Citizens from all Commonwealth countries, European Economic Community member countries..Travel Health
As a beautiful tropical to subtropical paradise, most visitors have a trouble-free..Local Currency
The currency of Vanuatu is the vatu (VUV or VT), with no smaller units in use. Banknotes..Weather
Vanuatu’s climate ranges from tropical to subtropical with a wet season lasting from..Local Customs
Visitors to Vanuatu find the locals warm, friendly and welcoming. Vanuatu’s population..Languages
Vanuatu is regarded as the most linguistically diverse nation on earth, with over 100..Transport Options
Located 6km north of Port Vila, Vanuatu’s international airport is called Bauerfield...Travel Tips
Beware of souvenir sellers who raise their prices when cruise ships are in dock. Many of..Local Food
Vanuatu’s cuisine combines fish, root vegetables (taro, yams, sweet potatoes), and a..Local Timezones
Vanuatu has one time zone. It is eleven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+11) and..Dutyfree Limits
Passengers over 15 years may bring in 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco or 50 cigars or..
Vanuatu’s cuisine combines fish, root vegetables (taro, yams, sweet potatoes), and a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. It is common for most families to grow vegetables and fruits in their gardens. Food is mainly cooked by boiling, steaming or by placing it amongst hot stones in an underground oven. Many dishes are flavoured with cream or coconut milk. Vanuatu’s national dish is a root vegetable cake called ‘laplap’. It is made from either manioc (cassava), sweet potato, yam or taro grated or shaved into a banana leaf with wild cabbage and coconut, wrapped into a flat parcel and cooked underground. Tourists can try it at market stalls for about VT100.
Vanuatu is also renowned for its high quality beef. Combined with fresh seafood and the delicious fresh produce from the islands, Vanuatu is fast becoming a destination for gourmet diners. Port Vila in particular has a growing reputation as a very high quality dining centre, with dozens of restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines. Meal prices range from VUV1000 to 2000. Many restaurants allow BYO wine or alcohol but will charge corkage of around VUV300. Check about bringing your own when booking a table, as this option works out considerably cheaper than purchasing alcohol at the restaurant.
Kava is the national drink and Vanuatu’s kava is reputed to be the most potent in the Pacific. Made from the root of the kava plant, it is well known for its stress-relieving and anti-anxiety properties. It is an important part of many cultural ceremonies and is readily available throughout Vanuatu. A shell of kava should be swilled down in one motion because the taste is not altogether pleasant. Tourists are encouraged to try kava but are advised that more than 2 shells can leave them in such a relaxed state that they may not be keen (or capable) to continue their sight-seeing or travels for the rest of the day!