Efate Travel Guide

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  • Port Vila

    Port Vila is the capital of Vanuatu and is located on the south-western coast of Efate. It is a town of about 36,000 people and has almost everything a town in Australia of the same size would have. The people are very friendly and we foudn it to be safe to walk around day or night...

  • Round the island tour

    If you get the chance then do an Around the Island Tour...just ask any bus driver in town - most of them will offer a price to take you around. You can ask around before taking up any driver on the offer though. It costed us 5000 vatu each but included commentary, lunch, morning & afternoon tea and entry to the beaches.Our driver, Massing, was...

  • Le Meridian Resort

    If you get the chance then check out Le Meridian Resort...you can walk around the resort for free or pay to use their faciliities. It is a gorgeous resort (the most expensive in Vanuatu) and they have beautiful grounds... The also have golf, volleyball, catamarans, pools, tennis etc...

  • Port Vila Markets

    The markets in Port Vila are fantastic! They run every day but Sunday and everyone there is very nice...they don't try to force you to buy things and they love to talk to you. Prices are fairly good too.

  • Kava Bars

    Everywhere you go around Efate you will find Kava Bars... Many are just a small hut with a kero lamp hanging out the front. Kava is served around sunset and only the men are allowed at Kava Bars.

  • Mele Cascades

    The Mele Cascades are just out of Port Vila (aobut a 10 - 15 minute drive) and are definitely worth going to see. You will pay around 200 vatu for a bus trip out there and then 1000 vatu entry to get into the cascades. We also got a guide to show us around and tell us about the place. The water is crystal clear and you can swim in the pools or...


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Efate Transportation

  • Plane

    We took an Air Vanuatu flight into Vanuatu from Sydney. The flight took almost 4 hours... While on the plane you get feed some fantastic meals and all you can drink.They don't have inflight entertainment so take a book or magazine if you get bored easily. We had 14 friends on the plane with us so there was no chance of us getting bored... ;)When...

  • Walk

    If you get the chance...walk as much as possible when in Vanuatu...it is really great to walk around and see the locals. They all say hello and the kids love to see you... :) Everywhere you go you will see much more when walking. :)

  • Around the island...

    You have a few choices when it comes to travelling around the island of Efate. There is a road all the way around - although it does have quite a few potholes and steep areas... You can hire a bus driver to drive you around - it costed us 5000 vatu each (including meals and a guide) but you can get drivers to do it as low as 2000 vatu each.You...


Efate What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: Take a bag that is not too big to cart around everywhere but that you can fit some goodies in to take home... :)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You won't need much - swimmers, shorts, singlets/t-shirts, thongs or sandals, sarong etc and one change of 'warmer' clothes - long pants, long top and maybe a light jacket.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy everything you will want from the chemists in Port Vila but the prices will be higher than usual (compared to Australia anyway)...we saw everything from sunscreen to coldsore cream to cough lollies.

    Photo Equipment: Take LOTS of film and/or lots of memory cards for your digi camera. You'll end up taking heaps of photos!

    Miscellaneous: Take some insect repellant with DEET in it...in Australia get RID (maroon casing) or Tropical Strenght Aeroguard. Also get malaria tablets if you're going anywhere but your resort & Port Vila.

    Port Vila main street

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  • Port Vila

    The harbour at Port Vila is kept fairly nice and tidy...there weren't many boats when we were there either but I guess that is because it wasn't the busy season...

  • Klem's Hill Lookout

    We got some amazing views when driving back from our around the island tour... This is a view of Hideaway Island from the top of Klem's Hill...

  • Pango Point

    We stayed at Pango Paradise Cove Resort on Pango Point for a few nights...it's a great place for magical sunsets... Pangos also has a nice restaurant and a snorkelling/swimming 'beach'.


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