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This charity event is the only annual race meeting in Vanuatu. Thursday is the Race Ball, Friday sees The Calcutta and Saturday is Race Day....

Iririki, Vanuatu
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Iririki, Vanuatu

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Vanuatu Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

12,190 sq km (4,707 sq miles).

Population

261,565 (2013).

Population density

21.5 per sq km.

Capital

Port-Vila.

Government

Republic. Gained independence from the UK/France in 1980.

Head of state

President Iolu Abil since 2009.

Head of government

Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil since 2013.

Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz. Australian-style plugs with three flat, angled plugs are used.

“Discover What Matters” is the current slogan of Vanuatu Tourism slogan and whilst visitors certainly can enjoy colourful cocktails, fine resorts and swaying palm trees, the focus is on exploring and discovering what the country has to offer and, in the process, discovering more about yourself.

The islands are an adventure enthusiast's paradise and the geologically active archipelago is a natural playground of colourful reefs, bubbling volcanoes and lush jungle. Visitors can drive up to the crater of Yasur, cited as the most accessible active volcano in the world, sea kayak round the islands' shorelines, explore underwater WWII relics, or hike and bike through coconut plantations and tropical rainforest.

Those less inclined to exert themselves can relax on the many beautiful beaches, sample the multicultural cuisine in the capital, Port-Vila, or charter a boat from one island to the next. Tourism is centred on the islands of Efaté, Tanna and Espiritu Santo. International visitors arrive in Port-Vila, on Efaté, and from here can travel by boat or plane to explore the rest of the country.

Warm and welcoming, the local people come from over 100 villages spread across the 83 islands of the tropical archipelago. With a rich (and sometimes mysterious) traditional culture, the ni-Vanuatu people greet visitors as friends, introduce them to ‘island time’ and share their knowledge and love of the country that was officially named ‘the happiest nation on the planet’.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 21 August 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

There’s no British diplomatic mission in Vanuatu. The British High Commission in Honiara, Solomon Islands provides consular assistance for British nationals in Vanuatu. In an emergency the New Zealand High Commission in Port Vila may also be able to help.

Vanuatu lies on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ and regularly experiences seismic and volcanic activity, with over 2,000 seismic events reported each year.

Most visits to Vanuatu are trouble-free. The main types of incidents for which British nationals require consular assistance in Vanuatu are for replacing lost or stolen passports and petty crime. Crime rates are low, but increasing; make sure your accommodation is secure and avoid visiting isolated locations alone.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

Cyclone season in Vanuatu is from November to April. Throughout this period there is a high risk of strong winds and heavy rains with associated flooding, landslides and road closures. 

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. 

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