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A TASTE FOR TANNA

Highlights

  • Yasur Volcano Tour
  • Imaio Cultural Village
  • Blue Cave 
  • Nikinamap Dance & Big Banyan 

Day 1

  Arrive at Whitegrass Airport and transfer to your accomodation and enjoy a relaxing dinner by the beach after a refreshing swim.

Day 2

Morning:

Take a tour by 4-wheel drive which takes you across the island through villages and picturesque scenery to Imaio Custom Village Tour where you can experience custom dances and village life before enjoying lunch on the east side of Tanna.

Afternoon:

Crossing the moonscape ash plains of Mount Yasur Volcano, your guide will bring you to the crater’s edge for an awesome volcanic pyrotechnic experience of one of the world’s most-accessible active volcanoes. Feel Yasur’s rumble beneath your feet and watch nature’s firework display.  Start the tour in the afternoon to see the mighty Yasur fireworks display really come to life at nightfall.

Day 3 

Morning:

Head to Ipak Bay to take a boat to the Lemnap Blue Cave.  A quick duck dive brings you into the stunning grotto that is 60 metres in diameter with a five-metre hole in the top through which streams sunlight turning the water into a beautiful turquoise blue. 

Afternoon:

Join the Nikinamap Cultural Tour and enjoy cultural dances and learn about local weaving and fire making before exploring the Big Banyan Tree.  The tree covers an area of over 200 metres, growing more than 100 metres across and 80 metres high. It is growing rapidly to the north and east and producing extensive new root structures. The aerial roots make it easy to climb. 

Day 4 

Transfer to Whitegrass Airport to journey on to an outer island or back to Port Vila.

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GET DOWN AND DIRTY 

Highlights

  • Yasur Volcano Tour
  • Hot Springs
  • Ash Boarding
  • Port Resolution Hot Spring

Day 1

      Arrive at Whitegrass Airport and transfer to your accomodation

Day 2

Morning:

Take a tour by 4-wheel drive which takes you across the island through villages and picturesque scenery to Imaio Custom Village Tour where you can experience custom dances and village life before enjoying lunch on the east side of Tanna.

Afternoon:

Crossing the moonscape ash plains of Mount Yasur Volcano, your guide will bring you to the crater’s edge for an awesome volcanic pyrotechnic experience of one of the world’s most-accessible active volcanoes. Feel Yasur’s rumble beneath your feet and watch nature’s firework display.  Start the tour in the afternoon to see the mighty Yasur fireworks display really come to life at nightfall.

Day 3

Morning:

Head back to Mt Yasur to go Ash Boarding. Feel the thrill of flying down the side of an active volcano again and again. You will get dirty for sure!

Afternoon:

You deserve a break! Head to Port Resolution to soak in the mineral hot waters. You can enjoy mud baths, soaking and even cooking in the hot springs. Choose your level of heat carefully!

Day 4 

Transfer to Whitegrass Airport to journey on to an outer island or back to Port Vila.

 

 

Sandalwood trade in Vanuatu

The traders of the Pacific in the first half of the nineteenth century included many men of enterprise, daring and imagination; but, amongst them all, one man stands preeminent – the Irishman Peter Dillon.

Dillon was, indeed, far more than a trader. His discovery of the fate of Laperouse in 1826-1827 brought him public fame, the friendship of the great, and the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre royal de la Légion d’Honneur. In collaboration with the Abbé Henri de Solages, drew up the first plan for the foundation of Catholic missions in the South Seas. He tried to promote schemes for the foundation of both French and British colonies in the Pacific Islands. He had an encyclopedic and scholarly knowledge of Pacific history and was a sensitive and careful observer of Pacific Islands cultures. But he was, first of all, a mariner and a trader; and it was from these activities that he earned his living.

