Vanuatu was one of the key countries in my world tour since I saw a great report on TV. Everything seemed so great that I absolutely had to include it in my trip!
Vanuatu is a country of 80 islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. It is part of what is called Melanesia.
We chose to visit the following places: Port Vila (Capital) on Efate Island, Espiritu Santo Island, Banks Islands with Gaua and Torres Islands, Ambrym and Tanna. We had almost a month and left in October 2019.
Torres is all the way north of Vanuatu and it is very little frequented by tourists. There are beautiful beaches and people are lovely!
The provocative outfits are to be avoided. Clothes too short for girls are to be avoided too and the “top less” to banish; respect the population, you are not home there.
Vanuatu is expensive. If you do not have a budget, forget about this destination right away. There is no point in coming to “zone” and do no activity. Find out about accommodation rates and activities before you take your plane tickets.
There are distributors Sur Santo and Efate and in big cities. On the other hand think to take a lot of cash if you go on the other islands. There is no ATM on Torres.
Camping and “zoning” homestay to sleep in his garden are not the custom here. Avoid doing this so that people are not embarrassed. There is only one resort on the island is KAMISILA.
Internet & Tel
You can buy a local SIM card with internet and phone communication, both of which are separable from each other. For example for 1000 vts (almost 8 euros) you with about 30min of communication; and for 3000 vts you have 6GB of internet for 30 days.
There is a doctor on the island, he comes from the Solomon Islands and his name is Jonathan. He is very nice but he is very bored … if ever you can bring back English books, games or snorkeling equipment, he would be very happy with it!
Watch out for the fish!
Do not eat fish unless you’re sure it’s fish that has been caught in the open sea. The coral is infected with a parasite that will give you what they call in the Pacific, the “scratch”. You will have, at best itching, at worst, in addition to that, vomiting vomiting and diarrhea. All this will be accompanied by an intolerance for a good year to all fish and alcohol! Be careful !
Air connections are with Air Vanuatu. Most flights depart from Santo Island; there are no flights to all islands every day. You can see the schedule of flights on the site of Air Vanuatu. The flights usually last less than two hours.
For travelers on domestic flights departing from Port Vila or Santo, a provincial tax of 200 vts per person will be payable after check-in.
Pay attention to the weight of domestic flights. You are allowed only 10 kilos in hold and 5 kilos in hand luggage. At last news the supplement was 159 vts per kilo (not very expensive).
There is a tax of 200 vts to pay at Torres airport.
On Torres you will have no choice because there is only one accommodation: KAMISILA BUNGALOW run by Whitley and Elsie. The bungalows are simple but pretty, facing the sea and ten minutes walk from the airstrip. This is the first thing you will see when you arrive near the sea. The meals are good and plentiful. You can eat “coconut crab” and lobster! I’m not sure there are many choices for vegetarians and vegans though. There is sanitary but the shower is old fashioned so sensitive souls abstain. It is five minutes walk to “Honey Moon Beach”, a beautiful beach.
Price: 3500 per day and person full board.
Note: To contact them is a bit difficult because it does not capture any network. Try with your accommodation otherwise you will see directly on arrival on the island. There are not many people coming to Torres but do not come in large groups as they only have three bungalows, one of which is occupied by the doctor until 2021.
Warning: I repeat it here, do not eat fish unless you’re sure it’s fish that was caught in the open sea. The coral is infected with a parasite that will give you what they call in the Pacific , the “scratch”. You will have, at best itching, at worst, in addition to that, vomiting and diarrhea. All this will be accompanied by an intolerance for a good year to all fish and alcohol!
On the island you will have the privilege to taste the “coconut crab” and lobster / lobster. You will also be served a traditional dish called laplap, which is a kind of coconut pudding. Withney and Elsie will bend over backwards to please you!
There is not much to do here. But you will enjoy a stay of two to four days without problems to relax.
There are beautiful beaches. The Honney Moon Beach is ten minutes walk from the bungalows. You have to cross the airstrip and continue in the bush. If you are not sure someone will be able to accompany you. The water is beautiful and very hot. To swim is great; for snorkeling it’s so, there is not much.
The beach in front of the bungalows is pretty. There is not a lot of sand (not at all) and in the water it is grass, but there are tables, benches and hammocks right in front.
If you cross the sea and go to the bay in front of the bungalows, behind the trees there are two beautiful beaches of white sand and very fine with turquoise water and hot! Our favorite spots! People call them “Tourist beach”.
Another very nice beach, which we nicknamed the beach “waiting room” because it is close to the airport. As you will arrive in advance do not hesitate to go there!
There are caves to see. We did not have time to visit. If you are interested in asking your guests.