Vanuatu is made up of 6 Provinces, the majority of the population and business is done in the two main centres of:
- Port Vila on Efate
- Luganville on Santo
These suburbs are listed under the heading of Port Vila in this web sites refined search tool. As a quick reference the distances by time traveled from Port Vila CBD at approximately 50KPH are as follows:
- Yellow – 10 minutes or less
- Red – 15 minutes or less
For a more comprehensive idea of each suburb in relation to the road system and facilities choose a suburb and click through.
Anabrou, Bauerfield (Airport), Bellevue, Bladinières Estate, British Paddock, Champagne, Club Hippique, De Gaillande, Dream Cove, Elluk, Freshwata, Iririki Island, LePlateau, Malapoa, Mele, Mele Bay, Melkofe, Nambatri, Nambatu, Pango, Paradise Cove, Port Vila City, Seaside, Second Lagoon, Stade, Stella Mare, Tagabe, Tassiriki, Tebakor.
The suburb here are listed under the heading of Luganville in this web sites refined search tool. As a quick reference the distances by time traveled from Luganville CBD at approximately 50KPH are as follows:
- Yellow – 10 minutes or less
Abbatoir, Agincourt, Barracks, BP Burn, Canal I, Chapuis, COPSL, Dinh Shipping, Fresh Wind, Jaramoli, Lavusvatu, Luganville Centre, Maritime, Melcofe Sawmil, Pam Station, Pepsi, Radio Station, Red Corner, Saint Michel, Sarakata, Second Canel, Shell, Side River, Solway.
These suburbs are listed under the heading of Efate/Shafa in this web sites refined search tool. As a quick reference the distances by time traveled from Port Vila CBD at approximately 50KPH are as follows:
- Yellow – 15 minutes or less, visit Port Vila CBD for greater detail.
- Red – 35 minutes or less
- Green – 60 minutes or less
- Blue – These are outer islands
For a more comprehensive idea of each suburb in relation to the raod system and facilities choose a suburb and click through.
Baofatu, Bethel, Bukura, Devils Point, Emua, Enam, Eton, Forari, Havannah, Kawene, Lakenasua, Mangaliliu, Manura,Matarisu, Napara, Narpow Point, Pang Pang, Pangona, Paonangisu, Port Vila, Quoin Hill, Saama, Samoa Point, Siviri, Teouma Bay, Teouma Hillside, Ulei, Whitesands, Moso (Tranquility Island), Nguna Island, Pele Island, Lelepa Island, Eretoka (Hat Island), Emao Island, Buninga Island, Tongariki Island, Tongoa Island, Epi Island, Boloa Island, Makura Island, Mataso Island & Kakula Island.
These suburbs are listed under the heading of Santo/Sanma in this web site refined search tool. Santo is a large Island as yet underdeveloped, for the most part. There are new roads being added to the network continuously. In some cases journeys by boat may be quicker, contact Caillard & Kaddour Santo for more information.
Malekula island accommodates the provincial headquarters on the island’s northeast. MALAMPA province has a population of 36, 724 and of that, 62% live on Malekula. Malekula is the second largest island in the archipelago and as you can imagine, holds traditions, customs and languages of an almost bipolar nature between its north and south. Commonly referred to as “big nampas” and “smol nampas” a lot of villagers still wear the traditional attire of grass skirts (women) and woven penis sheaths (nampas) for the men. Depending on which part of the island you visit, the nampas will vary in size. Malekula is well known for its rich custom dancing and traditional villages, portraying a part of Vanuatu that remains unaffected by the western way of life. Don’t get us wrong, this doesn’t mean they are untouched – however, the villages on the island’s deep interior prefer to retain their traditional way of life, not conforming to western ways of dressing, and living. Malekula should not be missed on your outer island travel itinerary if you want to experience what is the real traditional Melanesian Vanuatu lifestyle. Vanuatu’s biggest cocoa producing estate is also situated on the island and MALAMPA contributes much of the country’s economic growth through its cocoa, vanilla and copra exports.
PENAMA Province, its name derived from a combination of the first few letters of the 3 main islands Pentecost, Ambae and Maewo, is situated in the central part of the archipelago, approximately 150km north of the nation’s capital. With a population of just under 31,000, this province is one of the most vibrant in natural attractions – from its breathtaking waterfalls, to the volcanic peaks and rugged mountainous ranges; PENAMA is the meca for eco tourists. The proximity of these islands fostered trade dating back to ancient times and this has given the islands shared similarities in arts and crafts, traditional dress, language and customs.
TORBA Province , made up of the two most northerly groups of islands in the archipelago and Vanuatu ’s closest neighbours to the Solomon Islands , is comprised of 13 islands. The Torres group with 4 main islands and 2 islets, and Banks group 4 main and 3 smaller islands are what make up TORBA.
Remote, isolated and less frequented by visitors than any of the other 5 provinces, TORBA remains one of Vanuatu ’s best kept secrets. There are flights to TORBA 3 times a week but to some of the outer islands of the group, only when there are passengers or there is cargo. A cargo boat carrying passengers and food supplies frequents once a month. The main mode of transport is walking or canoeing between islands. However, one should not assume that its isolation translates to a lack of services. TORBA has a total population of 9,359 people scattered across the volcanic and coral islands. Its main attraction is the dormant caldera of Mt Garet, now a lake (Letas), which has experienced some activity in the last few years.
The southern most province of Tafea is less than an hour from Port Vila by schedualed flight the other islands are accessible by small charter flights or boat. Tanna is the main destination within this group of Islands and boasts a number of resorts.
Tanna is Vanuatu ‘s most popular adventure destination and has more bungalow and guesthouse accommodation than any other outer island. It is also Vanuatu ‘s third most developed island, after Santo, and has the highest population (but not the highest population density). Tanna’s economy is based primarily on agriculture and tourism. Tanna’s main town is Lenakel although the administrative centre is nearby Isangel
Aneityum, a tropical island paradise is Vanuatu’s southernmost inhabited island. The interior is mountainous and covered with wet, dark forest. Along the coast, pine plantations contrast with coconut palms, white sand beaches and coral reefs. Aneityum is not too large and with a more temperate climate. Mystery Island is all beaches and reefs and a popular cruise ship stop over point.
Futuna is the easternmost island in the country. It was formed by the uplift of an underwater volcano, which last erupted at least 11,000 years ago. It reaches a height of 666 m. It is sometimes called West Futuna to distinguish it from Futuna Island, Wallis and Futuna. It is a Polynesian outlier.
Erromango is the largest island in the Province. Areas of most population centre around Port Narvin and Dillon’s Bay (Upongkor) with Bay airstrip, has the island’s only guest house. For the most part the island is unpopulated and undeveloped. It was formerly known as Martyr’s Island by the Presbyterian missionaries in the 19th century, because of the alleged risk of missionary activity there. Erromango today has only a few small villages along the coast.
Aniwa is a raised coral atoll 24 km NE of Tanna Island. The highest point is only 42m above sea level. Most of the island’s residents live in the south. Aniwa was the first island in the archipelago to have missionaries.
Isangal, Aneityum, Aniwa, Erromango, Futuna, Tanna