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Port Vila is the capital and largest settlement in the island nation of Vanuatu. It has a population of about 40,000 inhabitants. The city is located on the south coast of the island of Efate and is the commercial centre of Vanuatu. The area where Port Vila is located nowadays has been inhabited by Melanesian people for thousands of years and these days functions as an important port and trade centre for the country. Also, most people who arrive in Vanuatu independently spend a few days here before moving on to the islands and beaches.
Port Vila has a pleasant tropical climate with hot and humid conditions but the sea breeze is welcome. November to May is the hotter season when most of the rain falls as well. Rain can fall in every month on the other hand and even the driest months averages 20 days of some rainfall. Rainfall averages about 2,360 millimetres per year, and the wettest month is April. The driest month is September. There are 113 wet days in an average year. The area also has south-east trade winds. During the June to October period it gets slightly cooler with daytime temperatures around 26 °C and night temperatures even dropping a few degrees below 20 °C.
|Avg Max||30.3 °C||30.2 °C||29.9 °C||28.9 °C||27.7 °C||26.7 °C||25.9 °C||26.1 °C||26.7 °C||27.8 °C||28.9 °C||29.7 °C|
|Avg Min||23.4 °C||23.6 °C||23.4 °C||22.5 °C||21.3 °C||20.5 °C||19.5 °C||19.3 °C||19.6 °C||20.6 °C||21.7 °C||22.4 °C|
|Rainfall||295.8 mm||311.8 mm||330.4 mm||215 mm||151.2 mm||161.3 mm||102.8 mm||100.5 mm||87.2 mm||116.6 mm||153.7 mm||195.8 mm|
The national carrier of Vanuatu is Air Vanuatu and most flights arrive at Bauerfield International Airport (VLI) near Port Vila. International destinations with Air Vanuatu include Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Nouméa and Sydney. Fiji Airways flies to/from Nadi in Fiji and Honiara in the Solomon Islands. Other airlines serving Port Vila are Aircalin based in New Caledonia and serving Noumea as well,Air New Zealand serving Auckland, and Pacific Blue serving Brisbane. Fiji Airways is the best way to connect to North America and Japan.
Domestic destinations with Air Vanuatu include Aniwa, Craig Cove, Dillon's Bay, Emae, Ipota, Lamap, Lamen Bay, Longana, Lonorore, Luganville, Norsup, Paama, Sara, Sota, South West Bay, Tanna, Tongoa, Torres, Ulei, Valesdir and Walaha.
Many cruise ships visit Port Vila and cruises are a very popular way of exploring Vanuatu and the surrounding Islands.
Taxis are plentiful within Port Vila. Fare is calculated per taxi. There are standard fares for journeys to and from the airport to most accommodation around Port-Vila a list of which should be available in the arrivals section of the airport (1500VT to the city centre). Around Port Vila, taxi's can be hailed for journeys. Price is calculated by a meter, and is usually around 500vt for short journeys.
In Port Vila the buses are van and mini-buses with a red B on the left side of the number plate. They largely traverse the main road take you directly to your destination. There are no scheduled services and are perhaps best thought of as cheap, but shared taxis. Wave at them to stop one heading in the direction you want to go. They are plentiful within the city and outside the city you can usually arrange for a bus to meet you at a particular time. If one looks full, just wait for the next one. The buses are used by locals, but are very friendly, cheap, and easy to use by tourists. Fares are usually calculated per person. The cost is usually 150 vatu per person unless you are traveling a longer distance, e.g. Mele Cascades - in which case expect to pay 200 vatu per person. There are significantly fewer buses on the road on Sundays.
There are also smaller vans travelling in and around Port Vila, which travel certain routes and are generally safe and the cheapest way to get around. For 100 Vatu they will take you one way to where ever you need to go along their route. To get on board you simply find a marked stop along the main road and when a white van drives past flag it down and pay the 100 Vatu.
A trip to Port Vila, Vanuatu, is not complete without a night out at French Restaurant and Piano Bar L'Houstalet, on Elluk Road, Port Vila. It is one of the most popular casual restaurants on the island since its opening in 1972, where host Clement Martinez will make sure that your night is one to remember! House specialities include escargot, coconut crab, flying fox, pizza, pasta and traditional French desserts. Open for dinner every day, but you might want to call first to make sure there is a table for you!
|City Lodge - Port Vila||Lini Highway||HOSTEL||81|
|Hotel Olympic - Port Vila||Rue Bougainville BP 3232||Apartment||-|
|The Melanesian Port Vila||PO BOX 810, Port Vila, Vanuatu||Hotel||-|
|Coconut Palms Resort||Cornwall Street Seaside Efate||Hotel||85|
|Bluepango motel||po box 4033||Hotel||-|
|Kaiviti Motel||Lini Highway PO Box 152||Hotel||-|
|Holiday Motel||Tassiriki Park||Hotel||-|
|Worawia Holiday Haven||Fr. W, H.Likni (kumul Hwy) Mele||Hotel||-|
|Tradewinds Resort||Captain Cook Ave||Hotel||-|
|Sky Garden||Avenue Edmond Colardeau||HOTEL||-|
|Treetops Lodge||Pango Road Efate||Guesthouse||-|
|Tara Beach Resort||Bukura Road Mele Bay||GUESTHOUSE||-|
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