The correct time in Port Vila, Vanuatu right now is:
Port Vila is +11 hours UTC
Times are given in the 24hr format.
Vanuatu time is also a very well known and often used idiom. If someone says "Vanuatu time" it means noboby really pays much attention to the time. Vanuatu time is a rough estimate of the actual time of an appointment or a scheduled event. In the outer islands a festival may be scheduled for 15 August but in Vanuatu time this could be anywhere from 10 August to September. If someone says they will meet you at 9 AM - and then adds Vanuatu time, they mean sometime between 8:30 and 11:30 or perhaps the following day.
The term is also used to describe the expected date of completion of a project or event. The construction of the road around the island of Efate will be finished in 2009 (Vanuatu time) - meaning nobody has a clue when it will be completed.
Government Office Hours - 07:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday
Post Office - 07:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Fridays plus 7:30 to 11:30 AM on Saturday
Banks - 08:00 to 3 PM Monday to Fridays (Westpac is open 8:30 AM to 4 PM)
Shops - Most shops are open 07:30 to 5:30 PM with many of them closing for lunch. Most shops are open Saturday morning until noon.
Don't bother trying to call anyone (except resorts and accommodation) on Sunday or the following Vanuatu Public Holidays
Vanuatu Holidays 2008
January 1st New Year
February 21st In Memory of Father of Independence (Father Walter Lini Day)
March 5th Custom Chiefs Day - Government departments, business houses, schools, and banks closed.
March 21st-24th Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday.
May 1st Labour Day
May 17th Ascension Day
July 24th Childrens Day
July 30th Independence Day
August 15th Assumption Day
October 5th Constitution Day
November 29th Unity Day
December 25th Christmas Day
December 26th Family Day
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