Now's The Time To Visit Vanuatu

13 May 2016

Australians seeking the laidback island splendour of Vanuatu need wait any longer. With the effects of Tropical Cyclone Pam all but a distant memory, this archipelago is ready and eager to welcome back visitors.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that tourism is Vanuatu’s lifeblood. After all, the promise of lazy days, lush landscapes and water-based pursuits essentially sells itself.

In March 2015, Tropical Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu leaving a path of destruction in her wake, affecting thousands of residents, crops and the water supply. Not to mention the tourism industry.

Though some repercussions from this category-five storm are still felt today, the archipelago is, for the most part, back to normal.

Travel Inspiration Port Vila awaits... (image: Getty)

While Air Vanuatu continued to operate flights over the past few months, some airlines ceased services to Port Vila due to operational concerns about the runway that were caused by the storm across Efate.

It’s only recently airlines such as Qantas are reinstating their services.

Virgin Australia flights are due to resume late May, and Air Vanuatu is adding an extra flight from Sydney, beginning June 4, 2016.

With a wide selection of direct flights to this island nation, its local industries can begin to rebuild.


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Travel is well and truly on the agenda.

Visitors can expect the same tropical holiday experience prior to this unfortunate natural disaster. With winter on the horizon, now is the perfect time to chase the sun.

Popular Port Vila resorts such as Breakas, Warwick Le Lagon and Mangoes have completely recovered from any damage, with almost all activities operating as normal. Vanuatu’s second-most popular island Espiritu Santo wasn’t affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam at all, so its pristine beaches and dive sites teeming with marine life are ready and waiting.

Travel Inspiration Picture perfect Champagne Beach (image: Sarah Vercoe)

Idyllic stretches of sand, balmy breezes, spectacular reefs and friendly locals make Vanuatu one of the happiest places on Earth.

It’s also a mecca for adventurers with a plethora of land- and water-based pursuits, from scuba diving and snorkelling to volcano sand-boarding and off-road buggy tours.

Book your flights to Vanuatu to find both peace and adventure in equal measures in this stunning chain of 80 islands in the South Pacific.

Travel here is now more important than ever.

Travel Inspiration Zip and zoom around Efate on a custom buggy! (image: Anna Howard)

Top 5 Experiences In Vanuatu

Scuba dive

Espiritu Santo is home to the largest wreck dive site in the world – the SS President Coolidge.

Climb Mount Yasur

Keen hikers can reach the rim of the world’s most accessible volcano within an easy 10-minute guided walk.

Port Vila Buggy Ride

Buggy Fun Adventures run on- and off-road adventures on sand dunes, scaled inclines and jungles across Port Vila.

Mele Cascades

Live out your mermaid dreams in the ethereal pools and waterfalls of Mele Cascades.

Send a postcard

Post a special postcard from beneath the surface at the world’s only underwater post office, located off Hideaway Island!


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Anna Howard

Give me street food over Michelin stars, cellar doors over wine bars and small towns and wide open spaces over big cities any day. Travel for me means ticking off the 'to eat and drink' list one regional flavour and wine bottle at a time.