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Vanuatu

Background

Vanuatu

Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted.

About

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.

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VanuatuWarwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa 

Rue De Pagon Erakor Lagoon Po Box 86
Port Vila
Vanuatu

Price (US$): $385 - $959 / night

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Location. Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa is located on the beach in Port Vila, close to Parliament House, National Museum, and University of the South Pacific. Resort Features. Dining options at Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa include 3 restaurants. A beach bar, a swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The resort serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include 2… more »

VanuatuRatua Private Island 

396, Santo
Aore Island
Vanuatu

Price (US$): $469 - $745 / night

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Location. Located in Aore Island, Ratua Private Island is a beachfront luxury hotel by the ocean. Hotel Features. Ratua Private Island's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, and beauty services. This 5 star property offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and technology… more »

VanuatuThe Havannah 

Samoa Point
Port Vila
Samoa Point
Vanuatu

Price (US$): $489 - $750 / night

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Location. The Havannah is located on the beach in Samoa Point's Tanoliu neighborhood and attractions in the region include University of the South Pacific. Hotel Features. The Havannah's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A swim up bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary full breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and a… more »

VanuatuThe Terraces Boutique Apartments 

Rue de Wales
Port Vila
Vanuatu

Location. The Terraces Boutique Apartments is located in Port Vila, close to National Museum, Parliament House, and University of the South Pacific. Resort Features. The Terraces Boutique Apartments's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and a fitness facility. Tour/ticket assistance and tour assistance are available. Guestrooms. 16 air conditioned guestrooms at The Terraces… more »

VanuatuTamanu on the Beach 

White Sands Road
SE Efate
Teouma
Vanuatu

Price (US$): $323 - $324 / night

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Location. Tamanu on the Beach is located on the beach in Teouma and attractions in the region include National Museum, Parliament House, and University of the South Pacific. Resort Features. Tamanu on the Beach's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The resort serves a complimentary full breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include complimentary bicycles. The property's… more »

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Vanuatu

Full name
Republic of Vanuatu
Capital
Port Vila
Location

Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia

Geographic coordinates

17 44 S, 168 19 E

Area comparative

slightly larger than Connecticut

Coastline

2,528 km

Climate

tropical; moderated by southeast trade winds from May to October; moderate rainfall from November to April; may be affected by cyclones from December to April

Terrain

mostly mountainous islands of volcanic origin; narrow coastal plains

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Tabwemasana 1,877 m

Natural resources

manganese, hardwood forests, fish

Population

221,552 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Ni-Vanuatu 98.5%, other 1.5% (1999 Census)

Religions

Presbyterian 31.4%, Anglican 13.4%, Roman Catholic 13.1%, Seventh-Day Adventist 10.8%, other Christian 13.8%, indigenous beliefs 5.6% (including Jon Frum cargo cult), other 9.6%, none 1%, unspecified 1.3% (1999 Census)

Languages

local languages (more than 100) 72.6%, pidgin (known as Bislama or Bichelama) 23.1%, English (official) 1.9%, French (official) 1.4%, other 0.3%, unspecified 0.7% (1999 Census)

Government type

parliamentary republic

Independence

30 July 1980 (from France and the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 30 July (1980)

Chief of state

President Iolu Johnson ABBIL (since 3 September 2009)

Head of government

Prime Minister Sato KILMAN (since 2 December 2010); note - Edward NATAPEI loses office in a no confidence vote on 2 December 2010

Internet country code

.vu

Internet users

17,000 (2009)

Airports

31 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Forari Bay, Luganville (Santo, Espiritu Santo), Port-Vila

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