Ranon, Vanuatu

Ranon Village is located on North Ambrym Island, Vanuatu.

It is a rural community with basic conditions but mobile phone reception is available.

The Health Centre and the Provincial Area Council are located in nearby Nobul which has one of the main anchorages in North Ambrym. There are at least two flights a week from Craig Cove to Santo or Vila. It is a three hour boat trip from Craig Cove to Ranon Village.

Inter-island cargo vessels call into Craig Cove regularly. Ranon and Nobul villages are also serviced by inter-island vessels. Boat and truck transport is available for travelling to other surrounding villages. A small store is located within a fifteen minute walk from the village.

Vanuatu generally, offers a unique cultural experience. It really is the happiest place on earth and you should expect the unexpected! Vanuatu shares similar development challenges as its Pacific neighbours having scattered islands with limited services to support remote developments.

Snorkelling and scuba diving is unparalleled anywhere in the world as it is on the islands of Vanuatu and the modern resorts which exist now make it a cruise/holiday destination of great appeal.

Local cruises operate year round from Australia, Fiji and Tahiti. The Australia/New Zealand cruises sail between October and March as do the Trans Pacific/World sectors. Vanuatu experiences warmer and rainier months from November to April whilst the rest of the year is pleasant and drier.

General Information:

Population: The population of Vanuatu is 98.5% indigenous Melanesians. About 30,000 live in the capital, Port Vila. Another 10,700 live in Luganville (or Santo Town) on Espiritu Santo. The remainder live in rural areas. Approximately 2,000 ni-Vanuatu live and work in New Caledonia.

Language: The local pidgin called Bislama is the national language. English and French also are official languages. Indigenous Melanesians speak 105 local languages.

Currency: Vanuatu Vatu (VUV)
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +11 hours
Dial Code: +678

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