Travellers who stay at The Terraces boutique accommodation in Vanuatu choose Vanuatu as their holiday destination for a variety of reasons. For some the warm, tropical climate and the sandy beaches just a short plane ride from Australia or New Zealand are appealing, while for others the range of adventure tours to spectacular scenic attractions such as the active volcano of Mount Yasur serve as the biggest drawcard.
Another key element of the Vanuatu experience that both first-time and returning travellers often mention is the local people, known as the ni-Vanuatu. Despite having significant cultural diversity, with more than 100 indigenous languages, the ni-Vanuatu have managed to maintain a peace-loving and democratic society for many years.
At the heart of Vanuatu tribal society is a strong belief in the importance of traditional customs or “kastom”. This was showcased in the feature film Tanna, which screened as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival earlier this year. Tribal elders continue to uphold cultural practices and rituals that have been carried out for centuries and political and social decisions are still made in the traditional way. For example, if there is a disagreement between neighbouring tribes, the elders will call a meeting and the conflict will be resolved in a ceremonial manner as it has been through the ages.
These strong social connections and deep sense of community are mentioned by Happy Planet Index as among the possible reasons why Vanuatu ranks among the happiest places in the world, coming fourth out of 140 countries.
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So if you are curious to see for yourself how traditional village life works and why the ni-Vanuatu are among the happiest on earth, why not come to Vanuatu and see for yourself?
When it comes to choosing where to stay in Vanuatu, The Terraces spacious fully-serviced apartments in Port Vila make a great base for families or groups travelling together.
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