Weather in Vanuatu

Vanuatu is situated reasonably close to the equator and experiences pleasantly warm, tropical weather for most of the year. A typical day in Vanuatu is complete with clear blue skies, mild temperatures and seemingly endless sunshine. Only a few months of the year experience cooler temperatures and a drier climate, but swimming is enjoyable all year round, regardless! Water temperatures range between 22°C and 28°C in the ocean, with fresh water blue holes being a few degrees colder because of their rainforest location.

Summer in Vanuatu

The summer months of Vanuatu extend from November through to March. Daytime temperatures are consistently warm averaging around 28°C. Summer is also Vanuatu’s wet season. However, when a rain shower does come to pass they are very short lived and wont impact your holiday plans. Most of the rain falls over January, February and March. This is especially common on the north side of the Vanuatu chain and around Port Vila on the central island of Efate.

Winter in Vanuatu

The weather during winter in Vanuatu is magical! Temperatures don’t drop dramatically from the warm days of summer and averages sit around 23°C. Vanuatu’s winter falls in the same months as the Australian winter (from June to August) and it offers the perfect escape for Aussie’s wanting to escape the cool snap! Winter water temperatures still sit around 24°C and there tends to be a significantly reduced risk of rain and tropical storms. This makes the colder months perfect for travel!

When is the best time to visit Vanuatu?

The best time to visit Vanuatu depends entirely on what you want to get out of your holiday. The year-round tropical climate makes Vanuatu the perfect escape from the cold of Australia’s winter, though the weather conditions are enjoyable at other times too! If you plan to spend your holiday exploring the underwater world with snorkelling and diving, visibility is best in the dry season, between April and October. The dry season is also the best time for hiking and other outdoor adventures with cooler weather and less humidity.

Peak tourist seasons should also be considered when travelling to Vanuatu. The islands are generally busiest during the Australian school holidays, though they tend to be a lot quieter over the wet season (during January and February). Although it’s busier during the school holidays, the atmosphere is thrilling. The increase of Australian tourists makes for a lively and friendly experience and there are plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded travellers and new touring friends!

Still not sure when to plan your Vanuatu holiday? Get in touch with our My Vanuatu Holiday Experts today for assistance! 

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