VANUATU

Small resort island in middle of harbour with visible coral in the turquoise water

The Republic of Vanuatu is located in the South Pacific 800 kilometers west of Fiji and 1770 kilometers east of Australia . It is an archipelago of 83 inhabited islands.  English, French and Bislama are the three official languages.  Bislama (a form of pigin-English)  is universally spoken and is considered the predominant national language. In addition 110 indigenous languages are still spoken throughout the archipelago.  The inhabitants of Vanuatu are known as Ni-Vanuatu.  The Ni-Vanuatu are predominantly Melanesian, with a mild mix of Polynesian. The country has rich traditions, but proudly declares itself a Christian nation, reflected in the wording in its coat of arms, “Before God we Stand”.

Between 1906 and 1980, Britain and France jointly governed the New Hebrides as a Condominium. The New Hebrides gained independence as Vanuatu in 1980 with a peaceful transition from the colonial powers to the newly elected government.

With a population of just under 300,000 , Vanuatu is now an established holiday destination for visitors mainly from Australia, New Zealand and New  Caledonia.

Vanuatu Passport can access 129 countries.

The capital Port Vila offers a wide selection of resorts and activities for tourists.

The Port Vila International School and the Lycee Francais Port Vila, both offer international standard education for newly arrived students.

There are also tertiary study opportunities at the Emalus Campus of the University of the South Pacific in Port Vila.

Vanuatu’s outer islands offer a range of exciting, and often unique adventurous activities;

Visiting Tanna Island’s active Yasur Volcano, the John Frum Village and various traditional villages,

Scuba Diving on Santo Island (the President Coolidge is a world-renown wreck-dive) and swimming at Champagne Beach,

Witnessing the Nagol on Pentecost Island

The mysteries of Malekula Island

There is actually much to see and do in Vanuatu’s islands.

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