Just Add Water

For the most memorable Vanuatu holiday, head for the water! The most fun to be had is in the warm azure waters surrounding every island in this beautiful part of the world. As you can see below, we have everything covered! We even have a recently established kite-surfing fraternity with sites around Efate for you to try this amazing sport!

If you can’t see something you've heard about, drop us a line and we will follow it up for you! You may also like to check out which days are Port Vila Cruise Ship Days, or Santo Cruise Ship Days, as popular sites are best avoided at these times. 

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.

Champagne Beach (Santo)

Arguably the most photographed beach in the South Pacific, Champagne Beach is stunning. White sand, warm gentle turquoise waters. Tourists flock here to experience it for themselves, so pick a cruises ship free day, take a bottle of bubbly and your towel, and soak in the scenery.

Coongoola Day Cruise

The Coongoola Day Cruise is a perfect Vanuatu day trip. Relax in the sun, enjoy being under sail in the South Pacific. What more do you need? With a bar onboard and all food included, just take your towel, sunscreen, and hat! You will visit Moso Island, the beautiful island home of the turtle sanctuary playing a very active role in increasing the population of the engangered local Hawksbill Turtle. You get to hold mature turtles here, and support the program with voluntary donations. After this, more sailing, more eating…then SERIOUSLY good snorkelling off the boat on the southwest side of the island. Bring your underwater camera and your sense of wonder! Tour prices include transfers to and from your holiday home.

+678 25020

Erakor Island Resort

Just a short trip from the Le Lagon wharf, Erakor Island makes a great destination for day off shore with a day spa, lovely café, playground, swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding, and very attentive staff. Thursday night is Melanesian Feast night with Vanua Fire wowing you at the end of the evening. Lovely bar staff are happy to chat with you as the sun sets on another perfect day.

+678 25505

Eton Beach

Eton Beach, just north of the Blue Lagoon on Efate, is beautiful and calm most days and has a swimming spot for all levels. The nearby fresh water river is great for toddler paddling, the shallows for younger children, and the beach area for more experienced swimmers and snorkelers. There is a naturally formed deep hole near the reef which is fun to explore, and the reef has good snorkelling. There is a rip on the reef, so experienced swimmers only past the breakers! 300 vatu per person entry keeps the traditional owners happy and you are directly contributing to their community. The local village swim here too, it’s a great spot to meet the locals and chat!

A trip to Eton combines really well with a half day trip to Eden on the River, Rarru Rentapao River, The Blue Lagoon or Aquanas Beach Resort.

Fishing Charters and Tours

Around Port Vila, you can choose from Wild Blue fishing charters (Nautilus Watersports) and Ocean Blue fishing charters fishing charters in Port Vila. Both are highly recommended, run by experience skippers and deckhands, and offer quality equipment and transfers if required. Out of Havannah Harbour, check out Nambas Fishing Charters (Keep Fishing Vanuatu), operating day and multi-day tours.

Lelepa Island also has a more relaxed ‘island’ fishing experience where you will be taken in a local style banana boat to catch your meal for the day. Both experiences are memorable, but very different.

www.nautilus.com.vu


www.lelepaislandtours.com

Send a request for a local fishing trip to the Lelepa Island Tours email address. This will depart from the Lelepa landing near Havannah Harbour.

Every island you visit will have fishing trips available at some level, however Efate and Santo have an excellent range of small, local providers and also more professional outfits. Here are a few for Santo too.

www.aoreadventures.com

www.bokissa.com

www.coralquays.com

www.santogamefishing.com

Alot of these providers also offer SCUBA diving too. Please check out their websites for all the latest information.


Flyboarding

Like something out of a movie, Vila Fly Board allows you to fly with the power of water at your heels. Not for the feint hearted, this is fun with a good dose of adrenaline thrown in for good measure. Located in Port Vila near Chantilly’s.

+678 7778007

Hideaway Island

Hideaway Island is just a 5 minute boat ride from Mele Beach. Snorkelling, swimming, PADI certified diving, glass bottom boats, kayaks, underwater post office, it is a perfect spot for a day of relaxing fun in the sun. The beach bistro serves burgers, fish and chips, salads and rolls all day. Thursday night is Melanesian Feast. For around $30 you can taste authentic local dishes, listen to a string band and taste kava. Combining a day trip to Hideaway with a tasty pizza or burger at the Mele Beach Bar is also a great idea, refer to the Beach Bar for more information.

