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Island resort
Iririki Island
Iririki Island
Iririki is located in Vanuatu
Location in Vanuatu
Coordinates: 17°46′S 168°17′E / 17.767°S 168.283°E / -17.767; 168.283Coordinates: 17°46′S 168°17′E / 17.767°S 168.283°E / -17.767; 168.283
Country  Vanuatu
Province Shefa Province
 • Total 0.279 km2 (0.108 sq mi)
Time zone VUT (UTC+11)
Website Official website

Iririki is a privately lease held island, located in Mele Bay, just minutes from Port Vila, the Capital of Vanuatu. Iririki Island translates to ‘Small Island’ or ‘Safe haven’, and is now a luxurious 4 star island escape, a favourite with tourists worldwide and a particularly with Australians and New Zealanders. The whole island is long term leased to the IRIRIKI ISLAND RESORT, which is owned and operated by Australian Businessmen Shane Pettiona, Darren Pettiona & Peter Stockley. Additional information can be viewed at

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Iririki, Vanuatu.

Iririki Island Resort continues to operate as a tranquil island holiday haven located only 15 minutes from the airport and 3 minutes from Port Vila town centre. Access is provided to guests of the resort via private ferry, with over 140 individual pieces of accommodation, choices ranging from traditional fares at the water’s edge, to a variety of modern studio style apartments. The island offers multiple dining and entertainment options, with restaurants and bars to truly experience the essence of Vanuatu. Island life can also be enjoyed at a variety of pools spread throughout, including a swim-up bar and a signature restaurant 'Micheners' offering world class dining. The resort also features a wide range of relaxing massages and treatments available from 'Spa Frangipani'. Active guests are also well catered for with snorkeling, jet-ski hire, catamarans, bicycles, and gymnasium, tennis and games rooms. The resort also caters for wedding and conferences.


Iririki Island is the traditional land of Ifira Islanders. 1910 | The first British Hospital in the New Hebrides was erected on Iririki Island in memory of the well-known missionary, John G Paton Memorial Hospital. Patients were seen for such ailments as broken bones, meningitis, and rheumatic fever, and Pacific islanders were trained in tropical disease management. 1913 | Iririki Island housed the British Residency who leased the island from missionaries for 99 years. The Residency was located at the peak of Iririki (reached by climbing 179 steps) affording it magnificent views to Port Vila and the surrounding Bay. The original household was built for the Queen for an overnight visit, and subsequently accommodated the British High Commissioner. 1980 | At independence, the residence was abandoned although is now currently in use. 1983 | After consideration by the Ifira Islanders, they leased the Island to Peter Nicholson to develop into a resort. 1987 | Cyclone Uma hit Iririki Island and Port Vila with 200 km winds and flooding, with the resort taking up a year to return to full operation. 1991 | Former Geelong AFL player Rick and Ngaire Graham took over Iririki as owner, turning the Resort into a Child free sanctuary. 1994 | On 1st August, American author James A. Michener wrote the classic book ‘Tales of the South Pacific’ after serving in Vanuatu during the Pacific War, subsequently the Resort choose to honor James’ time on Iririki by naming their signature restaurant ‘Micheners. 2004 | The Resort was sold to a private consortium of Australian business men 2009 | Policy changed to a family friendly resort 2015 | Cyclone Pam bore down on Iririki at speeds over 300km per hour, requiring considerable refurbishment. The resort will be relaunched in December 2015.


Bislama is spoken by everyone as the day-to-day language. In addition, English and French are also widespread. Other Indigenous languages are also spoken in the city.


Port Vila has a tropical climate, with little variance in temperature throughout the year. The highest temperature is in the mid 30’s (93.2f), with an average low of 29c (84.2f). The region also enjoys south east trade winds. November to February are generally quite warm and a little humid, with April to October providing perfect weather conditions. With warm ocean temperatures ideal for all water sports.


The official currency in Vanuatu is Vatu (VT); however, Australian dollars are readily accepted at many locations. All major credit cards are accepted.


Freeman, T.E.A., (2006), Doctor in Vanuatu: A Memoir, Institute of Pacific Studies.
Rodman, M.R., (2001), Houses Far From Home: British Colonial Spave in the New Hebrides, University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu, USA.

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