Sunday, May 26, 2024

Vanuatu: World famous diving destination

Sealife of Port Vila Harbor, Efate, Vanuatu

There is nothing like living on island time. Relaxed, revitalised and rejuvenated, far away from life’s daily stress. Known to be one of the happiest places in the world due to its unique combination of sustainability and tradition, this nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is made up of 80 islands once known as the New Hebrides, jointly governed by British and French administrations before gaining independence on July 30, 1980.

Home to one of the world’s most sough-after diving destination, Vanuatu with its reputation of gorgeous sites is famous for The President Coolidge, a 650 shipwrecked luxury liner off Espiritu Santo.

Now that Air Vanuatu, the national carrier for Vanuatu has resumed its service in the month of July to the nation’s capital, Port Villa, the islands beckon.

An interesting fun fact is that Vanuatu is said to be the most linguistically diverse nation on the planet. More than 100 languages are spoken, making it the world’s most linguistically diverse country. A curious form of pidgin English called Bislama is also widely spoken.

Air Vanuatu operates a twice-weekly non-stop service (3 hour 15 minute flight duration) on Boeing 737 from Auckland to Port Vila on Wednesday and Saturday. Vanuatu has opened its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers with no quarantine.

Air Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer, Atu Finau, says the border opening is welcome news for the national carrier. “The reopening of Vanuatu to international leisure travellers is a major milestone. It’s great to see Kiwi travellers return to Vanuatu.”

“Flying with Air Vanuatu means passengers enjoy a warm Vanuatu welcome from the moment passengers step onboard,” says Finau.

Air Vanuatu is a full-service airline including onboard wifi streaming entertainment to personal smart devices and complimentary inflight service including meals and bar service. Passengers are greeted with the brightest smiles in the South Pacific as soon as they step foot on the plane.

Jonas George, manager Commercial, New Zealand says, “Kiwi travellers have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of when they can travel to Vanuatu quarantine free. We expect to see strong demand from New Zealand travellers. Not only those with flight credits, but also those wanting an overseas holiday close to home, and Vanuatu offers exactly what people are looking for in a holiday in 2022.”

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