Five must-try experiences in Vanuatu

With no shortage of breathtaking sites and cultural experiences to rediscover the warmth, culture and natural beauty of Vanuatu, discover its wonders with these five experiences.

Port Vila

If you’re visiting Vanuatu, chances are you’ll begin your travels in the country’s capital, Port Vila. You can see most of the city’s sights in a day. A highlight is Blue Lagoon, an incredible lapis-coloured waterway where locals perfect acrobatic tricks on rope swings. Nearby is Eden on the River, where you can loll about in yet more waterholes or wander a series of rope bridges that web the rainforest. Be sure to enjoy a meal at Waterfront Bar & Grill, where the cocktails are en point, the seafood platters staggering and the sunsets sensational.

Head to the nation’s harbourside capital, Port Vila, on Efate Island. By the waterfront, Port Vila’s covered market – Mama’s Market – is known for its fresh produce and handicraft markets that line its streets. Women from the countryside provide stalls with unique handmade items to sell including traditional wood carvings, woven baskets, shell jewellery, hand-dyed sarongs and more. It’s a lively space to drink in the atmosphere and find a unique souvenir.

Under the sea

Moso Island is a hotspot for snorkelling with its balmy waters and richly coloured coral. A short boat trip off the northeast coast of Efate is Tranquillity Island Resort that offers diving expeditions with full and half day snorkelling trips in Havannah Harbour. Swim with tropical fish, through soft and hard corals and, if you are lucky, dolphins and maybe even a dugong.

Letter to a loved one

Or head to the Hideaway Island in Mele Bay that offers not only scheduled snorkelling and dive trips – you can even post an underwater letter to a loved one at the submarine post box serviced by Vanuatu Post. Then plunge into the aquamarine waters of Blue Lagoon and enjoy kayaking or a picnic at this magical oasis.

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the latest Vanuatu tourism campaign invites Ausralians to rediscover the natural wonders,  like this vibrant beach on Erakor Island, Efate

Discover a wild side

A little further afield, on the island of Tanna, climb to the tip of the crater of the world’s most accessible active volcano. Mount Yasur has been grumbling for a thousand-odd years and it’s here you can don a hard hat and feel the heat of thie natural wonder. Down by the water, Sulphur Bay is not only blessed by rich volcanic soil. It also has the added advantage of a hot spring running alongside the village that offers medical benefits.

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Champagne lifestyle

The island of Espiritu Santo is the largest in Vanuatu and known for its white sandy beaches and lush rainforests. Take a challenging hike through dense jungle to explore the island’s Millennium Cave. Then you can reward yourself with a refreshing swim in forest pools surrounded by cascading waterfalls.

Champagne beach is another must-visit location on Espiritu Santo. Think powdery white sand, electric blue water and a rainforest backdrop, with a side of volcanic bubbles. The beach is the site of underwater volcanic activity, which causes the ocean to froth and fizzle at low tide.

Where to stay in Port Vila

In Port Vila, check in to Mangoes Resort & Restaurant, where many of the spacious villas come with private plunge pools. The on-site restaurant serves a range of local and international dishes, including an excellent Vanuatuan take on ceviche.

Getting to Vanuatu

Air Vanuatu flies from a number of Australian cities to Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu.

To see Port Vila’s attractions, you’ll need a car and driver.

Discover more via Vanuatu Tourism.

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