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Vanuatu Fishing

A Guide to Fishing in Vanuatu

The island nation of Vanuatu is made up of more than 80 islands and islets set in the South Pacific. These tropical island jewels offer numerous ways to enjoy a laidback, holiday, festive atmosphere.

However, as you can imagine, the sea plays an enormous role in day-to-day life in the islands. While snorkeling, scuba and exploring are all wonderful ways to enjoy the area, the real beauty and challenge lies in fishing.

Fishing is one of the most exciting activities in the islands and intrepid anglers a wealth of options. So, what kinds of fishing can you find in the islands?

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There's more to fishing in Vanuatu than the hobby way of the locals; deep sea, game and reef fishing are all available via Vanuatu fishing charters.

Reef Fishing

These coral islands are surrounded by reefs; you'll find inshore reefs, fringing reefs and more. Fishing along the reefs can yield great results and a challenging catch. You'll find that Efate, Epi and even many of the uninhabited islands offer some of the best reef fishing in the world. Giant trevally, queenfish, coral trout, green jobfish, mangrove jack and many other species call these reefs home. Cast your favorite popper into the azure waters and prepare for a fight.

Deep Sea Fishing

If reef fishing isn't your thing, head out to the deeper waters. Here, you'll find a wide variety of sport fishing and game fish to tickle your fancy. Schools of sailfish, blue marlin, yellow fin tuna, dogtooth tuna, mahi mahi, bonito and wahoo can all be found in the waters off the islands. You'll enjoy a battle with these incredible sport fish and then be able to take your catch home.

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Fishing Charters

Charter fishing is a huge industry in the islands and you'll find a wide variety of different companies and private operators offering fishing tours through the waters. One of the best options is to choose a fishing charter operator that offers access to beaches; you can cook the fish you just caught, right on the beach and dine in style. In addition, you'll find a number of tour operators that offer live aboard trips throughout the island chain, as well as drop off and pickup from uninhabited islands. You can combine your fishing expedition with the best options for exploration when you choose these charters.

Tips for Choosing Charter Company

Before choosing a Vanuatu fishing charter company, make sure you check the maximum capacity, especially if you have a larger group going with you. You'll also want to find out if fishing poles, bait and tackle are provided and included in your fishing charter.

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