Vanuatu

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

Truly undiscovered tropical paradises may no longer exist, but Vanuatu comes close. I can think of few other places where I have felt more relaxed. Aside from the occasional cruise ship, mass tourism has overlooked this 80-island archipelago between Fiji and Australia. It entered the ...

Truly undiscovered tropical paradises may no longer exist, but Vanuatu comes close. I can think of few other places where I have felt more relaxed. Aside from the occasional cruise ship, mass tourism has overlooked this 80-island archipelago between Fiji and Australia. It entered the American consciousness briefly during World War II, when it hosted a large military base, and again as the setting of James A. Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific,” famously adapted by Rodgers and Hammerstein into a musical. Otherwise Vanuatu has stood more or less removed from the world, its vibrant culture and extraordinary landscapes a secret to all but a few. One might expect Vanuatu to be difficult to reach, but it’s relatively simple to add into an itinerary. It takes under three hours to fly from Fiji to Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, which also has nonstop connections to New Zealand and Australia.

WHEN TO VISIT

June-September is the ideal time for a visit. December-April is the rainy season. There is little temperature variation year-round. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov. 

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SIMILAR REGIONS TO Worldwide //  Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific //  South Pacific //  Vanuatu

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