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Vanuatu is an Oceanian island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is some 1,750 kilometres east of northern Australia, 500 kilometres northeast of New Caledonia, west of Fiji, and southeast of the Solomon Islands, near New Guinea.

It consists of about 82 relatively small, geologically newer islands of volcanic origin (65 of them inhabited), with about 1,300 kilometres between the most northern and southern islands. Two of these islands (Matthew and Hunter) are also claimed by France as part of the French collectivity of New Caledonia. Fourteen of Vanuatu's islands have surface areas of more than 100 square kilometres.

From largest to smallest, the islands are Espiritu Santo, Malakula, Efate, Erromango, Ambrym, Tanna, Pentecost, Epi, Ambae or Aoba, Vanua Lava, Gaua, Maewo, Malo, and Anatom or Aneityum. The nation's largest towns are the capital Port Vila, on Efate, and Luganville on Espiritu Santo. The highest point in Vanuatu is Mount Tabwemasana, at 1,879 metres on the island of Espiritu Santo.

Vanuatu's total area is roughly 12,274 square kilometres, of which its land surface is very limited (roughly 4,700 square kilometres). Most of the islands are steep, with unstable soils and little permanent fresh water. One estimate made in 2005 is that only 9% of land is used for agriculture (7% with permanent crops, plus 2% considered arable).

There are several active volcanoes in Vanuatu, including Lopevi and several underwater volcanoes. Volcanic activity is common, with an ever-present danger of a major eruption; a recent nearby undersea eruption of 6.4 magnitude occurred in November 2008 with no casualties, and an eruption occurred in 1945. Vanuatu is recognised as a distinct terrestrial ecoregion, known as the Vanuatu rain forests. It is part of the Australasia ecozone, which includes New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand.

The shoreline is mostly rocky with fringing reefs and no continental shelf, dropping rapidly into the ocean depths. The region is rich in sea life, with more than 4,000 species of marine molluscs and a large diversity of marine fishes. Coneshell and stonefish carry poison fatal to humans.The climate is tropical, with about nine months of warm to hot rainy weather and the possibility of cyclones and three to four months of cooler, drier weather characterised by winds from the southeast. The water temperature ranges from 22C in winter to 28C in the summer. Cool between April and September, the days become hotter and more humid starting in October. The daily temperature ranges from 68 to 90 20C to 32C. South easterly trade winds occur from May to October.

Vanuatu has a long rainy season, with significant rainfall almost every month. The wettest and hottest months are December through April, which also constitute the cyclone season. The driest months are June through November. Rainfall averages about 2,360 millimetres per year but can be as high as 4,000 millimetres in the northern islands.


Port Vila Game Fishing Club
The Port Vila Game Fishing club has been operating for many years. We are a non-profit organisation and our goals are straight forward: the betterment and advancement of salt water game fishing in Vanuatu; to act in and support any person or body concerned in the protection, Tag and Release, and conservation of salt water fish and of sport fishing grounds; to accurately weigh and keep records of fish caught on rod, reel and line, in accordance with P.V.G.F.C and I.G.F.A rules...

Bokissa Private Island Resort

The waters from the pass off the Bokissa wharf to the southeast of Santo offer some of the hottest game fishing in the South Pacific...

Chantilly's On The Bay

Hideaway Island
Like anywhere, fishing in Vanuatu is seasonal. Some days you'll get lucky, others you won't. That aside, strike rates here are amongst the highest in the world with large numbers of fish that have not yet learned to avoid the lure or line. And while there is no fishing from the shore here at Hideaway (we are a marine sanctuary after all!) you can use us as a base for your fishing trips...

Mangoes Resort
Mangoes Resort can arrange a fishing experience you will remember long after your holiday is over. From adventurous deep sea fishing expeditions to small reef-fishing trips with guaranteed catches, we can put you in touch with Efate’s finest charter boat operators...

Vanuatu Marlin Classic

Facebook Page
Vanuatu's only, tag & release, annual Game Fishing event - P.O. Box 5067 Port Vila, Vanuatu - Ph: +678 7741775 - Fax: +678 26913 - The Vanuatu Marlin Classic is the first and only marlin specific fishing tournament in Vanuatu. The tournament was created to promote the sport of game fishing and conservation of fisheries through the practice of tag and release fishing. The rules have been purposely designed to promote the release of healthy marlin...e

Game Fishing BLOG
...Game fishing in Vanuatu can certainly be a family affair. Brian, Lindy, Brian Jnr and Tim are back again to Vanuatu for the third time and have just done another days fishing with us...

Ocean Blue

Since our foundation in 1993, Ocean Blue has been committed to deliver superb fishing experiences throughout the Vanuatu islands. Catering to discerning anglers, couples, families and corporate groups, we provide our guests a unique service that goes far beyond great fishing alone. At Ocean Blue we take care of all those little details to give you the best adventure possible, from start to finish, so all you need to do is relax & enjoy it....

Crusoe Fishing Adventures
"Crusoe Fishing Adventures" is the largest game fishing charter boat operation in Vanuatu! Come on the game fishing adventure of a life time or explore the wonderful Vanuatu islands for a day, a few days or an extended live aboard charter aboard our superb charter boats "Horizon" , "Nevagivup" and "Reel Capture"...

Grander Marlin Sport Fishing Adventure
My wife Shannon and I made a decision a year back that we would pack up the Southern Destiny and head out on a journey of nearly 1400 miles to end up in the legendary sacred fishing grounds of Vanuatu. We are signed on to spend at least one full year in Vanuatu and the Santo Islands, then like those billed beast we specialize in hunting, we too may move again to another bait school in another tropical sportfishing destination...

