Vanuatu Attractions - Vanuatu Region Guide

Diving and Snorkelling

Efate has some of the best dive sites in the South Pacific, with wrecks, reefs, drop offs, bommies and caves to explore.

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Boating, Sailing and Kayaking

Local tour companies offer half day, full day, over night, night and sunset sailing charters, boat cruises and deep sea fishing charters around the harbour and the nearby islands. Join an ocean kayak tour and paddle to a small coral island and discover the beauty of the coral gardens. You can also review marine life from above in a glass bottom boat, and may even see a dugong!

Deep Sea Fishing

Vanuatu offers some of the best reef and deep sea fishing in the South Pacific. Sports and game anglers pull in marlin, Wahoo, Dorado, yellow fin tuna, swordfish and a host of other fighting fish. Competition fishing is big in Vanuatu and tournaments are held all year round.

Jet Ski Boat

For a heart-stopping ride of your life experience high-speed jet boating at its best on the harbour. Guaranteed to get your adrenalin pumping.

Surfing, Life Saving, Stand up Paddle Boarding

You'll hear "there's no surf in Vanuatu" but there are some 4ft – 6ft waves to be found off Pango, Erator and Eratap which are suburbs close to the city of Port Vila. Just recently a surf school has begun operation at Pango and is proving popular for expat women and their children and local Ni Vanuatu children. Stand up paddle boarding is new to Vanuatu and with its calm clear waters it is gaining in popularity. Local expats have recently received some donations of surf life saving equipment and have begun their own version of "nippers", proving a favourite with parents and children alike.

Ocean Swimming

The Port Vila Masterbathers, are a faithful group of Vila Residents who gather in the harbour each day at lunch time to swim for fitness, pleasure and training. Some are preparing for "The Vanuatu Ocean Swimming competition" held in Port Vila each year and others enjoy the social aspect.

Kite Surfing

Kite surfing is relatively new to Efate and increasing in popularity with locals and visitors alike. In 2007, The Imere International Kite Surfing Challenge was held on the peninsular near Hideaway Island. It was a great success with riders from Vanuatu, Australia, New Caledonia, France and New Zealand participating.

Parasailing

Fun, safe, and easy for all ages you will parasail 65 meters from behind the boat while enjoying the beautiful Port Vila harbor marine life and breathtaking views. No experience is necessary, your flight will last 8 to 10 minutes and you will stay high and remain dry.

Abseiling

Trek through lush rainforests and abseil safely down the cascading waterfall and cool off in the crystal clear blue water.

Golf

The Port Vila Golf and Country Club is presently the only 18 hole championship course in Vanuatu and the course provides a challenge to professionals and Amateurs alike. The country club hosts the premier international golfing event "The Tusker Vanuatu Golf Open" held each year that is sponsored by Tusker, Vanuatu's own world-class beer. Nine Hole golf courses can be found at the Le Meridien and Le Lagon hotels and resorts.

The Secret Gardens Cultural Centre and Native Reserve

Formerly the Botanical Gardens, these gardens are now managed by local Ni Vanuatu.

Discover Vanuatu's early history, art work, wildlife, fauna and custom stories. Be aware that some of Vanuatu's early history of blackbirding and cannibalism and custom stories are not suitable for all visitors.

Blue Water Shark, Turtle Feeding

Take an easy 20 minute drive from Port Vila to Blue Water Resort and view man made rock pools containing sharks, turtles and marine life.

Cultural Village Tours

A fantastic experience with a cultural village that is a 'hands on' experience. Enjoy custom dance, story telling, music and a traditional Melanesian Feast. Local hotels and resorts also offer cultural evenings and Melanesian Feasts including kava tasting. The Vanuatu Cultural Centre and Museum features a collection of historical artifacts from the island of Vanuatu.

Hot Mineral Springs

Hot mineral springs are renowned in the South Pacific for their relaxing and therapeutic properties. Hidden away in the North East of Efate you will find a local Ni Vanuatu family slowly building a natural thermal pool. Don't be put off by the "rotten egg" smell of the sulphur, your skin and muscles will thank you for the experience. Wear old bathers as the sulphur is hard on clothing.

Horse Riding

There are two excellent horse-riding ranches in Vanuatu - l' Hippocampas (Sea Horse Ranch) and Club Hippique Adventure Park (CHAP), both about 15 minutes from Port Vila town. Half day and full day rides with guide available and include romantic sunset rides, rainforest treks and beach rides.

Seaplane, Helicopter Tours

Discover Vanuatu from a higher perspective and take a helicopter or seaplane tour around Port Vila or land on deserted beaches for a romantic and private experience.

Buggy Tours, Scooter and Motorbike Hire

Discover Efate on and off road on open buggies and quad bikes that are very easy to operate. Be your own tour guide, rent a car, scooter or motor bike and explore Efate at your leisure.

Hideaway Island

Travel fifteen minutes out of town and 3 minutes by Ferry and you will find yourself enjoying the beauty of Hideaway Island. Snorkel amongst amazing fish and marine life, including large clown fish colonies, dive off the reef, swim or sunbath or enjoy a great lunch. Make sure you post a postcard in the underwater post box.

 

Eco Tours

Kayaking, biking, hiking, swimming. If you are looking for a fun way to see the real Vanuatu, off the beaten tracks, then an Eco tour is for you. Discover the hidden beauty of the fabulous flora and fauna in its natural environment, learn about the history of the land and meet the locals and experience a day in their life.

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