Air Vanuatu is the only domestic airline offering regular services between islands, though there are a limited number of charter aircrafts. Inter Island trading vessels also depart for the islands on a semi-regular basis. Espiritu Santo is just 35 mins flight north from Port Vila, and now with quick connecting international and domestic flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland arriving five times a week, Espiritu Santo has never been more accessible.
Pekoa is an international airport and the weekly Air Vanuatu service to Brisbane, in 2009 (April) Australia is still running the Brisbane-Santo-Vila (Sundays) and Vila-Santo-Brisbane (Mondays) —Pekoa international airport is a busy domestic hub for the northern islands. See the Air Vanuatu domestic site for schedules and fares. Note that tourists with a return Air Vanuatu ticket are entitled to a 20% discount. Tourists with other international airline return tickets get only 10% discount
Luganville is Vanuatu's second biggest sea port. Boats to other islands can be found at the Simonsen (towards the airport) and Melcoffee (west of town) wharves.
Transport around the island
Public transports on Santo come into town in the morning and return in the afternoon. Don't expect to find public transport on Sundays although one could wait and hitch a ride.
There are two places to find public transport in Santo. If you're heading up the east coast then go to the Unity Store and Pacific Petroleum station (formerly "Unity Shell"). Buses and market trucks leave from 1500H. There are always people waiting here and the pump attendants know all the drivers. Minibuses are preferable for comfort and in case of rain.
For south Santo, you can wait on the roadside across from the Luganville market house, in front of the clump of bamboo. It doesn't look like a bus stop but you can find people waiting here from about 1400h. If there are some women from South Santo in the market house, they will know which trucks are in town. To get to other parts of Santo, if you're feeling adventurous, utilities are licensed to carry passengers and can be found at the Markets. These are pick-up trucks where passengers sit in the open back of the vehicle taking in the sunshine, breeze (and sometimes the rain!) en route to their destinations. Transports are clearly labeled with the word "transport" appearing somewhere along the side of the truck. While a fun way to travel, keep in mind that most drivers don't have insurance. Injuries and rolled transports are not common but it can happen.
If the back of a utility is not your ideal mode of travel, busses can be chartered to places outside of Luganville, with prior arrangement.
Most bus, taxi and transport drivers speak enough English to provide good service. French is also widely spoken in Espiritu Santo and your driver may be able to provide assistance in French as well. It can be difficult to get transport to sites beyond Luganville's paved roads on Sundays when the town seems to be sleeping. If you need transport on the weekend, in the evening or to a destination somewhat out of town, it is recommended that you try to arrange your transport in advance. Some resorts will be able to assist you in arranging taxis and buses.
For more details and to get the latest flight schedules , visit the Air Vanuatu website.