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Hideaway IslandVanuatu

Hide in plain sight at this Vanuatu island off the coast of Efate. Escape from modern distractions and focus on relaxation and enjoyment.

Snorkel, dive, dine and drink on Hideaway Island, a resort and marine sanctuary near Vanuatu’s Efate island. Enjoy some of the best diving in the South Pacific and plenty of non-diving activities as well.

You could probably swim the 300 feet (100 meters) from Efate’s Mele Beach to Hideaway Island, but it’s more convenient to take the free 5-minute ferry running regularly. Change into your swimsuit and quickly be on the beach for sunbathing and snorkeling. Swim to the Underwater Post Office just offshore to send a “Wish you were here” greeting to friends back home.

Diving is a key focus on Hideaway Island. PADI-certified divemasters host three dives daily, rotating through 18 sites along the island, from shore dives and caves to 90-foot (30-meter) walls. Join night dives three evenings weekly. Take instruction at varied levels, including night, wreck and photography specialties. The resort has updated rental gear, wetsuits, waterproof 12-megabyte cameras, underwater scooters and nitrox enriched air.

Wade into water just 6 to 13 feet (2 to 4 meters) deep to feed tame fish. Snorkeling just offshore will reveal anemones, fans, sponges and thousands of fish in the clear waters over the sandy bottom of the marine sanctuary. If you’re not a swimmer, appreciate the reef’s colorful corals and marine life via a ride on the glass-bottomed boat. A catamaran sailboat, pedal boats and kayaks are available for on-the-water excitement.

On land, play beach volleyball and have lunch and post-game drinks at the beachfront restaurant. Cross to the mainland for golf at Port Vila Golf and Country Club. Visit waterfalls, blue holes, rainforests or cultural villages.

Fly to Bauerfield International Airport near Port Vila and take a 10-minute taxi ride to Mele Bay to catch the Hideaway Island ferry. The marine park is open to non-resident visitors until late afternoon. Many activities are free to guests of island accommodations. Visitors can pay fees to participate. Transportation logistics work for cruise boat passengers to visit the island too.

Top hotels in Hideaway Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hideaway Island Resort
Hideaway Island Resort
3 out of 5
Mele Bay, Hideaway Island, Hideaway Island
The price is NZ$117 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Hideaway Island resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mele Bay and Port Vila Golf Country Club. Mele Cascades and Wet N Wild Zorbing are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (209 reviews)

"Great breakfast only underwater post office snorkelling right out front Terrific fire show at beach bar"…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar. 2020

Hideaway Island Resort
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
4 out of 5
Tassiriki Park, Port Vila, Efate
The price is NZ$263 per night

Located in Port Vila, this beachfront resort is on the riverwalk and within a 15-minute walk of University of the South Pacific and Ekasup Village. National ...

4.2/5Excellent! (192 reviews)
it was ok

"We were coming for meetings with the other missionaries in the area and our meetings were being hosted at the hotel. We’d been told how epic the hotel was so we paid to stay there vs staying somewhere less expensive. It was alright. We were greeted with a traditional custom greeting when we arrived ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020

Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
4.5 out of 5
Elluk Road Off Kumul Highway, Erakor Lagoon, Port Vila, Efate
The price is NZ$311 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Port Vila resort is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Iririki Island and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Port Vila Market. Erakor Lagoon and Parliament House ...

4.3/5Excellent! (716 reviews)

"great place on the water, property should have free shuttle to and from airport and free wifi"…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020

Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu

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Iririki Island

4/5(92 reviews)

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Port Vila Market
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Port Vila Market

4/5(226 reviews)

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Mele Bay
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Mele Bay

4.5/5(101 reviews)

Sightseeing and culture mingle happily with adventure sports in this eclectic and exotic playground.

Reviews of Hideaway Island


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2 Oct. 2019

I absolutely loved it, perfect location if you want to snorkel everyday, have a great view of the ocean, great location, great people, great food and great atmosphere, this is a great place to go. If you are fussy and picky, this is not for you.

4/5 - Good

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1 Sep. 2019

Love the people so friendly and happy lots to do

5/5 - Excellent

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22 May 2019

Would definitely recommend!

4/5 - Good

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13 Apr. 2019

Staff were amazing, loved diving here it was really excellent

4/5 - Good


31 Mar. 2019

Great place to relax, nice and quiet. Snorkelling can get busy on cruise ship day so maybe venture else where.

Cities near Hideaway Island

Mele Bay which includes a sandy beach and tropical scenes