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Rebecca MurphyAugust 13, 2019
Why Vanuatu? Beautiful blue swimming holes, unique experiences, great food and beautiful people is what keeps us going back to Vanuatu.
Why is Vanuatu unique? Voted the Happiest Place on Earth, Vanuatu has 83 diverse islands to explore with something for everyone.
Favourite place to dine with your feet in the sand? Lunch at Breakas Beach Resort.
You’re Perfect Pacific morning? Oceanfront Yoga at Reflections Retreat.
Where to buy gifts for friends and family? The Haos Blong Handicraft on the seafront.
What is your best kept secret? Hiring a boat and driver for the day (from Gideons Landing in Havannah Harbour) to take you to secluded beaches around Lelepa Island.
Where can you get a good coffee? Cappuccino overlooking the bay at Chantilly’s.
Which island wouldn’t you mind being deserted on? Moso Island.
Where to have an afternoon of pamper? Iririki Spa. They have private treatment rooms with a view of the harbour looking down from the top of Iririki Island.
Where to get sweet treats? From the French bakery (Le Fournil de Vila) inside the Tana Russet building.
Where to stay for luxury? Eratap Resort.
Where to stay for families? Warwick Le Lagon
Where to stay for romance? A beachfront bungalow at Breakas Beach Resort.
What $ do you need? The local currency is Vatu, bring Australian dollars to exchange at Fexco in town or at the airport.
How to get there? Air Vanuatu fly direct from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Auckland, Noumea and Fiji several times a week. Fiji Airways flies from Nadi and Suva.
How to get around? The local busses are coloured minivans with a ‘B’ on the number plate. There are no set routes so just flag them down, jump in and let the driver know where you want to go. Each ride costs 100-200 Vatu per person.
What’s the weather like? Vanuatu has a warm and tropical climate year round, with a wet season from November to March. During the wet season you may experience intermittent showers at different times throughout the day.∞
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