Vanuatu luxuriates in a tropical maritime climate with characteristic uniform temperature, high humidity and variable rainfall. Winds are generally light except during a tropical storm. The climate of Vanuatu can be defined by two main seasons, the cold (dry) season from MAY to OCTOBER and the hot (wet/cyclone) season from NOVEMBER TO APRIL.
The island of Efate is full of the most beautiful white sand beaches; the sea is a wonderful clear blue and the temperature is usually around 28 degrees. The locals have been voted the happiest and friendliest in the world. For eating you can choose between simple local meals at the colourful market or haut cuisine at one of the many top class restaurants or resorts, (the locally reared beef is outstanding). A new road now circuits the island and so every corner is easily accessible by hire car, taxi or local bus. Visit the handicraft, local fruit and veggies market in town. Port Vila is Vanuatu's only duty-free port and a shopper's delight with its colourful blend of French, English and Melanesian cultures. French perfume, champagne and patisseries can be found alongside souvenir outlets, jewellery and gift shops, and fashion wear including brightly coloured sarongs and-printed t-shirts, board shorts and beachwear.
Divers come from all over the world for Vanuatu's superb visibility, warm water and world-class dive sites. The underwater world offers plunging cliffs, grottoes and overhangs plus huge caves and intricate tunnels and life abundant over all this making for a visual feast. Divers can be surrounded by sea fans, soft corals and acropora gardents, plate corals, sponges and thousands of curious fish.
But the true drawcard for diving in Vanuatu is the SS 'President Coolidge' - the largest wreck dive in the world. This 22,000 ton luxury liner converted to troop ship sank fully laden during the war, just a few metres off the beach.
Vanuatu (Vanuatu means 'Land Eternal') is a 'Y'-shaped chain of 83 islands 800km west of Nadi (Fiji). The islands range from towering volcanic cones to others covered in dense rainforest to others which are raised coral islands with wide beaches and deep natural harbours.
Port Vila is said to be the most beautiful capital in the Pacific. It lies on a horseshoe-shape bay on the south-west coast of the island Efate. Port Vila is charming mixed cultures, blending elements of Melanesian, English, French and Chinese tastes.
One of the main attractions of Port Vila is the famous Port Vila Market which comes alive everyday, except Sunday when the stall holders return to spend a day with their families. Wander through rows of tropical fruits, vegetables, flowers, shells, artifacts and souvenir stalls. Make your visit to Port Vila memorable, let The Melanesian Port Vila be your Home Away from Home!