Dillon arrived in the Pacific in 1808, as a young man of twenty years of age – in Fiji on a ship trading for sandalwood. He left his ship there and lived among the Fijians for several months. He paid two more visits to Fiji, in 1809 and 1813, before the sandalwood boom was over. In the ensuing years, his commercial interests expanded. He became the owner of a ship and traded between Calcutta, the Australian colonies, the Pacific Islands, and South America.

In 1824, towards the end of the southern winter, he sailed from Valparaiso in the brig Calder, "in search of sandalwood". He spent several months among the eastern archipelagoes; but in December he left Tonga for the "sandalwood coast" of Fiji, where he hoped to obtain a cargo. Despite "the utmost attention and kindness" of the Fijians, he was unsuccessful. "After a stay of three weeks procured about 500 lbs. of sandal wood; whereas I had in the same space of time in 1808 procured 150 tons of that valuable wood". In January 1825, he therefore sailed for the New Hebrides (Vanuatu islands).

Erromango island was sighted one night; and next morning the Calder approached the coast of Tanna island.   Dillon intended to cast anchor in the harbour which Cook had, named Port Resolution over fifty years before. As one of the ship’s boats was seeking the entrance, a canoe "came out from behind a low point of land, which proved to be the harbour".

"The canoe contained fourteen naked young men, armed with formidable clubs, bows, arrows, stones, and slings; both the canoe and arms were far inferior to those of my friends the Fijians, whom we had only left four days before, and bespoke the inhabitants of this island to be many years behind them in point of civilization. The volcano on this island, described by Captain Cook,  was in full operation; sending forth throughout the day and night immense columns of fire and smoke".

As was usual with him, Dillon looked for relics and for memories of the great men who had preceded him. Of this visit to Tanna, he later wrote :"It appeared to me that no ship had been there since Captain Cook left it, I believe in 1773". He obtained two of the medals Cook had distributed and found, he claims, that "a few of the old natives" could pronounce "the memorable name of Cook", as well as those of Wales, the astronomer, and Forster, the naturalist.

He Considered Tanna the most thickly populated island he had visited in the Pacific. He describes one incident which he says he "regretted exceedingly" but which, in its consequences, he found interesting.

"The cook’s mate, a very small Chinaman, approaching to a dwarf, screamed out hideously in broken English, and rushed on the quarterdeck, exclaiming, ‘The savage want kill me, take my clothes, want pull me in canoe” and I was flurried and taken off my guard. I inquired who wanted to kill him; and he pointed to a canoe paddling away from the ship with great force towards the shore. Believing the dwarf’s statement, I seized the musket and fired at the rowers. They did not stop; upon which I fired a second, when one of the natives threw overboard, from the canoe, a parcel of check shirts, and paddled on as if nothing had happened; however I was soon convinced that one of them was wounded; the canoe being leaky, it was necessary to bale it, and as the water was thrown, out, all on board… could plainly perceive it was quite red, being discoloured by human blood.

This sight made him anxious about the boat’s crew that was on shore. Fearing that revenge for the injury would be inflicted on them, he gave a signal for their immediate return. He then questioned the Chinese more fully as to what had happened. It appeared that the natives had seized a clothes line of shirts which he had just washed and that, as he was holding on to the line, he had nearly fallen overboard into the canoe. Dillon was shocked that he had dealt so severely with men who had done no more than display a not unusual cupidity.

When the boat returned, he saw to his astonishment that the wounded man was in it. How had this happened, he asked ? In answer, the officer in charge told him that the natives had insisted; it was his opinion the natives believed if we could kill we could cure, and that chirurgical assistance was what the man required. "I then probed and dressed the wound, and sent my patient on shore, who, to my great surprise and joy returned ten days after completely recovered, and presented me with some baskets of fruit and fine fowls..." In no other island in the Pacific, he considered, would such an incident have had so happy an outcome.

