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Vanuatu Travel and Tourism

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Vanuatu , officially the Republic of Vanuatu , is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is some 1,750 kilometres east of northern Australia, 500 kilometres north-east of New Caledonia, west of Fiji, and southeast of the Solomon Islands, near New Guinea. Vanuatu was first inhabited by Melanesian people. Europeans began to settle in the area in the late 18th century. In the 1880s France and the United Kingdom claimed parts of the country, and in 1906 they agreed on a framework for jointly managing the archipelago as the New Hebrides through a British-French Condominium. An independence movement arose in the 1970s, and the Republic of Vanuatu was created in 1980.

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Language of Vanuatu - Port-vila
Language of Vanuatu Because of a long history of inter island and inter village trading, many ni-Vanuatu speak numerous languages. However, over 113 distinct languages and many more dialects are found throughout the group.When Europeans arrived, a lingua franca evolved. It's name, Bislama, derived from the Bech-der-mer (sea cucumber) traders who developed a form of pidgin English throughout the Pacific. It began as a simplified form of phonetic English, with Spanish, French and colloquialisms added for good measure. As with all languages, it soon took on a life of its own, borrowed then incorporated new words and evolved. Today, although similar to Solomon and New Guinea pidgin, it is nevertheless distinctive. Bislama, though phonetical...

Kava in Vanuatu - Port-vila
Kava in Vanuatu Kava is a soporific drink made from the root of a plant related to the pepper tree. It has been used for millennia by Melanesians throughout parts of the Pacific for a variety of reasons, but primarily as a relaxant. Vanuatu kava has something like 32 active components, making it the strongest kava in the world. So for those of you who have tried the Fiji kava and felt nothing - be warned it is nothing like what's in store for you drinking Vanuatu kava! Kava is not an alcoholic drink. It is an intoxicant, the only legal narcotic in world. It is not addictive, nor does it have damaging side effects. Quite the opposite, for recent research has spurred interest by pharmaceutical companies worldwide as to its curative pr...

Golf in Vanuatu - Port-vila
Golf in Vanuatu There are plenty of destinations that offer full resort course facilities but Vanuatu is not one of them. However, there are a number of small courses at resorts and a well established 18 holes championship course in Port Vila, in addition to a public 9 hole course in Luganville on the Island of Espirtu Santo. Port Vila, Efate Island - Located on the island of Efate, just outside of Port Vila is the Port Vila Golf and Country Club, a well established 18 holes championship course that plays host annually to the New South Wales PGA sanctioned Vanuatu Golf Open. In a spectacular location on Mele Bay, the course stretches over 5800 metres providing an excellent challenge for the serious and social player. Motorised Bug...

Wildlife in Vanuatu - Port-vila
Wildlife in Vanuatu Some fascinating wildlife including the endemic Vanuatu Megapode (Namalao), dugongs and turtles. The Vanuatu megapode Megapodius layardi is considered as Vulnerable, according to the IUCN red list category, because it is thought to have a small population that is likely to decline. The bird is extremely wary. It may often be heard, usually early and late in the day, but it is difficult to observe. Megapodes use external heat sources to incubate their eggs. Locals harvest them throughout the year except for the newly introduced 4 month taboo season. The birds are small, black with naked red faces. Their call is a wail followed by a series of chuckles lasting 4-5 seconds. The North coast of Ambrym also offers good...

Volcanoes of Vanuatu - Port-vila
Volcanoes of Vanuatu Vanuatu is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire - that's where two of the earth's tectonic plates bump into each other and that means we have some really neat volcanoes. There are some amazing stories about an eruption that split an island in two and another one that blew an entire island up, so that only a few tiny islands are all that remain. Yasur volcano on Tanna Island - It is one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, simply because it is so easy to reach. Although it's active year round, it is unusual for it to be too active to approach, so it has become an extremely popular tourist attraction. When Captain Cook first sighted Yasur in 1774, he likened it to Stromboli in the Mediterranean because of it's cons...