Jetsurf Rentals Vanuatu

Jetsurf is so different to other watersport activities. Why? It's light, fun and easy to use for everyone! Get out on the beautiful warm water of Erakor Lagoon while you are on holidays in Port Vila. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Justin and his team will spend time training you and ensuring your time on the board is safe and fun! Available to hire at the Holiday Inn, or they can come to you. Call today for a truly different watersport experience you will never forget! You can also contact Justin via Facebook.

+678 771 3938

Kayaking Vanuatu

Kayaking Vanuatu operates from Benjor Beach Club on Mele Bay, and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. They offer a range of kayaking options - including Glass Bottom Sea Kayaking, Snorkelling, Custom Villages, and a trip to Mele Cascades. Snacks or lunch are included. These girls are very fun to spend the day with, and you will be giggling with them before the day is out! Highly recommended.

 

+678 775 4954

Kite Surfing Vanuatu

Thomas from Kite Surfing Vanuatu is located at Pango, just 5 minutes south of Port Vila. Pango is famous for it's surfing point, and the consistently good weather between April and November makes it the perfect spot for Kite Surfing as well. Please contact Thomas for more information on his classes, availability and pricing.

+ 678 777 5875

Le Life Resort (Le Mer Restaurant)

We love to stop at Le Life whenever we go around the island with friends or family that are on a cruise ship, and need to see as much as possible in just a few hours. Located at Ebule, in the North East corner of Efate, Le Life is a beautiful beachfront restaurant and small resort with stunning views. The local staff are friendly and accommodating and their calamari rings and other fresh seafood are delicious and well priced! You can also combine a trip to Eton Reef or any of the swimming and snorkelliing spots up north with a trip to Le Life for drinks or lunch, it is situated close enough to North Efate to be a perfect hub for a day out. We love it!

+678 559 8499

Lelepa Island

Lelepa Island is an untouched jewel lying just off shore in Havannah Harbour. Swim, snorkel, explore ancient caves, feast, learn, relax…the Lelepa Island Day Tour is beautifully paced and will leave you feeling relaxed and very happy to be in Vanuatu. Transfers from your accommodation are included, all boat trips and food are also included. The snorkelling off the back of the island is sensational as it can only be reached by boat and is in deep water so is untouched by the sun and flippers! The local people are very proud of their island heritage and welcome you warmly to learn why.

+678 774 2714

Meridian Charters – Snorkelling and Sailing Tours

On board the CARAID you will sail the calm and tranquil waters around southern Efate finding the best snorkelling spots off Paradise Cove and a private beach. Kayaking and fish feeding also available, with an optional bushwalk available when we drop anchor. The full day tour includes lunch, the half day tour includes refreshments. Both are guaranteed to delight! Meridian Charters also offers a very popular sunset tour on Port Vila Harbour. Their website has full details.

+678 774 3353

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

Mt Hope Adventure Tours (Luganville, Santo)

Join Oyster Island’s own tour company for exclusive access to the Mt Hope waterfall system.
Travel through quaint villages to the Mt Hope site.  Experienced guides will gear you up, then it's into the river gorge for a float trip down to the Cascade Falls.
Mt Hope Adventure Tours can also take you to off-shore pristine coral reefs, island villages and historical sites with their new Adventure Tour. A great day for the whole family!

+678 7782 773

Parasailing

Port Vila Parasailing lets you enjoy the view from above the harbour without the need to get wet at all! You take off and land from a boat, adding to the fun! A fun and safe way to experience something new while on holiday. The marine board approved boat tows you 65m behind, offering spectacular views and the wind in your hair. Your ride lasts from 8-10 minutes, landing safely and softly back on the boat. Discounts apply for groups of 5 or more. A great family activity. Conveniently departs from Cafe du Village near The Grand Casino in Port Vila.

+678 777 3303

Pele Island

Off the north coast of Efate lies Pele Island. Reachable by banana boat, you can take a tour here with Evergreen Tours, a locally owned and operated tour company. You can also catch a banana boat in your own time from the wharf for 5000 vatu return for the whole boat (fits over 12 people comfortably) and laze on the private beaches in your own time. Local owners may ask a small fee for the beach usage, and will then leave you in blissful peace for the day. Pack a picnic and enjoy the solitude and serenity. Here lies the true Vanuatu!

