Your ship will dock at Port Vila main wharf. A short drive to
Port Vila main street.
A taxi stand is available outside the port gates. Taxis can be
identified by number plates starting with "T" and buses with a
"B". We recommend negotiating your taxi fare before embarking.
Vila’s climate is tropical. The average mid-day temperature is 29
degrees in summer and 25 degrees in winter. It can also be very
humid at times. The wet season is from December to March. Make
sure you stay hydrated and sheltered from the sun.
Credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted in larger
stores, restaurants and some cafes. Some shops may accept
Australian dollars but will only be able to give you change in
Vatu. You will not be able to exchange your Vatu for Australian
dollars once back onboard.
Satisfy your cravings with a gourmet meal at a licensed
restaurant, a simple snack, a great coffee or Vanuatu’s
national dish, laplap - a unique “packet” of local vegetables
and meat or fish marinated in coconut milk, wrapped in banana
leaves and cooked underground. Quarantine authorities do not
generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and
meat products or sandwiches to be taken off the ship, however
commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled
drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Vila has everything from duty-free goods, and competitively
priced indigenous arts, to great crafts and clothing. The
Vanuatu Handicraft markets are also quite good. Most
shopping is located along Lini Highway in the centre of town.
Any souvenirs that are made of plant material or animal
products must be declared to quarantine authorities on
arrival in Australia or New Zealand. Plant material such as
certain seeds and animal products including feathers may
be restricted or need to be treated at the owners’ expense
on arrival in Australia or New Zealand. Bargaining is not
customary in Vanuatu.