Vanuatu - General Info
UTC +11. Summer time UTC +12 end of September to end of March.
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Vatu (Vt) of 100 centimes. Aus$ are widely accepted and credit card transactions are done in Aus$.
See Pacific List of Radio Nets
The Namba Net for cruisers operates on SSB 6516 at 0815 local Vanuatu time for vessels cruising New Caledonia and Vanuatu. (June 2012). Please note that the Namba net only operates when there are sufficient cruisers prepared to act as net controllers. Ideally 7 people but it usually starts with 4. It starts usually sometime in June and finishes in October. The 8 meg frequency covers Vanuatu. New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and the Louisaides.
The Vanuatu Cruising Net, operates daily at 2030UTC (0700 Vanuatu time) on 8230kHz USB daily between May and October.
International dialing code for Vanuatu is +678
There are two mobile telephone providers in Vanuatu, Digicel and Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL), and the reception is generally good, although to ensure reception on all islands you may need a SIM from each provider. Digicel is generally regarded as the better provider, both providers offer Visitor packs.
This is a list of festivals and events that have been recommended to us by cruisers. They may not all happen annually. Eric and Anne Simmons publication ‘All Ports Lead to Vanuatu’ (see Publications below) is probably the best place for up-to-date events and timings.
Land Divers of Pentecost Island - every Saturday from April to June.
Fête de la Musique, Port Vila & Luganville (FOC).
Ruan Cultural Festival (Our Way), Nobul, North Ambrym - first week of July, featuring initiation rites, mask dances, traditional dances and more.
Espiritu Santo, Big Bay Cultural Festival. For more information contact email@example.com.
Fanla Rom Dance Black Magic Festival, Fanla Village (oldest village in Ambrym).
Maskelynes Canoe Race and Festival, Peskarus Village, Maskelynes, South Malekula
Nalawan Festival, Malekula.
Contact Willie Isno (5366168) / Yegor Makhiboroda (5617845) for further information.
Port Sandwich Art and Culture Festival, Malekula Island.
Now called the Lamap Festival.
Pentecost to Ambrym Yacht Race
For all boats sailing north, this is the first year this race has been run. Organised by two Chiefs, prizes are being sponsored and there will be some amazing cultural activities happening alongside.
Back to Roots Festival - Olal Village, North Ambrym.
Toka Dance, Tanna Island.
Arts Festival & Island Yam Festival,Vureas Bay, SW side of Vanua Lava, Banks Group.
Rah Island Canoe Race, yachties welcome.
Saint Andrew Festival, Banks Region.
Christian festival infused with local indigenous traditions.
Three day event featuring food cooked by geothermal energy. Held every November 29.
Police Vila - Dial 22222
Police Santo - Dial 36222
Fire - Dial 22333
Ambulance - Dial 22100
Air/Sea Rescue - Dial 22371
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
All Ports lead to Vanuatu 2015
Anne and Eric Simmons volunteered as photo journalists May-October 2013. Together, they sailed around the islands of Vanuatu, working on yachting tourism for the Vanuatu Tourism Office and developing a Cruising Guide to promote Vanuatu’s outer islands as a destination for cruising yachts. This free publication with many anchorages and practical information can be found here - http://www.vanuatucruising.info/
Nautical Rocket Guide to Vanuatu
This interactive program offers aerial photographic views, chart overlays, waypoints, and points of interest for all major anchorages. The 2014 version has been updated with more anchorages and routes. The cruising guide comes with a companion program, the Rocket Guide to Vanuatu - a comprehensive tourism guide to Vanuatu with all the activities and points of interest of every Vanuatu island. The electronic cruising guide works on both Windows (XP or later) and MacIntosh (10.7 or later).
The Guides can be ordered online from www.Cruising-Vanuatu.com.
The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Kitty Van Hagen
3rd Edition October 2016
See The Pacific Crossing Guide 3rd Edition
South Pacific Anchorages
By Warwick Clay
Publisher: Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Mar 2001)
Details of harbours and anchorages in the pacific south of the equator between New Guinea and South America.
Vanuatu and New Caledonia (Lonely Planet Country Guide)
By Jocelyn Harewood, Tione Chinula, and Vincent Talbot
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 5th Revised edition (1 July 2006)
A general travel guide that includes some information specific to yachts.
British Admiralty Pacific Islands Pilot Vol ll (The Central Groups)
Published by UK Admiralty and available from Imray Publications (11th edn 2006)
ISBN : 9780707718330 (ref. NP061)
This covers the islands of the South-West Part of the Pacific Ocean including: Nouvelle-Calédonie and îles Loyauté Vanuata, Banks and Torres Islands, Santa Cruz Islands, Fiji Islands, Samoa Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati (Gilbert and Phoenix Groups), Marshall Islands.
Cruising Guide Vanuatu
Nautical Guide to the Vanuatu Islands and Anchorages
Vanuatu Cruising is a resource centre for cruisers visiting or wishing to visit Vanuatu. It provides up to date news, current events and information to make cruising in Vanuatu more enjoyable. The facebook page supports the website where you will be able to find more detailed information.
Vanuatu Cruising Facebook Page
Visual Film Clips of Vanuatu Islands
Shot by Noonsite regional editor Luc Callebaut who has spent 4 years cruising Vanuatu.
The Rocket Guide to Vanuatu
Fast and to the point.
MSM - Medical Sailing Ministries
Began in 2008 in response to the need for medical transport to remote villages in Vanuatu. MSM currently operates using the 53 foot steel yacht Chimere, on loan from MSM members, (and brothers) Andrew and Robert Latimer. Their work involves meeting medical volunteers at pre-arranged locations and then transporting them, plus their gear, supplies and equipment, to remote islands, where clinics are conducted in village settings. Last year this involved visiting 18 islands, running 48 separate clinics, seeing 4,220 patients, dispensing 2,500 pairs of spectacles and arranging 300 surgical procedures. Go to their website for more details on their latest mission and how to volunteer.
May 2016: All formalities and general info. updated by Tom Partridge of SY Adina.
September 2015: Update to clearance & Customs email from Fritze von Berswordt. Immigration update from WARC.
August 2015: Sola port re-opens for yacht clearance - information from Vanuatu Customs.
June 2015: Publications checked/updated.
September 2014: Official list of Ports of Entry checked & updated
September 2014: Customs section with details of permitted length of stay for visiting yachts updated with new info. from Customs website.
July 2014: Clearance and Customs updated with information from the main Customs website.
November 2012: Information on flying into Vanuatu from Jules of SV Sirius
November 2012: Clearance information update from Jason Trautz of SY Yolo.
September 2012: Up to date Fees passed on by John Neal of SY Mahina Tiare III.
March 2012: Amendment to Nautical Rocket Guide to Vanuatu on the Publications page.
March 2012: Immigration fees updated from data sent by Anna Huggett.
June 2011: Notification of Anelcauhat now a Port of Entry from Donald Bryden.
Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
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