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What you need to know about Car Rental in Port Vila, Vanuatu
Most travelers to Vanuatu arrive either by plane or by cruise ship. Regardless of the way by which you arrive, the best way to see the spectacular beauty of these islands is by renting a car. In most instances, your first stop will be Port Vila. This is the capital city as well as the location of the airport. Renting a car will provide you with the opportunity to leisurely see all the best this beautiful city has to offer.
Renting a car in Vanuatu is typically quite affordable and easy. Generally, you can collect your car rental when you arrive at the airport so that you can easily be on your way. You can also hire a car in the downtown area of Port Vila. Depending on your needs, you will find that you can choose from a large variety of different vehicle selections. For example, you can choose from sedans, minivans, wagons, hatches and convertibles as well as automatic and manual cars. When renting a car in Vanuatu you should be aware that the minimum age is 25.
In addition, it is a good idea to make sure that you purchase personal travel insurance when you rent a vehicle for your personal tour. This will ensure that you are covered in the event you do happen to have an unfortunate accident.
You should also be aware that traffic in Vanuatu moves on the right side of the road. As in most places, it is advisable to wear your seat belt while driving in Vanuatu. The maximum speed limit is 50 kilometers per hour on most of the roads in Port Vila as well as Luganville. The roads in both of these towns do tend to be somewhat narrow, so it is important to take care while driving, particularly at night. When you are driving along the road, be aware that you should give way to any traffic that is coming from the right. When at a round-about, you will need to give way to traffic that is arriving from the left.
In addition, you should be aware that many of Vanuatu roads outside of the urban centers are not paved. Driving through the rural areas outside Port Vila can be a great way to see the beauty of the local countryside. But you will need to take care to avoid driving off of the main roads as you may find yourself trespassing without being aware of it. Stay on the main roads and if you want to wander away, ask locals first.
For those of you who would like to explore the island more and venture further away, there are several car rental companies available: Budget, Avis, Hertz, Discount Rentals and Laho Rent a Car. Which one you choose will depend on what you require and what you’re prepared to spend, as well as what’s available. Our reception staff will be happy to assist you with recommending the company which might best suit your budget.
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