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. 

Want an App to do all the hard work for you? Download the Vanuatu Bucket List App, it's free, built for Apple and Android. Fantastic!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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