Vanuatu is a place where you can do little or a lot – it’s up to you. We think the Vanuatu tourism slogan “Discover What Matters” is right on the money. Not only are there lots of things to see and to do, this is a destination where you can discover a lot about yourself, your partner and the things that matter in your relationship. There are plenty of organised day/half-day tours and a few we recommend are listed below.
Hiring a small car can be handy to get about, or we can organise your own bus and driver or organise tours.
- Vanuatu Ecotours: Take a kayak safari up the Rentapao River or a bushwalk to Lololima Cascades (private waterfall and swimming hole) with Pascal Guillet and his excellent team of guides.
- Offroad Adventures: Get off road and perhaps a little dirty in these fun buggies – guides will take you to villages and beaches that many visitors don’t get to see.
- Hideaway Island: Great snorkelling in the marine sanctuary, a good snack bar and a nice place to sit and read or unwind. There’s also the world’s only underwater post office to send a waterproof postcard back home.
- Mele Cascades: Great waterfall, refreshing plunge pools and a feel for a jungle walk without needing fitness. Here’s a tip – they can be your own Honeymoon Cascades but you need to head up very early in the morning. Head there around dawn and you will get a couple of hours before any tourists arrive – then pay the entry fee on the way out.
- Eton Beach: A cool, clear freshwater stream meanders slowly in to warm salt water. It’s a nice, sandy beach with a grassy area above, toilets, a sheltered hut, a couple of nice snorkelling spots and a breakwater for surf fishing.
- Coongoola Cruise: A lovely day on an a classic sailing ketch from Havannah Harbour to crystal clear waters, fine white coral sand beaches, reef snorkelling, a turtle sanctuary with a beach barbecue, morning and afternoon tea and perhaps a few dolphins off the bow.
- Meridian Sunset Cruise: Unwind before dinner with drinks and nibbles on this two-hour sunset cruise from Port Vila harbour.
- Ekasup Village: You have to take a tour to experience Ekasup – a traditional ni-Vanuatu village experience. It’s certainly worth it… And on Friday nights they have a Melanesian Feast in the village.
- Lelepa Island: A full day tour where you can take a bush walk to caves, snorkel, fish, play with dolphins, with a BBQ lunch, soft drinks, snorkelling gear, morning and afternoon refreshment provided.
- Game Fishing The fishing in Vanuatu is excellent and it’s rare to see the big boats return without a few flags flapping in the breeze. (more info….)
- Scuba Diving Diving is also excellent and accessible. It’s only about 20 minutes on a boat to dive sites with superb visibility, including wreck dives. Diving is relatively cheap and one-off introductory dives are available. (more info..)
- Horse Riding… There’s riding for learners and experienced and a ride along a tropical beach or through the lush, natural vegetation is highly memorable.
- Museum & Cultural Centre: Save this one in case you have a day where the weather’s not too wonderful. There’s a lot on Vanuatu’s interesting history from cannibalism to the Condominium.
- Golf at Mele: The Port Vila Golf and Country Club is a good 18-hole seaside golf course where guests are welcome and the holes are challenging. Friendly ni-Vanuatu caddies are there to assist. Visitors can join the Saturday competition if they have proof of handicap. (more info..)