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

Sailaway Cruises

Sailing for the day with Peter and his team takes you into World Heritage listed areas of pristine marine life offering snorkelling and diving second to none. The three hulled catamaran will be your home for the day while you get to see the real Vanuatu. All food and drinks provided, transfers available. Highly recommended.

+678 23802

SCUBA Diving - Efate

There are 9 diving sites around Port Vila to keep you coming back for more. Plane wrecks, ship wrecks, bombies, caverns, cathedrals, you name it!The South Pacific is renowned for its diving sites, and local Port Vila businesses have the experience and expertise to make your dive memorable, be it your first, or just the first for the day!


Big Blue Vanuatu have experience galore and are conveniently located on the waterfront in Port Vila. Friendly and professional, give Mick or Maggie a call today.

Nautilus Water Sports have experienced dive masters on staff to guide you through the dive sites around Vila. Years of experience to draw from and a regularly updated FB page - check them out.

Tranquility Dive's wonderful team have an awesome dive base at pristine Moso Island, or Tranquility Island. They have dive master status and regularly have biology students completing their studies onsite. The sites here are pristine and beautiful.

Experienced skipper Pete from Sailaway Cruises also offer diving onboard his boat.

You can also dive at Hideaway Island in their marine sanctuary while the kids snorkel nearby! A great place to start with a relaxed atmosphere on this small resort island near Mele, just north of Port Vila.


Snorkeling

Snorkeling in Vanuatu is superb and you are spoilt for choice. The lagoon near Erakor Island, and Ifira Point past the cruise ship terminal, and Port Vila Bay opposite Chantilly’s are just some of the easily accessible snorkeling spots you can go to free of charge. You can also snorkel as part of many day tours to outer islands, and all boat cruises include snorkelling at least once, if not twice in the day! Off shore tours offer you the best snorkelling as you are in deeper water and the reefs are in pristine condition as a result. Colourful coral, an absolute abundance of fish and other sea life means that you will have the best snorkelling experience of your life here in Vanuatu.

SNUBA

SNUBA make the underwater world fun and safe for all ages. It takes snorkelling to a whole new level with an air hose being connected a surface raft allowing you the freedom to dive and investigate the reef without heavy gear and extensive training. Extends to a safe diving distance of 6 metres. Tours include pickup from your accommodation and light refreshments. A great introduction to the magical underwater world of Vanuatu for ages 8 and up.
   

+678 772 3334

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

Sunset Cruise – Meridian Charters

Join the crew of the CARAID for an evening of calm sailing on Mele Bay. Sip champagne, wine, the excellent local beer and indulge in the selection of hot and cold finger food as you watch the sun set on this unfortgettable cruise. Departs from Le Café du Village in central Port Vila. 2 hour duration.
 

+678 774 3353

Surfing

You may have heard that there is no surf in Vanuatu….but what they mean is that there are no crowded breaks in Vanuatu. Surfing in Vanuatu is consistently good, but can be seasonal. The waves aren’t huge, but are perfectly shaped and due to the reef formations of many islands, sit just off shore. Pango just south of Port Vila has some great breaks, as does Devils Point Road and Teouma on the West and East coasts. Check out this website for break shots and ratings. This clip shows the lefts, rights, and everything in between.

There are also Billabong and Roxy stores in town that sell genuine products, and a Quiksilver outlet in the Handicraft Market on Wharf Road, Port Vila.



Swimming

Being part of a volcanic chain of islands known collectively as the Ring of Fire, there are both black and white sand beaches to be enjoyed in Vanuatu. There are also stunning coral islands, with hardly any sand at all. Driving around Efate you will quite literally stumble across little bays just waiting for you to pull over and dive in. A lot of beach access points are on private land and you may be approached by a local caretaker requesting a small payment. So take along some change, usually 300 to 500 vatu per person is expected, sometimes 1000 vatu per carload will be enough.

The water is always warm, even in winter. With a multitude of marine life at your feet, snorkelling is amazing all around Vanuatu, but please watch your step. Reef shoes are recommended, especially for children. Coral cuts can be painful and there are some spiky little sea creatures that will hurt if stepped on. If you are swimming around coral areas, proceed with caution, and enjoy the beautiful waters to your hearts content!

