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Fiji vs Vanuatu?

Port Douglas
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Fiji vs Vanuatu?

Hi Fellow Trip Advisors......I have a question that I am hoping someone out there might be able to answer! Am trying to organise my 40th (shhhh don't tell anyone!) which is in November for a couple of my best friends to travel to either Fiji or Vanuatu for 4-5 days without any husbands or children (first time anywhere without children, so its going to be weird!). I had my heart set on Fiji as like you all I am addicted to the place! Whilst looking at airfares I saw that it is the same price to also travel to Vanuatu, and of course began wondering how it compares to Fiji. Has anyone been to both places and can shed some light to how the two destinations compare? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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Hi AnnaJay,

ive been to both twice and i would have to say without doupt that Fiji is my place of choice, dont get me wrong im sure there are some nice places in Vanuatu, its just that i must of missed them. The atmosphere in Fiji alone wins me back hands down, you realy feel like your on a holiday when you are there, and ill be brutally honest, where ive been in Vanuatu the atmosphere is non existant. I hope i havn't offended any Vanuatu lovers and i will go back one day ( not for a while ), but Fiji rules.

Edited: 29 July 2010, 17:38
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Port Vila has lots of great restaurants with very good food. Therea are lots of things to do in and around Port Vila e.g. waterfalls, buggy tours, tall ship day trips etc. Not the same beautiful island and beach options as Fiji and not as much coral and fish life accessable from the beach in front of your resort (with a few exceptions). People are lovely but not quite as friendly as Fiji.

Fiji has the islands with crsytal blue water and white sand beaches. People are just a little friendlier. If you're looking to laze on a beach, snorkel and stay on and island - Fiji wins hands down. If you're looking to take short trips to places and have great food options - Vanuatu is an excellent choice.

We love both Fiji and Vanuatu.

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Hello Anna,

I've been to both a few times and have stayed in varying accommodation in both countries. The people of Vanuatu are friendly, but I think the Fijians are even more lovely.

I prefer Fiji as there are so many options for accommodation, activities, touring and island hopping. The water on some of the islands in Fiji is pristine in comparison to the main island Efate in Vanuatu, and a couple of smaller islands I have visited there.

Fiji is much larger, and more populated, whereas on Efate, everyone lives near the coast, no one lives up in the hills, and there's no roads to the centre of the island at all.

Restaurants in Port Vila serve much better food than in Fiji, probably because of the influence of many ex Australians, French etc who reside there.

Tourists are catered for much better in Fiji, than in Vanuatu. Accommodation standards on the whole are better in Fiji. The price is around the same for activities, food and accommodation

Vanuatu is only a 2 hour flight from Brisbane, but Fiji is over 3 1/2 hours, well worth the trip though in my opinion.

Fiji has more to do and see than Vanuatu, that's another reason my vote goes to Fiji!.

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G'Day AnnaJay,

I'd say take your mates to Fiji for this one.

Fiji and Vanuatu are similar, but not nearly the same. Gives you the opportunity to enjoy what you like about Fiji and then do a Vanuatu visit "because you NEED to see how it compares!!!!!"

My two bobs worth.

Cheers, Ausbro

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I have been to both many times-just got back from Fiji, & am off to Vanuatu in November.

My preference is Vanuatu-BUT it depends a lot on what you want in a holiday. In Fiji, (perhaps with the exeption of Denarau) you are generally captive to your resort, theres not too many places to go unless you take a tour.

Vanuatu (Port Vila specifically) the resorts are generally as good as Fiji, but you are a $1.50 bus ride away from many fabulous restaurants, bars, nightclubs, casino, shops-yet its all "small country town" like.

Having said that-thats what I want in a holiday-lots of choices & places to go without having to go to too much effort. If its raining, we'll go shopping, or to the casino for a few hours, or into town for a long lunch.

If you want a beautiful beach & to stay in one spot & totally relax, go for Fiji-especially one of the islands..

I think the Fijian people are a bit more friendly & outgoing than the Ni Vans (Vanuatu locals), but I think its more that they are shy rather than unfriendly.

And I also (to be fair) should point out that the exchange rate to Fiji is way more favourable.

Hope this helps (it probably doesnt!! lol!)

Port Douglas
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Thanks all for your input; yes, I think I'll stick to Fiji for this one and just base ourselves out of Denerau and do day trips. At least I know what to expect and none of my friends have been to Fiji before, so I'm sure they will love it. Will leave Vanuatu maybe for next year, good to know there are so many places though we can get to ex Brisbane that have competitive air fares. Today show were doing the weather from there last week and it did look lovely. Thanks again for all of your advice:)

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Hi Anna

I travelled to Vanuatu last year and have just arrived back from Fiji. I loved both. You wouldn't be sorry with either choice.

You didn't mention whether you would like to spend much time on the beach, snorkeling etc. If you do, I would stay on one of the islands for 2 nights as well as Denarau.

If you are looking for a child free resort with a great pool, snorkeling and 10 minutes from town with shopping, good restaurants, casino have a look at Breakas Resort, Vanuatu. Their beachfront villas for a group of best friends would be great. 3 x large bedrooms with their own bathrooms and your own lap pool. They also have the best steaks you will ever taste.

The resort also has a coral reef straight out the front lots of coral, fish and even dugongs.

If you choose Fiji this time, definitely take a trip to Vanuatu next year.

I can't wait to go back to either.

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They are very different places. I far prefer Fiji with th white sand beaches (which are hard to find in Vanuatu and beautiful lagoons. I would go to Fiji. Nanuya Island resort if you can get a booking would be ideal or Blue Lagoon Beach Resort. Closer to Nadi, Malolo or Castaway Island resorts would be good choices. Sounds like a lot of fun.

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Bula Anna

We have been to both Vanuatu and Fiji and much prefer Fiji for all the reasons stated in previous posts friendlier people less expensive and the food is improving and was much better this time than in previous visits another option in the south pacific that we really enjoyed and are returning to next year is Samoa maybe not for you this trip but defiantly consider it for a future visit I would go there before Vanuatu

Dave

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