There is no doubt about the fact that the island nations of the Pacific Ocean are brilliant places to visit. While some of them may lack certain infrastructures, they are still tranquil, tropical, and inviting. Furthermore, as you may have guessed, the Republic of Vanuatu is no exception to this rule. Harbouring over 270,000 inhabitants spread across 12,189 square kilometres of land, it is by no means a dense or overcrowded place. So, without further ado, let us examine the top five things to know before going there!
1. Language barriers:
There are quite a few things to know about the tongues spoken in Vanuatu. First and foremost, the official language there is Bislama. While this may not sound familiar at all, you should have no fear as both French and English are considered co-officials. In fact those are the languages used by the education system. So, what this translates into is that most people speak another language besides Bislama. However, the more you stray from Port Vila (the capital city), the more you are going to face language barriers. Always keep a few native words up your sleeve just to make sure that you can get basic meanings across!
We are happy to state the fact that Vanuatu is a perfectly safe country to visit with extremely low risks of being mugged, raped, or murdered. In fact, it is so safe, that you can generally walk around at night even without possible problems looming on the horizon – it is a lot safer than the big cities most people are used to. Petty crime does occur in Port Vila but it is so rare that its presence is negligible in terms of rates. Stay smart, stay relaxed, and, thus, stay safe!
It is no secret that Vanuatu is a tropical paradise to be coveted by most tourists. However, there is more to its weather patterns than just its climate classification. What’s interesting is that it is so diverse in terms of land, that it contains all microclimate zones pertaining to the tropical kind: hot, humid, mild, and dry. All of these will adhere to your vacation longings but there is one aspect to keep an eye out for: cyclone season. While there is a significant amount of warning going on before a cyclone hits, it is good to know that they generally occur between the months December and March. If you are planning on hitting Vanuatu during that interval, do yourself a favour and pack a good-ol’ fashion poncho (triple wink)!
Vanuatu is one of the most inviting and tourist-friendly places in the world without a single drop of doubt. Want to make a photo with the locals smiling? Well, you’ll find that it cannot get any easier than that as they are always smiling. And considering the 100+ native languages that are spoken throughout the archipelago, the diversity coexisting peacefully is to be admired.
5. From low to high:
In fact, that subtitle could have sunk as low as underwater as the marine sights between the islands that comprise the Republic of Vanuatu are simply awe-inducing. By all means, go snorkelling and diving for you are going to be left with an experience that you are not bound to forget for years to come. Oh, and when you are done with the “below sea level” zones, go for a hike up Yasur Volcano, one of the most scenic treks in the world. Pack an anorak as you climb, though, as temperatures can drop a little with altitude (wink)!
Did you enjoy our list? What experiences have you had within the bounds of the island nation of Vanuatu and what lasting impressions have they left you with? What are the top pros and cons of going there in your opinion? Tell us all about it in the comment section below and be sure to check back for some exciting new updates and articles soon! See you on our next adventure!