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Luganville is the second-largest town on Vanuatu, one of over 300 islands of volcanic origin located in Melanesia. Its population is extremely diverse, with over 100 different languages, a multitude of dialects and a South Pacific island heritage that spans over 3,000 years of Pacific region immigration. On Luganville's main street, (which is unusually wide, thanks to a WWII general's insistence that it should accommodate four trucks abreast) visitors will find reasonably priced dining, interesting general stores, commercial shops and tourist boutiques.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
The pristine beaches and crystal clear waters of Vanuatu are renowned throughout the world - and so is the scuba diving. In fact, just off shore lies the largest intact shipwreck accessible to divers in the world. During World War II, the 30,000 ton ocean liner "President Coolidge" sank in Santo Harbour after striking a "friendly" mine and still lies there virtually untouched in between 60 and 180 feet of water. The wreck draws an incredible variety of colorful aquatic wildlife - for divers, this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Hey, we're smack dab in the South Pacific - where it's all about fun in the sun, sand and sea - but mostly sea. The almost impossibly crystal-clear waters of this magical part of the world offer every water activity imaginable. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba, sailing, wind-surfing, para-sailing, kayaking, boating, big game and reef fishing - you name it - the list goes on and on like a spectacular lingering island sunset.
Due to its French, British and Asian influences, shopping in Vanuatu is a surprisingly cosmopolitan experience. Luganville has a number of shops and boutiques featuring local arts, crafts, carvings and hand-made fashions. For more serious shopping, however, a short hop over to the nearby island of Port Vila is a must. There you'll find duty-free bargains on everything from French perfume, champagne and crystal to Japanese consumer electronics and world famous watches and jewelry.
For such a small town, you'll be surprised by the many delightful dining options in and around Luganville. The island restaurants and eateries offer a variety of dining options that are sure to satisfy, whatever your taste or budget. Some local specialties include nautou (ground pigeon), escargots (snails), rousette (flying fox or fruit bat), crevettes (prawns), mangrove oysters and nems (spring rolls). For the less adventurous, many of the local favorites feature Italian, Asian and French specialties, fresh seafood and even American-style steakhouses.
The Vatu is the local currency, though Australian (AUS) dollars are also accepted in the hotels, restaurants and shops in the larger cities of Port Vila and Luganville. In the more traditional and rural areas, using the local currency is preferred.
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