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What to do in Vanuatu when it rains

Vanuatu is a place of iridescent beauty and endless outdoor adventure. From the beaches to the bush walks and the restaurants out in the warm sunshine, every postcard from this magnetic holiday destination screams of idyllic summer days.

So what on earth are you supposed to do when it rains?

Here are some of Vanuatu's best indoor activities, just in case you encounter a pesky tropical shower or two.

The Vanuatu Cultural Centre

Located in Port Vila, the cultural centre is full of the fascinating history of the region, complete with memorabilia and documents from the nation's rich past. As much of the local tradition is shared through oral retellings, the centre offers displays in both video and oral, which will help hold the attention of any young ones you have with you.

The centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm, and on Saturdays from 9am until 11.30am.

The Lotus Day Spa (or any spa, really)

The Lotus Day Spa (again in Port Vila) is one of many luxurious day spas dotted around Vanuatu.

With its wonderfully weatherproof roof and walls, you'll almost be hoping for rain when you see what's on offer. It's got everything from massages, manicures and pedicures, beauty treatments such as eyelash tinting, facials, and even 'Princess' treatments for the little ones (when accompanied by an adult). There is also a cafe on site where you can enjoy a drink or snack while you wait out the weather.

Michoutouchkine and Pilioko Foundation Art Gallery

The Michoutouchkine and Pilioko Foundation Art Gallery is unlike any art gallery you've ever seen. The foundation was created to help foster pacific artists and their traditional arts, and the art gallery in Port Vila is a testament to its decades of work.

Both inside and outside, the gallery is something of a Willy Wonka-style creation, loaded with bright colours and fantastic designs. The art is as wonderful as it is exotic, and it's where you'll find exquisite wooden masks carved by the craftsmen of southern Malekula, as well as beautiful paintings and delightful decorations. The building is, in fact, the home of Pilioko, which he shared with Michoutouchkine until the latter sadly passed away in 2010.

Vanuatu is indeed a beautiful place, but with the possibility of rain, it's always a good idea to have a few indoor activities up your sleeve just in case!