When you come to Port Vila by cruiseship
In Port Vila even the largest cruiseships on earth are able to dock and so you will save a lot of your precious time ashore, and you will not be forced to queue up and waste your time with the tenderservice.
Just go to the gangway, and the gate of the port-area is just a few meters from your ship. There is a control again for your boarding-pass, when you are leaving the port-area, but that is done very fast and all the officials are very riendly.
When arriving on a large ship like the Dawn Princess with about 2000 passengers onboard there will be hundreds of taxis waiting for customers and there are hundreds of stands offering massages, souvenirs etc.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
walk to Vila from the cruiseship
we had been strongly advised to take a taxi into the town of Vila, but I walked there anyway for various reasons:
first of all, I have big problems to sit in such tiny taxis, that were built for the average size of japanese people, I only had 2 hours left and such a walk normally takes me to places, that other people miss.
There is always a narrow path along the road and a walk of about 1 hour gets you to the town. Local people that you will meet will eighter be friendly or simply ignore you, so it is not dangerous in any way to walk that distance.Of course that path is not ment for walking of hundreds of passengers, so maybe that way the idea of the warning by our ship.
- Budget Travel
Take a taxi from the ship to Town
There will be hundreds of small cars waiting for customers on the pier, the ordinary price for a taxi to town is around 15 AUS and I also saw a good taxi that was hired by some of our passengers for 100 AUS for the full day.
Unfortunately many of these taxis are just tiny Suzuki-cars and where the drivers try to get in as many people as possible, and that is the reason why I did not take any of them, but rather walked into town.
- Family Travel
Round and about
Public transport in Port Vila is great. Port Vila is small so it's not too hard to get around. 90% of the shops in Port Vila are in the main street and the street behind it, so anything you need can be found within a simple ten-minute walk.
Buses are really vans marked with a 'B' on their license plate - you just flag one down anywhere and say where you want to go. There are no set routes (and don't naively assume that buses will stop at bus stops! Bus stops are frequently filled with parked cars anyway!). This means you can take what should be a two-minute trip via half of Port Vila; if you're in a real hurry, take a taxi (they're nearly as cheap if there's more than one of you).
A bus trip costs 100 vatu per person (may be more if you're going a longer-than-usual distance). The downside to buses is that if you live off the beaten track and want to get into town, you might be waiting a long time for a bus to come by!
Officially, there are speed limits. Unofficially, your speed depends only on the condition of the vehicle you're in and the number of potholes on your section of road. ^_^.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Buses and Taxis
Taxis are metered but it is a good idea to agree to a price for any long distance. Most drivers are available for a full or half day hire. Buses have a fixed fare of VT100 and will take you anywhere in Vila.
B for Bus on numberplates identifies a minibus as a public bus.
Where ever you are in Port Vila you will be sure to see piles of mini-buses. They are everywhere! A ride is usually around 100 or 150 vatu (approximately A$1.20) to anywhere in town and 200 vatu for places just out of Port Vila.
You can also ask for prices of an around the island trip - most bus drivers will be happy to take you and will quote their price. We heard of prices between 2000 vatu and 6000 vatu.
Walk around Port Vila...it's not too big so walking places is easy. The streets are a little confusing but you'll just find interesting things along the way if you get 'lost'. We walked into town most days from Mangoes and the locals were always very friendly. :)
- Hiking and Walking
- Adventure Travel
To Port Vila
I flew with Air Vanuatu, I booked tickets from Air Vanuatu website .It will be cheaper if we buy their domestic flights combination with international flights.Here are the details..
1. sydney- port vila
2. port vila - tanna
3. tanna - port vila
4. port vila- norsup
5. norsup -craig cove
6. craig cove - port vila
7. port vila - noumea (new caledonia).
If you buy them all separately it should be about 15% more .I paid around 1,200 australian $ for all (in stead of 1,380 $ )
The flight time from Sydney to Port Vila was about 3 hours ,they served a hot meal and some drinks ,including some alcoholic drinks like wine and beer, and some tea and coffee.I got the good seat ,the first row of economy right after business class.The airplane is 737 -800.The flight was rather full.
Bauerfield International airport
Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands located in the south west Pacific, only 2-3 hours flying time from ports in Australia and New Zealand.The country is now in the expansion of the agriculture and education sectors, and is increasing its role in regionally-based organisations. All of these factors lead to Vanuatu developing as an important centre for trade, investment and regional affairs.
