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Vanuatu

Etymology

Vanuatu’s name is derived from the word vanua (“land” or “home”), which occurs in several Austronesian languages, and the word tu (“stand”). Together the two words indicated the independent status of the new country. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Iririki Island Resort & Spa Vanuatu – Iririki Island Resort & Spa is a tranquil island haven with lush tropical gardens, a private beach and spectacular snorkelling. [facebook]

The Beach Bar Vanuatu – Only true beach bar in Port Vila, Vanuatu. On a beautiful and safe swimming beach. Situated just 10 mins from the town centre in the activity hub of Mele. [facebook]

The Office Pub & Flaming Bull Restaurant – Welcome to The office Pub & Flaming Bull Restaurant. We are located in Central town, Port-Vila, Vanuatu. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Connecting Singles – Connecting Singles is a 100% FREE online dating site where you can make friends and meet Vanuatu singles. Find an activity partner, new friends, a cool date or a soulmate, for a casual or long term relationship. Meet quality singles in your Vanuatu area or worldwide (US singles, Canada singles, UK singles, singles in Western Europe and Australia) looking for online dating, friendship, love, marriage, romance, or just someone to chat or hang out with. [connecting singles]

Mingle 2 – Mingle2.com is a 100% Vanuatu Free Dating Service. Meet thousands of fun, attractive, Vanuatu men and Vanuatu women for FREE. No gimmicks, no tricks. Stop paying for online dating now. [mingle 2]

Vanuatu Dating – Vanuatu Dating is where online dating success story in Vanuatu begins. Online dating has been a real revolution and as the leading online dating site that has created massive phenomena in Vanuatu, we are the most ideal online platform to find love, romance, date or real relationships. [vanuatu.singles.dating]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Adventure Bound Tours – Adventure Bound Tours specialises in challenging multi day adventures across the globe. Founded by an ex-Australian SAS veteran, your adventure will not be a run of the mill expedition, it will be a unique adventure experience that will leave you yearning for more. [adventure bound tour]

Go Vanuatu – One of the fantastic things about a Vanuatu holiday or honeymoon is that everything is so accessible. From Port Vila you can experience a whole range of excellent tours and activities. Many of the larger travel agencies encourage you to pre-book your tours with them prior to leaving home. We do things a little differently. Because we have lived and worked in Vanuatu, we have a very realistic understanding of how things work there. [go vanuatu]

Red Vanuatu – Walking is a wonderful way to see a country close up. We have a range of bush walking adventures. You could be walking down tracks through the jungle, meandering along a river courses, and popping out of the trees to a white sand beach. Some tracks will take you through coconut plantation, through farmland or via villages and gardens. There are a number of different routes and the local guides will choose the best one depending on the weather and preferences of the customers. [red vanuatu]

Vanuatu Eco Tour – If you are looking for fun way to see the real Vanuatu life off the beaten tracks, you have come to the right place. [vanuatu-ecotour]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bathe beneath the waterfalls – Whether you take an organised tour or catch the local bus, the Mele Cascade waterfall is only 15 minutes from Port Vila. The best views are directly below, so pack bathers and enjoy the swimming around the plunge pools. Following cyclone Pam and the subsequent closure of Edge Adventure, visitors cannot currently abseil down the falls. [world travel guide]

Dare to look at the lava, Yasur – Drive to the summit of the world’s most accessible active volcano, Yasur, on Tanna Island. Peer into the crater at a seething mass of bubbling lava. You can also learn about the John Frum cargo cult; it began with the arrival of an American soldier in WWII, and believers now wait for him to return to the island with great riches. [world travel guide]

Drive a dune buggy on an off-road tour – Adventure operators run tours from Port Vila, so jump in a dune buggy and get off-road and dirty. Follow the leader in convoy as you power along a black sand beach, through forest tracks by way of some local villages. The most adventurous should tackle this tour if there has been some rain. Embrace it – you will get very muddy. [world travel guide]

Gasp at the Naghol – Every Saturday from April to June, Pentecost Island holds the world famous Naghol (“land dive”). The forerunner to bungee jumping, this traditional festival involves men diving from 100m-high (328ft) towers with only vines tied around their ankles. The Naghol is a celebration of the yam harvest and is a fertility rite for men. [world travel guide]

Go wreck diving at Espiritu Santo Island – Discover James A Michener’s inspiration for South Pacific, Espiritu Santo Island. Here, scuba divers can see the liner President Coolidge and the destroyer USS Tucker rest on the seabed, and explore Million Dollar Point where military equipment was dumped at the end of the war. The snorkelling is also excellent at one of Vanuatu’s most scenic islands. [world travel guide]

Haul a catch with deep-sea fishing – With marlin, wahoo, swordfish and tuna, Vanuatu offers some of the best deep-sea fishing in the South Pacific, and game fishing tournaments are held throughout the year. For smaller catches reef fishing is also available and boats for both depart from Port Vila Harbour. Take to Espiritu Santo for the best in-shore fishing trips. [world travel guide]

Seek out Hideaway Island Marine Sanctuary – Located just off Mele Bay, Hideaway Island is a resort that features excellent offshore snorkelling, a fine restaurant and the world’s only underwater post office – complete with waterproof postcards. Day-trippers are welcome to this marine sanctuary to enjoy the snorkel safari and scuba dives. [world travel guide]

Spot dolphins from your sailboat – Set sail in search of dolphins aboard the Coongoola. The lovely timber ketch departs from Havannah Harbour and takes passengers to the turtle sanctuary on Tranquillity Island (Moso) for a beach barbecue and spot of snorkelling. If the wind is favourable you return under sail and there is a good chance of being joined by dolphins off the bow. [world travel guide]

