Vanuatu, situated north-east of New Caledonia and west of Fiji, it is made up of 83 islands, with the largest towns Port Vila.
Vanuatu's name is derived from the word vanua ("land" or "home"), which occurs in several Austronesian languages, and the word tu ("stand"). Together the two words indicated the independent status of the new country.
Vanuatu has some of the most exciting volcanoes in the world, activities and attractions to offer that will captivate the visitors. Ancient culture, deserted beaches, mountainous underwater terrain with plunging cliffs, remote and rugged islands and world-class diving are just a small part of the magnetism of this scattered 80-plus island archipelago.
AT A GLANCE
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Vanuatu vatu (VUV)