RegionVao Island and northern Malakula, Vanuatu
Native speakers
1,900 (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3vao

Vao is an Austronesian language of the Oceanic branch spoken by about 1,900 people on Vao Island and on the nearby shores of Malakula Island, Vanuatu.[2]


Vao is one of the few languages of the world that possesses linguolabial consonants.[3][example needed]


  1. ^ Vao at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Ethnologue report for Vao
  3. ^ Ladefoged, Peter; Maddieson, Ian. The sounds of the world's languages. Blackwell Publishers. pp. 18–19. ISBN 9780631198147.