Children are cherished in Vanuatu, so prepare to be welcomed with smiles! The gentle and caring nature of ni-Vanuatu people toward your kids will make sure your whole family feels comfortable and safe during your trip.
Generally speaking, it’s easy to travel with children to Vanuatu because of the huge number of family-friendly resorts and activities. Although you may need to do a little advance planning to make sure you have all the essentials you need to make your family holiday in this paradise just right!
If you’re travelling with young children and are worried that you aren’t going to be able to pack enough supplies, then don’t worry! Supplies for babies, like baby food, formula and nappies are easily purchasable in Port Vila.
However, you should know that they may be difficult to find on some of the other islands. So stock up on the basics if you’re planning on taking the little ones to some of the more remote areas.
Vanuatu has a ton of different things to do, all of which are suited to people of all ages. So with so many activities to choose from, you shouldn’t have any difficulty finding things which the whole family will enjoy!
Some of the most popular things for families to do include exploring the Mele Cascades, snorkelling around Hideaway Island, visiting some of the locals in their culture filled villages or just shopping around in the local markets, which are usually full of interesting trinkets and souvenirs.
That being said though, if you’re planning on spending time with the family on some of the more remote islands, away from the likes of Efate, Espiritu Santo or Tanna, you’ll want to consider that you may not experience a great deal of luxury in the activities available. For instance, transport in remote areas can sometimes be in the back of a truck bouncing down an unsealed road. There are even some speedboat services which offer rides without the use of life jackets, as well as accommodation without running water and electricity. So just be sure to factor in these things if you’re away from the main islands for activities.
Vanuatu has an enormous range of family-friendly accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. With babysitting services, kids’ clubs and family-friendly staff at a lot of the resorts in Vanuatu, you’re given the opportunity to have a completely relaxing holiday, without the stress of children while knowing that they’re in good hands.
At Ratua Private Island Resort in Espiritu Santo, children 4 years or younger stay for free, while 4 to 12-year-olds stay for half price. Individual villa-style bungalows are spacious enough for families and come with private beach access so you can enjoy lots of quality time with your loved ones.
Warwick Le Lagon Resort and Spa is a classic accommodation option for families in Port Vila. Children 12 years or under stay and eat for free! Child minders are available if you want to enjoy some time to yourselves, and a kids’ club geared toward children from 3 to 12 has organised activities such as face painting, coconut harvesting or pool time to keep the rug rats occupied.
In Port Vila's Aquana Resort, children 12 years or younger stay for free. The whole family will be able to enjoy the swimming pool, kayaks, snorkelling gear and paddle boards, plus there's a DVD and games library for rainy days!
Overlooking Erakor Lagoon, the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu is ideal for playing in calm waters or building sandcastles on the shore. The kids’ club is free for guests and is open seven days a week so it will keep your tots busy with games, crafts and sports while you explore. Babysitting services are also available and family rooms ensure there is space for the whole tribe.
Vanuatu has a diverse cuisine that reflects the many cultural influences in the islands. There are plenty of dining options, even for fussy eaters.
The array of fresh and colourful fruit is bound to excite the kids, especially when you purchase it straight from the markets – they’ll have no trouble getting their nutrition! You’ll also find the national dish of Vanuatu, lap lap, which is a pudding-like dish, doesn’t have a strong flavour and is often loved by children who visit the country – the fact that it’s served in a hollowed out coconut is a novelty bonus! There are plenty of restaurants around the islands which offer kids’ menus of simple meals which will please the taste buds of even the most discerning little eaters.
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