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Malakula is an island located in the northern part of Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. It is the second-largest island in the country and is located approximately 500 kilometers northeast of the capital city of Port Vila.

The island of Malakula is made up of two distinct regions: the northern part is called Big Malakula, and the southern part is known as Small Malakula. Big Malakula is the most populated and is home to the main port of Lakatoro, which is the administrative center of the island. Small Malakula is much less populated and is mainly composed of small villages and traditional villages.

Malakula is renowned for its diverse culture and is home to many different languages and dialects. The main language spoken on the island is Bislama, a pidgin language, but there are also many other languages spoken by the different ethnic groups on the island.

The island is also known for its lush vegetation and dense forests, and it is home to many species of birds, reptiles, and mammals. Malakula is also a popular destination for tourists, and it has many beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes.

Malakula has a long and varied history. It was first inhabited by the Lapita people approximately 3,500 years ago, and in the 18th century, the island was home to a powerful chiefdom. In the 19th century, the island was colonized by the British and then by the French. During World War II, Malakula was the site of several battles between the Allied forces and the Japanese. In 1980, the island became part of the independent nation of Vanuatu.

Excursion tips for a day in Malakula

As a tourist in Malakula in Vanuatu, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top activities to consider:

1. Visit the Nanda Blue Hole, an underground freshwater pool with a unique azure color.
2. Explore the nearby villages and experience the unique culture of the local people.
3. Take a boat tour around the island and admire the stunning views of the surrounding islands.
4. Go snorkeling or scuba diving in the crystal clear waters of the South Pacific Ocean.
5. Enjoy a traditional feast of local dishes prepared by the local chefs.
6. Take a guided tour of the nearby Mt. Tukosmera, the highest peak in Malakula.
7. Take a leisurely stroll along the white sandy beaches of the island.
8. Visit the nearby hot springs and take a dip in the soothing mineral-rich waters.
9. Sample some of the local produce, such as kava or coconut, at a local market.
10. Take a hike through the lush jungle and discover the unique flora and fauna of the island.

Experience Malakula with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Malakula. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Malakula

Malakula in Vanuatu has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: a wet season from November to April and a dry season from May to October. During the wet season, temperatures range from 22°C to 30°C with high humidity and frequent rainfall. During the dry season, temperatures range from 23°C to 32°C with low humidity and minimal rainfall. The island experiences a trade wind from the southeast throughout the year, which cools the climate, especially during the hot and humid months.

Cruise weather for Malakula

Our weather forecast for Malakula helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 24.0 °C
min: 20.2 °C
22.3 m/s
40.0 m/s
59.3 %
23.8 m
84.7 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 24.2 °C
min: 17.5 °C
18.4 m/s
29.9 m/s
21.2 %
24.1 m
68.9 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 23.7 °C
min: 19 °C
27.4 m/s
38.2 m/s
44.5 %
24.0 m
73.1 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 23.5 °C
min: 18.5 °C
22.0 m/s
34.9 m/s
32.3 %
24.1 m
72.2 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 25.1 °C
min: 18.6 °C
15.5 m/s
31.0 m/s
45.9 %
24.1 m
74.3 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 26.3 °C
min: 18.2 °C
14.4 m/s
15.2 m/s
38.3 %
24.1 m
75.6 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 22.7 °C
min: 19.8 °C
10.1 m/s
18.0 m/s
99.9 %
24.1 m
82.5 %
1,017 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 21.0 °C
min: 19.5 °C
11.2 m/s
15.1 m/s
100.0 %
23.9 m
86.6 %
1,017 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 26.4 °C
min: 20.2 °C
17.6 m/s
34.2 m/s
95.9 %
21.5 m
85.1 %
1,015 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 22.8 °C
min: 21.2 °C
23.0 m/s
38.5 m/s
91.5 %
20.2 m
89.6 %
1,016 hPa
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 22.1 °C
min: 20.7 °C
22.7 m/s
40.0 m/s
93.2 %
24.1 m
83.0 %
1,016 hPa
Aug. 5th 2024 Aug. 5th 2024 max: 22.3 °C
min: 20.1 °C
29.9 m/s
46.4 m/s
83.7 %
24.1 m
77.1 %
1,017 hPa
Aug. 6th 2024 Aug. 6th 2024 max: 23.6 °C
min: 20.1 °C
29.2 m/s
41.8 m/s
81.8 %
24.1 m
73.9 %
1,016 hPa
Aug. 7th 2024 Aug. 7th 2024 max: 22.9 °C
min: 19.8 °C
27.4 m/s
41.4 m/s
99.6 %
24.0 m
76.0 %
1,015 hPa

Cruises to Malakula

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Scheduled ship calls in Malakula, Vanuatu
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