Young at Heart

Adventure doesn't stop when you retire, and Vanuatu offers many options for the young at heart. We have compiled a list of activities that will ensure your time in Vanuatu is a holiday to remember. Fun, different, educational, and best of all, relaxing!

John's Authentic Island Tours

John offers two different tours, an Efate round island tour and also a tour to stunning Pele Island. He is also happy to customise tours to suit the requirements of individual visitors or groups.

John's round island tour starts at Activ Handicrafts and their chocolate factory, includes Blue Lagoon, a visit to a village and school, a cultural tour, lunch & refreshments. His Pele full day tour begin​s with a bus ride to Emua Wharf in North Efate followed by a boat trip across to the island. There visitors are welcomed by the chief, taken on a village tour and then left to snorkel, swim and relax as they choose. A delicious lunch and refreshments are included.

+ 678 540 7386 | 775 5193

Manples Tours

The best way to discover Efate is by doing a round island tour with a local. Manples means "local" in Vanuatu, and so Manples Tours is a genuine, locally owned and operated business. Run by Jonah John, also known as JJ, and his lovely wife, Violet. It's a full-day tour that takes in the main attractions from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. These include Blue Lagoon, Eton Beach, a cultural village, World War 2 places of interest, Gideon's Landing​ and Tanna Coffee. JJ is bilingual being fluent in both French and English and an experienced, knowledgeable guide. This tour has excellent ratings and is highly recommended. Price includes pickups from your accommodation, entrance fees and lunch.

+678 779 4826 or +678 561 4190

Massage - Local and Thai

There are numerous Thai massage parlours in Port Vila. While not relaxing, they will certainly get the crick out of your neck! Prices are reasonable and they often offer discounts for repeat customers. Couples massages and complimentary therapies are available. There are several parlours near the Grand Casino on the southern side of town. There is also a locally run massage and beauty spa called Paradise Spa on the northern side of town, opposite the Bred Bank. Alternatively, some stores offer local massage at very reasonable prices. A highly recommended Thai massage parlour can be found in the Tana Cine complex on the ground floor near the French bakery.

If you would like our fully qualified French masseuse to visit you on site at your holiday villa around Efate, please email us. He comes highly recommended for all massage types and is also a fully qualified chiropractor. 

If you are planning on visiting Santo, please do not miss the amazing Moyyan Day Spa - you can also enjoy a fabulous meal here right on the beach.

Melanesian Feast Night(s)

Your time in Vanuatu will not be complete without immersing yourself in a Melanesian Feast Night. Most large resorts have them, and all are highly recommended. Erakor Island, Hideaway Island, Le Lagon, Breakas, and many others all have Melanesian Nights every week. The stand out feast night for us is provided by the Ekasup Cultural Village, just a few minutes east of Port Vila. For more information, please contact Ekasup Village

+678 24219

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

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

Strolling through town, or along the water front

Port Vila is a melting pot of cultures, customs and history. A casual stroll through the centre of Port Vila is an engaging and relaxing way to spend a few hours. Stop at one of the many waterfront cafes and restaurants for a fresh lime juice or lunch. Take a water taxi ride around Port Vila for just a few dollars. Shop at the local market stalls for a treasure to take home. Port Vila has something for everyone!

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

Suzanne Bastien Foundation Gallery

The Suzanne Bastien Foundation Gallery is a bright and airy space that houses the intriguing 'Maps of Vanuatu' art exhibition. It also regularly exhibits local artist's work and has a small art school that runs classes from time to time. Suzanne Bastien founded the gallery in the 60's and some of the collection dates to this time, offering you an interesting peak into the lives of locals and expats living and working in Vanuatu before the days of Independence. Worth the short 3 minute drive from Port Vila to Pango, the 'art precinct' of Port Vila.

+(678) 24757

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