Vanuatu

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Port-Vila

Port-Vila is the capital and largest city of Vanuatu. It is situated on the island of Efate in the province of Shefa. At a population of 44,000, Port-Vila is slowly growing, but remains a small and laid-back capital. The city extends across the length of Vila Bay, with parks, markets, and restaurants trailing the waterfront. Host to Vanuatu’s largest harbor and airport, Port-Vila is a popular destination for cruise ships and a base for tours and adventure activities across the island of Efate.

Luganville

Luganville is the main population centre on Espiritu Santo, and Vanuatu’s only large town outside Port Vila. It is popular for diving, and as a base for exploring Espiritu Santo. With a sleepier atmosphere and a big rural hinterland, Espiritu Santo has quite a different atmosphere from the more upmarket Port Vila. Vanuatu’s two towns are like Coke and Pepsi – people familiar with both generally have a strong preference for one or the other!

Topic is Travel Destination to Vanuatu. Iririki Island Ferry at sunset, Port Vila Harbour, Vanuatu.

Ambea

Ambae has a ellipse shape oriented northeast to southwest. Most inhabitants are concentrated in the two corners – Walaha in the southwest (locally referred to as West Ambae) and Lolowai/Saratamata/Longana in the northeast (locally referred to East Ambae). In the east, Lolowai is the main harbour while nearby Saratamata is the main centre with a bank (no ATMs or foreign cards), schools and government offices. The airport is at Longana nearby. In the west, the airport and some services are at Walaha. The south is more sparsely populated. Ambae is an active volcano. It is possible to climb to the top of it to view the two lakes – Manaro, which is a clear rainwater lake and Vui which is a blue lake in the crater of the volcano. When the volcano becomes active, the waters of Vui can turn blood red.

Kruja

Tanna is quite touristy and locals are used to tourists chartering transport. If you are staying at a resort, arrange your transport there. For independent travelers: trucks are used by local people to travel around the island. These go at irregular times and a good place to wait is the small “roundabout” one block inland from the harbour. Ask around where the trucks go from. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are market days and therefore busier. A ride between Lenakel and the area around Mt Yasur should cost 500 vatu per person. A chartered vehicle will set you back 5-10,000 vatu.

Epi Island

There is a friendly dugong (sea cow) who is known to frequent the beaches around Epi, especially at Lamen Bay. As this is a wild animal his presence is NOT guaranteed, but when he is around he seems to enjoying seeking out snorklers to swim and play with, giving people lucky enough to be out in the water at the right time the once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with one of these majestic endangered animals in the wild.

Maewo

There is a friendly dugong (sea cow) who is known to frequent the beaches around Epi, especially at Lamen Bay. As this is a wild animal his presence is NOT guaranteed, but when he is around he seems to enjoying seeking out snorklers to swim and play with, giving people lucky enough to be out in the water at the right time the once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with one of these majestic endangered animals in the wild.

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