But, though Dillon recorded with care his impressions of Tanna and its people, the main object of his visit was the search for sandalwood. He showed the people some pieces he had brought with him and was told it was growing on the island. This report, however, appeared to be false : the landing party he sent to search for it was merely shown "a few wild lemon trees". He was put on the right track eventually by the fondness of his visitors for anything scented. "It was by no means unusual to find bunches of odoriferous flowers, etc., etc., tied to the arms of both men and women; and on the arm of one of my visitors I found a small piece of sandalwood fastened...". This, he was told, had come from Erromango island.

As soon as the wind allowed, he sailed for that island and tried to obtain anchorage near Traitor’s Head, where Captain Cook anchored, and had a fight with the natives. Finding the eastern coast too exposed, he turned south again, passed between Erromango and Tanna, and discovered on the western coast the "large open bay" since named after him, Dillon Bay. Here theCalder cast anchor and Dillon’s highest expectations were realized, for sandalwood was found "growing in abundance close to the margin of the Sea". On the morning after their arrival, when friendly relations seemed to have been established with the people, a party was sent ashore to cut sandalwood. It returned "with four to five hundred pounds of the desired wood". In the afternoon, while Dillon was taking soundings of the bay, "so as to make a sketch of the anchorage", he heard musket shots from a boat party he had sent ashore to procure fresh water.

"I instantly proceeded to her assistance, and met her coming out of the creek : the officer was pursued by the people from the right side [of the creek], who attacked him by throwing stones into the boat, shooting of arrows, etc., etc., In self-defence, he fired at them, but without effect, as they shot their arrows from behind the trees’.
Dillon’s boat opened fire in support, and the watering party made good its retreat, without casualties. But the incident seems finally to have made Dillon decide to abandon his plan to procure a cargo of sandalwood.

There had, indeed, already been other things to make him doubt the feasibility of the enterprise. During the morning, when the people from the left bank of the creek had been friendly to the sandalwood cutters, those on the right had shown incipient signs of hostility. And none of the Eromangans had been willing to work with his men – an essential condition of expeditious loading. When he added these facts to his recollection of Cook’s unhappy experience at Traitor’s Head, he reached a conclusion very unflattering to his new acquaintances.

“..I may safely assert without incurring the hazard of contradiction, that the Natives of the New Hebrides are by many shades further removed from civilization, and that their general disposition indicates a more permanent attachment to barbarous feeling and habits than has hitherto been found in any part of the South Sea".

Reluctantly, he decided to sail from Erromango next day.

Dillon was a complex man, a mixture of the scientist, the trader, and the romantic. He delighted in visiting little known islands and in observing and recording the details of their geography and of culture of their inhabitants. He had an eye for commercial opportunity. But, above all, he liked the island people to become his friends. His own outlook and career had been moulded by his experiences in the islands. Among his closest personal ties were those with the chiefs of Mbau, in Fiji, of Ma’ofanga, in Tonga, and of Raiatea and Tahaa, in the Society Islands. Even at Tanna, he had begun to think of one of his visitors as "my old friend Narran"before he left. But the New Hebrideans did not, generally, arouse in him those feelings of respect and liking on which a more substantial association could be built. He never returned to the New Hebrides, and he made no attempt to profit from his discovery.

Probably because of his lack of desire to revisit the New Hebrides, and as a consequence of his natural expansiveness, he made no secret of his discovery. He announced it on his return to Sydney towards the end of February. When he was in Tahiti, in the following November, he is bound to have been asked whether he had found any new source of sandalwood, for on his previous visit, a year before, it had been the primary object of his voyage. And in Tahiti the sandalwood trade was of considerable interest. Samuel Henry, with whom Dillon did some business at this time, was hoping to find it in commercial quantities in the Austral Islands, as was an American trader from Hawaii named Navarro who was then in Tahiti for that purpose.

Within a year or two, however, both Henry and Navarro realized that supplies in the Austral Islands were too limited for profitable exploitation. And in 1829 the first expeditions to Erromango for sandalwood were made – from Hawaii and Tahiti. That they were the result of Dillon’s discovery in 1825, cannot be doubted.