Try the national dish at the Mama’s Market – Seek out the harbour-front markets in Port Vila where a wonderful array of fruit, vegetables and flowers await. Mama’s Market is run by local women and is the best place on the island to sample the national dish, lap lap (cooked yam roots with coconut cream and meat). Further along the handicraft market sells carvings, sarongs and other items of clothing, ideal for souvenirs. [world travel guide]

Understand local traditions at Ekasup Cultural Village – Ekasup Cultural Village is 10 minutes from Port Vila and it explains Vanuatu’s traditional village life, medicines, food, dancing and hunting methods (like how to catch fish with a spider’s web). Local men, women and children participate, so the traditional culture is passed through the generations. Tours run twice a day (except Sundays) and Friday night is Melanesian Feast night. [world travel guide]

Understand the cultures of each island – The Vanuatu Museum & Cultural Centre is opposite Parliament house, near the Chief’s Nakamal (meeting place). There are permanent displays of traditional artefacts, pottery, fossils, masks and slit-gongs on show to reflect the diversity of culture and history on the various islands. As well as daily video screenings, the centre hosts vibrant temporary exhibits and performances (sand-drawing, bamboo flute, traditional dance and story-telling). [world travel guide]

Unearth history at The Secret Garden – Located in Mele, The Secret Garden offers the chance to learn about the local flora and fauna, explore thatched huts from the various islands and see iguanas, pythons and flying foxes. It presents a quirky look at Vanuatu’s history including missionaries, cannibalism and traditional customs, as well as the more serious subjects of blackbirding and WWII. [world travel guide]

View Vanuatu from a helicopter above – See the serene South Pacific islands from above with a seaplane or helicopter flight. Both operate on the island with a number of flights available from short scenic flyovers, trips to a private island for a Robinson Crusoe-esque picnic or to one of the out-of-town restaurants for lunch. The helicopter is also great for aerial photography opportunities. [world travel guide]

Festivals

Festivals

ANZAC Day – ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps and ANZAC Day, April 25, commemorates the day when Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought and died in the battle of Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire in WWI. The Australian and New Zealand high commissions hold a joint event every year in Port Vila to celebrate the lives of the ANZAC troopers. [iexplore]

Fête de la Musique – As with many other cities around the world, June 21st sees performances from both amateur and professional musicians showcasing their talent at different venues across the towns of Port Vila and Luganville. Musical artists donate their time for free and spectators come to see the show free-of-charge. [iexplore]

John Frum Day – John Frum is a mythical figure associated with a cargo cult which arose on Tanna Island in Vanuatu. Usually depicted as a WWII soldier from the US, John Frum is said to bring wealth and prosperity to those who believe in him. Every year, usually in March, a military parade is held in his honor, signifying that this non-violent cult is still quite active today. [iexplore]

Nagol Land Diving – This is perhaps the cultural tradition of the ni-Vanuatu which has made the nation famous all over the world. Said to be the pre-cursor of modern bungee jumping, Nagol land diving sees local men of the southern part of Pentecost Island jumping off wooden towers from heights of up to 98ft with only tree vines tied to their feet as part of a coming-of-age ritual. Previously held once a year, the tradition now takes place every Saturday from April to June to accommodate tourists who want to witness this death-defying ritual of the locals. [iexplore]

Saint Andrew Festival – The Saint Andrew Festival is a Christian festival in Vanuatu that has been infused with local indigenous traditions. In the Banks region, locals from Rah and Mota Lava have been coming together for more around 100 years now in this festival celebrating the life of Saint Andrew, the Apostle. The three-day event sees both locals and visitors in large festivities and feasts featuring food cooked by geothermal energy. The festival is held every November 29. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxis and Car Rental – Taxis are available in Vanuatu. They are certainly plentiful in the capital Port Vila. Visitors can easily hail them on the street or arrange for a pick-up from their hotels. On the other islands, a taxi cab will usually have a T on their license plate. Most are metered and prices tend to be reasonable to cheap. However, visitors may encounter fixed fares, such as those heading out from the airport to the usual resorts and hotels, and non-metered taxis, in which case, it is best to negotiate a price first before getting in. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – No railway networks exist on any of the islands of Vanuatu. Public buses are available for getting around the municipal areas. These are minivans with a B on their license plate. There are no fixed routes. Passengers are supposed to tell the driver where they are headed and they get dropped off there. If you are the last passenger to get on board, however, it only means that you get to be taken to your destination last. [iexplore]

Water Taxis – Although Vanuatu is an archipelago comprised of a total of 83 islands, water taxis or ferries are not a developed form of public transport. Passenger ferries do operate, but schedules are very infrequent. Those wishing to travel to Vanuatu via water transport can do so via cruises. A number of cruise liners call at the two main ports of Vanuatu—Port Vila and Luganville. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Professionals Vanuatu – Real estate in Vanuatu is a shining light in the current world economic landscape. Factors that influence Vanuatu real estate prices are all positive. These include land laws, tax laws, tourist arrival figures, political stability, and of course, rental rates for local residential real estate. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Vanuatu – Vanuatu is a Y-shaped chain of islands, extending 1176km in a north-south direction between the equator and the tropic of Capricorn. There are over 80 islands which form the archipelago, with a population of approximately over 200,000 people that speak over 100 different languages. Of course, this all makes for a fascinating diversity of culture, customs and people. [expat woman]

Living in Vanuatu- Expat – Looking for an escape in a paradise island with a tropical climate? Vanuatu, located in Oceania, is probably the ideal destination for you. It is quite popular with expatriates, especially with retirees. [expat]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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