Why pick Vanuatu for holidays with kids?
When choosing a destination for your summer holidays with kids, there are lots of things to consider. Whether you are an active family, a luxe-loving family, or family of culture vultures, Vanuatu family holidays have it all. Keep reading for our top six reasons to pick Vanuatu for your family holiday this year.
1. Short flight time
Children are notoriously hard to take on long-haul flights. So while a vaycay in Hawaii might seem appealing, think about sharing a tiny plane seat with your toddler for 10 hours. Port Vila, Vanuatu’s main airport hub is just a 2h20m direct flight from Brisbane and a 3h15m direct flight from Sydney.
2. No time difference
- Unlike a trip to Asia, Europe, or the USA, there is no jetlag when you go to Vanuatu because it is in the same time zone as NSW in summer (with daylight savings), and just one hour ahead during winter. Touch down on the island and get straight into the action without having to recover, or worse, deal with your jetlagged kids!
2. Unique island culture
The perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to new cultures and languages, Vanuatu is a melting pot of people from around the globe. Pacific Islanders have been travelling through the area for thousands of years creating a diverse range of clans and tribes throughout the villages, each with a different culture and traditions. In the country’s more recent history the Portuguese, French and English all invaded, followed by an influx of American troops during WWII, each leaving their mark on the culture, architecture and landscape as we see it today. English is among the 100+ languages spoken in Vanuatu so communicating with locals makes Vanuatu family holidays a breeze!
4. Outdoor activities
Holidays are a great opportunity to spend time outside with the whole family. Vanuatu has no shortage of waterfalls, blue holes, rope swings, amazing beaches, hiking and epic scenery. Whether you like kayaking, snorkelling, or playing in the sand, Vanuatu has the natural wonders and perfect tropical climate for outdoor activities.
4. Reasonably priced
Family packages to Vanuatu make a trip very affordable. Plus once you are there the islands are inexpensive. You can pick up fabulous souvenirs and gifts from the local markets including island-style clothing and accessories, such as sarongs, dresses, shirts, hats, bags, and much more. Plus they have duty free shops in the main towns of Port Vila and Luganville.
5. WWII history
There were two significant events after the war that lead to the creation of Vanuatu’s now world-renowned snorkelling and dive sites. The first site is the shipwreck of SS Coolidge located just off the coast of Espiritu Santo. The second is Million Dollar Point, created in the aftermath of WWII. After not being able to convince the local people to buy them and being unable to afford to get them back to the U.S., the Americans pushed unwanted machinery and vehicles into the ocean. What better place for your kids to see local marine life and learn about history at the same time.
Contact our My Vanuatu Holiday Experts today to find out more about our Vanuatu family holidays!
By Sarah Tayler
Sarah is an avid traveller. When not writing for My Vanuatu, she can be found gallivanting around the globe. She’s a sucker for Gaudi and tapas so Barcelona is close to her heart and she’s also a big fan of leisurely river cruising as well. Sarah loves nothing more than stopping off along the banks of the Loire Valley for a spot of wine tasting and visiting Bordeaux for the history and amazing French food. On her holiday to-do list is the Panama Canal, an Arctic expedition cruise and a river cruise through Asia.