Australians are more connected to Vanuatu than ever before as Air Vanuatu announces a direct, non-stop service connecting Melbourne to Port Vila.

Melbourne direct to Port Vila

Vanuatu, an adventure wonderland in the South Pacific, is now more accessible than ever with Air Vanuatu’s new, non-stop service from Melbourne to Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila.

As of June 18th this year, Air Vanuatu will operate three flights per week between the two cities, opening-up a new action-packed holiday destination for Melburnians. The flights, which are scheduled at convenient times and available to book from today, will give people living in Melbourne more time to experience the raw beauty of this South Pacific nation. The flight times are currently departing Melbourne at 7am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays arriving in Port Vila at 12.30pm, with a flight time of just over four hours. The return flight will depart Port Vila at 4.15pm (local time) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, arriving in Melbourne at 8.15pm, with a flight time of just over five hours.

Air Vanuatu flies to Vanuatu from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland. Flight schedules vary depending on the time of year. But starting in June, there will be four flights a week from Brisbane, daily flights from Sydney and six from Auckland.

Something for everyone in Vanuatu

From untouched wilderness and ancient traditions to pristine oceans and rugged landscapes, there’s something for everyone in Vanuatu. Just over four hours from Melbourne, adventure, in its many forms, is what Vanuatu does best including:

Jump on a quad bike and explore Vanuatu’s main island, Efate, with a self-guided tour of its unspoiled scenic coastline and secluded beaches.

Explore tours and experiences with a local Ni-Vanuatu guide, including ziplining, jetboating, kayaking, cycling, stand-up paddle boarding or swimming with dugongs and turtles.

Step back in time and experience the local way of life with a visit to one of the rural Kastom villages; or stay overnight in a locally owned bungalow for a true taste of traditional island life.

Snorkel beneath the warm tropical waters to explore meadows of unspoilt corals and fascinating sea life in the world-class marine reserve just off the coast of Port Vila.

Meet the local vendors as you stroll through Mama’s Markets and learn how the sale of traditional handicrafts helps local families and communities.

Take a short flight over to Vanuatu’s largest island, Espiritu Santo, and dive beneath the sparkling turquoise waters to explore some of the world’s best diving sites, including WWII wreck – SS President Coolidge.

Explore the spectacular white-sand beaches of Port Orly and Champagne Beach or plunge into one of Vanuatu’s crystal-clear, fresh water, blue holes. The east coast of Espiritu Santo boasts more blue holes than anywhere else in the world, including one of the best, Nanda Blue Hole – a favourite with local families.

Or take a short flight south to Tanna island for a once-in-a-lifetime fireworks display spilling from one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes, Mt Yasur.

Of course, you can also finish each day with your feet in the sand and a cold Tusker in hand as the sunsets over the horizon.

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