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Visiting Vanuatu With Your Dog:
Tips To Make Your Trip A Dog-Friendly One

By Ali Holder

How to plan and where to stay for your pet-friendly Vanuatu holiday

Situated in the South Pacific, the islands of Vanuatu archipelago is an undiscovered gem. As a tourist destination, its warm tropical climate, hospitality and friendly population are often cited as just some of the reasons to visit this remote wonder and for the avid traveler and his pet, can be the trip of a lifetime. It is a well-known fact that dogs are considered man’s best friends and this is being seen in their travel habits as well; more travelers are insistent on taking along their furry companions on their adventures.

The process has only gotten easier too, spurring the rise in dogs traveling with owners. In Vanuatu, it is no different and all are welcome, man’s best friend included. If you are planning to visit the island soon, here are a few tips to help both you and your pup prepare from ideas for outdoor activities such as hikes to securing the perfect accommodation for you both.


If you are taking your pet dog on your visit or holiday to Vanuatu, follow practical tips
so that you can both enjoy your time away in this tropical islands' destination.

Making The Trip - What You Need

For anyone that is considering traveling with their pup, there are certain legal conditions and applications that need to be fulfilled including securing a pet passport. While Vanuatu does not require dogs to be identified using a microchip, they are required to be up to date with their vaccinations. These include vaccinations against rabies. The date of this vaccination also depends on their port of entry.

For instance, if you plan on entering Vanuatu from either Australia or New Zealand, they should be done at least 14 days before entry and not more than 1 year before. This is to ensure maximum protection of your beloved pet. While on the topic of vaccinations, take the time to check that yours are also up to date. The Center for Disease Control And Prevention recommended your routine vaccinations along with additional ones such as malaria and typhoid.

In addition, you are also required to apply for an import permit and a health certificate which can be accessed from the Vanuatu Quarantine & Inspection Service. The Health Certificate must be completed 10 days before you intend to travel and is endorsed by a veterinarian. In addition, if you plan on using air travel, your dog will travel as air cargo and you must notify the Principal Veterinary Officer at least 24 hours before traveling.

Enjoying The Sights In Vanuatu - Pup Included

Once you have arrived on the island, its time to explore. One thing that is notable about the island nations of Vanuatu is its outdoor beauty which incidentally makes an ideal location for those traveling with dogs. While there are expansive water activities such as scuba diving and cruises, you can also take part in wildlife excursions and trail tours.

The island of Efate also offers outdoor camping, where you can set up a tent and spend a night of relaxation with your pup by your side. For those days and times, you will spend indoors, it is always a great idea to take along or have dog-friendly treats and toys delivered to your hotel. These often include items such as chewable toys, edible treats and can help you avoid those chewing accidents in your hotel while staying there.

Bear in mind that there are multiple streams and oceans so it is recommended that your dog be able to swim. Therefore it is worthwhile taking the time to teach your pup to swim before heading on your trip. Finally, you can also take part in the popular Santo Heritage Tours in Espiritu Santo, which sees you hiking through the beautiful jungles. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, hop abroad a ferry and venture out to the outer islands to explore for the day.


Vanuatu is one of pet-friendly destinations, where you will find many pup-friendly
accommodation choices in its capital Port Vila and the main, Efate island.

Finding Pup Friendly Accommodation

With tourism being one of the main drivers in Vanuatu, finding a place to stay while visiting is certainly not a problem. From all inclusive hotels and resorts to bungalows or self-catering apartments, you can find the right fit for you and your travel companion. When making the decision on where to stay, be sure to check not just that they are dog-friendly but that the location would be ideal for them as well. This can mean checking they offer dog sitting or walking services (should you want to venture on a diving excursion yourself) and that their restaurants are dog-friendly as well.

In Port Villa, where most tourists begin their trip, some hotels include the Blue Bay Resort and Les Cottages De Bellevue Ecolodge. There are also other 13 similar pet-friendly holiday accommodations on Efate island outside of Port Vila. Some of them include: Chantillys on the Bay, Pasi Lodge, Mifala Villa, Holiday Inn Resort, Blue Pango Motel, Benjor Beach Club, and others.

Most of these can be views using online booking comparison websites beforehand in addition to their websites. If you require more details on possible activities provided for your dog, don't hesitate to give them a call or send an email listing your specific needs.

As always, please be sure to travel with and practice the appropriate safety habits when traveling with your dog. This includes keeping them on a leash when traveling by water or exploring certain locations where they may become anxious. So, don't hesitate to explore this beauty nestled in the South Pacific and bring along your pet companion. Vanuatu is not just welcoming to tourists, it also welcomes man’s best friend.

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