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Port Vila
Travel Guide

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.

Top hotels in Port Vila

Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
4 out of 5
Tassiriki Park, Port Vila, Efate
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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
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Nestled on the beach, this Port Vila resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Erakor Lagoon and Iririki Island. Port Vila Market is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

4.2/5Excellent! (717 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
Breakas Beach Resort
Breakas Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Pango Bay Road, Port Vila, Efate
The price is NZ$214 per night from 17 Mar. to 18 Mar.

Nestled on the beach, this Port Vila resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pango Point, National Museum and Iririki Island. Port Vila Market and University of the ...

4.3/5Excellent! (394 reviews)

"From the moment we arrived and walked in we felt at home and our tanks being filled up. The place is beautiful, relaxing and shear joy. We were even given an extra fan to handle the humidity. The food was excellent and the free breakfast was great. Staff were very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

Breakas Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Port Vila

PASI Lodge
PASI Lodge
3 out of 5
2 Nambatu Wallis, Port Vila, Efate
The price is NZ$32 per night from 5 Mar. to 6 Mar.

Situated in Port Vila, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Parliament House and National Museum. Port Vila Market and University of the South ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (13 reviews)

"Property was good for budget accommodation. Neighbors were a bit noisy and dogs barking several times during the night"…"

Reviewed on 2 Apr. 2019

PASI Lodge
Waves at Surfside
Waves at Surfside
4 out of 5
Pango Rd, Port Vila
The price is NZ$418 per night from 28 Feb. to 1 Mar.

Situated on the beach, this eco-friendly villa is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Erakor Lagoon and within 3 miles (5 km) of Iririki Island and Port Vila Market. Pango ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

":) Perfect view. Property was right on the beach, 2 minute walk to Breakers (breakfast/lunch/dinner). Hosts were very helpful and reachable after-hours. :( Wifi was not connected until the second day of our stay and was quite slow. Hot water was not turned on but was fixed within minutes. Overall, ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov. 2019

Waves at Surfside
Quest Apartments
Quest Apartments
4 out of 5
Tassiriki Park Road, Port Vila, Efate
The price is NZ$87 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Situated in Port Vila, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Erakor Lagoon, Iririki Island, and Port Vila Market. University of the South Pacific ...

4/5Very Good! (33 reviews)
Nice place.

"Very nice place, the owner is very helpfull and friendly. You have your own kitchen to cook though it is a bit runned down. Great value for money."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb. 2020

Quest Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Port Vila


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 28.44311377245509%
4 - Good
4 - Good 52.395209580838326%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 15.568862275449101%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 3.2934131736526946%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0.2994011976047904%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Mar. 2020

Easy to get around. Buses are easy to use. lots to look at in easy walking distance. Recommend Nature tours. Guide was very knowledgeable on all areas of the island culture and history, all attractions entry fees on tour were included in the price.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar. 2020

Cute markets, the city is like other island nations a bit poor but very bustling and entertaining in different ways. Stick to the resorts if you want a 5 star holiday. If you are happy to experience the island day to day life explore the city a bit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Mar. 2020

It’s okay. We didn’t spend much time there. Mostly at the pristine beaches

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

18 Feb. 2020

This is a dirty and and unkept town with poverty and not enough to see nor restaurants. Very disappointing over all. Airport was even worse.

5/5 - Excellent


15 Feb. 2020

Fantastic place, will return again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Feb. 2020

The locals are so happy and friendly

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