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Vanuatu

Getting there & away

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Sea

MV Havannah (25225, 23889; Port Vila) runs a monthly service out of Noumea to Vila, Malekula and Santo. Contact Frank Maki.

Vila hosts P&O's Pacific Sky and Pacific Princess about once or twice a fortnight. South Sea Shipping (22205; southsea@vanuatu.com.vu) in Vila is the agent.

The best sources of general information on yachting matters are the Vanuatu Cruising Yacht Club (24634; Lini Hwy), at Anchor Inn, and Waterfront Bar & Grill (23490; Lini Hwy).

Touring yachts are not permitted to make landfall in or depart from Vanuatu until they have cleared customs and immigration at Vila, Luganville (Santo), Lenakel (Tanna) or Sola (Vanua Lava), the authorised ports of entry. There are hefty fines for disobeying this rule. There is a landing fee of 7000Vt for the first 30 days and 100Vt per day thereafter.

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Air

The following airlines have regular scheduled flights to Vanuatu.

Air Pacific (22836; www.airpacific.com; Lini Hwy, Vila) South Pacific Travel in Vila is Air Pacific's agent.

Air Vanuatu (23848; www.airvanuatu.com; rue de Paris, Vila)

Aircalin (22019; www.aircalin.nc; Lini Hwy, Vila) The New Caledonian airline.

Pacific Blue (07-3295 2284; www.flypacificblue.com/; Brisbane, Australia)

Qantas Airways (www.qantas.com.au) Acts as the sales agent for Air Vanuatu in all areas outside Australia, NZ, Fiji and New Caledonia.

Both Air Vanuatu and Pacific Blue operate direct flights from Brisbane and Sydney to Port Vila; Air Vanuatu also flies direct to Melbourne. Return fares from Sydney start from A$780/870 in the low/high season; from Brisbane it's A$670/750.

Air Vanuatu has direct flights from Auckland to Vila, and flights via Nadi (Fiji), Honiara (Solomon Islands) and Noumea (New Caledonia). Return low-season fares start from NZ$948 for the direct flights. Air Pacific and Aircalin also have flights from Nadi and Noumea. For other Pacific islands you need to get connecting flights in NZ, Fiji or New Caledonia.

Airports

Vanuatu's international airport, Bauerfield, is 6km north of Port Vila. It has an ANZ ATM, an NBV branch for currency exchange, a café and duty-free shopping. If you haven't organised accommodation, Vanuatu Standby Accommodation (www.vanuatustandbyaccommodation.com), in a booth at the airport, can arrange it on the spot, and its website is full of information and useful links.

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