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Less than 1km from the town centre, Port Vila, Vanuatu
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First time - cheap accomodation and things to do

by a.van

I have booked to go to Port Vile in febuary and have no idea about it at all. i am looking for some VERY cheap accomodation and also wondering what things there are to do there.

Any suggestions would be fantastic
thanks so much
A

Re: First time - cheap accomodation and things to do

by tangomango

Hi A.Van,...Help and replies are pretty slow on this thread...Anyway,if I can help at all I'll try...I have never been to Vanuatu,but...I am going this July and have done a whole bunch of searching,studying and asking about Vanuatu.
I am going to surf there and have found a place to stay.It is called Blue Pango Motel.It is akin to a backpackers in that it is quite cheap.I have been quoted $250 approximately to stay there for 1 week.This is a double room for me and my girl.The room has a fully equiped kitchen,mossie nets,own shower and there is a pool.The Blue Pango is situated 20 meters from the ocean front...
Go to www.bluepango.com and write to the owner direct..His name is Solomon Lee(Korean gentleman)and he will quote you a price and help in any regard...I have read good reports and bad reports about this place,and I have stayed in some grotty places...So,this place can't be too bad if there are good reports as well...Anyway,hope this helps and if you do stay there,please write and tell me what your experience was...and that is even if you don't stay there...Id like to know what you thought of your whole holiday....Hope this helps just a little...

Travel Tips for Port-Vila

General info for the first-time traveller

by Winged

Here's the sort of thing I like to know about a place if I know nothing about it and am about to go ther! (Obviously not comprehensive. ^_^.)

General: Vanuatu is a smallish tropical country in the Pacific, about 2 1/2 hours' flight from Brisbane, Australia. It comprises over 83 islands; the capital Port Vila is on the island of Efate. Vanuatu used to be called the new Hebrides and was co-ruled by the French and British; recently it became independent. The local people are Melanesian and are called the 'ni-Vanuatu'. The official language is Bislama, a pidgin language, but most people also speak English and/or French. The currency is called 'vatu'.

Cost: Vanuatu is not cheap, though not prohibitively expensive. Prices are comparable to Australia, though some things (like taxis) are cheaper. Accommodation, travel between islands, and food, are not particularly cheap, but the markets offer cheap fresh fruit etc. The reason for higher costs are that the things foreigners buy are imported specifically for tourists and ex-pats - the ni-Vanuatu can't afford them and are rarely found in restaurants etc.

Health risks: Not many if you stick to the beaten track. A little danger of wasp stings or dog bites (off the beaten track). Malaria can be a problem if you go beyond Efate. It's actually safe to drink the water in Vanuatu, though I was warned against some of the more disreputable-looking food stalls. (If it looks safe to eat, it usually is. Fresh fruit and vegetables should be fine too, since the water is safe as mentioned.)

Size/population: The population of Vanuatu tend to live in villages scattered throughout the islands; the 'metropolitan centre' and capital, Port Vila, is quite small, like a country town - like, two main streets and a few back streets. If you're expecting something like Kuta in Bali, it's nothing like - the traffic is low, there are no traffic lights, it's quite quiet and low-key. Safety: Vanuatu is a relatively safe place. There's some political instability and anti-foreign sentiment, but I think it rarely (never?) translates itself into violence or nastiness against foreigners. That said, take obvious precautions about safety: don't rile the animal and insect life; don't go swimming without finding out if it's safe; if you're a woman don't go around alone at night. I had the recommendation not to, as a woman, take a taxi alone. But I've never heard of anyone having bad experiences here, safety-wise.

Conservatism: Because of the missionary influence, the women dress quite conservatively; a lot of them wear distinctive 'Mother Hubbard' dresses. The rules are different for foreigners - you can wear what you like - but when you're out and about (and not in a resort or something) it's probably polite not to walk around in bikini tops etc.

Weather: Hot and humid; tropical climate. The wet season corresponds to Australia's summer; it's probably more pleasant in the middle of the year. The sun can be quite hot; sunscreen is recommended. People living in Vanuatu tend to go to bed earlier and get up earlier than in Australia as both sunrise and sunset are quite early.

Things to do: If you don't like swimming or relaxing, you probably won't want to stay a very long time. The pace is slow and sleepy; take it easy! Snorkelling, scuba diving and going on cruises are popular; there are also traditional village tours, a fantastic active volcano (on Tanna island), various resorts, tours around islands... If you're away from Efate (the island where the capital Port Vila is), you can probably go a long while seeing hardly any other foreigners. There isn't a great deal of good shopping around.

Getting around: Getting around is very easy; buses are prevalent and cheap - they can be flagged down like taxis and they take you where you want to go. Taxis are not much more expensive than buses if there are more than two or three of you.

PORT VILA'S MANY FACES

by AusPinay

"GOOD HUMOUR AND BARGAINING SKILLS NEEDED!"

As Vanuatu's capital city, this place is the commercial and economic centre.

However, around the city, far from the city crowds are huge areas of beauty and natural wonder like the Cascade Waterfalls, Hideaway Island plus many more patches of surrounding areas teeming with greenery, especially palm trees and rich tropical flora and fauna. Its underwater creatures and fabulous diving spots are also much sought after.

My husband has gone diving here many years ago and is amazed at how their resources have been greatly preserved by the people of this island nation. Although the city seems chaotic, in the countryside, just a few minutes' ride by car or boat, you can be immediately transformed to paradise-like settings.

Vanuatu is the land of so much to see, from interesting, fun and educational activities to suit any travellers expectations, from treks and abseiling to deserted beach picnics and wreck dive explorations to Cultural villages, among others. It really depends on your energy and amount of time you have on your hands. We spenta lot of time snorkelling the clear blue waters and enjoying the bountiful and lovely sea animals and corals.

I am not surprised, being near Australia, many Aussies keep coming back and the Aussie dollar is widely accepted so we didn't have to worry about money exchange!You just need good humour and bargaining skills to get through your Vanuatu island experience.

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