Vanuatu Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by globetrott
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by globetrott
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by globetrott

Vanuatu Warnings and Dangers

  • Roaming

    Polish tourist coming to Vanuatu be aware that there is no roaming for any of Polish mobile phone providers.If You promised somebody to call or text that You safely arrived forget about using Your mobile phone unless You buy local company SIM card.Cheapest one was 500 Vatu = 5.5 US$I can send for it about 15 international text messages.

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  • The Sleaze factor: Sexual...

    On a guided tour, I couldn't quite believe that our 55ish local guide was looking at my breasts, which were covered by a light button shirt and bathers underneath, which I considered appropriate and non-provocative....Even as he was talking about the plants, and with my husband right there!Then, a little while later, more shocking, did he just...

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  • Volcanoes

    Vanuatu has some of the most accessible volcanoes in the world and while they are a spectacular sight especially at night it is wise to find out what level the volcanic activity is before venturing there. Remember that these are active volcanoes with molten lava flying into the air and what goes up must come down so be very watchful of children. I...

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  • Bring Everything!

    This is a comfort warning. Don't think you might be able to just pick something up from the shops, they probably won't have it! Or if they do it will be hideously expensive due to the high import taxes.

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  • Like in Norway, everything's...

    Everything's expensive. You simply won't get very far without money. Not a budget destination.The malaria risk is fairly high everwhere except in Port Vila and on Futuna Island. At night, potholes you dont spot can be a problem. If you violate custom rules, e.g. use a beach owned by locals without permission, you can be in deep trouble if unlucky....

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  • Bites, stings and other things

    I came to very little harm in Vanuatu, but there does seem to be a lot of potential for Mother Nature to play mischief here.As with all tropical destinations, mosquitoes are an annoyance. At best you will receive a couple of dozen itching bites in a week or so, at worst you could pick up something a lot nastier. The whole of the country is malarial...

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  • Warnings or Dangers. First...

    Warnings or Dangers.First danger is the kids, you will want to take them home with you there so cute.Time, well the people have there own time, nothing happens in a hurry, so you may as well just enjoy the fact that its all slow.We where suppose to be picked up at 4am every morning for our fishing trips, the earlist was 1,30 am and the latest was...

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  • Medication + illness

    Hi,Just a note that if you ARE heading off to the outer islands - or even prone to the odd stomach bug, it is really worth taking some gastro tablets. For the outer islands - any small cuts can turn nasty quite easily and quickly. Flies are about, and as soon as they touch your skin... BAM! INFECTION! It is worth takign some antibiotics, lots of...

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  • Hep A and and unwashed food

    Get all your shots before you go! Vanuatu is a third world country and you find its very rural and people don't live in very clean conditions. There's livestock running everywhere in the villages amongst the friendly locals. They are so cute (especially the chickens) but you need to be careful and make sure you're immunised. Also, eat only from...

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  • Malaria is an endemic in Vanuatu!

    Malaria is present in Vanuatu.. not so much in Port Vila but around the islands, and it is very rural everywhere. Mosquitos are not too bad but it just depends on how easily you get bitten.Malaria tablets are cheap and easy. Visit your doctor before you leave (around 4-6 weeks) and you can get a prescription for them . We took Doxycicline tablets,...

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  • Beware of drug dealers!

    Our taxi driver took us to this pretty little beach. While admiring the view we were approached by a man who offered to climb a coconut tree for a small fee...( for a photo ). It was supposedly to help raise money for the local school. We politely declined his offer and walked off. Then he came up and offered us some drugs...well! it was back in...

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  • Medical Facilities - Insure yourself!

    Make sure you have travel insurance that covers medical care when travelling in Vanuatu. I am a med student and went to Vila Central Hospital for a month for an elective - although the head doctors are from Australia (via AusAid), the facilities and level of care that can be provided are definitely those of a developing country. Those in Vanuatu...

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  • Fast cars and cava!

    The local road rules make for some scarey driving. They permit drink driving and I don't think there is a speed limit over there. Be careful crossing the street and it's best not to look when being driven around - just hang on tight!! However we found it to be quite exciting and it gave us something to laugh about afterwards.Don't be tempted to...

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  • Spiders...

    There are no deadly spiders or snakes etc in Vanuatu but there are some non deadly ones...and BIG spiders at that!!!! I was a bit scared although our guide wasn't phased at all when this big spider crawled all over him...

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  • Malaria

    Malaria can be a problem in Vanuatu so it is a good idea to get some malaria tablets through your doctor before going. We were told to have the tablets two days before and two weeks after our trip also.You will get bitten by mozzies, there is no doubt about it.Also worth checking out is Hep A, Hep B, Typhoid, Polio, Tetanus & Diptheria...

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  • The kids...you'll fall in love with...

    The kids in Vanuatu are so cute! They are fairly shy though when they're younger. It would be a good idea to take something to give to the kids - we didn't think of it before leaving but we should have taken some lollipops, stickers, lollies or something for them.

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  • Tabu

    When you see the word Tabu be careful...you could be doing something illegal or very disrespectful. Most places will have the warning in English and Bislama.

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  • NO Tipping NO Bargaining...

    TippingNo tipping or bargaining please, it goes against local tradition.Please, just don't do it as it creates an obligation for the person to return to you. Which is virtually impossible if you're a leaving tourist . Therefore it would leave someone behind indepted to you which is not fair to do.

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  • Ladies Beware: When I tried...

    Ladies Beware: When I tried this my periods stopped for 6 months!! could be wave shock more than culture shock :-), unless you are physically extroverted then hey go for it!!

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  • Vanuatu is in the Malaria zone...

    Vanuatu is in the Malaria zone so take care to inform yourself of the risks before you leave.Port Vila is a low risk area but make sure to take insect repellent.It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to give you Malaria.

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  • Vanuatu have severe storms now...

    Vanuatu have severe storms now and then. Earthquakes of some danger also occur. There are also tsunamis now and then. As late as 1999 a tsunami killed people. Travelling outside the months of December to March, you should avoid all these 'dangers.'

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