These voyages, and the more extensive trade which later developed, form one of the most brutal parts of nineteenth century Pacific history. They can be referred to here only in broad outline.

During 1829-1830 a number of vessels from Papeete and Honolulu, including two owned by the Hawaiian chief Boki, were at Erromango. Polynesian labour had been recruited at Rotuma and Tongatapu and camps were established on shore. Before long, however, hostilities broke out between the Polynesians and the people of the island. The visitors also fell victims to fever. Before the middle of 1830 work had ceased, and the last party had been withdrawn.

Ten years later a more determined effort was begun – under the leadership of Sydney merchants. By that time the exhaustion of the sandalwood in Hawaii, which had been for some years a major source of supply, had caused a rise in the market price at Canton. The results of the first voyages to Erromango were encouraging, and within a few years sandalwood was discovered in other islands of the group – as well as in the Loyalty Islands, the Isle of Pines, and New Caledonia.

In 1845 Captain Paddon established a central depot at Aneityum staffed by Europeans. From this depot small vessels worked the neighbouring islands and to it came larger vessels to carry the sandalwood direct to China. Stations of the same type were later built in Erromango and Tanna; but the majority of merchants worked on a more modest scale, often maintaining a single agent at some central point, such as Port Resolution or Dillon Bay, whose job it was to travel up and down the coasts making agreements with the people to cut cargoes of sandalwood in time for the returning vessel.

The trade reached its height between 1850 and 1860, by which time it had spread as far north as Espiritu Santo. Commercially it was a great success, and many fortunes were made. Costs were low. Sometimes the people in whose district the wood was obtained were paid a nominal royalty, but often their rights were simply ignored. Wages paid to the gangs of men who cut the wood and brought it down from the valleys to the coast were almost fantastically small. The only heavy expense of the merchant was that of maintaining his ships and shore stations and paying the freight to China, profits were high.

Conditions in the islands, as well as the steady cutting out of supplies, did not make for the permanence of the trade. Many of the sandalwood agents were ruffians. Their principal articles of trade were firearms and spirits. They frequently instigated, or took part in, local wars. The masters of the sandalwood ships were often no better. From their heavily armed vessels, they would open fire on villages whose people attempted to interfere with their despoiling of the forest; or, to gain the favour of one tribe, they would hand over to it members of another to be killed and perhaps eaten at a cannibal feast. Again, when their cargoes were completed, they would sometimes stir up a quarrel to ruin the chances of rival traders. In retaliation, the New Hebridean attacked ship after ship, so that, in the end, combination of increasing risks and diminishing supplies brought the trade to an end. While it lasted, it had been the major factor in the depopulation and demoralization of the islands.

Source: Author of “Peter Dillon and the discovery of Sandalwood’: J.W.Davidson, Journal de la société des Océanistes, Tome 11, N°11, décembre 1955,p99-105.

The archipelago of Vanuatu is now a successful South Pacific tourism destination, with a large range of Vanuatu accommodation, one only has to Google Vanuatu resorts, Vanuatu hotels or Port Vila hotels to find a wide choice of international and local guesthouses (called “bungalows”) offering great travel deals and cheap hotel options.  

The reports are the creation of a research team assisted by the National Museum and Cultural Centre of Vanuatu, financially sponsored by the French Senate, John and Silvana Nicholls in the production of these reports into DVDs.

James Cook

27/10/1728 – 14/02/1779
The Cartographer Captain
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James Cook was the second son of nine children, from a simple Scottish farm labourer (James) and his Yorkshire wife (Grace). He was born in a two-roomed thatched cottage in Marton Village, Cleveland County, England.

The young James chose early to be a master mariner and discoverer. His passion to master astronomy, advanced mathematics, the intricacies of seamanship and surveying, the arts of command, visualizing and planning ruthlessly ahead: was not left to chance. He applied himself tirelessly to these tasks.

