Vanuatu is approximately a 3 hour flight from Auckland with two airlines currently flying 3 times per week
Vanuatu is one hour behind New Zealand and 2 hours behind once daylight savings comes into effect. The destination itself is different in many ways of other Pacific Islands as it has a mix of French and European influences blended with the local culture. Vanuatu comprises of 83 islands and a population of 180,000. The local people are welcoming and helpful and most speak very good English. French is widely spoken throughout the islands with Bislama (Pidgin English) being the national language. There are many things to see and do and these include half and full day tours around the island, island safari buggy tour, seaplane scenic flights, sailing or launch trips to some of the smaller outer islands, fishing, snorkelling and diving ship wrecks.
The capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila, has a great range of shops, duty free outlets, many restaurants, banks, a supermarket and a large local craft/produce market that is open daily and is a good chance to try some local fruit and cooking. Self-catering or meal plans at some of the resorts are good value for money as the restaurants can be quite expensive. Many shops and businesses in Port Vila are open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 5:00pm but close for 2 hours at lunch time. Most shops are open on Saturday morning while limited shops are open on Sunday morning. There is one hospital in Port Vila and one in Luganville, both with limited resources. The public transport system is operated by small mini vans which you just wave down on the side of the road and it is a very cost effective way to get to and from the town and village areas as well as other parts of the island. There are also rental cars available and taxis.
Temperatures range between 20 to 30 degrees depending on the month of the year with the rainy season and the more humid months being December through to end of March usually. The Southeast tradewinds provide slightly cooler weather and less humidity between May to October. The local currency is Vatu.
Accommodation options include resorts, B&B’s, self-catering, hotels & smaller bungalow style properties. Accommodation can be found to suit everyone from adults only resorts to family resorts with plenty of facilities for the children.
Our staff visit Vanuatu regularly and can suggest and recommend the best places to stay and venues for your wedding and reception with both beach and church options available in most instances. One thing to note with Vanuatu is the fact that typical white sandy beaches are not found as readily as they are in other South Pacific destinations. If this is one factor which is very important to your wedding or honeymoon, please advise us at the time of initial enquiry so that we can match a property with your needs.