The South Pacific archipelago of 83 small islands can rival its sister island nations of Fiji and Samoa for wave quality, just with half the crowds. Known for its variety and tropical perfection, rather than size, most surfing is on the Southern reefs of Efate Island. 

Quick Facts

Underrated surf destination only moments from Australia & NZ

Less consistent and crowded than Fiji 

Pristine, warm waters and incredible flora and fauna 

Diverse adventures, climb active volcanoes, dive WW2 wrecks, meet cannibal tribes 

When to go

Vanuatu’s best waves happen when the winds are light allowing reefs with the best exposure to SE swells to turn on. Winds are often light and variable from October through to May. The high surf season is from April through to September, when winter Storms east of New Zealand provide the ideal southeast swells which the best breaks need. Trade winds from the East can be gusty from May to September.The water temperature doesn’t drop below 25 degrees Celsius all year, so its boardshorts all the way.


When you’re not surfing, Vanuatu is an adventure playground with a variety of other activities to enjoy such as fishing, kayaking and snorkelling the beautiful coral reefs that the islands are famed for. In addition the active volcanoes, spectacular coral reefs and a vibrant diverse culture create a unique holiday experience. WWII has left a lasting legacy of shipwrecks which attract divers from all over the world.

The Country

Vanuatu is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, consisting of a chain of 13 principal and many smaller islands located about 800 km west of Fiji and 1,770 km east of Australia. Formerly jointly administered by the English and French Vanuatu achieved independence in 1980. A series of active volcanoes dominate a land full of rugged mountains, high plateaus, rolling hills and low plateaus, beaches and offshore coral reefs. More than 100 local Melanesian languages are spoken; with Bislama, an English-based Melanesian pidgin, English and French recognises as the three official languages. 

Getting There

A four-hour flight from Australia direct flights are available from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to the capital of Port Vila. The resort will then provide direct transfers to the best surf destinations. 

Travel Information

Time Zone



Vatu (VT)

Calling code



220 V and 50 Hz