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!

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

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.

Ekasup Village

Immerse yourself in local culture, custom, food and dance!  Ekasup Cultural Village is around 10 minutes from Vila, but you will step back in time and experience life the way Melanesians have lived for thousands of years. Learn about traditional food, weaving, hunting and fishing, medicine and much more. The Nigh Feast encompasses all things tribal, from kava tasting, traditional music, a beautifully prepared island buffet and spend time with locals relaxing and talking.

A round island tour is also available, taking in Ekasup Cultural Village, beautiful Eton Beach, an outrigger canoe ride, village visit, WW2 museum, snorkelling in Havannah Bay plus more. Great value for money and highly recommended. 

+678 24219

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

Francescas

Located at Havannah Harbour, Francesca's is Vila's only Italian restaurant, and it is just perfect! Fresh local product cooked in a traditional Italian way is so easy to enjoy at the iconic Francesca's.The bar and beach club are sublime, a decadent way to treat yourself  to a very special day. Spend a divine afternoon being wowed by Francesca's degustation menu with perfectly paired wines. Open Tuesday to Sunday

+678 7719898

Golf

The beautiful and newly refurbished course at The Holiday Inn in Tassiriki, Port Vila now joins the 12 hole course with driving range at Le Lagon resort. Le Lagon sits next to the lagoon on the Pango Peninsula at this immaculately presented resort. It is just a 5 minute drive from central Vila and is open to day visitors. There is also the 18 hole course around 15 minutes out of town at the Port Vila Golf and Country Club, nestled between the calm waters of Mele Bay and the foothills surrounding the northern fringes of Vila. Open for social golf 7 days a week and competition on Saturday, guests are always welcome at this relaxed club and course.

If you are visiting Santo, the Santo Golf and Country Club welcomes visitors to their course too, overlooking the bay and the island of Ambae in the distance.

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

Mele Cascades

The Cascades is consistently voted one of the highlights of a visit to the Port Vila area, and as locals who are lucky enough to visit regularly, we can see why! Beautiful waterfalls combined with a bushwalk, swim, snorkel and ice cream or cold beer, it is a perfect half day trip. Combine with Hideaway Island or the Zipline for a great day in the Mele area. Recently reopened (April 2017) after TC Cook brought good rainfall to the area, come and enjoy an iconic Vanuatu experience!


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

Private Chefs & Culinary Classes

Kandy’s Kitchen


For the perfect way to enjoy local organic product while in Port Vila, Kandy’s Kitchen will come to your accommodation and create the perfect menu for you and your family. Choosing from Kandy’s extensive menu of Melanesian Feast, gourmet and modern menus, finger foods and a delivery only service, you are spoilt for choice. Including waiting staff and many extras, contact Kandy for the ultimate in Vanuatu luxury. Catering for functions and weddings is also available. Kandy's contact details are +678 773 5602 and www.kandys-kitchen.com


Knife's Edge 
 
Fiona works her magic at Cafe du Village, and amazes her lucky guests as a private chef too. Known in Port Vila for many years now, her knowledge of local foods is outstanding and she is able to cater for private functions and family dining at your private villa. Catering for functions and weddings is also available.
Fiona's contact details are +678 537 2225 and knifesedge@vanuatu.com.vu


Sarangkita

Slip your curiosity into high gear and join Christiana on a culinary day out. You will experience a cook's tour of the South Pacific, a unique food experience that's inspiring, informative and fun! Your days starts with a visit to the local fresh product market followed by a cooking class and relaxing meal by the sea in the glorious surrounds of Sarangkita. Christiana's contact details are +678 26108 and bookings@vanuatufoodsafari.com

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

Round Island Tour

There are several tour companies offering round island tours, you are spoilt for choice. The tour run by Ekasup Cultural Village is highly recommended, and for more options please visit the tour offices near the Fruit and Vegetable markets in town. Depending on your interests, budget, and level of fitness, there will be a tour to suit you and your family. Please refer also to our listing for John's Authentic Tours and Manples Tours. Both of these operators come highly recommended.

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

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

Vanua Fire Dancers

Vanua Fire are a must see, their show is entertaining and fun to watch and they have a great comraderie that shines through their performances. They perform most nights of the week.

    Monday - Eratap Resort - 7.00
    Tuesday- Aquana Resort - 7.00
    Wednesday - Coco Beach - 7.00
    Wednesday - Le Lagon - 8.00
    Thursday - Holiday Inn - 7.00
    Thursday -Erakor Island - 8.00
    Friday - Mele Beach Bar - 7.00
    Saturday -Iririki Island Resort - 7.00
    Saturday - Coconut Palms - 8.00
    Saturday - Au Fare - 9.00

Vanuatu Helicopter

With a variety of spectacular scenic flights available, Vanuatu Helicopters is the ultimate way to see the beautiful South Pacific from the air. Ever wanted to spoil someone with a day on your own tropical island? Helilunch Gourmet Flights are unique, breathtaking, perfect. You can also see an active Volcano on Ambrym with a Heliactive Volcano Adventure!

+678 25022