There won't be a single unhappy face in your family snapshots from Vanuatu – there’s something for everyone to love! The diverse accommodation options and many activities will cater to your family holidays in Vanuatu - whether you have teenagers, babies, the whole tribe or just your significant other in tow.

Family favourites

Visiting Vanuatu with your tribe is a bit like dropping in to see your extended family. You will be warmly welcomed, everyone will be strangely familiar and even the people you don't know will soon be good friends. Get ready for a barrage of smiles and laughter, and let your whole family be swept up in the adventure of a lifetime.

There is no age restriction on activities like shopping in markets, feasting on local fare, or splashing around in waterfalls and lagoons. Take a cue from your kids and enjoy your surroundings to the fullest.

You and yours can find a home away from home in the many family-friendly resorts, with on-site child-friendly facilities and minding services widely available. Cultural-themed kids' clubs will keep younger family members occupied with activities like dancing, painting, basket weaving and swimming, giving the adults a chance to indulge in some quality time. Talk about the perfect holiday!

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!

Activities

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.

Teen time

Vanuatu's lush nature and adventure activities are enough to turn the stroppiest teen into a grinning traveller. Just a word of warning - a trip here is sure to infect your young adults with the travel bug!

This island nation is the ideal place to expose teens to some culture and open their eyes to a different way of life while acquainting them with new thrills and experiences. They are sure to get a kick out of activities like renting buggies, paddle boarding and snorkelling through marine reserves!

Baby steps

Introduce your toddlers to the magic of island life - it's never too early to foster a love for exotic locales and gourmet food!

The warm and kind ni-Vanuatu people will be delighted to see your little ones, so prepare to be greeted by smiles and kind words everywhere you go. Take your babies on a trip to the local markets to take in the sights, sounds and aromas of the local culture, and pick up a few souvenirs to remind you of your trip.

Supplies

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.

Accommodation

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! Childminders 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.

Iririki Island Resort and Spa: Perfect for both couples and families

Nasama Resort: For all ages

For help putting together a holiday rich in quality family time, get in touch with the Vanuatu holiday specialists. We'll be happy to help you make life-long memories!

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