Some popular swimming beaches around Port Vila are Pango Beach, Mele Beach, Blacksands Beach, and the lagoons near Le Lagon Resort and at Ifira Point are great for finding sea life at low tide. Erakor Island is also popular for day trips with snorkelling off the back of the island at high tide quite good. Pack a picnic and head east or west, it won’t be too long before you are rewarded!

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 Moso

Moso Island is just a few hundred metres off the north western corner of Efate. Moso Island is an untouched tropical paradise with reefs, white sand beaches and turquoise waters, and it now also boasts a modern yet very relaxed resort, The Moso. We visited as day guests. A 30 minute drive from Vila brings you to the wharf, simply ring Joel at The Moso and in 5 minutes your transfer boat will be waiting for you. We were lucky enough to visit The Moso on a quiet day, and we were the only guests. After a relaxing cocktail by the water and a swim, we enjoyed perfectly cooked local seafood and chilled Australian wine. We then went for a short kayak north of the resort, we even saw a large turtle swimming on the reef - perfect. There is also a pool at the resort, massages are available, and The Moso has a very impressive cocktail list (ours were delish!)

The ideal spot for a relaxing and retreating from everything, all you need is on hand. Joel and his team take care of everything for you - right down to the luxury beach towels that are happily provided. Highly recommended.

+678 771 1365

Turtle Reef Cruises, Havannah Harbour

Turtle Reef Cruises is committed to showcasing Havannah Harbour - a one hour drive from Port Vila but a lifetime away from the hustle and bustle of Vanuatu's busy capital city.  Havannah Harbour is on the sunny side of Efate Island where the sun often shines when it is raining in Port Vila. This beautiful location is also home to some of Vanuatu's most scenic restaurants, the perfect venue for long, lazy lunches. 
 
Turtle Reef is a 100% locally owned company, proud of its relationship with Moso and Lelepa Islands. Our purpose built boat is the largest glass bottom boat in Vanuatu. The local people of Sunae Village on Moso Island named our boat, SILAE, a Ni-Vanuatu word for "helping hand". When you join Turtle Reef on one of our tours, you are extending a financial helping hand to North Efate villages.

They also charter their 42 passenger boat for parties, celebrations or sunset cruises! They offer you a range of tours to suit your family - highly recommended.

+678 777 4466

U power pedal-powered boats

Extremely addictive high speed water tours around Port Vila Bay area in fun sized watercraft for all ages. Tours available daily. Kids and big kids alike will love these!

Vanuatu Jetski & Watersports

Vanuatu Jetski & Watersports is located on the beautiful and calm waters of Mele Bay, just out the front of the Beach Bar. Your tour starts around Mele Bay past Hideaway Island Resort and through Black Sands Bay and Paradise Cove. You will see beautiful beaches with abundant marine life, you may even find dolphins and turtles.  Depending on the tour you choose, you and your guide can go all the way past Ifira Island and Iririki Island Resort with crystal clear turquoise water all around you. After your jetski tour, enjoy a beer or cocktail at the Beach Bar or cool off in the water at this beautiful and popular beach. The kids can come and play on the beach too - come on a Friday and stay for a wood-fired pizza and the Fire Show.

The guided tours are perfect for beginners as well as experienced operators. The local guide will help you every step of the way and will be you at all times if needed. A great fun way to let off some steam on high powered machines. Day trips including lunch and snorkelling are also available. Email on vanuatujetski@gmail.com


+678 592 7101 or +678 710 4212

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

Vila Rose Tour - Snorkelling / Fishing / Transfers / Harbour Tours

Take a banana-boat ride with a local, Samuel George. He has named his business after his gorgeous little girl, Rosie, his pride and joy. Sam runs water taxis from town to anywhere around Port Vila. If you are staying at one of our Waterfront Properties, why not book Sam for a transfer to town for the day, or an evening out? He also runs fishing and snorkeling tours around Port Vila, taking you to his favourite spots around his island home, Ifira. Sam speaks English and French as well as Bislama and is very informed about his home town. Support a great local business! Sam is also contactable through Facebook, just search for Vila Rose Tours.

+678 738 9296

Wreck Diving - Santo

The standout dive site in Vanuatu is The President Coolidge wreck off Santo in Vanuatu’s north.There are several operators that can take you there. Check out their websites for more information on the South Pacific’s biggest diving drawcard.
Santodive.com
Diveadventures.com
www.allan-power-santo.com
aoreadventures.com/diveguides.htm