Vanuatu Travel Guide

  • Vila view from sea plane.
    Vila view from sea plane.
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  • Nice views from up there.
    Nice views from up there.
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  • Back from a dip, in the cool waters.
    Back from a dip, in the cool waters.
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Vanuatu Highlights

  • Pro
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    CandS says…

     Gorgeous!!!! Fantastic people, beautiful landscapes... 

  • Con
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    K.Knight says…

     Isolated and the major towns are expensive. 

  • In a nutshell
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    cosmopolit says…

     olde times very yesteryear in a peaceful time there back then 

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Port-Vila

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Vanuatu/Efate/Port_Vila-1905998/TravelGuide-Port_Vila.html

121,256,48

Tanna

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Vanuatu/Tafea_Province/Tanna-1905848/TravelGuide-Tanna.html

53,82,0

Efate

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Vanuatu/Efate/Efate-1906792/TravelGuide-Efate.html

19,19,1

Lelepa Island

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15,18,0

Espiritu Santo

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10,12,2

Mele

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Vanuatu/Efate/Mele-1906253/TravelGuide-Mele.html

10,10,0

Pango

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Vanuatu/Efate/Pango-1906053/TravelGuide-Pango.html

9,8,0

Vanua Lava

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1,2,0

Iririki Island

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6,12,0

Ureparapara

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Vanuatu/Torba_Province/Ureparapara-1905767/TravelGuide-Ureparapara.html

3,5,0

Pentecost

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Vanuatu/Pentecote/Pentecost-1906028/TravelGuide-Pentecost.html

1,2,0

Port-Vila

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  • What a hidden Gem - JoJo Vanuatu

    Port-Vila Shopping

    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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  • 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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  • wooden sculptures & drums

    Port-Vila Things to Do

    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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Tanna

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  • Mount Yasur

    Tanna Things to Do

    You really must visit Mt Yasur Volcano if you get the chance...it is amazing!! We arrived just on sunset to find the hot lava being spewed in the air. We could also hear the huge 'booms' from a long way away...very scary when you get up close but fantastic all the same!!! Mt Yasur is on the opposite side of the island to the airport so you can...

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  • Welcome to Fantasy Island!

    Tanna Transportation

    Vanair is Vanuatu's domestic airline and has 2 (sometimes 3) roundtrip flights each day from Port Vila to Tanna Airport.The aircraft is one of those small, propeller driven aircrafts and the flight takes about an hour.

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  • Our Tanna and Yasur Volcano experience...

    Tanna Favorites

    For people wanting to visit Tanna Island to see Yasur volcano and experience the true tradition of the locals; you must stay at Yasur Camping Site. This is located at the Base of Yasur near the entrance to the volcano. You can’t get any closer.We arrived on Tanna in the afternoon and were met with our Host Jackson. After loading our gear and...

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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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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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Espiritu Santo

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  • Nanda Blue Hole

    Espiritu Santo Things to Do

    We heard about the Nanda Blue Hole from a friend that travels to Santo every year.One of the most amazing natural wonders on Santo is the blue holes. These are deep blue freshwater holes that are carved out by the natural springs that bubble up from underground. They have to be seen to be believed.The most magical blue hole on Espiritu Santo is the...

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  • Aore Island Resort

    Espiritu Santo Hotels

    P.o. Box 306,Luganville, Espiritu Santo, VU

  • Eat at the market stalls after dark

    Espiritu Santo Off The Beaten Path

    Head towards the market after 9pm, and you'll find out where everyone congregates. To the left of the main market is a row of stalls with benches set out infront. Sit down, and the cook will appear offering to whip up a meal right in front of you. The food isn't complicated (chicken'n'chips), but is what the locals eat, so is a lot cheaper than the...

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Mele

See all 10 Mele Tips
  • 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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Vanua Lava

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    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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Iririki Island

  • 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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  • Sundowners at the pool terrace

    Iririki Island Nightlife

    Light and casual, but not too brief in public places please. Tropical clothes for evening wear – no ties are required.

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  • Sticky stuff

    Iririki Island Tourist Traps

    It aint cheap but do we mind once seduction has started.. Be decadent and indulge yourself until your reach elegant sufficiency. Take away on main road Port Vila

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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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Pentecost

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    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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Top Vanuatu Hotels

Port-Vila Hotels
121 Reviews - 256 Photos
Lelepa Island Hotels
15 Reviews - 18 Photos
Pango Hotels
9 Reviews - 8 Photos
Tanna Hotels
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Moso Island Hotels
1 Hotel
Luganville Hotels
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Lenakel Hotels
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Espiritu Santo Hotels
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Efate Hotels
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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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