Vanuatu is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences relatively frequent earthquakes (some 2000 seismic events are recorded each year) and less frequent tsunamis. The country also has active volcanoes. The alert level on volcanoes can change rapidly, so check with local authorities prior to travelling to volcanic areas. Always be alert and check the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory website (www.geohazards.gov.vu) for information about earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.
Cyclone season in Vanuatu lasts from November until April. There’s a high risk of strong winds, heavy rains and associated flooding, landslides and road closures. See the Vanuatu Meteorological Services website (www.meteo.gov.vu) for current information.
There are sharks in the waters off Santo and Malekula in particular, so always check with locals before diving in.
In terms of theft and personal crime, Vanuatu is very safe, but it pays to take precautions, especially in Port Vila. Keep those wads of vatu well hidden; take taxis at night in main towns; and lock your bungalow with a padlock.
Government Travel Advice
The following government websites offer travel advisories and information:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (www.smarttraveller.gov.au)
British Foreign Office (www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country)
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs (www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca)
US State Department (http://travel.state.gov)