Previously known as the New Hebrides Islands, Vanuatu is an archipelago nation of 83 islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean – about 3 hours flying time north of New Zealand and east of Australia. On 30 July 1980, amidst the brief Coconut War, the Republic of Vanuatu was created.
The general beauty and relaxed way of life are Vanuatu’s biggest attractions. Around the islands there’s plenty of fun in the sun and unique activities, from treks and waterfall abseiling to wreck dives and cultural villages.
There are no exclusively gay resorts, but more than one that is gay welcoming for LGBT visitors bent on discovering the Republic’s islands. Not a gay singles destination, it’s more a place where gay and lesbian couples can have a romantic break. Besides luxury accommodations, it offers fascinating shopping and fabulous food.
The two major settlements remain Port Vila on the island of Efate, and Luganville on the island of Espiritu Santo, complete with unspoiled, tropical forests, many active volcanoes and remarkable cultural diversity. Port Vila – where the majority lives – is a colonial gem, left from the history of being run by both England and France.
There are dozens of major celebration ceremonies throughout the islands. They revolve around clans history, sex, family, aging, death, and hunting and fishing. You will not forget these experiences. And Vanuatu will be one of your always-remembered destinations.