Vanuatu is world-renowned for being a premium sport fishing and game fishing destination in the South Pacific.

The deep waters surrounding Efate and the Vanuatu Islands are an ideal fishing ground for anglers who strive to meet the challenge of catching the big one. Abyssal depths can be reached only a few miles away from the shore of nearly all islands and the variety and number of fish is amazing.

Photo “Erakor Lagoon” (Port Vila) by David Cobbin

ANGLER’S HEAVEN

If you want to catch some fish, you’ve come to the right place.

After a 20 minute cruise from Port Vila Harbour, you’re in a fishing zone where Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and the usual pelagics abound. This, combined with the lee coastline, provides relatively calm seas which makes Vanuatu the ultimate destination for game fishing.

Game Fishing in Vanuatu is favoured all year round. There is simply great fishing for everyone.

On board you will have the opportunity to catch:

Pacific Blue Marlin: All year round, peak season April to January
Black Marlin: April to October
Striped Marlin: August to November
Sailfish: All year round, peak season May to December
Yellowfin Tuna: All year round depending on currents
Mahi Mahi: May to December
Wahoo: May to December
Dogtooth Tuna: All year round
Skipjack Tuna: All year round
Swordfish: All year round
Inshore Species: All year round

JUST A STONE’S THROW

We’re not as far away as you might think.

Although the whole idea of a “remote island paradise” tends to evoke images of long journeys and multiple stops, if you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it doesn’t take much longer to get here than it would to mow the lawns and clean up the yard. And we know what we’d rather be doing.

From Australia

Port Vila is just 2.5 hours flying time north-east of Brisbane and 3.5 hours from Sydney.

Air Vanuatu operates three outward and inward flights per week between Brisbane and Port Vila, four direct return flights per week between Sydney and Port Vila and one direct return flight per week from Melbourne. Pacific Blueflies direct from Brisbane to Port Vila on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

From New Caledonia

The daily flights from Noumea last less than one hour. Air Vanuatu and Air Calin have a total of eight return flights per week.

From New Zealand

It’s a little over 2 hours from Auckland. Return flights from Auckland, operated by Air New Zealand, fly three times a week.

From Asia through Fiji

Air Vanuatu, code sharing with Fiji Airways, operate two return flights weekly from Fiji.

From the Airport

The airport is only a few miles from town and all major resorts and hotels. Getting into town is easy as taxis, buses and hotel transfer coaches meet each flight.

Get up to speed

A few tidbits about Vanuautu that you might not know.

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Climate

The climate in Vanuatu is tropical, with a rainy and hot season from January to March. The Winter season, lasting from May to October, is relatively dry with cooler temperatures (25° daytime, 18° night time).

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Visas and documents

Vanuatu immigration laws require that you have a return ticket and passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Vanuatu.

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Health

There are no compulsory vaccinations and there is no malaria in Port Vila. There is some risk in remote parts of Efate and other islands. There are no dangerous animals, snakes or insects in Vanuatu. The water in Port Vila is safe for drinking.

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Languages & Currency

English, French and Bislama are the official languages of Vanuatu. The Vanuatu currency is the Vatu. Australian dollars and most credit cards are accepted in Port Vila.

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Electricity

240 V Alternating Current with Australian-style plugs. No need to pack heavy with bulky international plugs.

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Driving

In Vanuatu we drive on the right-side of the road. Takes some getting used to, but it’s not as scary as it might seem.

“Epic Captain, great Crew, sensational fishing and I’ll be back for sure. World class outfit with the experience to match. I’ll be back next year have already made my booking.”

— Trent Irvine

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