Vanuatu 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

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Tanna

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Efate

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Espiritu Santo

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Lelepa Island

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Ambrym

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Mele

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Pango

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Malakula

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Ureparapara

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Iririki Island

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Vanua Lava

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Pentecost

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Moso Island

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Port-Vila

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  • Pandanus Shop

    Port-Vila Things to Do

    A little shop that is a jem! Similar to an Australia high street design shop with jewelry, art, original tshirts, belts, books and more. A must visit when in Vanuatu. Lots of the items are made in Vanuatu and a nice eclectic mix of international goodies. Prices are fair and they accept aussi dollars as well as the local money.

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  • Erakor Island Resort & Spa

    Port-Vila Hotels

    OK, I have to confess I didn't actually stay at this hotel, but I did spend some time strolling...

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  • SWIMMING AT THE BEACHES

    Port-Vila Warnings and Dangers

    Reef shoes or fins that fully enclose your feet are a must when you are at the beaches here, or it is likely you will cut your feet to ribbons.The beaches are good to swim at/and /or snorkle. A little way out from the shore, there is generally fish and corals to see.

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Tanna

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  • Mount Yasur

    Tanna Things to Do

    Tanna , Yasur volcano entry pass was 3,350 vt./person and if go again for the second time it’s half price ,the third time another half and 4th time on…it’s for free .I went there 2 times ,first time in the evening and second time early in the morning .I’d love to see it again and again .The second time I’d like to try early morning to see how...

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  • Yasur entry pass.

    Tanna Things to Do

    Tanna , Yasur volcano entry pass was 3,350 vt./person and if go again for the second time it’s half price ,the third time another half and 4th time on…it’s for free .I went there 2 times ,first time in the evening and second time early in the morning .I’d love to see it again and again .The second time I’d like to try early morning to see how...

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  • Coffee production.

    Tanna Things to Do

    I visited one of the small local coffee production of Tanna.Tanna coffee is famous because of its unique and natural product.Tanna coffee is grown under the shadow of the still active Yasur volcano that make it so unique and deep rich soil,good sunshine and rainfall make it excellent product.It accomplishes it’s award winning high quality natural...

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Efate

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  • Port Vila

    Efate Things to Do

    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...

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  • Erakor Island Resort & Spa

    Efate Hotels

    Po Box 24, Efate, Efate, VU

  • Round the island tour

    Efate Things to Do

    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...

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Espiritu Santo

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Lelepa Island

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  • Lelepa Island Tour

    Lelepa Island Things to Do

    We did a Lelepa Island Day Tour run by the locals. The day tour includes transfers from your resort in Port Vila, BBQ lunch, snorkelling gear, morning and afternoon refreshments etc. It costed us 3600 vatu each but we got a half price deal because we were staying at Pangos Paradise Cove Resort... I'm not sure if that is a common thing or not but it...

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  • Caving!

    Lelepa Island Things to Do

    There are some great caves on the other side of the island..the tour will take you there. THey're really old and there's a very old handprint there..the locals beleive the spirits live there..it's very cool. they lit candles for us and we went in about 70m ..it was great!

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  • walking and boats

    Lelepa Island Transportation

    The tour will take you around the island, walking and by boat. If you're brave enough to go there by yourself.. then remember to ask permission before you go anywhere as the island is all private property and even the water, bush, caves are owned by people. When you pay for the island tour, this contributes to the locals.

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Ambrym

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  • Grocery shop.

    Ambrym Shopping

    1 ,2 There are few grocery shops near Sam's place.If you don't know it's a bit hard to get into it but one place that there's the sign indicate clearly that it is the shop.. it's called " Tchimae co -op Craig cove".It's about half way between airport and Sam's guesthouse.From Sam's place ..walked out to the main road (the only road) notice a fork...

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  • Volcano trekking ( 7)

    Ambrym Things to Do

    The smaller vents or fumarole that Dick said “the son of Marum” This kind of vents are often in the neighborhood of volcanoes, which emits steam and gases such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen sulfide. The steam is created when superheated water turns to steam as its pressure drops when it emerges from the ground....

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  • Volcano trekking (6)

    Ambrym Things to Do

    Ambrym is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and actually there is only one volcano on Ambrym but activity after the caldera formation was mostly around two vents that have become large complex craters called ‘Marum’ (1,270 m) and ‘Benbow’ (1,159 m) but there are also some other smaller crater that contain lava lake.Ambrym is a large...

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Mele

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  • Hideaway Island 'Beach'

    Mele Favorites

    This is a view of the Hideaway Island 'Beach'... They suggest you don't snorkel in this area because of the rough rocks...

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  • Bus and Ferry

    Mele Transportation

    To get to Hideaway Island from Port Vila you will need to catch a mini bus or taxi out to the ferry point (about a 10 minute drive) and then catch the free ferry across the water. (You will then have to pay the 500 vatu entry fee on arrival)

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  • Mele Cascades

    Mele Things to Do

    The Mele Cascades are gorgeous!! The water is crystal clear and runs over limestone so it looks fantastic. The cascades are about a 10 minute drive north of Port Vila and it costs around 200 vatu to get out there. Once you arrive you will have to pay a 1000 vatu fee to get into the cascades too...and if you're lucky you will get a guide. You can...

