The Vanuatu Bucket List Recommends using the Google Maps App for all offline navigation in Vanuatu. Once you have done this please follow these instructions:
Once you have Google Maps downloaded, open the app. First, if you haven’t already, you will need to create a google account. Please follow those steps. If you have already, please login with your current google account.
Once logged in, Click on the menu button in the top left corner (or just slide in from left to right).
At the bottom of this menu, you’ll see an option for Offline Maps. Click that.
Once you click, you will get the option: “Select your Map”
To customize your map for various locations or islands in Vanuatu, please pinch the map screen till you highlight the area that you want. It will look like the following screen…
You can now choose the island of Efate (the capital Port Vila is on this island). If you plan to do a heap of exploring, please download maps for all the different islands. Below is the file size of each map for the three main islands.
The Island of EFATE is approx. 15MB to download.
The Island of SANTO is approx. 15mb to download.
The Island of TANNA is approx. 15mb to download
Once your happy with the area that you want to explore offline, click the download button. If your are connected to wifi, it will start immediately. However, if using data, you will be asked to confirm the download.
Once you’ve downloaded the data, it will stay available offline for 30 days. At that point it should auto-update.
At any point in between, however, you can either delete or modify that data if you want to. Jump back into the Offline Maps menu and tap on the downloaded option you’d like to modify.
Once all this is done, your now free to explore Vanuatu without needing internet! In the app, when you click the highlighted address, please select google maps to open this address. Once you do that, your offline navigation will begin in the Google Maps App!
Happy Exploring from all of us here at the Vanuatu Bucket List!!!