Port-Vila Travel Guide

  • Vila view from sea plane.
    Vila view from sea plane.
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  • Back from a dip, in the cool waters.
    Back from a dip, in the cool waters.
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  • Nice views from up there.
    Nice views from up there.
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Port-Vila Things to Do

  • Giving gifts to the bride

    I saw pigs and many fruits and taro that the fiancees loaded in a small truck and brought to their house.

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  • wooden sculptures & drums

    Dont miss to take a closer look at the traditional wooden sculptures that you will find in the car-parking of the restaurant "Le Rendez Vous".Some of these sculptures are actually drums, called Tomtom, used also in order to communicate with other tribes far away or simply for making music. I will also show some more pictures of them in my...

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  • some great murals in Vila

    Keep your eyes open while taking a walk through the town of Vila and maybe you are lucky to see some of these graffities and murals there. Around the Vanuatu Holiday hotel I saw these murals in my pictures here !b.t.w. this hotel is quite small and is also far away from the beach, maybe they have a pool, I dont know, as these murals were painted on...

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Port-Vila Restaurants

  • Breakas beach resort restaurant

    The first night in Vanuatu I stayed in Blue Pango motel at Pango peninsula but they didn't have restaurant.There are about 2 restaurants near by .Just walk out of the motel alley to the main road ,turn left for about 110 meter you'll see the sign for a restaurant.I tured right in an alley uphill but didn't see any thing that look like...

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  • a restaurant with a great view of the...

    "Le Rendez Vous" is a restaurant in the town of Vila, and it has an excellent view of the bay and of your cruiseship !Le Rendez Vous is open daily, seven days a week for lunch and dinner !Dont miss to take a look at its wooden sculptures in the car-park, see some pics of them in my "things to do" tips ! I just had a coffee and a cake, so I cannot...

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  • Vanuatu - Coconut Crab is an Endangered...

    Please do not eat this endangered species - tourists should know this so they can make an informed choice - I read one reviewer who even mentioned they knew this but didn't seem to care - how thoughtless people can be. Coconut Crab - please do not eat this endangered species - tourists should know this so they can make an informed choice - I read...

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Port-Vila Nightlife

  • Interesting bar scene

    The Wild Pig Hotel has a great bar area (and a restaurant next door) that you can take advantage of without being a guest at the hotel. The Tusker (beer brewed in Vanuatu) is cold and relatively cheap (300 VT, about US$2.75 for a pint). They have a pool table, which definitely makes for good entertainment and quick comraderie, regardless of if...

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  • Mamu Bar

    We didn't see the Mamu Bar open at night but when the cruise ship came in it was open in the middle of the day and was going OFF! The cruise ship people came in and took over the whole place...hehe...

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  • Sunset

    We saw some gorgeous sunsets while we were in Vanuatu and this is just one of them that I took a photo of. We were standing on the path just beside the ocean...very pretty...

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Port-Vila Transportation

  • Port Vila Bauerfield Airport ,Domestic...

    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,...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Port-Vila Shopping

  • Masks and tamtams

    This market was very rich in souvenirs, many of them were very pretty. tamtams, totems You can bargain, it always works.

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  • Typical T Shirt

    Besides the port there are shops selling souvenirs. The wooden statues are very popular as well as the T shirts. T shirts Normal price

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  • What a hidden Gem - JoJo Vanuatu

    On a recent visit to Vanuatu we hired a car and found this hidden gem at a place called Paradise Cove about 15 minutes from port vila. It is the boutique and studio of a fashion designer. I had a lovely chat with Jojo about visits to Paris and got to see the works in progress in the studio. I even got to see some of the silk collection and vintage...

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Port-Vila Local Customs

  • Massages & more

    Next to the place, where the cruseships dock you will find a lot of local massage-parlours right between some of the many souvenirstands. I did not try them out, it all looked very simple, local ladies doing massages behind a thin curtain. One of my passenger-collegues enjoyed it a lot and of course it was a lot cheaper than even the cheapest...

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  • Bislama

    The locals speak an amusing dialect called Bislama and it's commonly written on signs. It's fun to try to figure out what they're saying!

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  • Kava Houses

    There are tons of kava houses in and around Port Vila. You can tell where they are by a glowing gas lit lamp outside the house. Enjoy! Be careful not to drink too much- It can make you really nauseous!

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Port-Vila Warnings and Dangers

  • beware of buying wooden products,...

    Australia does not accept the import of foreign products made of wood and other natural products, because they are afraid there might be some dangerous micro-organisms getting into Australia that way.So, when your cruise will end in Australia, you better think twice before you are going to buy any of these great wooden souvenirs. There might be...

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  • Cash withdrawal from ATM's

    We experienced no problems with ATM's in Port Vila. We happily withdrew cash from our Westpac Mastercard at the Westpac ATM in the main street, and cash from our linked Visa debit/credit account from the ANZ ATM's as well. Also, if you get stuck changing money on the weekend when banks etc are closed, many restaurants take Aussie dollars too.

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  • Sea snakes in Erakor lagoon.

    Not really a danger if you are careful. In the lagoon between Erakor Island and Le Lagon resort when snorkelling you can see multi-colored sea snakes. The local children we were with seem completely unconcerned and just motioned to us to swim a couple of metres away from them. We did see them more than once but if they are not provoked the risk of...