After some elementary learning and a short interlude as a grocer’s and then a haberdasher’s boy, he began his seaman’s apprenticeship at the age of eighteen in the tough school of the East Coast and North Sea collier. For the next nearly ten years Cook learnt his trade. Aboard the Freelove he experienced the qualities of these colliers and he will remember them at the time of his choosing his first circumnavigation vessel, bought from Whitby.

In 1755 history starts to meet his needs with the opening of the Seven Year’s War. Cook, aged twenty-six took the opportunity and volunteered for the Royal Navy. He left his rank of second in command to be entered as an able seaman in HMS Eagle, a sixty-gun of the line under Sir Hugh Palliser’s command. He was soon promoted master’s mate and began his lifelong log-keeping. After two years, examinations passed, Cook became master, a very important position in navigation, in the twenty-four-gun frigate Solebay. Very soon he left this frigate to be the master of Pembroke, a new sixty-four-gun ship of the line under Captain John Simcoe. Destiny now awaited Cook in Canada.

In eastern Canada, he learned the finer techniques of surveying by land and water. He was one of the Royal Navy masters who surveyed and buoyed the St Lawrence channel below Quebec for the invasion fleet. Here he followed in the steps of a long French tradition of mastery of astronomical and nautical surveying at home and abroad. Cook was appointed master in a still bigger vessel: the seventy-gun Northumberland and entered on a life of routine surveys and chart making, honing and mastering his skills in this art. Between 1763 and 1767, he surveyed Newfoundland. His charts of the southern and western sides of the island were the finest anywhere in the world. He became famous for this specialized work, a man “of Genius and capacity… well qualified for the Work he has performed, and for greater Undertakings of the same kind” (from his Captain Alexander, Lord Colville).

His natural skills reinforced by his personal qualities (meticulous, scrupulous, honest and later on an obvious ability to command) finally lead the young humble man from obscurity to light.Therefore, when in 1768 the Royal Society decided to set up an expedition to observe the transit of Venus at the newly discovered island of Tahiti, James Cook was recommended by First Lord Sir Edward Hawke to be the master of the expedition.

1768 – 1771: the first voyage

And so it was. In April 1768 Cook, commanding HMS Endeavour and was given two sets of instructions: first chart Tahiti, then go find the mysterious southern continent. The Endeavour was a “remarkably strong” vessel with a “deep waist, and having no ornamental figure on the prow”. She had, a shallow draught and was in short, of exactly the same type as an east-coast collier. Cook was at home. Endeavour was a workhorse, a vessel chosen for strength and capacity.

The Endeavour carried ninety-four men plus eleven civilians. Among them, Sir Joseph Banks, a young and rich naturalist already well known from the Royal Society ; Doctor Solander ; Buchan, a landscape painter; Parkinson, a sketcher and Charles Green, mandated by the royal astronomer for the relevant observations. And so, with the benediction of several Lords and the money from Banks, this expedition left England very well equipped for that time.

Between 1768 and 1771 Cook charted the difficult New Zealand waters and the east coast of Australia nearly losing his ship on the Great Barrier Reef (June 1770). He also found and surveyed the Society Islands, sailed through Torres Strait (discovery kept secret by the Spanish), and advanced man’s ability to find longitude accurately by lunar observations. He also scrupulously applied Dr James Lind’s (from Lord Anson expedition) advices on nutrition (fresh salads and vegetables, fermented cabbage, sauerkraut). He added his personal touch with a rigorous regime of hygiene and in keeping the vessel clean and dry. These measures kept his crew healthy and the scurvy abated which was the usual calamity befalling these long sea voyages.

1772 – 1775: second voyage

A second world voyage, this time planned more exclusively by Commander Cook himself, was inevitable. The two sloops Resolution and Adventure personally chosen by Cook had been built in his apprenticeship port of Whitby. Resolution was almost 100 tons larger than Endeavour, however Adventure, commanded by Captain Tobias Furneaux, will prove to be a less satisfactory ship.

