Luganville, Vanuatu

Location:

The town is located approximately one kilometre from the ship overlooking the attractive Segond Channel. Luganville has some local bars, restaurants, general stores and the Women’s Market, selling handicrafts from all over Espirito Santo. Walking into town (0.5km) you pass handicraft stalls and remnants of buildings surviving from when the American’s were stationed there in WWII.

Sightseeing:

Vanuatu (previously known as the New Hebrides Islands) is an archipelago nation consisting of 83 islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean, north of New Zealand and east of Australia.

Luganville is the largest and rather poor town on Espiritu Santo. It has many Chinese stores as well as a few restaurants.

The pristine beaches and crystal clear waters of Vanuatu are renowned throughout the world – and so is the scuba diving. In fact, just off shore lies the largest intact shipwreck accessible to divers in the world. During World War II, the 30,000 ton ocean liner “President Coolidge” sank in Santo harbor after striking a “friendly” mine and still lies there virtually untouched in between 60 and 180 feet of water. The wreck draws an incredible variety of colorful aquatic wildlife – for divers, this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

Million Dollar point for snorkelling. It is a pretty place where at the end of the war 11 the americans pushed in anything into the ocea they didn’t want to take back to America.

Shopping and Food:

The open air market is open 24 hours a day except for Sunday nights and it includes fresh fruit, vegetables and various other wares that the people of Santo bring to the markets from their village gardens. You can’t beat the quality of their produce as its all organic and incredibly cheap.

Currency:

The local currency is the Vatu (VT), which is worth approximately 1 US cent or 0,7 Euro cents.

Credit and debit cards on the major networks (Cirrus, Maestro, etc) are accepted by many businesses. ATMs are available in Port Vila.

Tipping is not expected in Vanuatu, nor is haggling or bargaining.

Communication:

There are three official languages: English, French and Bislama.

Internet access is available from some Internet cafes and from wireless hotspots in the downtown of Port Vila.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

1 Jan New Year’s Day.
21 Feb Father Lini Day. 
5 Mar Custom Chief’s Day. 
Good Friday. 
Easter Monday.
1 May Labour Day. 
Ascension.
24 Jul Children’s Day.
30 Jul Independence Day.
15 Aug Assumption.
Oct Constitution Day.
29 Nov Unity Day.
25 Dec Christmas Day.
26 Dec Family Day.

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