Aore Island

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Aore
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Aore
Location in Vanuatu
Coordinates: 15°34′20″S167°11′51″E / 15.57222°S 167.19750°E / -15.57222; 167.19750 Coordinates: 15°34′20″S167°11′51″E / 15.57222°S 167.19750°E / -15.57222; 167.19750
Country Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu
Province Sanma Province
Area
  Total57.6 km2 (22.2 sq mi)
Highest elevation
122 m (400 ft)
Population
 (2009)
  Total556
  Density9.7/km2 (25/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+11 (VUT)

Aore Island is an island in Sanma Province, Vanuatu. [1] It is located opposite Luganville on Espiritu Santo and has an area of 58 km2. The estimated terrain elevation above sea level is some 89 meters. [2] [3] [4]

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Aore's climate is humid tropical. The average annual rainfall is about 3000 mm. The island is subject to frequent cyclones and earthquakes.

The Aore language is spoken on the island.

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Aore Island Resort
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Aore is located between Malo and Espiritu Santo

Tourism

Aore Island has diving and fishing. There are numerous resorts on the island catering for tourists, weddings and baptisms. Aore Island is a haven for divers, being right on the doorstep of world class wreck and reef diving. Several of the wreck dives include the SS President Coolidge, SS Tucker, and the MV Henry Bonneaud. Whether at anchor or trolling along the pristine coastline, anglers from novice to the most experienced enjoy outstanding year-round fishing in Aore and the clear blue waters of Espiritu Santo and its neighbouring islands.

Tourism and plantations are Aore Islands main provider of employment and economic revenue.

Religion

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been active on Aore Island since the early 20th century, and operates a co-educational boarding secondary school, Aore Adventist Academy located on the mid-south coast of the island.

Youth With A Mission is a Christian organization (known commonly as YWAM) which runs a school for youth to be involved in Disciple Training Schools (DTS) or further training. A DTS runs for about 6 months. The first half is training and involves life changing teaching from teachers around the world. The second half is outreach, so the students will leave Aore Island for another destination in the world and share their faith in God. The base is found on the south west side of Aore Island.

Large colonies of bats occupy the island's many caves.

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References

  1. "Vanuatu". Haos Blong Volkeno. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  2. "Aore, Vanuatu". Elevation Map. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  3. "Surrounding Islands". Espiritu Santo Tourism. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  4. UNEP Islands Directory