FAQs and Travel Tips
Qantas, New Zealand and Air Pacific fly to Vanuatu. There's no direct flight to Vanuatu from USA.
The currency is Vatu and works out to about USD $1.1 to 100vatu. This fluctuates according to the value of the dollar. Some places in Port Vila accept foreign currency, but you need local money if you travel outside Port Vila.
Winter is between May and October, with temperatures averaging 25°C, and about 60% humidity. Summer is from November to April, with an average temperature of 32°C and humidity at 80%.
No vaccines are required. Insect repellent is a good idea. Also, bring some antibacterial cream and band-aids. If you require urgent medical attention, you can always rely on the services of the local expatriate doctors trained in Australia and New Zealand.
There are over 110 distinct languages and dialects in Vanuatu. Bislama is the national language. Other official languages include English and French.
Local time in Vanuatu is GMT+11 hrs. New Caledonia is 18 hours ahead of Los Angeles.
Normal working hours:
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 11:30am, 1:30pm – 5pm.
Port Vila enjoys a daily siesta. This means that the shops and banks are closed in the middle of the day. Supermarkets are still open though.
High heels will last about two milliseconds so consider this. Also consider muddy footpaths and the thong flick effect that might steer your choice towards sandshoes or joggers.
Bring light, cool and comfortable clothing. If you're visiting Vanuatu between May and September, a light sweater might be a good idea.
Mini-buses will take you all around Port Vila, and there are plenty of taxis, too. You can rent a car and explore the islands on your own, but remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road.
You are not expected to tip in Vanuatu.