Vanuatu - Jewel of the South Pacific
An island nation located in the sparkling South Pacific, Vanuatu is east of northern Australia, north-east of New Caledonia, north of New Zealand, west of Fiji, and south of the Solomon Islands. Like many other Pacific nations, Vanuatu is an island archipelago with volcanic origins. The 83 islands that comprise Vanuatu offer their own unique blend of native tribal communities, modern resorts, beautiful beaches, accessible volcanoes and pristine underwater ecosystems. No other South Pacific country is quite as diverse as Vanuatu. The glamorous duty-free shops, casinos, hotels, resorts, and gourmet restaurants of its cosmopolitan capital, Port Vila on Efate Island, contrast sharply with nearby timeless, traditional villages. Vanuatu, the jewel of the Pacific, is an ideal adventure / nature travel destination that offers memorable experiences: breath-taking geography, the natural splendour of teeming wildlife, and warm and friendly locals.
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Home to native Melanesian people but colonised by Europeans beginning in the late 18th century, Vanuatu was jointly administered through a unique British-French Condominium known as the New Hebrides until its independence in 1980. The lengthy colonial period means that travellers on cheap holidays to Vanuatu will experience a unique, cosmopolitan blend of English, French and native islander culture.
Vanuatu's bustling capital city, Port Vila, is on Efate Island, the nation's primary holiday destination. Port Vila features a magnificent natural harbour with stunning views of Iririki and Ifira islands, and its waterfront area is so pristine that visitors are able to see live corals and tropical fish from the high seawall. The city is Vanuatu's international gateway, with a nearby airport that offers flights to Vanuatu from Sydney, Nouméa, Brisbane, Honiara, Nadi, and Auckland, among others. Accommodation in Vanuatu is plentiful, and Port Vila offers a variety of major resorts and hotels for travellers to choose from. Book accommodation in Port Vila with Direct Flights, and while you're planning your holiday package to Vanuatu, be sure to check out our cheap flights to Vanuatu and car hire options available throughout Vanuatu as well.
Port Vila is qucikly becoming known as the gourmet capital of the South Pacific, with restaurants offering a veritable potpourri of food, including French, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Melanesian as well as plenty of Greek, Moroccan and Spanish. Just about any type of food is available, from Aussie meat pies to American chili hot dogs. Outside Port Vila, Efate Island features a rugged coastline, lazy lagoons, waterfalls in the mountains, and a verdant countryside striped by fast flowing rivers.
Efate Island may be the main destination for visitors, but Vanuatu, with its multitude of other jewel-like islands, is much, much more. Yasur volcano on Tanna Island is one of the most famous active volcanoes in the world and the approach to its crater is very accessible. Ambrym Island's volcanoes, in the centre of the Vanuatu archipelago, erupt frequently but are generally safe to be near - they produce a lot of smoke, some ash, and a slow lava flow. Ambrym is also known for its warm and welcoming people, some of the best wood carvings in the Pacific, and the mysterious, ancient Rom dance. The Ambae Island volcanoes are a vision of mystery and magic - at dawn the island appears to rise from the ocean, but as the sun climbs higher, it often seems to completely disappear, hidden in the morning mists. And keen hikers will enjoy exploring Aneityum Island, the southernmost inhabited island in the Vanuatu archipelago. Its rich volcanic soils and a slightly more temperate climate form the perfect environment for magnificent stands of sandalwood trees and more than 80 species of orchids. Aneityum has few buildings and no automobiles, but offers many walking trails and paths through lush vegetation dotted by hot springs and dramatic waterfalls. Plan and book holiday activities such as volcano tours in Vanuatu with Direct Flights.
Scuba diving amidst live coral reefs, deep-sea game fishing, windsurfing, mountain climbing, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, sailing and golf are all at the fingertips of visitors on Vanuatu travel packages. And you couldn't ask for a more beautiful place to spend your holiday. Discount travel to Vanuatu is easy to arrange no matter where you're coming from, with direct flights to Vanuatu arriving from Australia, New Zealand and other locations throughout Oceania, and connecting flights arriving from locations around the world, including Los Angeles and Tokyo. The online booking system used by Direct Flights is easy and secure, so begin your island adventure today by booking one of the cheap holidays to Vanuatu that Direct Flights can set up for you.