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Several volcanoes are still active in Vanuatu, including the very accessible Yasur on the island of Tanna. Clear warm water temperatures and the presence of a number of underwater volcanoes makes these islands a delight for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.
Banks and money change facilities are available in the main cities. Australian currency, credit cards and travel cheques are accepted in Port Vila and the larger towns, but it’s advisable to have plenty of local currency (Vatu) for use in smaller shops and local markets.
Vanuatu is a collection, or archipelago, of more than 80 volcanic based islands. It spreads along 900 kilometres of the South Pacific region, to the west of Fiji and south of the Solomon Islands. Around half the islands are mountainous, dotted with dense, lush hardwood forest. Most people live on the 12 largest islands. Vanuatu’s volcanic origins and ancient culture provide delightful experiences for visitors. Abseil a cascading waterfall or go sport fishing. Scale one of the world’s most accessible volcanoes, or stay beachside and trawl through a local market. Vanuatu provides the opportunity to make your holiday exactly what you want it to be! ___________________________________________________
People & place
Captain James Cook named these islands New Hebrides in 1774. The name remained until the tiny nation achieved independence from joint French and English administration in 1980.
The majority of Vanuatu’s 215,000 people are Melanesian. Over 100 indigenous languages are spoken throughout the archipelago, with English, French and Bislama (local Pidgin English) recognised as official languages. Vanuatu’s towns have both French and English names.