Vanuatu

The Republic of Vanuatu consists of over 80 tropical mountainous islands in the South Pacific, which were visited by European explorers and named the New Hebrides by Captain Cook in 1774.

Beach on Malakula Island
Beach on Malakula Island, the second largest island in Vanuatu.

Interesting Facts About Vanuatu

  • The volcanic Mount Manaro erupted in 2005, and the area is subject to tremors and tidal waves.
  • Although the population is only 250,000 there are an estimated 113 different dialects spoken, which reflects the diversity of settlers over 3000 years.
  • Rich cultural traditions are still evident in village life. In Porta Vila, the capital, there is a thriving food market where tourists can eat local dishes such as Lap-lap, a traditional cake make from root vegetables.
  • The most interesting wildlife can be found on the coral reefs around the islands, where you can visit the world's only underwater post office at Hideaway Island!

Hideaway Island, Vanuatu
Hideaway Island, Vanuatu


About the Vanuatu Flag

Vanuatu flag

The emblem on the flag represents a boar's tusk, which is a symbol of prosperity on the island, as well as leaves from a local fern.


Vanuatu Printables

Packing For Vanuatu Worksheet

Packing For Vanuatu Worksheet

Imagine you are going on a trip to Vanuatu and need to pack a suitcase. Write, draw, or cut and stick pictures of things you need to take with you.

Vanuatu Booklet

Vanuatu Booklet

Children can consolidate all their facts and ideas about Vanuatu into this homemade booklet. It features theĀ  flag and there is a blank and lined version so you can use the one which suits you best.

Vanuatu Bookmarks

Vanuatu Bookmarks

If you print these bookmarks onto card they would be great to hand out to children who are learning about Vanuata. There is a black and white version which could be coloured in, and also a version with just the flag.

 

Vanuatu Flag Printable

Vanuatu Flag Printable

Here's the Vanuatu flag in miniature! There are three sizes available, from 2-per-page down to mini! The mini flags are fun for sticking in food at a party, or use them to decorate a poster. To make mini flags, cut into strips and then fold and glue over a cocktail stick or straw.

Vanuatu National Flower Colouring Page

Vanuatu National Flower Colouring Page

The stunning hibiscus plant is the national flower of Vanuatu and the star of this colouring page.

Fun Fact: Colorful hibiscus flowers are often used as a natural dye.

Vanuatu Notebooking Page

Vanuatu Notebooking Page

Use this notebooking page to write about Vanuatu. It features the country's flag in the corner and lots of space for writing.

Location of Vanuatu

Location of Vanuatu
Location of Vanuatu, courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

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