Lelepa Island Fishing Charters

Half Day and Full Day charters available - Light Reef and Game Fishing

Santo Gamefishing
Game fishing species present in these waters include blue, black and striped marlin, sailfish, yellow fin tuna, dog tooth tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi, and on the reefs GT's, red bass, job fish and coral trout. Blue Marlin over 1100 lb have been caught! 80kg dog tooth tuna, 90kg yellow fin also...

Santo Island Dive and Fishing
Santo Island Dive and Fishing take pride in our friendly service, unique dives and local indiginous knowledge... P.O. Box 252 Luganville, Espititu Santo, Vanuatu - Tel: 00678 58080 or +678 58082

Seascape Charters
Vanuatu offers some of the best game fishing & deep water fishing in the Pacific. The fishing waters around Espiritu Santo are known as the best game fishing grounds in Vanuatu waters. Seascape Charters offers an unforgettable Vanuatu game fishing experience...

Topless Fishing Charters
Join us on the adventure fishing trip of a lifetime and become a great angler at the same time. Fish some of the best waters on earth for Pacific Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Dogtooth Tuna, GT’s and more. Gain valuable information in days that would take you years at sea to learn...

Vanuatu Game Fishing
Andrew Hibgame, can take you trolling for giant blue marlin; switch bait for marlin; fish the sea mounts for XOS wahoo and yellow fin; baitfish for mahi mahi; chase large dog tooth tuna, or even have a go for a broadbill...

Game Fishing Vanuatu
Wild Blue Fishing Charters also known as Game Fishing Vanuatu has now been in operation for 9 years in Port Vila. We specialize in Day trips to week long Live-Aboard or Live Away trips...

Island Escapes - Vanuatu Blue Water Fishing Escape

Fishing Escape
Island Escape provides a range of blue water sport fishing, game fishing and saltwater fly-fishing escapes in remote Northern Vanuatu. These 6 night expeditions allows for a full 5 days of superb fishing in reasonably sheltered waters. We also prepare individual fishing trips based upon your requirements...

Paradise Adventures & Cruises

Horizon Charter
After the adrenaline charged hours of heart-pounding, palm-sweating battle with splendid blue water monsters, you’ll enjoy a relaxing time having a beer or soft drink and a delicious snack or meal in the luxuriously appointed lounge and fully equipped galley and why not take a nap or a have a good night of sleep in our spacious 2 cabins...

Vanuatu Resorts & Guides

Fishing & Cruises
Fishing and Cruises in Vanuatu - A Practical Guide to Vanuatu Fishing and Cruises - In Vanuatu, the water is an integral part of life. Fishing is more than mere sport for the majority of islanders, it is a means of putting food on the table. Thankfully, the pristine waters around this archipelago are rich in a wide diversity of fish and sea life...

Wild Blue Fishing
Vanuatu has a reputation for some superb game & light tackle sport fishing. Spend time by the hour or by the day fishing the many untouched reefs of Efate, Mele Bay or way out wide on the marlin highway aboard Wild Blue our 9 metre, covered deck Reef Master fishing vessel (No Toilet) or Shogun our 34Ft Blackwatch Game Boat. These boats are renown for being the most awesome fishing platforms on the sea today....

2007 [August] - How To Catch a 515Kg Blue Marlin

Vanuatu Report
...On day 3 of the trip fishing just off the south west corner of Malekula, Russ noticed movement in behind the lumo sprocket teaser and called to Dean who had just completed rigging a yellow fin with a Roddy Hays 9.0 hook attached to a 500lb leader. The fish ate on its second bite swallowing the bait well...

2009 [August] - Epic Adventure to Vanuatu
Jigging for Dogtooth Tuna and Popping for GT's in the sportfishing mecca of Vanuatu - Every year we escape New Zealand's winter and head to the sunny shores of Vanuatu for a weeks fishing. Over the previous six months I had talked enthusiastically to the group travelling over about what an awesome place Vanuatu is, and this trip definitely lived up to it - awesome fishing...

Something Fishy About Vanuatu
Vanuatu offers some of the best fishing in the South Pacific. Sports and game anglers pull in marlin, wahoo, dorado, yellowfin tuna, swordfish and a host of other fighting fish. While the harbour and Erakor Lagoon are pretty much fished out and you’d have to be lucky to hook a good fish (it does happen though!), the offshore reefs and ocean offer one of the best blue water and coral fishing playgrounds in the world...

Vanuatu Fishing

Vanuatu's known to have a great selection of game fishing operators in the South Pacific. With a range of options from shared charters, 3, 4 and 8 hour day trips, live-aboard game fishing, sightseeing trips, sport fishing charters offering light game fishing tackling to test skills against tunas, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Albacore and Marlin, and more. Fishing can be customized to suit each requirements where possible: Deep-sea fishing in remote waters, Reeling-in a 50kg Wahoo, secret fishing spots, picture perfect views out to sea, testing your skills against a mahi mahi, tuna or marlin, the salty air and the sun on your skin, fresh fish for dinner and an ice cold beer....

Vanuatu Game Fishing

Vanuatu Sportfishing & Game Fishing
Vanuatu offers some of the best reef and deep sea fishing in the South Pacific. Sports and game anglers pull in marlin, wahoo, dorado, yellowfin tuna, swordfish and a host of other fighting fish. Whether you enjoy just dangling a line for a few hours or getting out there and going for a record, we can assist.,,

Blue Heaven - Blue Marlin Fishing, Vanuatu

U-Tube Video
Ocean Blue Fishing Adventures presents our latest video - Blue Heaven! This time, we take you to Ratua Private Island, a luxury angling base in the remote northern region of Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo. Here, the anglers experienced an incredible Blue Marlin bite, releasing 9 Blue Marlin in 3 days! Other species encountered included yellowfin tuna, dogtoth tuna and mahi mahi, amongst many more... Blue Marlin fishing videos...

Gamefishing Santo Vanuatu