Kid's Activities

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

Eleanore Lagoon Cruise

We love Eleanore Lagoon Cruise - it's small, personal, and tailored to your group or family's wishes. They have set cruises or you can make your own. Very approachable and friendly, offering cruising, snorkeling, fishing, or a combination of all three! They are based on Erakor Lagoon, right in the heart of Port Vila. Highly recommended!

+678 560 0000

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

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

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

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