Vanuatu Ultimate Travel Guide

In the midst of the Pacific Ocean, lies the archipelago so pristine and untouched that it feels like only the purest souls have walked on this part of the world. Vanuatu, a land of dreams, remote yet full of life, highly underrated in my opinion. We spent a week in Port Vila to escape Australia’s winter, and boy, do I wish we could have stayed longer.

Best time to Visit

Vanuatu is one of the few places where weather is great all year round.
April – October are the dry seasons. We went in June, and there were hardly any tourists.
November – March is wet season with brief showers.

Add to your Vocabulary

Pidgnise your English = Bislama

  • Halo – Hello
  • Tangkyu – Thank You
  • Hamas – How Much

Must Experience in Port Vila

  • Mele Cascades
  • Blue Lagoon Swimming Hole
  • Hideaway Island & Underwater Post Office
  • Tanna Coffee
  • Markets
  • Laplap – taro/yam, coconut cream & meat wrapped in banana leaf, yum!
  • Traditional Dance & Kava
  • Iririki Island
  • Lava Lounge
  • Beach Bar & Fire Show

Things To Do

Read more on Things To Do in my next post!

Surrounding Islands

Currency Exchange

If you’re not planning to use credit cards over there, bring cash to exchange in Port Vila rather than your own country. You’ll get a much better rate at Goodies in town, so change just enough cash at the airport to get you there.

Our First Impression

When we first landed in the town centre of Port Vila, it was very quiet, only a handful of tourists in sight, and that was a Saturday night! We doubted our choice of destination right away, but have decided to be positive and give it more time. After a casual chat with a local shop owner, we learnt that there’s a cruise ship coming the next day, everyone took the rest of the day off to prepare for a busy Sunday. Obviously cruise ships bring major business to their tourism industry, and we were eager to find out what was really in store! So our real Vanuatu experience started on Sunday, and each day turned out to be better than the last.

Getting Around

Driving around the entire island only takes about half a day, I would recommend hiring a car, or a quad bike to see everything Efate has to offer. Rent a scooter to explore the places that are off the main road!

We were lucky enough to find a local to be our chauffeur, his English is limited but attitude is top notch. The blasted upbeat island music from his blown out speakers somehow became one of the highlights of our trip!

Where To Eat

There’s no trouble finding food and drinks on the island! Below are some the restaurants and bars we’ve been to, apart from these, you can always order food & beverages from resorts and enjoy them right by the pool/beach!

Nambawan Cafe
For a nice meal on a budget, this is our favourite, enjoy their Daily Theme Special meal deal overlooking the harbour!

Lava Lounge

This is the place to chill in the evenings! Upbeat atmosphere inside the bar, romantic ambience out on the deck that sits right on the water, great selection of drinks and excellent service!

Le Cafe Du Village

Most friendly staff, make this your first stop and have a chat with the locals for advice on what to do, where to go, what to see! This reminds me of a little secret garden, quiet and cosy by the water!

The Waterfront Bar & Grill

This is more of a bar if you want to grab a few drinks and relax by the water, it’s beautiful at night with the lights across from Iririki Island.

The Beach Bar

The famous fire dance show on the beach, runs every Friday night, must visit in Vanuatu! I personally really enjoyed the drinks, but quality of food was average, might have been a busy night for them.

Where To Stay

Find out where we stayed in Port Vila!

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