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Building the concrete block exterior walls; construction estimated to be completed in late 2025
Port Vila Vanuatu Temple

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Port Vila


4 October 2020

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

8 April 2023 by K. Brett Nattress


1.62 acres  |  0.7 hectares

Architectural Features: 

Single attached end spire

Ordinance Rooms: 

One instruction room, one sealing room, and one baptistry

Total Floor Area: 

10,000 square feet  |  929 square meters


64 feet  |  20 meters

Groundbreaking Ceremony

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Port Vila Vanuatu Temple has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2023. The event had been previously scheduled for March 4, but it was postponed due to the impact of Cyclones Judy and Kevin. The 10,000-square-foot temple will be constructed on the 1.62-acre site of the Blacksands meetinghouse.1

Temple Design

Plans for the Port Vila Vanuatu Temple call for a single-story building of approximately 10,000 square feet with a single spire. An ancillary building will also be constructed, which will include an arrival center, patron housing, and a distribution center.

Temple Rendering

On May 19, 2021, an official exterior rendering was released for the Port Vila Vanuatu Temple.

Temple Site

On May 19, 2021, the location of the Port Vila Vanuatu Temple was announced as a 1.62-acre site located at Blacksands Crossroads on the site of the Blacksands meetinghouse in Port Vila, Vanuatu, near the Port Vila International Airport.2

Temple Announcement

On October 4, 2020, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct a temple in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The Pacific nation is made up of roughly 80 islands spanning a distancing of 800 miles (1,300 kilometers). Port Vila, located on the island of Efate, is the country's capital and economic center. There are more than 10,000 Latter-day Saints in Vanuatu organized into one stake and three districts. Missionary work began in 1975, shortly after several Latter-day Saint families moved from Tonga to Vanuatu in the early 1970s.3

Temple Facts

The Port Vila Vanuatu Temple will be the first temple built in Vanuatu and the third built in Melanesia, following the Suva Fiji Temple (2000) and the Port Moresby Papua New Guinea Temple (announced).

  1. "News for Temples in Five Nations," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 27 Mar. 2023.
  2. "New Temple Site Locations Announced for Two Temples to Be Built in Oceania," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 19 May 2021.
  3. "Prophet Announces Six New Temples at October 2020 General Conference," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 4 Oct. 2020.

Port Moresby Papua New Guinea Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held on 22 April 2023; full-scale construction pending
Suva Fiji Temple
91st dedicated temple in operation