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Pango

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  • Pango Paradise Cove Restaurant

    Pango Restaurants

    The restaurant at the Pango Paradise Cove Resort is pretty good. We ate there one night (plus breakfast for the first 3 mornings) and it was always good. The restaurant is in a great location near the beach.

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  • Pango Beach

    Pango Favorites

    You can swim and snorkel at the 'beach' at Pango Point. It is a beautiful area, especially to sit while having breakfast, lunch or dinner at the resort restaurant. :)

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  • Pango Paradise Cove Resort

    Pango Favorites

    Pango Paradise Cove Resort is right on Pango Point... It's a nice resort with lots to do. The only down side is that it is about 15 - 20 minutes drive into town...

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Malakula

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  • Grocery store.

    Malakula Shopping

    In the copra factory area, there is one grocery store that sell many things,it's quite big shop, sell almost every thing you may need.There 're cold drinks in refrigerater...The whole box of 24 bottle Tusker beer = 5,200 vt.There are customer regularly.

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  • Amel Toro Bungalows & Restaurant

    Malakula Hotels

    I didn't stay here but had chance to take a glimpse inside the room .It's quite spacy inside and...

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  • Rano Island (5)

    Malakula Things to Do

    The experience of outrigger canoe was amazing for me.Apart from swimming in the sea ,this made me so close to the water ,feeling like floating above the ocean but without any sound… no engine ...no jet ski…no people around...only the waves.. the sound of paddling .. and beautiful colour of sea water around..umm…I loved this.The trip of this canoe...

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Ureparapara

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  • Kastom dance

    Ureparapara Local Customs

    our captain arranged for a kastom dance to be performed for us by the known dancers from the Banks islands. Which was easy for him as he knows nearly everyone in the area.

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  • Snorkelling n scuba

    Ureparapara Things to Do

    Make sure you'll make good use of the wonderful oportunities to observe marine life. Be it snorkelling or scubadiving it's breathtaking everytime.

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  • jungle walk to bat caves

    Ureparapara Favorites

    The locals are wonderful people who warlmy welcomed us upon arrival meeting us in their canoes.Then they wanted us to see the bat caves up on the craterside. They are not very big but the walk up to them is just breathtaking. Lush beautiful rainforest.

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Iririki Island

  • Have a copious breakfast

    Iririki Island Restaurants

    I had breakfast in the cafeteria. There was also a restaurant, but the cafeteria was more informal.You have to spend a determinate amount of money to get in Iririki resort, unless you are a customer. So the best way to spend that money is having lunch or breakfast, as I did. Buffet breakfast. See the picture.Needless to say that I did not have...

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  • Map of Iririki

    Iririki Island Favorites

    It is a very small island, soon you will get familiarized. Snorkelling and the good and copious breakfast were my best memories.

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  • experience it

    Iririki Island Favorites

    experience the whole island? i got the pleasure of living on iririki for many years. the resort is fantastic, there are new owners there now and from what i hear they are doing a fantastic job, but the resort is another story.the island itself is owned by the ifira villiage (the island behind) it is not possible for expats to own land, all under...

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Vanua Lava

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    Sailing the way to get there..

    by cosmopolit Written Dec 4, 2002

    The northern Banks islands are the most inaccessible in the group stretching 60-100 miles from Santo. These rugged and mysterious islands are entirely untouched by modern tourist development and this voyage has been a truly unique chance to see an area beyond the normal reach of other travellers.

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Pentecost

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    Land or cliffdiving

    by cosmopolit Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: Melanesias greatest contribution to the world is probably the most remarkable custom, land diving or ‘Nagol’ from Pentecost. Which has been witnessed in 1979 by a visitor who later introduced it to New Zealand as bungee jumping with rubber lines instead of vines. Nowadays it's the hype with adrenalin junkies who emulate something the Pentecost men have been doing for hundreds of years.
    Every year in April and May, a 20 to 30-metre tower is constructed for the land diving ceremony.

    Fondest memory: The bushwalking is both challenging and rewarding.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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  • Mar 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Havannah Resort Vanuatu was fantastic! I got a chance to meet local people who are very friendly and the staff of the resort were very accommodating. I stayed in a very comfortable, clean room where our king size bed was facing the beach where you can definitely see the breathtaking views of the area.

    I had a great time getting my entire body under the heat of the sun, enjoyed the crystal clear water and the place has a lovely weather in the evenings. The place was very romantic. Had some dining in their restaurant and tasted their delicious delicacies.

    At first I was hesitant to go to that place but when the guy I spoke with at travel agent called "Sure Thing Vanuatu Travel' said that it's a perfect place to stay during a holiday trip. So, I decided to give it a go. And now, I felt like I made the right choice cause I really did enjoy my stay in Havannah Resort Vanuatu and looking forward to visit that great place again soon.

    Thanks to my wife for convincing me to go, and thanks to Sure Thing for looking after us so well and organising the trip.

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