Vanuatu is a small island-country located in the Pacific ocean, Australasia. The nation is known for its incredible sights, warm climate and incredible array of flora and fauna. Vanuatu is a collection of islands, and therefore doesn’t share any physical borders. Maritime borders however include the Solomon Islands and even Australia. The main religion of Barbados is Christianity. Vanuatu enjoys a warm climate, with the summer months especially warm. The population of Vanuatu is approximately 270,000. There is a lot to see and do in this country. Overall, Vanuatu is a nation well worth visiting, helping to form this edition of ‘UniEel Experiencing’.
Capital: Port Vila
Land Mass: 4,700 square miles
Currency: Vanuatu Vatu
Vanuatu has an interesting history. The nation can trace its roots back to over 3,000 years! In 1606, Portuguese explorer Pedro Queiros, as part of the Spanish Crown, believed he had found Australia when visiting Vanuatu. In the following years, a range of settlers came to and from the island. By 1906, the island was under the joint administration of France and England. The country was officially known as the ‘New Hebrides’ until 1980, when Vanuatu declared independence, adopting their current name. Unfortunately there has been political unrest in contemporary times, which includes allegations of corruption at government-level. The country is a popular tourist location, especially from those visiting near-by Australia.
Things to Do and See:
Vanuatu may be a small nation, but there is plenty to do. One of the most famous sights is Mount Yasur – a large volcano, located on Tanna island – a smaller island. Just a word of caution – Yasur is an active volcano which actually erupted last year, caution should be awarded to it. The Champagne Beach is very well-known area, featuring a lush sand beach. Aore Island also features many well-known beaches. The Mele Cascades is a very popular location to visit – with a huge waterfall, and even the chance to go abseiling! The capital Port Vila is the most built-up part of Vanuatu, but is still a totally unique site. The National Museum of Vanuatu is also a recommended site to visit. Iririki has long been a popular honeymoon spot.
Vanuatu is a stunning location to visit. As shown in this article, Vanuatu certainly is an interesting country. This short guide should provide you with key information regarding Vanuatu, complete with ideas of things to do. Look out for more countries being analysed in our ‘Experiencing’ series. For more information on Vanuatu, consult the UK’s Travel Advice for Vanuatu at this link. Happy travelling!