Kid's Activities

Aquana Beach Resort – Day Visits and Nanny Service

At Eratap, just 20 minutes from Vila, lies quiet and peaceful Aquana Beach.Visiting for just the day is a superb way to while away a few hours. With a full bar and great restaurant, live music, safe swimming lagoon, tree swings, kayaks, outdoor play area, large pool and attentive nannies to assist you in supervising your children, you will all love your day here! The Sunday buffet with live music is a highlight!

Back to Eden Bar & Restaurant (also water activities)

I was lucky enough to visit Back to Eden and enjoy one of Bronnie's fabulous fruit smoothies recently, and knew I had discovered a hidden gem! Located on the spectacular and often unheard of Mangalilu Reef just a few minutes south of Havannah, Back to Eden is situated perfectly if you want a  tranquil and idyllic location for lunch, afternoon tea and a swim.

Drive down the dirt track at the turn off to Mangalilu just south of Havannah, and 5 minutes later you are in paradise! The only sounds are the gently cascading water from the nearby fresh water spring and the birds. You may also hear the gentle lapping of water on the nearby reef. Serving up delicious food in fabulous surroundings is just the beginning. They also offer snorkeling tours in crystal clear waters, can arrange local activities with the Mangalilu villagers, even take you for a ride in a traditional outrigger canoe.

Book the cafe for your private function and enjoy dining in a relaxed atmosphere, watching the sun set over Havannah Harbour.

Open Friday - Monday from 10am - 5pm

+678 711 8305

Blue Hole (Santo)

Is the Blue Hole on Santo or Efate? Both! And there are similar swimming spots on lots of other islands too. But the Santo Blue Hole is a stand out. Its magical deep blue waters and shady surrounds mean you have the perfect spot to spend an entire day relaxing. There is a bar and small playground area, shady seating spots and perfect picnic spots surrounding this natural wonder.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon, around 40 minutes east from Port Vila, is the bomb! Very relaxed and friendly locals will show you how it’s done on the two Tarzan style rope swings that hang from trees over the turquoise waters below. You can also hire a kayak or floaty ring for just a few hundred vatu, and some days a BBQ lunch is also available. Multiple shade areas scatter the beautiful grounds, so bring a picnic and stay for the day! You can also snorkel south from the lagoon towards to sea and be rewarding with crystal clear waters, an abundance of sea life and colourful coral. A must see for all visitors to Port Vila!

Great spot to visit along with Eton Beach, Rentapao Waterfall or Eden on the River. All these attractions lie east of Port Vila.

Eden on the River

Around 15 minutes east of Port Vila, you will find the beautifully serene Eden on the River. Follow your local guide as you learn about local traditional medicine, stroll through the eco walks, take a swim, float under mild waterfalls, and finish off with a series of suspension bridges to cross and a flying fox. Eden on the River is instantly relaxing, the gardens are lovingly cared for. The staff and attentive and friendly. Sit down in the newly rebuilt café for a coffee or light snack. There will soon be a putt putt golf course. Eden is a haven for old and young alike and is a great half day destination, easily combined with Eton Beach, Aquanas or Eratap Resort, Le Life or the Blue Lagoon.

Hair braiding

At the mamma’s market, the cruise ship market and the handicraft markets young and old can get their hair braided. No hair is too short or long, and with sunrays, zigzags and patterns available, have some fun in the sun.

Horse Riding

Vanuatu is perfect for horse riding. Both through the tropical forest and on the white sand beaches, your horse riding tour will be one of the many highlights of your time here.

There are two companies operating our of Port Vila that offer you a beautiful experience, Club Hippique and The Bellevue Horse Ranch.

Club Hippique is situated just east of Port Vila on beautiful white sand beaches. A variety of tours and over 50 horses and ponies means that you can select an experience and horse suitable for you. The tours are magical, riding through rainforest, through the beach, waterfalls and even at sunset. Tour times vary too, depending on your skill level and the age of the riders. Friendly staff will accommodate you so well, you won't want your tour to stop.

The Bellevue Horse Ranch is also located on the outskirts of Port Vila. Tom, the man behind the ranch, is a local from the island of Tanna, and has been working with horses his whole life and is well know throughout the island as an expert horseman. The ranch offers a range of rides through the ranch, including river crossings and tropical forests, and comes highly recommended.

Up north of the country, Santo Horse Adventures is just 15 minutes from town and is a sanctuary for unwanted or abused horses. Megan runs magical and relaxed tours through wetlands and on the open beaches. For more information please check them out on Facebook or call +678 777 4700.