Cook’s second voyage was his most challenging and in his most innovative. He mastered mechanical chronometry; defined the bulk of southern Polynesia and eastern Melanesia; added tropical, subtropical, and Antarctic islands to the map and closely circumnavigated ice-bound Antarctica, coming to respectable distance of solid land.

“I whose ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go”. 
This voyage was also the most highly scientific.

Captain James Cook was the first European to come to Tanna Island. Upon seeing one night the glowing light emanating from Tanna’s Mt Yasur volcano. Captain Cook ordered the HMS Resolution to anchor in a small bay, which he named Port Resolution , the next day. Captain Cook asked the local chief permission to climb the volcano, but was refused as it was considered tabu (sacred). It is ironic that Tanna island’s main tourist attraction is still the same volcano that Captain Cook never climbed.

1776 – 1779 (1780): third voyage

Cook could not resist the call of further exploration. On his third and fatal voyage Cook set out to resolve this problem and the vexed geography of western Canada, Alaska and the Bering Strait. On the way he discovered the Hawaiian group. For the second time Cook sailed in Resolution, although she now leaked more noticeably, but took a new consort, Discovery, the smallest of Cook’s ships.

As in the south so in the north was Cook thwarted by impassable ice. He gave the published outline and coast of Alaska. Here there was no detailed chart making, only reconnaissance: the objective was Alaska and the Bering Strait. His intention was to come back a year later and further his expedition. His health was not as good as on previous voyages, he now suffered from stomach problems. He went back for a shelter in Hawaii where he was so highly considered by the indigenous people. Leaving that place for the second time, he was forced to come back again because of a problem with a mast. Cook met with his tragic death during that period, an incident where his men were involved with a confrontation with the islanders.

These three voyages not only advanced botany, zoology, astronomy, and oceanography, but were fascinating in their extent of anthropological discovery and the arts, artifacts, and ways of life of Pacific peoples. They had an immense impact upon the future course of European art, drama, poetry, philosophy, and natural history. For the Pacific peoples touched by Cook’s visits (Australian aborigines, New Zealand Maoris, Polynesians, Melanesians, Northwest Coast Indians, NiVanuatu, and others) the voyages foretold drastic, inevitable, and not-too-distant upheavals in their way of life.

Cook’s personality was essential in the success of these expeditions. His open mind, his respect of everyone, his stubbornness combined with natural modesty made this uncommon man, one of the greatest that sailed the waters of this planet.

The two NASA shuttles Endeavour and Discovery take their names from Cook’s vessels.

James Cook, Relations de voyages autour du monde, 1768-1779; 455 pages ; choix, introduction et notes de Christopher Lloyd; traduction française par Gabrielle Rives, édition La Découverte, collection Poche Littérature et voyages, 1977, rééd., 1998.

Pacific Studies, Captain James Cook, vol. 1, Spring 1978, number 2; A Special Bicentennial Issue honouring Captain James Cook. Introduction: James Cook: Man, Myth and Reality by Dr Michael E. Hoare. Edited by John Nicholls.

The Story of SAM’s

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A number of years ago an expatriate gentleman passed away, both he and his widow loved animals and recognized that Port Vila was lacking an animal welfare organisation. So when it came time for the funeral, the widow asked that instead of money being spent on floral bouquets it would be collected to save animals in distress. Concerned local expatriates welcomed this initiative, and the goals of an animal welfare group was formed in order to decide how this money would be best spent. It was decided to establish an education program and a de-sexing clinic for animals whose owners (Indigenous people) could not afford to pay for the operation.

