Getting Here By Air and By Sea

Getting to Malekula, Ambrym, and Paama is easy with options ranging from regular flights to the province with Air Vanuatu, Air Melansiea and Bel Airways, and flight options with local airlines such as Ratua Airlines and Air Taxi.

For more information please contact or email these airlines directly as not all schedules are published online and they are subject to change. Alternatively if flying is not your thing you can catch one of the regular ferry and freight services.

Vanuatu Ferry does a weekly service from Port Vila to Santo visiting Malekula and sometimes other ports in between. The Big Sista Ferry also conducts a regular service.

From Port Vila to Malekula can take in excess of 12 hours but these are inexpensive options and the ferry is well appointed for comfort. The sail from Malekula to Santo or vice versa is only four hours and is very scenic passing small northern provincial islands.

For more information please contact these providers directly.


Vanuatu Ferry have been operating since end of March 2014 and call in to Lamap, Litzlitz/Lakatoro in Malekula and Melcoffee in Santo. 

The Ferry has a weekly routine departing from Vila on Monday and arrivig at Litzlitz in Malekula on Tuesday morning. It then heads on to Luganville in Santo on Tuesday afternoon. On the way back the ferry departs on Wednesday from Santo via Malekula and arrives in Vila on Thursday in the mid morning. 

Vanuatu Ferry has a snack cafe and bar, passenger lounge with air-conditioning, good clean toilet facilities, video entertainments and an open air deck for passengers.

For current schedule, pricing and bookings call +678 26872 or +678 732 6999 or email


Big Sista is a 33 meter passenger vessel operating between Port Vila and Luganville Santo, usually stopping at Epi, Paama and Malekula along the way depending on whether their are booked passengers. Big Sista leaves every Tuesday morning and returns every Thursday evening to Vila.

In Malekula it visits ports in Maskelynes, Lamap, Atchin Island, and Litzlitz near Lakatoro. This is a great way to experience a one day trip seeing how the locals travel and move their cargo to the main markets. They have a business class at a small extra price so that passengers can travel in air conditioned comfort while they run back to back movies.

For current schedule, pricing and bookings contact : Willieon Nimbwen, Phone +678 562 5225