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FAQs and Travel Tips

1. How do you get to Vanuatu?
2. What is the local currency?
3. What is the weather like?
4. Are there any special health measures that I need to take?
5. What are the languages spoken in Vanuatu?
6. What is the time difference?
7. What are the business hours?
8. Can I drink tap water?
9. What kind of clothing should I bring?
10. How do I get around?
11. What is the tipping policy?

1. How do you get to Vanuatu?

Qantas, New Zealand and Air Pacific fly to Vanuatu. There's no direct flight to Vanuatu from USA.

2. What is the local currency?

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.

3. What is the weather like?

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%.

4. Are there any special health measures that I need to take?

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.

5. What are the languages spoken in Vanuatu?

There are over 110 distinct languages and dialects in Vanuatu. Bislama is the national language. Other official languages include English and French.

6. What is the time difference?

Local time in Vanuatu is GMT+11 hrs. New Caledonia is 18 hours ahead of Los Angeles.

7. What are the business hours?

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.

8. Can I drink tap water?

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.

9. What kind of clothing should I bring?

Bring light, cool and comfortable clothing. If you're visiting Vanuatu between May and September, a light sweater might be a good idea.

10. How do I get around?

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.

11. What is the tipping policy?

You are not expected to tip in Vanuatu.

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