Cruise to Vanuatu

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Vanuatu Cruises: Your guide to cruising the South Pacific's best kept secret

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Frequently asked questions

Port Vila 

The capital city and one of the busiest ports in the South Pacific, you can wander through the colourful outdoor waterfront market, pick up some duty free and visit the Blue Lagoon. 

Mystery Island 

This tiny speck at the southern edge of Vanuatu is beloved for its pure white sand, crystal clear water, pristine coral reefs and untouched forest.  

Champagne Bay 

Water fizzing over the rocks gives this beautiful bay its name. Enjoy snorkelling and diving, feast on fresh seafood or visit the Nanda Blue Hole. 


A remote island home to the active Mount Yasur volcano, known as the Lighthouse of the Pacific. It’s a rugged drive to the top followed by a short hike to peer over the rim. 


Vanuatu’s second largest city has a unique military history, authentic Ni-Van culture and outdoor adventure in Millennium Cave.

Vanuatu is a year-round destination, so you’ll find cruise ships sailing to these stunning islands every month. The peak season is from May to October, avoiding the wetter months.

Yes, many cruise ships have dedicated kids’ clubs and family activities, as well as shore excursions suitable for all ages. The Ni-Van people are also known for their love of children, so you’ll be sure to receive a warm welcome when you come ashore.

Yes, all cruises will include at least some meals, though specialty restaurants on board may come at an extra cost. When cruising in Vanuatu, some cruise lines may offer special menus with local Melanesian cuisine or host themed dinners.

Yes, a number of luxury cruise lines sail to Vanuatu. Try Ponant, Silversea, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas and Scenic.


Vanuatu is one of the closest South Pacific nations to Australia, so cruises can start from just seven days. If you want to explore more in-depth, extended 14-day adventures will take you to a number of islands and ports.

Definitely! Vanuatu offers stunning coral reefs – you can snorkel straight off the beach in many places or join a guided tour from Port Vila to take you further out on the reef. There are also a number of unique underwater attractions like the wreck of the SS President Coolidge off the coast of Champagne Bay. Avid divers will want to explore Million Dollar Point near Luganville, an incredible underwater site where tonnes of military equipment was dumped after World War II.

Set your wardrobe to ‘tropical cool’ for a Vanuatu cruise – you won’t ever need to dress up to go ashore. Remember to pack your swimsuit, good walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Even in winter the temperature never drops below 22 degrees, so the most you’ll need is a light jumper.

You can enjoy onboard entertainment every night on a Vanuatu cruise, including stage shows, live music, comedy, games and more. Many lines will also host cultural performances from the region, such as dancing and traditional music.

Many cruises to Vanuatu depart from Australia (Sydney and Brisbane) and New Zealand (Auckland). If your cruise is departing from Vanuatu itself, the capital Port Vila is the main airport and is well-connected with regular flights from major Australian capitals.

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