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Vanuatu boasts 83 beautiful islands offering a unique blend of stunning geographic beauty, rich cultural experiences and endless tourist attractions - perfect for couples and families alike. Vanuatu is just a short flight from Australia’s east coast: three and a half hours from Sydney, two and a half hours from Brisbane and four hours from Melbourne.
Vanuatu offers the perfect destination for a relaxing beach holiday or, for those who want to do and see more, the activities and tourist attractions are endless. Snorkel over coral reefs or experience the culture in a local village. For the more adventurous, walk up the black volcanic ash planes to the summit of the world’s most accessible active volcano and watch the dramatic molten fireworks display.
For any visitor, Efate, Espiritu Santo and Tanna destinations are the ‘must-see’ islands. The nation’s largest towns are its capitals - Port Vila, which is situated on the main island of Efate and Luganville on Espiritu Santo. Espiritu Santo, north of Efate, is also home to Mount Tabwemasana, the country’s highest point at 1879 metres. On Tanna visitors will be awe-struck by Mount Yasur – the world’s most accessible active volcano.
The colourful capital of Port Vila offers a fantastic range of resorts for all travellers where you can do as much or as little as you please. Whether it's adventure, relaxation or indulgence, why not get out and about! Explore what all the islands have to offer and discover the captivating Melanesian Culture. There are a wide range of holiday adventures from cultural village experiences and sightseeing tours to abseiling down waterfalls, guided off-road buggy hire, horseback riding and cycling. Also enjoy water-based pursuits like diving, sailing, fishing and surfing.
In Port Vila, most accommodation is located around 15 minutes from the town centre. Local mini buses will take you anywhere! You can also explore on foot, catch taxis or hire a car.
Villa and Environs Tour
This tour is ideal for a short and sweet introduction to Port Vila. Visit the scenic waterfront, drive past Parliament House and visit local markets and main shopping areas. Along the way you'll see the old British and French jails and hospitals and places of historic and scenic interest. On this tour you'll have the opportunity to visit Vila Handprints where you can buy T-shirts at factory prices.
Travel past Mele Village to the base of Cascades Waterfalls where your guide will lead you to the falls. On the way you will have the opportunity to swim in the natural pools. When you reach the top enjoy a refreshing swim and take in the wonderful view from the lookout. Back at the base enjoy fruit refreshments before making the journey back to your hotel. Your tour mini-bus will provide pick-up and drop-off service to and from hotels.
Important information: This tour has a very steep and slippery climb and is recommended for those who are agile.
Sail And Snorkel - Half Day
Climb aboard your luxury boat for a half-day Vanuatu adventure. Then sit back and relax as you sail out to the crystal clear waters of Paradise Cove. Your boat will moor 6 metres from the shore allowing you to jump directly off the boat into the water to explore the fringing reef. Swim amongst the tropical marine life or walk out to the island. Take time out to explore the island, relax on the beach, paddle a kayak or make the most of the fantastic snorkelling.
Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Board 'Nemo' - Vanuatu's newest glass bottom boat and enjoy the snorkel safari tour. On the journey out to snorkel point enjoy the views of Ifira island and discover the underwater world beneath you through the large viewing panels located in the centre of the boat. The tour includes complimentary snorkel equipment to get amongst the fish and explore the surrounding marine life.
Taste Of Villa - Helicopter Tour
This scenic helicopter flight is a great introduction to Port Vila and its beauty from the air. This flight showcases pacific paradise island resorts, natural harbours and the aquatic playground of Port Vila.
Important information: Flights are subject to weather and weight limits.
Ekasup Cultural Village Tour
Discover the unique cultural and traditional lifestyle of Vanuatu and ancient Melanesia. This tour provides insight and knowledge of the Melanesian culture and traditions that have been passed on over many centuries in the archipelago of Vanuatu. Visit Ekasup Cultural Village to learn how to prepare herbs for medicine, methods of food preservation and roasting along with the preparation of a local dish, Laptap or Bunia. Be taught the skills for making hunting traps, weaving mats, hats and baskets!
Buggy Fun - Jungle Safari
Tour with a buggy or quad bike - the fun way to discover Port Vila and its surrounding area. See the magnificent beaches and feel the friendly welcome of villagers along the way. Drive along different roads and bush tracks. All buggies and quad bikes are automatic and easy to drive. After a 10 minute briefing, depart to your jungle safari. It's an awesome tour which covers 40 kms of bush tracks and different roads. Stop on the way for local refreshments that will be served at a small village.
Mt Yasur Volcano & Tanna Highlands Safari
Experience the awe-inspiring splendour of the mighty Yasur Volcano on this 4WD adventure to the far side of Tanna. Before reaching the peak of Mt Loanialu you will pass wild horses on the white grass plains, coffee plantations, farms and villages giving you a glimpse of the varied landscapes and village life. From Mt Loanialu you will drive through eerie ash plains and extinct lava flows before reaching the foot of the volcano. From there it’s a short walk to the crater rim where you can look down into the mouth of the volcano as molten lava bubbles and spits below. As the sun sets and night begins to fall, the red glow of the lava becomes more vibrant, leaving you in awe of the power and beauty of this natural environment. This is an experience not to be missed and one that will truly take your breath away.
Important information: Departures are dependant on volcano activity on the day. Not recommended for children under 7 years.