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Port-Vila Tourist Traps

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    Beware Taxis

    by rcarlyle Written Apr 5, 2010

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    If you use a taxi, set the price up front. Buses are the best way to get around only 100vt in town and 200vt out of town.

    Unique Suggestions: If you use a taxi, set the price up front.

    Fun Alternatives: Buses are the best way to get around only 100vt in town and 200vt out of town.

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Port-Vila What to Pack

  • cover your head & skin

    Vila and its cruise-port Port Vila had been the hottest placest that I came to on my cruise to the Fiji Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. At lunchtime it was much too hot to take a walk around and the heat was also full of humidity that made you soaking wet within just a few meters walk. So you better cover your head and skin and walk in the...

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  • Packing...

    Take an extra bag for when you go home...you will probably buy a few things while in Vanuatu... ;) Light and casual clothing is about all you will need. Plus maybe one pair of long pants and a light jacket. Also take good walking shoes and some wet socks/surf socks if you have them. You should bring most stuff from home but you can buy things at...

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Port-Vila Off The Beaten Path

  • Some great graffities in Port Vila

    I am really glad I took a walk to the village, because that way I was able to see such great graffities on my way. This building of a local electricity-provider is painted all over by interesting graffities with scenes of the native people and obviously also some local dances.I think it is a great idea to ask local artists to decorate such...

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  • Kava Bar

    Best Kava Bar I have been to in Vila.Near Mangoes, at end of Hospital grounds (other side of road from Hospital and south (no good with directions - assuming Magoes is just north of the gate leading from Hospital, then the Kava Bar is 100 m south). Wonderful view over lagoon to La Meridien.Not too tourisy but doesnt stay open very late - about...

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  • Black sandy beach in remote locale

    About 15 mintues out of Port Vila after Hideaway Island is a road which takes you out to Devil's Point. The Point is at the end of the road, along the way there is a Restaurant call Benjor Beach Club. I've never eaten here but have heard it's not bad. Along this road to the point is incredible black sandy beaches. We pulled to the side of the road...

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Port-Vila Sports & Outdoors

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    Resorts Have the Lot

    by skatzcatz Written Jul 28, 2004

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    All resorts in Vila offer a variety of water sports. Windsurfers, Sail boats, scuba diving, snorkelling or swimming. Give them a go, the reef and waves are awesome......

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Port-Vila Favorites

  • Beautiful places, beautiful people.

    I am concerned with many of the very old reviews of Port Vila still sitting on this site. Port Vila in 2014 is a different place to what it was even 6 years ago. Some people complain that it is hot, humid and expensive and that you have to haggle for prices on goods and services. Tip: Travel to anywhere in Vanuatu between April and November. You...

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  • Vila is the capital of Vanuatu

    Vila is the capital of the state of Vanuatu and this island was inhabited already 1200 BC, because some sceletons of that time were found in Vila in 2004.Vanuatu consists of 83 islands and 67 of them are inhabited. The total population of Vanuatu is 243.000. The currency of Vanuatu is called Vatu (VUV) In Nov. 2011 the exchange-rate was 1 EUR =...

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  • Money Exchange

    The best place and rate to change money in Port Vila is "Goodies" on the main road through the town. Goodies is a combined money exchange / souvenier shop located right in the centre of Port Vila itself. They sell handicrafts and also have a small counter for money exchange.Right next door is a small round shaped restaurant that serves delicious...

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Explore Deeper into Port-Vila
To Port Vila
Transportation
you cannot escape them
Shopping
some local houses of Vila
Things to Do
the catholic church of Vila
Things to Do
walk to Vila from the cruiseship
Transportation
Take a taxi from the ship to Town
Transportation
When you come to Port Vila by cruiseship
Transportation
Coconut Crab
Restaurants
What a great venue!
Restaurants
EXPLORE CASCADE WATERFALLS and SURROUNDS
Things to Do
Snorkel at Hideaway Island,Rent or Buy Gear Here
Things to Do
You gotta see the markets!
Things to Do
Support Ni-Vanuatu communities and not China!
Shopping
SAMPLE ISLAND FOOD WITH OCEAN VIEWS
Restaurants
Cheapest Duty Free
Shopping
Sea Plane ride
Things to Do
Horse riding
Things to Do
Taxi around Efate island
Transportation
Local church
Things to Do
Best meal I ever had!
Restaurants
Snorkelling
Things to Do
Quality as Cheap as Chips!
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The only place to CHILL
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Unspoilt & Unsurpassed!
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Snorkelling on Hideaway island.
Things to Do
Chinese restaurants are better given a miss.
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Sailing a small yacht on Erakor lagoon.
Things to Do
Duck in for a beer at the "Mamu bar".
Restaurants
The Best Seafood in Villa!
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expensive but GOOD
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Absolutely MUST go here.
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Fantastic Venue, not great food. Drinks perhaps?
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Beautiful place, SHOCKING service
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Lovely View!
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Best Pub in town - and possibly the only one.
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Very Romantic Little Spot
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General info for the first-time traveller
Favorites
Beware of the Dog!
Warnings and Dangers
Day trip to the island on Survivor: Vanuatu
Things to Do
Round and about
Transportation
Map of Port-Vila

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