Le Lagon Resort

The pool area at Le Lagon is a children’s paradise with 4 pools to choose from. Volleyball net is insitu at one end of the second largest pool, and there is also a swim up bar where kids are welcome to order milkshakes and icecreams throughout the day. Day visitors are welcome to pay an entry fee which you can then use as a voucher to buy food and drinks at the multiple dining areas. Day spa and 9 hole golf course are also at Le Lagon, a relaxing day for the whole family.

Moso Island Day Tour - Turtle Bay

Moso Island is an untouched paradise off the North West tip of Efate, about 45 minutes from Port Vila. There are several tours and trips that will get you to Moso, but this one is totally different. Run by locals that have lived on the island their whole life, you really step outside the 'touristy' well-trodden path here. The tour arranges your transfers for you from your accommodation around 8.30 in the morning. When you return to Port Vila in the late afternoon, you will have experienced snorkelling on untouched reef, swimming, kayaking, and relaxing in the clear blue waters and enjoyed a freshly cooked BBQ lunch that will feature the freshest of local produce. You will also have visited a local village, school and turtle hatchery. Refreshments are provided throughout the day, and your local guide will be able to answer all your questions about their island home. A fantastic grass roots tour that doesn't disappoint. Email, phone or check them out on Facebook.

+678 536 4521 or +678 734 4640

Pepeyo Cultural & Educational Tour

The Pepeyo Cultural and Educational Tour takes your family back in time to the island of Futuna, one of Vanuatu's most southern and remote island cultures. A unique tour that demonstrates an ancient way of life, Pepeyo will entertain and educate your family. See demonstrations of fire walking, food preparation, custom dance and song. Located in the Teouma area, around 15 minutes east of Port Vila, this tour is a great way to see the real Vanuatu. Wheelchair access is available and the short walking tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

+(678) 779 9130, 731 6597 or 540 0266

Quad Bike Tours

This is a great way to spend a few hours with friends while on holiday in Port Vila, even if the weather has been wet. In fact, as my eldest son would tell you, the muddier the better! See some of the back roads of Port Vila and some coastal and forest tracks too. Highly recommended for the whole family. There are three companies operating out of Port Vila, please refer to the websites below for their current tour details.

Buggy Fun Rental

Off Road Vanuatu

Adventure Tours

Rarru Rentapao Waterfall

The waterfall at Rarru Rentapao has been open to the public since June 2016 and I am very glad they are now sharing this natural delight. Rentapao is around 15 minutes east of Port Vila, on the way to Eton and the Blue Lagoon. The Rentapao River flows freely even in the dry season, making these falls a sure bet all year round when other waterfalls stop running altogether. Shady pools and cascading waterfalls invite you to jump in  -I dare you to resist! The main waterfall is around 150m from the carpark area. The stroll along the riverside is easy and beautiful. Jump (carefully) from the top, swing from the rope swing or gently float around with the kids. Floating rings and kayaks are also available. A must see for families of all ages and sizes. A small kiosk onsite sells snacks and drinks, and several covered picnic tables line the riverbank so you can stay the whole day if you wish. Adults 1000 vatu, children 5 - 15 years old 500 vatu, toddlers are free. 

+678 555 1007

Reef Explorer - Glass Bottom SEMI SUB and Snorkeling Tour

The Reef Explorer allows Nemo hunters aged 3 to 93 get up close and personal without getting wet. The unique glass bottom semi sub allows you to be surrounded by the reef in all its glory without getting wet! You can also feed the reef fish if you want to get in the water and snorkel around the beautiful reef bombies - the choice is yours. Fantastic trip for families with older and younger members as everyone is happy!

The Reef Explorer departs from Cafe du Village, visit their Facebook page or call them for pricing and sailing times.

+678 777 3303

Scoop and Sprinkles

Easily the best ice cream store in Port Vila, Scoop and Sprinkles is a family favourite for us. Opposite The Grand Hotel in the Loft Complex, sit and enjoy Emily's handmade gelato and sorbet that are created with local seasonal fruits, fresh coffee and chocolate. Cold drip coffee and made-to-order gorgeous gelato layer cakes are also available.  Seriously good hand crafted delights await you! Open every day.

+678 28328

Stand Up Paddleboards Vanuatu

Stand Up Paddle South Pacific is located in at Mele, just 5 minutes north of Port Vila, Vanuatu. Their experienced ASI Accredited Instructor and guides will share their local knowledge and respect for their pristine secret locations – perfect for Stand Up Paddling in this Pacific Island paradise. Expect to encounter unspoilt marine environments brimming with a dazzling array of sea-life. Slip on a snorkel and goggle set to take a closer look under the tropical warm turquoise waters and maybe even encounter a turtle swimming past.

