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Ureparapara is an island located in the Banks Islands group in the Republic of Vanuatu. It lies approximately 120 km northeast of the capital of Port Vila. It is the largest of the Banks Islands and is about 10 km long and 6 km wide, with a total area of about 28 km2.

The island is mostly covered by tropical rainforest, with a few small villages scattered along the coast. The population of Ureparapara is about 500 people, mostly Melanesian, and the main language is Bislama. The main economic activities on the island are subsistence fishing and gardening.

The first recorded sighting of Ureparapara was in 1768 by British navigator Philip Carteret. The island was later visited by the British explorer Captain James Cook in 1774, and later by the French navigator Louis de Bougainville in 1768.

Ureparapara was the site of a major battle between the French and British forces in 1809. The British forces, led by Captain William Bligh, were trying to capture the island, but the French forces, led by Captain Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier, successfully defended it. This battle is commemorated on the island with a monument.

Ureparapara is also known for its unique geological features. The island is made up of two volcanic cones, and the area around the summit of the larger cone is home to a variety of rare endemic plants. The island is also surrounded by coral reefs, making it a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Ureparapara is a beautiful and unique island with a fascinating history. It is a great destination for anyone looking for a peaceful and secluded vacation spot, as well as a great place to explore the unique natural and cultural features of Vanuatu.

Excursion tips for a day in Ureparapara

As a tourist in Ureparapara in Vanuatu, there are plenty of exciting activities to enjoy during the day. Here are some of the best activities to do in Ureparapara:

1. Visit Mount Gharat and explore the surrounding nature.
2. Take a boat tour to explore the nearby islands.
3. Go snorkeling or diving to explore the vibrant marine life.
4. Visit the local villages and learn about the culture and customs of the local people.
5. Visit the nearby waterfall and take a dip in the cool waters.
6. Visit the nearby hot springs and enjoy the therapeutic effects.
7. Enjoy a day of fishing with the locals and learn about the local fishing techniques.
8. Take a tour of the local markets and savor the fresh local produce.
9. Visit the nearby beaches and enjoy a day of swimming and sunbathing.
10. Take a hike to explore the lush jungle and learn about the local plant life.

Experience Ureparapara 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 Ureparapara. 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 Ureparapara

The climate in Ureparapara in Vanuatu is tropical and humid, with two distinct seasons. The dry season runs from May to October and is characterised by warm, sunny days and cool nights. The wet season runs from November to April and is characterised by heavy rains and high humidity. Temperatures range from 26-31 degrees Celsius throughout the year, with the hottest months being December to March. The average annual rainfall is 2,200mm, with the wettest months being December to February.

Cruise weather for Ureparapara

Our weather forecast for Ureparapara 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. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 26.9 °C
28.8 m/s
30.2 m/s
20.4 %
22.4 m
77.2 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 27.9 °C
min: 27 °C
35.3 m/s
38.9 m/s
16.4 %
22.9 m
78.3 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 26.6 °C
38.9 m/s
43.9 m/s
29.1 %
22.0 m
77.9 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 25.5 °C
37.8 m/s
38.5 m/s
98.7 %
21.5 m
75.8 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 26.9 °C
min: 25.5 °C
36.4 m/s
35.0 m/s
62.0 %
24.1 m
77.1 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 26.8 °C
min: 26.1 °C
39.6 m/s
41.0 m/s
80.9 %
24.1 m
73.8 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 26.9 °C
min: 26.3 °C
35.9 m/s
37.2 m/s
39.5 %
24.1 m
64.7 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 26.4 °C
min: 25.8 °C
33.1 m/s
32.8 m/s
62.8 %
24.1 m
67.3 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 26.6 °C
min: 25.4 °C
45.0 m/s
42.5 m/s
56.5 %
24.1 m
67.2 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 26.5 °C
min: 25.8 °C
43.3 m/s
44.6 m/s
96.2 %
24.1 m
71.3 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 27.2 °C
min: 26.5 °C
42.8 m/s
45.7 m/s
91.3 %
24.1 m
73.6 %
1,012 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 27.3 °C
min: 25.6 °C
38.5 m/s
44.3 m/s
99.9 %
13.7 m
85.1 %
1,009 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 27.5 °C
min: 26 °C
19.8 m/s
24.8 m/s
74.3 %
19.2 m
81.8 %
1,008 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 27.2 °C
min: 26.9 °C
20.5 m/s
22.3 m/s
27.1 %
24.1 m
80.2 %
1,009 hPa

Cruises to Ureparapara

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