Air transport is therefore fundamental to Vanuatu being able to fulfil this role. As owner and manager of the three international airports serving the country, Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) takes this responsibility seriously. AVL is responsible for enabling safe, secure and efficient access to tourism, trade and investment in Vanuatu via the three international gateways at:
1. Port Vila (Bauerfield Airport) on the island of Efate is the national capital;
2. Luganville (Pekoa Airport) on the island of Espiritu Santo, the location of the second major economic centre of the country and gateway to the northern islands.
3. Tanna Island (Whitegrass Airport) the gateway to the unique and unspoilt southern islands and natural tourist attractions.
AVL also the provider of the national air traffic services and air navigation system.
These picture I showed is Bauerfield International airport. (VLI ) The airport is relatively small in size, but its runway has the capability and length to accept jets up to the Airbus A330. It serves as the hub for Vanuatu's flag carrier airline, Air Vanuatu.It's location is about 5 km. from downtown.
When you arrive at the baggage claim area you'll hear the welcome music from local live band which play for every incoming flights.I like it , I wanted to tell them that ..please keep on doing this ..it's uniquue and at least made me felt impressed at the first sight...
Bus in Port Vila.
Bus in Port Vila is “mini bus” The buses are privately owned ,mostly own by the driver themselves. There are many of them driving around town in every direction.There’s no set bus route ,you ‘ll know which one is the bus obviously without looking at the number plate which normally come with the letter B.They’ll look at you and even honk to ask if you’d like to join the bus or not.Just tell them where you want to go ,if it’s the same route with all other passenger on board ,then they’ll say ok..just get in and pay to driver when get off.The fare is 100 vatu /person but if the destination is a bit far out of town they may ask you for more fare.I was with back-pack and they seem not to mind it ,just get on but don’t expect any service about helping you to keep your bag somewhere like on the roof or at the back of the bus,all by yourself.But local are very friendly ,when they saw us were awkward about getting on the bus and hard to squeeze ourselves in, so they moved themselves to the backseat row to let us sit right at the first row by the exit …how nice.!
The fare from airport to Blue Pango motel was 150 cuz it’s a bit out of town but on the way back from motel to airport ,the bus driver charged me only 100 ..and he drove us around town to send all other passenger first, then airport .. the last.I didn’t mind at all cuz he said 100 vatu anyway and it’s good opportunity to see Port Vila cuz I didn’t have time to explore it yet.
I don’t have picture of the bus cuz nothing special so I just post a picture of the beauty of an island of Vanuatu.
Port Vila Bauerfield Airport ,Domestic terminal
Domestic terminal is just right next to international building.If you walk out of international terminal just turn to the right.I arrived so early and nothing has opened yet so I just walked around and had some chat with the local.The domestic terminal is a small building but manage to have everything ,like 3 counters for check-in,ticket counter, digicel mobile phone counter that we can buy mobile phone ,sim card .I bought a local simcard here to use in Vanuatu.It's only 1,000 vatu and can call approximately 30 minutes.
There ‘s a small restaurant as you can see from the picture.In early morning they have some snack like some pastries,coffee (but instant coffee) and some soft drinks.If I knew that soon the hot meal will arrive I wouldn’t have those pastries..I prefer a main meal …(it’s just like this in my country ,we don’t really have breakfast but a hot meal).So after finish the check-in process while waiting for my flight at 10.20 I tried their hot meal,they have fried beef and something that look similar to fish green curry(serve with rice) but after taste it ,it’s kind of tasteless for me cuz Thai green curry is much more tasty.I can had only half of it cuz too full and it's quite big volume .Few local men next to me had the fried beef and they seem to enjoy it .
By the way...there's fresh pop corn too...if zoom up the first pic you can see everything I mentioned.
Taxi around Efate island
Looking for a trip all the way around the island of Efate? We had a great trip in a taxi we hired (12,000vatu), the driver's name was Andre - he's a very friendly and well informed guide, and a safe and courteous driver. He's popular too, everyone seems to know him! He took us everywhere we wanted to go, and heaps of places we didn't know about as well. Personally, after being on those roads all day, there's no way I'd rent a car and drive myself - I'd be too tired from dodging the enormous potholes!
- Family Travel
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