By Igor Dutch
The island nation of Vanuatu is made up of more than 80 islands and islets set in the South Pacific. These jewels offer numerous ways to enjoy a laidback, festive atmosphere. However, as you can imagine, the sea plays an enormous role in day-to-day life in the islands. While snorkeling, scuba and exploring are all wonderful ways to enjoy the area, the real beauty and challenge lies in fishing. Fishing is one of the most exciting activities in Vanuatu islands and offers intrepid anglers a wealth of options. So, what kinds of fishing can you find in the islands?
Reef Fishing in Vanuatu
These coral islands are surrounded by reefs; you’ll find inshore reefs, fringing reefs and more. Fishing along the reefs can yield great results and a challenging catch. You’ll find that Efate, Epi and even many of the uninhabited islands offer some of the best reef fishing in the world. Giant trevally, queenfish, coral trout, green jobfish, mangrove jack and many other species call these reefs home. Cast your favorite popper into the azure waters and prepare for a fight.
Deep Sea Fishing
If reef fishing isn’t your thing, head out to the deeper waters. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of sport fishing and game fish to tickle your fancy. Schools of sailfish, blue marlin, yellow fin tuna, dogtooth tuna, mahi mahi, bonito and wahoo can all be found in the waters off the islands. You’ll enjoy a battle with these incredible sport fish and then be able to take your catch home.
Vanuatu Game Fishing
You will find some of the best game fishing right in Port Vila or a few miles from the harbour. This area is famed for blue marlin, as well as black marlin, striped marlin, mahi mahi, yellow fin tuna and wahoo. Game fishing boats are built to handle all weather and sea conditions, while providing luxury with speed and style. Everything that you need for an enjoyable fishing experience.
There are two game fishing operators on Efate island, Wild Blue Charters and Lelepa Island Day Tours. If you plan game fishing on Santo island, go to Bokissa Private Island Resort, where you can charter a small sportfisher. Best game fishing supply store is located opposite the Waterfront Bar and Grill, in Port Vila. They offer a wide range of locally made fishing tackle products, some of which are also exported overseas.
Vanuatu Fishing Charters
Charter fishing is a huge industry in Vanuatu islands and you’ll find a wide variety of different companies and private operators offering fishing tours through the waters. One of the best options is to choose a fishing operator that offers access to beaches; you can cook the fish you just caught, right on the beach and dine in style. In addition, you’ll find a number of tour operators that offer live aboard trips throughout the island chain, as well as drop off and pickup from uninhabited islands. You can combine your fishing expedition with the best options for exploration when you choose these charters.
Vanuatu Fishing Tips
Before choosing a fishing charter company in Vanuatu, make sure you check the maximum capacity. This is especially important if you have a larger group going with you. You’ll also want to find out if fishing poles, bait and tackle are provided.
About the Author: Igor Dutch is contributing author for Vanuatu Holiday and Travel web site, which provides an all-around travel guide to Vanuatu. Port Vila information and photos, Vanuatu islands hopping, tours, attractions, and activities are all included. A handy PDF visitor guide is available to download. Vanuatu holiday and accommodation bookings can be done on the site.
Excerpt from: Vanuatu Fishing Guide And Charters