No experience necessary, they love beginners!

+678 543 5805

Take Away Food - Port Vila

Island Time in the centre of Port Vila has great priced chicken and chips, burgers, soft drinks and beer and the cheapest ice cream in Vila! Great for a quick lunch on your way out to explore. Open 7 days


Near Wilco Hardware in the Champagne Estate area of Port Vila is a great local fish shop with beautifully fresh fish to buy and also to eat fresh from the fryer. Look to your right before you get to Wilco as you head up the hill. Simply called the Fish Shop (but in French!) Open daily except Sunday.

Tana Cine has great take away Chicken and Chips, Pizza, Pasta, Salad and also Sushi - open 7 days until late.

Au Fare does take away pizza - wood fired too! (see their post for more information) They also deliver around Port Vila.

Harbour View Chinese Restaurant does take aways from 5.30pm weekdays and lunch times on the weekends, as does Keson Thai.

For a local take away experience, buy some Hot Tuluk from the lovely ladies at the side of the road at Mele, near Hideaway Island. Cheap at only 100 vatu per serve and very filling. Kind of like a slow cooked meat pie - we love them! You can also buy local food very cheaply at the back of the Market House - go around lunch time and eat with the locals.

Any of the French bakeries around Port Vila offer a great standard of pastry and bread - spoil yourself!

A new pop-up takeaway booth at the Centrepoint carpark in the centre of Port Vila offers a range of fresh food for hungry shoppers - open 6 days.

Crave in the Numbatu area is now a Vila institution and you can find take away salads and sushi, pies, sandwiches, muffins and mousses, a soft serve bar and good coffee too. Open 6 days.

Spice Indian Restaurant in the Numbatu area also offers take away options, open 7 days for lunch and dinner and now also serving brunch too.

There is also a new Thai Takeaway near the Casino that is very popular, as well as a new Indian Take Away opposite Mooring Hotel at the northern end of town.

Tana Cine

Port Vila is home to the beautiful constructed and air conditioned Tana Cine. Sit back in the very comfy chairs and watch the latest movies in 2D, 3D and Gold Class cinemas. Very comfortable and clean, Tana Cine is also part of a larger retail complex, including a massage spa, children’s clothing store and a delicious French bakery. Check out their Facebook page for up to date information on screenings. Tickets start from 600 vatu.

777 0444

The Beach Bar

The best beach bar in Vila, the Beach Bar in Mele is relaxed and welcoming and has great specials. Tuesday night is wood fired pizza night and a movie is shown on the large screen right on the beach. Friday night is Vanua Fire Dance, not to be missed, and Sunday is Circus night, fantastic for younger children. Great atmosphere, friendly local staff, relaxed right on the beach dining and entertainment. Bookings are recommended for Vanua Fire on Fridays. My kids highly recommend this one - Come for the day and swim and snorkel on the beach at the front of the bar, so relaxing and the whole family will be happy.

+678 560 1132

The Reef Vanuatu Zoological

This beautiful and environmentally friendly eco-haven is just 15 minutes east of Port Vila, at Narpow Point. You can get up close and as personal as you like with animals native to Vanuatu. Have you even held an Iguana before? Or touched a baby turtle? Trust me, you haven't seen cute until you've seen a baby turtle - they define the word! The Reef has marine animals such as sting rays, as well as birds of prey and a beautiful coral reef to carefully explore. They even have an animal nursery and their tours are informative and interesting. Open daily from 9 - 4. Combine a visit with a swim at the nearby Rentapao Waterfall, it's a perfect day out for young and old alike.

Vila Outrigga

Traditional outrigger canoes are now available for tourists wanting a real glimpse of island life. Located at Ifira, Vila Outrigga is open all day on cruise ship days and is located near the wharf area. They also offer Kastom Danis (custom dancing) and snorkelling is available on request. Call or contact Serah via Facebook for more information.

+678 575 0503

Wet’n’Wild Adventure Park

Run by Maggie, a Vila institution in her own right and located in Mele, the newly opened Wet’n’Wild offers activities and entertainment for the whole family. Zorbing, Go Karting, 90m slide, Human Slingshot and Cable Hand Gliding are all on offer here, overlooking Mele Bay and Hideaway Island. Segway Tours are also available. My personal favourite here is the water slide - go from the top if you are brave enough!

They can also organise transfers and have a café on site. Sit back and relax while the kids run wild!

+678 556 4353