Social Life in Vanuatu
The people of Vanuatu are very humble and modest as they
rarely express themselves in a way to offend another. This comes in respecting other
people, dressing modestly, avoiding outward signs of wealth or affection, and having
a reverence for God as most people are Christian.
As a visitor to Vanuatu, that same modesty is expected;
modesty in dress, actions, words, and every aspect of your life. Many of the most
important behavioral restrictions to be aware of are related to dress, dating (see
above for both), and dining (see our Vanuatu
Food & Dining Page for more information). Also try to avoid being loud,
rude, showing off wealth, or getting drunk in public.
The indigenous clothing found in Vanuatu is scarce to say the least. Men rarely
wore anything above the waist with only a cloth or skirt-like sheet covering their
bottom half. At times women also wore the same, going topless, although over time
they began to cover up to a greater degree, but in a similar basic cloth that the