Enjoy pristine white beaches, swim in turquoise blue waters, or simply soak up island culture at this stunning South Pacific paradise.
Located on Efate Island, Port Vila is full of attractions and is a great place to explore on foot. Wander around this capital city and admire the French and British colonial architecture. Stroll through Independence Park and see the Supreme Court in the former French residency before visiting the Sacré Coeur Cathedral in the French Quarter.
Escape the hot sun in the Michoutouchkine & Pilioko Foundation Art Gallery. This museum of oceanic art is home to some of the region’s most spectacular cultural treasures including native paintings and tribal masks. Vanuatu National Museum also has a wealth of South Pacific such as ceremonial head-dresses and traditional island artefacts.
If that’s worked up an appetite, sample some of the local produce in Port Vila Market. Take your pick from the colourful array of fresh fruit, veg and fish as you soak up the wonderful atmosphere. Before leaving, collect some unique souvenirs from the friendly locals running the handmade craft stalls.
If you crave a bit of adventure, hit the road for Mele Bay. This exotic playground is famed for its adventure sports and stunning outdoor attractions. Zip across a 200-metre wire 80 metres above a rainforest canopy, or zorb down a hill in a giant inflatable hydro ball. Cool off with a refreshing dip under the waterfall at Mele Cascades before absorbing the delicious sights and smells of the adjacent tropical gardens.
Take a tour of a local coffee factory and refresh yourself with an aromatic cup of 100% Arabica coffee. In need of something a little stronger? Pop into Vanuatu’s most famous microbrewery and sample some of the delicious locally brewed beer.
Hire a car and make the enjoyable drive to Eton Village on the east side of the Island. Deep blue lagoons and pristine white beaches are the trademarks of this pretty little hideaway. Stop off for a chat with the children in the local school before making the lovely walk down to Eton Beach. Swim, snorkel, scuba dive or simply lie back on the soft golden sands and listen to the sound of the waves as they gently caress the shore.
Make sure to leave enough time to visit the idyllic resort of Iririki Island. Visit the former British Residency, top up your tan on the silver beaches, or simply sit back with a cocktail and enjoy the most spectacular ocean views imaginable.