In order for these goals to be realized and be sustainable in the long term, more income needed to be generated, thus some of the money from the original amount was used to build donation boxes. These were placed around town and in time the funds become available to establish the education program and the de-sexing clinic. The seed of the strong association that is the SAM’s of today, was born. But what to name this new charity? The gentleman who passed away had had a much-loved dog. That dog’s name was Sam. Thus the association members found it most appropriate in honouring the strong relationship between a man and his beloved pet dog by calling the association: SAM’s.

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Since then SAM’s has gone from strength to strength. To date SAM’s has de-sexed hundreds of dogs and cats whose owners could not offer to pay for the operation. This has resulted in thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens not being born into a life of suffering. Funding is required to purchase the medicinal requirements. In addition and equally important, SAM’s Education Team has conducted numerous courses on caring & respecting all animal life to over 4000 indigenous and expatriate children and adults since its inception, but it needs funds to continue assisting its volunteers perform this excellent work.

SAM’s Book Exchange

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In order to raise funds, SAM’s have placed donation boxes in a number of Port Vila retail outlets, coffee shops & restaurants. However, one surprisingly successful initiative has been the SAM’s Book Exchange facility at Jill’s Café, this has turned out to be very popular (so much so that SAM’s needs more books!).

So when you go to Vanuatu, bring books with you and donate them to Jill’s Café (they work closely with SAM’s). If you are in need of a book to read then please utilize the exchange facility (honesty basis) at the cafe or contact: Caroline on 678.534 3679, or the Vet Clinic on 678.25702 or email if you require further details on bringing books or veterinary supplies please contact John Nicholls at Tanna Evergreen Resort This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to assist animals in the Tafea region and he will be happy to help you.

To see more photos of SAM’s activities go to the Vanuatu Travel web album.

Travellers from the United Kingdom & all Commonwealth countries, Other EU Countries, USA, Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea & Japan do not require visas for Vanuatu for stays up to 30 days (with the possibility of extensions of up to four months in any period of one year). Passports must be valid for a minimum of 4 months beyond date of arrival. Visitors pay entry cost of US$25.

Visitors are not permitted to engage in any business or employment. The validity of a Visitors Permit may be extended to a maximum period of four months, but under the law, cannot be extended further.

The departure tax is VT2,800 per person (except children under 2) and VT250 for outer islands except Port Vila, Santo and Tanna which charge VT200 for domestic flights. This tax is payable when purchasing your tickets at the agency’s office at the airport.

Visa applications may be obtained from:

Principal Immigration Officer
Private Mail Bag 9092
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Telephone: +(678) 22354; Fax: +(678) 25492
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The fee payable for the application is VT2,500.

For all information relating to Vanuatu visas, passport & entry requirements, it is advisable to check this information with your relevant embassy prior to travel.

US citizens that need to renew, add pages, change name, or just get a new US passport, can Apply for a New US Passport here.

Embassy Locations:

To view a list of Vanuatu embassy locations around the world, as well as foreign embassies within Vanuatu, click on this link to EmbassyWorld.com.

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Air Vanuatu has daily flights from Port Vila to Tanna and weekly flights to all our outer islands. Hover your mouse over an island highlighted in Orange to find out more about each island.

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Erromango

Erromango, the largest island in the TAFEA Province has lush Green Jungle and mountainous terrain making this island an adventurers dream with many walking tracks to enjoy...

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Tanna

Tanna Island home to the famous Mt Yasur Volcano. Get lost in the culture of the Tannese custom villages and experience pristine snorkelling locations...

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Aneityum

Aneityum, Vanuatu's most southern island boasts white sand beaches and blue waters surrounding Mystery Island enticing cruise ships from afar...the main island also has Vanuatu's largest variety of orchids!

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Aniwa

Aniwa, the smallest island in Tafea Province, like Fununa has a Polynesian influence. Itcharo Lagoon in the NW has crystal blue water and white sand beaches perfect for relaxing and water lovers.

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Futuna

Futuna, the easternmost Island in Vanuatu, like Aniwa also has a Polynesian influence. Futuna is famous for their handicrafts and delicately handwoven baskets.

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