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Destination Vanuatu, this page is about many aspects of the archipelago, formerly known as the New Hebrides. Here you will find comprehensive information about Vanuatu in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
You will have access to newspapers from Vanuatu and you will find travel and tourism information for Vanuatu.

Efate - Port Vila
Efate - Port Vila Harbour

Republic of Vanuatu

Country Profile

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The Republic of Vanuatu is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Australia and west of Fiji, that comprises about 80 islands. Of these, there are thirteen major islands, and nine home active volcanoes.

British and French settled the islands in the 19th century, they agreed in 1906 to administer the islands jointly, called the British-French Condominium, which last until independence in 1980.
Vanuatu is recognised as one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Besides the Ni-Vanuatu people there are small communities of French, British, Australian, new Zealand, Vietnamese, Chinese and other Pacific Island people.

related countries: France, United Kingdom

other Melanesian nations and territories:
Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
Where in the World is Vanuatu
Official Name:
Republic of Vanuatu
short form: Vanuatu
former: New Hebrides

ISO Country Code: vu

Local Time = UTC +11h
Actual Time: Tue-May-31  16:53

Country Calling Code: +678

Capital City: Port Vila (on the island of Efate; pop. 30 000)

Other Cities:
Luganville (on the island of Espiritu Santo, also known as Santo).

Type: Parliamentary democracy.
Independence: 30 July 1980 (from France and UK) .
Constitution: 30 July 1980.

Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Australia and west of Fiji.
Area: 14,760 kmĀ² (5,697 sq miles).
Terrain: Mostly mountains of volcanic origin, narrow coastal plains.

Climate: Maritime tropical; moderate rainfall from November to April.

Nationality: Noun and adjective: ni-Vanuatu.
Population: 257,000 (2012, National Statistics).
Ethnic groups: 94% ni-Vanuatu; 4% European; 2% other Pacific Islanders, Asian.
Religion: Predominantly Christian.
Languages: 3 official languages: English, French and Bislama (pidgin English), plus over 120 distinct languages.
Literacy: 53%

Natural resources: Manganese, hardwood forests, fish.

Agriculture products: Copra, coconuts, cocoa, coffee, taro, yams, coconuts, fruits, vegetables; fish, beef.

Exports partners: Thailand 46.3%, Malaysia 18.1%, Japan 7.4%, Belgium 5.3%, Indonesia 5.3% (2004)

Imports partners: Taiwan 34.6%, Australia 15.5%, Japan 10.7%, Singapore 8%, New Zealand 6%, Fiji 4.6% (2004)

Currency: Vatu (VUV)

Sources: Vanuatu Statistics Office and others.

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Official Sites of Vanuatu

Government of Vanuatu
Official site of the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu.

Intergovernmental organisations
Pacific Islands Forum
Inter-governmental organization for the cooperation between the countries of the Pacific Ocean.
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Intergovernmental organisation of the Pacific islands.

Vanuatu Statistics Office
Vanuatu's official statistical agency.

Vanuatu Meteorological Service
Vanuatu weather from Port Vila Forecasting Centre.


Administrative Map of Vanuatu
Shaded relief map of Vanuatu with provinial borders.
Google Earth Google Earth Vanuatu
Searchable map and satellite view of Vanuatu.
Google Earth Google Earth Port Vila
Searchable map and satellite view of Vanuatu.

Map of Melanesia
Map of the Island States of Melanesia.
profile Map of Oceania and the Pacific Islands
Reference Map of Oceania and the Pacific Islands.  


Port Vila Presse Online
Vanuatu News in English, French and Bislama.
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Arts & Culture

Cultural Vanuatu
Vanuatu is rich in cultural festivals not seen anywhere else in the world, ranging from the death defying Pentecost Land Dive (nagol), to the colorful and powerful Tanna Toka Dance which goes on for days, the mystical Rom dance of Ambrym island of magic and fire, and Water Music custom festival performed by the women of Gaua Island. ... read more

Further Arts Vanuatu
Music, Dance and Culture portal of Vanuatu.

Vanuatu arts & entertainment
Vanuatu will hold its third National Arts Festival at Port Vila in November this year.
Dausake custom dance group
Dausake custom dance group
© Further Arts Vanuatu

Business & Economy

Vanuatu Foreign Investment Board
For an excellent background on investing in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu Customs and Inland Revenue Website
Vanuatus custom.

Air Vanuatu
Vanuatu's carrier, a wholly owned company of the government of the Republic of Vanuatu.
Vanuatu's domestic carrier, in 2004 Vanair merged with Vanuatu's government-owned flag carrier, Air Vanuatu.

Destination Vanuatu - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Vanutu islands: Banks and Torres, Espiritu Santo, Maewo, Pentecost, Malekula, Ambrym, Epi, Efate, Erromango, Tanna, Aneityum.
Accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, hiking, cruising, diving, volcanoe tours and much more.

Vanuatu Tourism Office
Information on Vanuatu accommodation, tours and travel throughout the islands of Vanuatu.

Vanuatu A-Z Visitors Guide
From Accommodation to Zoos, the (not so) small guide to a tropical paradise.
Vanuatu Online
The Vanuatu Online, a directory and Vanuatu portal.

Port Vila Today
Blog about Port Vila and Vanuatu.

Coral eco island Bokissa south of Aspiritu Santo.
Vanuatu Volcano Travel
Vanuatu Volcano Travel with volcanologist John Seach.

Finding Vanuatu
David Stanley's comprehensiveVanuatu information page.
Jane's Vanuatu Home Page
Jane Resture's Vanuatu page.

South Pacific
South Pacific Tourism Organisation
Inter-governmental body for the tourism sector in the South Pacific Islands, find information on: accommodation, activities, online bookings and news.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


University of the South Pacific
Premier institution of tertiary education in the Pacific region, jointly owned by the governments of twelve island countries, USP is an international centre of excellence for teaching, research and consulting on all aspects of Pacific life.
University of the South Pacific Libraries
The Main Library of the University of the South Pacific based at Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji.

Environment & Nature

Port Vila Presse Online Vanuatu :: Environment
Port Vilas Presse articles related to Vanuatu's environment.
Vanuatu's Biodiversity
Comprehensive information on Vanuatu's Biodiversity projects.
South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
The Pacific region's major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources.


History of Vanuatu
This online history of Vanuatu begins with Roymata, the Ancient King of Vanuatu.
Explore Vanuatu’s rich cultural history and its role in World War 2.
A History of Vanuatu: selected readings
Compilation of selected chapters and articles about the history of the country formerly known as the New Hebrides.

History of Vanuatu
Wikipedia article about Vanuatu's history.

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Other island territories and states in the South Pacific:
American Samoa | Fiji| Kiribati| New Caledonia | Papua New Guinea| Samoa
Solomon Islands | Tahiti | Tonga | Tuvalu