When a national holiday falls on a weekend, there’s usually a public holiday on the following Monday. Vanuatu’s official national holidays include the following:

New Year’s Day 1 January

Father Walter Lini Day (Remembrance Day) 21 February

Kastom Chiefs’ Day 5 March

Good Friday & Easter Monday March/April

Labour Day 1 May

Ascension Day 24 May

Children’s Day 24 July

Independence Day 30 July

Assumption Day 15 August

Constitution Day 5 October

National Unity Day 29 November

Christmas Day 25 December

Family Day 26 December

School Holidays

A stream of students return to their home islands during local school holidays (May, August and Christmas). They mainly travel by cargo or passenger boat, but it’s a good idea to book domestic flights as early as possible at these times. Flights are also busier during Australian and New Zealand school holidays, but the tourist facilities will almost always have vacancies.