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 Highlights

  • Pro
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    minstrel74 says…

     romantic atmosphere, beautiful tropical scenery, and just enough creature comforts 

  • Con
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    Winged says…

     Some anti-foreign sentiment exists; things can be expensive compared with other Pacific islands 

  • In a nutshell
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    cosmopolit says…

     To locals it's already Big city hectic but to us it's still paradise.. 

Port-Vila Things to Do

  • 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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  • some local houses of Vila

    Here you can see some local houses that I saw while taking a walk through Vila. Most of the houses look quite european, but at least some of the hotels have straw-thatched roofs in order to imitate the local buildings of ancient times (my last picture).

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Port-Vila Restaurants

  • 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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  • Coconut Crab

    PLEASE do not eat the Coconut Crab in Vanuatu Anywhere in Vanuatu - it is officially an ENDANGERED SPECIES - this is why it is expensive...and stooopid tourists keep ordering - so it will soon be extinct - PLEASE consider, so many other tasty options! Please don't eat endangered species like Coconut Crab!

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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

  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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  • 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,...

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Port-Vila Shopping

  • 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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  • you cannot escape them

    When you come by cruiseship to Vila you will find hundreds of souvenir-stands along the road to the town of Vila. I did not buy anything there, as my cruise ended in Australia and you are not allowed to take anything made of organic products into Australia, as they are afraid that micro-organisms might get into their country as well that...

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  • Support Ni-Vanuatu communities and not...

    Support local communities in need from the remote areas of Vanuatu! If you look closely at the products on sale at the outdoor handicrafts market and the Hebrida Market in Port Vila you will see that most of these items have been imported from China! Necklaces, purses, clothing, you name it...It is worthwhile to visit the "World Of Wonders" store...

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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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    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.

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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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    Iririki Island Pool

    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

  • 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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  • General info for the first-time...

    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...

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the catholic church of Vila
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What a great venue!
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EXPLORE CASCADE WATERFALLS and SURROUNDS
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Snorkel at Hideaway Island,Rent or Buy Gear Here
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You gotta see the markets!
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SAMPLE ISLAND FOOD WITH OCEAN VIEWS
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Cheapest Duty Free
Shopping
Sea Plane ride
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Horse riding
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Taxi around Efate island
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Local church
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Best meal I ever had!
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Snorkelling
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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.
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Chinese restaurants are better given a miss.
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Sailing a small yacht on Erakor lagoon.
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Duck in for a beer at the "Mamu bar".
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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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Beware of the Dog!
Warnings and Dangers
Day trip to the island on Survivor: Vanuatu
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Round and about
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Meat Pies!
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Poorly lit streets
Warnings and Dangers
Streets of Vila
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A Vanuatu Tradition
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Dont Miss the Mustard Steak!
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Huge Waterfall!
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Dont miss the Oyster shooters!!
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The only way to fly
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Port Vila Harbour
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Map of Port-Vila

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