Hideaway IslandVanuatu

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Visit Hideaway Island

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
NZ$142
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Nestled on the beach, this Hideaway Island resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mele Bay and 1.6 mi (2.7 km) from Mele Cascades. Port Vila Golf Country Club and Wet ...

4.2/5Very Good! (200 reviews)

"It was amazing to be able to snorkel straight off the beach, perfectly clear water and loads of fish. The snorkel safari on a daily basis was fantastic. The meals at the restaurant were delicious. This is a perfect location to get away from everything, nice and relaxed. Not a 5 star resort, a bit ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Oct. 2019

Hideaway Island Resort
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
4.5 out of 5
Elluk Road Off Kumul Highway, Erakor Lagoon, Port Vila, Efate
NZ$305
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Nestled on the beach, this Port Vila resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Iririki Island, Port Vila Market and Pango Point. Erakor Lagoon and Parliament House are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (680 reviews)

"What a beautiful place. Check in was fantastic, especially the band playing a song as we walked in to the reception area. You just feel relaxed straight away!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec. 2019

Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
Grand Hotel and Casino
Grand Hotel and Casino
4 out of 5
Lini Highway, P.O Box 3061, Port Vila, Efate
NZ$175
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

This family-friendly Port Vila hotel is located on the Strip, within a 5-minute walk of Iririki Island and Port Vila Market. National Museum and Parliament House ...

4/5Very Good! (479 reviews)

"Well located in the centre of Port Vila. The hotel was comfortable and clean and the staff were very nice."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2019

Grand Hotel and Casino

Popular things to do in Hideaway Island

Port Vila Market
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Port Vila Market

4/5(202 reviews)

Peruse the stalls of this central market to pick up unique handcrafts and souvenirs or indulge in freshly baked French-style pastries and locally grown produce.

Mele Cascades
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Mele Cascades

4.5/5(95 reviews)

Just minutes from the island’s main urban hub, this haven of clear pools and waterfalls hidden within the jungle makes a perfect daytrip.

Iririki Island
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Iririki Island

4/5(81 reviews)

Indulge your senses and get a taste of Melanesian-island culture in this exclusive tropical paradise.

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5/5 - Excellent

Deb

Oct 2, 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

Verified traveler

Sep 1, 2019

Love the people so friendly and happy lots to do

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 22, 2019

Would definitely recommend!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 13, 2019

Staff were amazing, loved diving here it was really excellent

4/5 - Good

Elisha

Mar 31, 2019

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