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Holidays in Vanuatu

Understanding Vanuatu

Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted.

Vanuatu economy

This South Pacific island economy is based primarily on small-scale agriculture, which provides a living for about two-thirds of the population. Fishing, offshore financial services, and tourism, with nearly 197,000 visitors in 2008, are other mainstays of the economy. Mineral deposits are negligible; the country has no known petroleum deposits. A small light industry sector caters to the local market. Tax revenues come mainly from import duties. Economic development is hindered by dependence on relatively few commodity exports, vulnerability to natural disasters, and long distances from main markets and between constituent islands. In response to foreign concerns, the government has promised to tighten regulation of its offshore financial center. In mid-2002, the government stepped up efforts to boost tourism through improved air connections, resort development, and cruise ship facilities. Agriculture, especially livestock farming, is a second target for growth. Australia and New Zealand are the main suppliers of tourists and foreign aid.

Issues in Vanuatu

Matthew and Hunter Islands east of New Caledonia claimed by Vanuatu and France

Cities in Vanuatu

isangel  lakatoro  luganville  norsup  sola  vila  

What do you think about Vanuatu?

How expensive is Vanuatu?
(1 VUV = 0 USD)
Meal in inexpensive restaurant458.99 VUV
3-course meal in restaurant (for 2)6.66 VUV
McDonalds meal616.63 VUV
Local beer (0.5 draft)396 VUV
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 547.88 VUV
Cappuccino301.76 VUV
Pepsi/Coke (0.33 bottle)181.64 VUV
Water (0.33 bottle)131.28 VUV
Milk (1l)249.75 VUV
Fresh bread (500g)220 VUV
White Rice (1kg)131.1 VUV
Eggs (12) 448.34 VUV
Local Cheese (1kg) 1.1 VUV
Chicken Breast (1kg) 0.99 VUV
Apples (1kg) 475 VUV
Oranges (1kg) 555 VUV
Tomato (1kg) 868 VUV
Potato (1kg) 227.7 VUV
Lettuce (1 head) 143.1 VUV
Water (1.5l)166.5 VUV
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1.11 VUV
Domestic Beer (0.5 bottle)211.5 VUV
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 306 VUV
Cigarettes841.5 VUV
One way local bus ticket166.35 VUV
Taxi start221.6 VUV
Taxi 1km1.11 VUV
Taxi 1hour waiting11.05 VUV
Gasoline (1 liter) 196.14 VUV
Utilities for a "normal" apartment27.6 VUV
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 67.2 VUV
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 49.64 VUV
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 200.2 VUV
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 133 VUV, your travel companion

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