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Port VilaVanuatu

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
The price is NZ$268 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.

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
Erakor Island Resort & Spa
Erakor Island Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
Erakor Island, Port Vila, Efate
The price is NZ$153 per night from 9 Dec. to 10 Dec.

Nestled on the beach, this Port Vila hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Erakor Lagoon, Iririki Island and Port Vila Market. Mele Bay and Parliament House are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (134 reviews)

"The island was beautiful and the staff super friendly. Some of the free water sports gear was a bit average but its free so we swapped them out for better ones. House cleaning also didnt replace our towels very well."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Erakor Island Resort & Spa
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$271 per night from 13 Dec. to 14 Dec.

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
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

Chantillys on the Bay
Chantillys on the Bay
4 out of 5
279 Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate
The price is NZ$206 per night from 2 Dec. to 3 Dec.

Located in the heart of Port Vila, this spa aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tana Russet Plaza, Iririki Island and Port Vila Market. Ekasup Village and ...

4/5Very Good! (158 reviews)

"Property was conveniently located within walking distance to centre of town. Although a little dated the hotel overall was pleasant to stay at. Views were wonderful from our top floor room. Disappointing that the balcony had no roof so no protection from rain or sun. Kitchen in room was handy. On ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar. 2020

Chantillys on the Bay
Tropical Serviced Apartments
Tropical Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
Nambatu, Port Vila

Situated in Port Vila, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Iririki Island and Port Vila Market. Erakor Lagoon and Parliament House are also ...

Tropical Serviced Apartments
Paradise Point Escape
Paradise Point Escape
4.5 out of 5
5 Worowloa Point, Port Vila, Efate

Nestled on the beach, this Port Vila holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mele Bay and Iririki Island. Port Vila Market is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"A spacious house on the water's edge within a gated community. A short 7-minute drive to the edge of town which makes this property handy to most amenities. The could be improved even further with some maintenance and a few more items of equipment e.g. dishwasher."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2019

Paradise Point Escape
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

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 28.44311377245509%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 52.395209580838326%
3 - Okay
52
3 - Okay 15.568862275449101%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.2934131736526946%
1 - Terrible
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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

Sparra

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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