Vanuatu Luxury Yachting Guide

A spattering of tiny islands like paint drops in a backdrop of blue; Vanuatu is the sailing destination of dreams. Shimmering islands lay only a few hundred metres from palm-fringed beaches surrounded by tropical rainforest that shelters exotic birds and pastel orchids.

Not many countries can claim to have such untouched natural beauty as the islands of Vanuatu. Like 83 jewels in the South Pacific, they provide a unique opportunity to delve into the deepest roots of the natural world in an environment equipped with luxurious modern comforts. Artfuly thatched bungalows hover over the waters of the Pacific, hosting suites of unrivalled opulence and exclusive spas where the pampering experience is just as exquisite as the surroundings.

Landscape
A thriving adventureland, Vanuatu simply overflows with unique opportunities to explore a bubbling combination of spellbinding reefs, fuming volcanoes and dense jungle. For less-adventurous types however, Vanuatu has a mellow side that is equally as captivating, boasting glowing beaches, exotic cuisine and excellent island hopping opportunities.

Ports
Although exploring the shores of any of Vanuatu’s islands guarantees scenes of intense tropical beauty, the best ports for superyachts are located on Efate, Espiritu Santo and Tanna, while the outer islands of Epi, Malekula, Ambrym, Pentecost, Maewo, and the Bank Islands hold outstanding allure.

Port Vila, Efate
Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, lies on the beautiful island of Efate, a sprawling mass of tropical forest and glistening sand. Such is the beauty of the sea that the entire island’s villages are built around it, leaving the inland to exotic wildlife. A gourmet leader in the South Pacific, this stunning harbour town is simply overflowing with restaurants and cafes offering a fusion of different flavours. Those who sail around the jagged coastline of Efate are rewarded with fast flowing rivers, isolated sandy bays and smooth lagoons.

Tanna
The fascinating island of Tanna is home to one of the most famous sights in Vanuatu, and only here can you find yourself standing on the crater’s edge of the world’s most accessible active volcano, Mount Yasur. Nothing quite matches the experience of feeling the earth tremble beneath your feet as explosions of rock and ash are thrown high into the night sky.

Espiritu Santo
Quiet and unassuming is the island of Espiritu Santo, the largest in Vanuatu and a true underwater fantasyland. Home to historic shipwrecks swimming with an absurd array of incredible marine life, the island also boasts amazing swimming holes connected by underwater caverns and the aptly named ‘Mystery Island’ accessible only by boat.

Vanuatu Area Information

Currencies:
  • Vanuatu Vatu (VUV)
Timezone:
  • (GMT-02:00) Mid-Atlantic-2