Fishing In Vanuatu

Fishing In Vanuatu

Fishing in Vanuatu 

"While I am blessed to have fished in Australia in so many mind-blowing places, fishing in Vanuatu is one of my favourite overseas destinations. Offering rich marine biodiversity and stunning natural beauty, fishing in Vanuatu provides a unique and rewarding experience. Here's some information to help you plan your fishing adventure in Vanuatu."



Vanuatu is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, renowned for its clear turquoise waters and abundant marine life. Port Vila, the capital city located on Efate Island, and Espiritu Santo are popular fishing destinations.


Vanuatu is an archipelago consisting of 83 islands located in the South Pacific Ocean. Its strategic location within the Coral Sea and along the edge of the South Pacific Trench makes it a hotspot for marine biodiversity. The main islands, such as Efate, Espiritu Santo, Tanna, and Malekula, offer diverse fishing opportunities ranging from coral reefs to deep-sea trenches.


Types of Fish: 
Vanuatu's waters are home to a wide variety of fish species including:


Marlin: Both blue marlin and black marlin can be found in Vanuatu's deep waters. These apex predators offer thrilling battles for anglers and are often targeted by sport fishing enthusiasts.



Tuna: Yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna, and bigeye tuna are abundant in Vanuatu's offshore waters. They provide excellent sport and are prized for their fighting ability and culinary value.



Mahi-Mahi: Also known as dorado or dolphinfish, mahi-mahi are common around Vanuatu's reefs and offshore seamounts. They are known for their vibrant colours, acrobatic displays, and delicious taste.



Wahoo: Wahoo are fast-swimming predators found in Vanuatu's deeper waters. They are prized for their speed and powerful runs, making them a favourite among experienced anglers.



Sailfish: Sailfish are highly prized for their speed and aerial acrobatics. While not as common as marlin, they can still be targeted in Vanuatu's offshore waters, especially during the peak fishing season.



Giant Trevally: GT known for their strength and ferocity, are another prized catch in Vanuatu's waters. Anglers often seek out these powerful fish for their hard-hitting strikes and impressive fighting ability.



Types of Fishing:
Vanuatu offers diverse fishing experiences, catering to anglers of all preferences and skill levels. Whether you enjoy casting your line in the open ocean, exploring tranquil estuaries, or fishing in winding rivers, there's something for everyone to enjoy.



Ocean Fishing:
Ocean fishing in Vanuatu is synonymous with adventure and excitement. Anglers can venture into the deep blue waters surrounding the islands in search of pelagic species such as marlin, tuna, and mahi-mahi. Ocean fishing charters, like Ocean Blue, specialize in offshore trolling and jigging, offering thrilling battles against powerful game fish amid breathtaking seascapes.



Estuary Fishing:
Estuaries are nutrient-rich habitats where freshwater meets the sea, creating ideal environments for a variety of fish species. Anglers can explore Vanuatu's coastal estuaries and mangrove-lined channels, targeting species such as barramundi, mangrove jack, and tarpon. Estuary fishing provides a more laid-back and serene experience, with opportunities to sight-cast in shallow waters and navigate through scenic mangrove forests.


River Fishing:
In addition to its coastal waters, Vanuatu is home to picturesque rivers and streams that offer excellent freshwater fishing opportunities. Anglers can cast their lines into crystal-clear rivers teeming with species such as jungle perch, rainbow trout, and freshwater catfish. River fishing allows anglers to immerse themselves in the lush rainforest surroundings and experience the tranquility of remote wilderness areas.

Whether you prefer the adrenaline rush of battling big game fish in the open ocean, the peacefulness of casting your line in a secluded estuary, or the serenity of fishing in a pristine river, Vanuatu offers a variety of fishing experiences to suit your preferences.  



The best time for fishing in Vanuatu typically coincides with the dry season, from May to October, when the weather is more predictable, and the seas are calmer. However, fishing can be enjoyed year-round, with different species being more prevalent during certain times of the year.


Fishing Charters:
Numerous fishing charters operate in Vanuatu, offering a variety of experiences catering to different preferences and skill levels. These charters provide everything from half-day trips to multi-day excursions, targeting a wide range of fish species.

I've had the pleasure of going fishing with Ocean Blue Fishing Charters on several occasions, and I would highly recommend using them. Their expertise, professionalism, and commitment to providing memorable fishing experiences make them stand out. Ocean Blue specialises in both offshore and inshore fishing adventures, targeting a wide range of species.



Ocean Blue's charters typically include:

  • Fully equipped fishing vessels with top-of-the-line gear and amenities.
  • Knowledgeable guides who are familiar with Vanuatu's waters and fishing techniques.
  • Customised itineraries based on the preferences and interests of the anglers.
  • Opportunities for both catch-and-release and sustainable fishing practices.
  • Options for half-day, full-day, and multi-day fishing trips, accommodating individuals, families, and groups.



    Trees and Fishes Resort:

    Nestled on the picturesque island of Santo in Vanuatu, Trees and Fishes Resort offers an idyllic retreat for anglers and travellers seeking relaxation and adventure. Surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and overlooking pristine turquoise waters, this boutique resort provides a secluded and tranquil setting for guests to unwind after a day of fishing.



    The resort features beautifully appointed bungalows and villas, each designed with comfort and style in mind. Guests can choose from a variety of accommodation options, ranging from intimate beachfront bungalows to spacious hilltop villas, all offering stunning views of the ocean or the lush tropical gardens. Each room is tastefully furnished and equipped with modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay.



    Facilities and Amenities:

    Trees and Fishes Resort offers a range of facilities and amenities to enhance your stay, including:

    • On-site restaurant serving delicious meals prepared with fresh local ingredients, including seafood caught daily by guests.


      • Bar/lounge area where guests can unwind with refreshing drinks and cocktails while enjoying panoramic views of the ocean.


        • Swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers and shaded cabanas, perfect for relaxing and soaking up the tropical sunshine.


          • Spa and wellness centre offering a range of rejuvenating treatments and massages to pamper guests after a day of fishing.


            • Activities desk where guests can arrange a variety of excursions and activities, including snorkelling, diving, island tours, and cultural experiences.


              • Airport transfers to and from Santo-Pekoa International Airport.
              • Personalized concierge services to assist with restaurant reservations, transportation, and excursion bookings.
              • Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the resort, allowing guests to stay connected during their stay.


                Additional Activities:

                Apart from fishing, Vanuatu boasts an array of other activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy, such as snorkelling, diving, island hopping, and cultural experiences. Be sure to take some time to explore the natural wonders and unique culture of this island paradise.



                I hope this gives you a little more insight if you are thinking of heading to Vanuatu for a fishing adventure.


                Happy fishing and Tight Lines, Bergie 



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