling smart in Vanuatu

    TRAVEL TIPS TO VANUATU:In order to minimize avoidable travel hassles later there are a few things to consider before embarking on your holiday to Vanuatu (or anywhere else for that matter). 1. Research your destination:• Read good travel guides such as The Lonely Planet "Vanuatu & New Caledonia" (now in its 6th edition). Although sometimes out of...

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  • Visit the islands around Port Vila and...

    The best thing you can do is get out and explore. There's not much in Port Vila except for shops and hotels, so hop on a bus or a boat and get around there's lots to see. I have different pages for all the islands we went to...it's really worth getting around and checking them out! The landscapes- blue green water, the friendly people and the fact...

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  • Keep a little torch handy...

    It seems to be a pretty common occurence in Port Vila for power shortages and/or blackouts.Usually doesnt last long wheather the problem is rectified or if they start working on a generator, I'm not sure??? But I guess its just handy to have the little torch just in case.

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  • Paradise as it was meant to be...

    In all my travels, I've never seen such perfection. UNTOUCHED perfection. Not something that's been landscaped to look nice (i.e. Hawii). The whole island was like something out of a dream: friendly locals, fresh fruit growing everywhere, white and black sand beaches, thick rain forest, spiders and centipedes the size of New York rats, amazing...

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  • Snorkelling - Mele (Hideaway) Island

    This is the place where you will see the most fish when snorkelling of all the Port Vila/ Mele popular spots. There are a lot of other people in the water with you, and the coral is damaged by storms, but the huge number and variety of fish more than make up for it. It costs 200VT to take a minibus from Vila, and there is a free little boat that...

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  • Lovely Islands Friendly People

    Many of the locals ferry tourists round in their cars for a reasonable fee. Our driver took the four of us on a tour around the country roads and villages. I think we paid $15 each for about 2 hours. We loved it, especially when a little boy in one of the villages ran over and gave us some beautiful ginger flowers. The villages were primitive but...

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  • Coconut Plantations

    Everywhere you drive around Efate you will see coconut plantations. One of our guides told us that they aren't native to Vanuatu but were introduced by the British and French many years ago. The coconuts are used for so many things these days though and the local people are very happy to have coconuts on their land.

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  • Banks

    Make sure you check that you can use your bank cards in Vanuatu before you get there. We had trouble getting money out of our savings account using our credit card (which we normally use). In the end we had to take money out of our credit card account just to have some cash. I would recommend taking your debit card as well as your credit card.Most...

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  • Local People

    The Ni-Vanuatu (native) people here are fantastic...they are all very friendly and always smile or wave when they see you. The kids run along side the bus/car and yell hello too...

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  • Mele Cascades

    The Mele Cascades are beautiful!! It is about a 10 minute drive from Port Vila out to the cascades - about a 200 vatu bus trip.There is a 1000 vatu charge on entry to the cascades and if you're lucky you will get a guide to show you around. Robert was our guide and he was excellent.

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  • Markets

    The markets are definitely worth looking at if you're in Port Vila...they sell all sorts of things from wooden carvings to vegetables to jewellery. The markets are easy to find...right in the main street of Vila.

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  • the friendly people

    The people have to be the best thing about this place, so make an effort to befriend the hotel staff, the tour guides, the market ladies, anyone (within your own safety), because the kidness of the people is what makes the difference between a good holiday and an amazing holiday. I gotta say it, I miss the people. somewhat repetitive i know, but...

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  • French or English or vice versa??

    Vanuatu, with its colourful past of English-French influences, has createda great atmosphere of excellent dining, unsurpassed in the Pacific. There are many excellent restaurants serving the complete variety of International cuisines.Fine dining is also available in the main hotels. Do you speak french or english?Both.Which do you prefer?only...

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  • slaybelle's General Tip

    Pentecost Island is where bungee jumping originated and still occurs today. This ancient rite of initiation is very sacred to the people of the island. Although, according to legend, it was a young woman who escaped an evil chief by challenging him to leap from a tree with her (she had a vine attached to her ankle, he did not), only men jump...

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  • Make sure to get out and...

    Make sure to get out and about. I found Port Vila to be one of the friendliest towns I have ever been to. The locals are amazingly friendly and laid back. A smile is all you need in this town. The image of this tropical paradise will stay with me forever, everything is lush and green and overgrown.

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  • You must visit the...

    You must visit the following:1. Drinking kava at the kava-bars of Port Villa2. Visit Tanna Island in the far south to see the volcanoe, swim with the dugong, get on a 4-weel, drive into the bushes, and meet the locals to see their traditional dancing The people, the volcanoe, the stories of canibalism!This pic...is right at the active...

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  • visit the cascade falls on the...

    visit the cascade falls on the western side of the main island. Like most of Vanuatu, it is largely unspoiled and you will just enjoy nature and the friendliness of the local population. Just walking along some of the relatively secluded beaches. Just fantastic. The water is so blue.

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  • Do the round the island trip,...

    Do the round the island trip, very good day out, seeing the other side of how the people live. Fishing from a bannana boat with my best mate.

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  • Go shopping and snorkelling....

    Go shopping and snorkelling. The shopping was great - duty free prices are very good for alcohol and perfume. The local kids are adorable. Who can resist them when they are trying to sell you a bargain. They even sing and dance for you!

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  • Go scuba diving just out of...

    Go scuba diving just out of Port Vila, the capital !!!!It was so great with crytal water, dolphins all around and maximum visibility at 20 meters below surface !!! One of the best diving spots I ever been Port Vila being the capital, people are used of seeing tourists....but just go around Efate island...You quickly go out of any kind of 'city...

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  • Get out of Port Vila and...

    Get out of Port Vila and explore other islands. Vanuatu is where BUNGY JUMPING originated (as kind of a rite of passage), and there are tours that take you to see how it's really done. There are ECO-TOURIST junkets you can pick up out of Port Vila that will get you to community-based guest houses in very traditional settings. There's even an island...

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  • Try Kava. Kava is a...

    Try Kava. Kava is a nasty-tasting drink derived from the root of a cactus plant (or something like that). It's not illegal or anything, and it gives you a nice mellow buzz -- perfect for hanging out and shooting the breeze on a warm South Pacific evening. It's cheaper and way less sloppy (buzz-wise) than drinking beer, and it's what the locals do....

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  • The local brewery is Tusker....

    The local brewery is Tusker. They make at least 3 kinds of Tusker(normal, wheat, export) plus abeers on license; among them Pripps Blue (Swedish!). All the beers are relatively light and easy todrink. The draught beer is extremely cold in Vanuatu. Too cold for my taste. Mind this if u get troat infections easily. Better to drink bottled beer then.

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  • Sarah97's General Tip

    Anyway, the life over there was really relaxing one!!! I envy it sometimes. It is too hectic to living in a fast pace big city like Seoul. Have a look at this exotic island! {Umm. It has been 10 years since I have been there!!! I miss my days on the ship! Do you know what is the most interesting thing to do on the ship? It was dancing in the...

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  • I was on Achille Lauro for 2...

    I was on Achille Lauro for 2 week¡¯s New Year cruise of 1992 which departed from Sydney harbour. Our first stop was the Port Villa which is the capital of Vanuatu. It was really a little town, however I was really amazed when I saw Chinese restaurant in the middle of the main road which is about 200 meters altogether. It is really amazing to see...

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  • Visit a backstreet store that...

    Visit a backstreet store that makes the best homemade jams and pickles in The South Pacific go scuba diving, charter a seaplane to a deserted island look into the heart of an active volcano or stand in awe as you witness the primitive origins of bungy jumping.

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