Scenically and culturally diverse, Vanuatu is the friendly face of the Pacific – in fact, it has been voted as one of the happiest places in the world. Vanuatu’s 83 islands are renowned for their scenery, with mountainous volcanoes, lush rainforest, lagoons and sandy beaches, offering a stunning and diverse holiday environment. Vanuatu was colonized by both the French and the English, and in the capital of Port Vila, on Efate, you’ll find the French influence reflected in the superb wine and food. Many of Vanuatu’s islands are serviced by the country’s domestic airline, so visitors have a wide range of destinations to choose from, each offering something different in terms of scenery and culture.
Dry Season: April to November. June, July and August have the coolest temperatures. The average temperature is 25°C and humidity of 60%.
Wet Season: December to March, with an average temperature of 32°C and humidity of 80%
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 11 hours. One hour ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time
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Are Visa’s Required?
Australian citizens/passport holders do not require a visa for a short stay in Vanuatu. Make sure your passport has at least six months validity, and carry a copy of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.
Paying Locally – ATM’s/Credit Card Facilities
ATM access is available throughout Port Vila and limited banking in Luganville, Santo’s capital. Money change is available at Port Vila (Bauerfield) airport. Westpac and ANZ banks are located in Port Vila. Bank hours are 7:30am to 3:45pm Monday to Friday. Credit cards are widely accepted at resorts, hotels and restaurants throughout Vanuatu.
Fish Handling Policy
Due to the remoteness of this location, logistics involved and release policy for sustainable fishing, it is not possible to take fish out of Vanuatu. Keeping select fish for eating throughout the trip is at your skipper’s discretion.
Alcohol/Duty Free Limits
The duty free limit for taking alcohol into Vanuatu is; 1.5 L of spirits, or 2L of wine. Bar facilities are available at most resorts and hotels within Port Vila and Santo. Alcohol for live on board charters can be pre-ordered in advance, and paid directly to your skipper. Please liaise with Ocean Blue to place order.
Tipping is not mandatory in Vanuatu, but tends to be a common practice on conclusion of a charter; if you wish to pass the hat around between the group, AUD $50 per days fishing (per boat) is a rough guide. Lures, sunglasses and cool t-shirts are also a hit with crews. Please note, all tipping to skippers, deck hands, crew or other service providers is entirely up to the individuals’ discretion.
Electricity/power outlets throughout Vanuatu are the same as Australia.
Rod Tubes/Local Luggage Limitations
Telescopic rob tubes are advised, maximum length 200cm. Live On Board clients please be aware that there is limited storage for luggage onboard, soft bags are advised where possible.
Port Vila (Efate) is the vibrant capital city and daily International and domestic flights from major cities. Luganville (Espiritu Santo) also has an International airport with a lighter schedule.
Any additional or unforeseen expenses; i.e. lost or damaged tackle, lure purchases, etc to be paid directly to your skipper.