Tap Water Safety in Vanuatu

Can you drink the tap water in Vanuatu?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Vanuatu (source).

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.


Tap water in Port Vila is clean and potable, but is best avoided elsewhere. Doctors used to treating common traveller problems are available in Port-Vila. Any more serious problems may require some form of medical evacuation.

The most commonly searched cities in Vanuatu are:

For a full list of cities in Vanuatu, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.

World Health Organization Vanuatu Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 91 percent of Vanuatu have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 40% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 82% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

World Health Organization's 2017 Vanuatu Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Vanuatu includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited

What Do People In Vanuatu Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Vanuatu have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.

A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility13%Low
Water Pollution70%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility88%High
Water Quality30%Moderate

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