Port Vila, Vanuatu

Vila is the capital of Vanuatu, an archipelago of some 83 islands in the Coral Sea. Vanuatu is a new republic, having achieved independence from France and Britain in 1988. Before then the archipelago was better known as the New Hebrides, the name given the islands by Captain Cook. Cloaked in dense rainforest, these volcanic islands were little known until World War II, when the islands of Espiritu Santo and Efate served as Allied bases. Today increasing numbers of travelers visit Vila, drawn by its easy-going charm, superb white-sand beaches and pristine rainforest. The islands are also renowned for their excellent dive sites and for their big game fishing.

Vanuatu's visibility on the American scene increased when the CBS television series "Survivor" filmed in the archipelago. Vanuatu is also noted among anthropologist - its island of Tanna is home to the unique "John Frum" cargo cult.

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Points of Interest

  • Secret Garden
  • Mele Cascades
  • Eksasup Cultural Village
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Aquatic Adventures
  • Traditional Village
  • National Museum
  • Le Lagon
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  • Secret Garden

    Stroll amidst magical botanical gardens, visit a reptile house, and view a collection of historical photographs. Take a peek inside reproductions of traditional huts, including a cannibal's house.

  • Mele Cascades

    An energizing hike through lush rainforest flora leads you to spectacular Cascade Falls, a 150-foot-high tumbling waterfall that boasts naturally eroded rock pools perfect for a refreshing dip.

  • Eksasup Cultural Village

    Experience the culture of Melanesia on a visit to a traditional village nestled in the rainforest. Watch hunting demonstrations, learn their customs, see sand drawings and hear tales of cannibalism.

  • Outdoor Adventures

    If it's speed you crave, try a dune buggy tour or a jet boat cruise. For a more leisurely pace, enjoy floating on "The Barge," taking a glass-bottom boat excursion, or paddling an outrigger canoe.

  • Aquatic Adventures

    The crystalline waters off Vila offer intimate views of colorful coral beds and tropical sea life. Thrill to diving excursions, which explore the dramatic reefs and the thrilling "Konada" shipwreck.

  • Traditional Village

    Leave Vila behind and explore Iarofa, a traditional island village. Warriors in ceremonial regalia greet you and teach you their customs and traditions. Thrill to a traditional fire walking ritual.

  • National Museum

    This exceptional museum showcases the natural history and culture of the Vanuatu island people. Peruse galleries of traditional artifacts, ceremonial headdresses, fine pottery and photographs.

  • Le Lagon

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Glass Bottom Boat & Snorkel Safari

1.75 hours | Port Vila | VLI-675
  • Outdoor Adventures

Discover the underwater delights of Vila Harbor from two perspectives when you climb aboard a glass-bottom boat adventure that introduces you to the area's coral gardens and marine creatures. Then, a guided snorkeling expedition along the reef at Iririki Island affords truly up-close-and-personal sea life views.

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Dream Cove Sail & Snorkel

3.5 hours | Port Vila | VLI-785
  • Outdoor Adventures

Come sail away with us onboard a classic 1960's yacht. Take in the breathtaking emerald waters of Iririki and Ifira Islands as you make your way towards Mele Bay. As we drop anchor at our destination, you'll come to understand why it's called Dream Cove. The bright turquoise water, colourful coral reef, and soft sandy beaches will make you question if you're even awake.

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Outrigger Canoe, Ifira Island & Snorkel

3 hours | Port Vila | VLI-770
  • Outdoor Adventures

Explore the waters off Vila onboard a traditional outrigger canoe. Skim over the waves and admire views of the island's coral gardens. You might even sight a dugong, the Vanuatu version of a manatee. Then, visit Ifira Island for a chance to swim or snorkel along its pristine reef.

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Semi-Sub Reef Exploration

1.75 hours | Port Vila | VLI-665
  • Aquatic Adventures

Experience Vanuatu's underwater world onboard the custom-built, semi-submersible Reef Explorer vessel. Take in the scenery from the viewing room below deck or dive in for a closer look.

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Cascades Waterfall

3 hours | Port Vila | VLI-125
  • Mele Cascades
  • Outdoor Adventures

Cascade Waterfalls is an accessible, 50-metre high waterfall with naturally eroded rock swimming ponds, set amidst jungle-like rainforest.

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Lagoon Cruise

2.5 hours | Port Vila | VLI-775
  • Outdoor Adventures

You haven't seen Vila till you've seen it from "The Barge!" This infamous open-air pontoon-style vessel provides a fun-filled, good time for the whole gang! Sip a complimentary beverage, take in views of the island's villages, rainforest and resorts, and listen to stories told by your lively captain.

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Ekasup Cultural Village

2.5 hours | Port Vila | VLI-205
  • Eksasup Cultural Village

Discover Vanuatu's cultural heritage when you explore one of its most popular attractions, Ekasup Village, a traditional Melanesian compound. Travel into the rainforest and meet the locals. Watch hunters demonstrate their skill, marvel at a dance performance and listen to tales of cannibalism.

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Best of Vila

3 hours | Port Vila | VLI-200
  • National Museum

Take a tour that allows you to experience the length and breadth of Port Vila, starting with a visit to
the National Museum.

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Port Vila Highlights

2 hours | Port Vila | VLI-115
  • National Museum

This is an ideal orientation tour of Port Vila offering many points of scenic, cultural and historical interest. Skirt the scenic waterfront by motor coach, taking the Lini Highway into the harborside town area. Drive past the New Parliament House, local markets, the compact shopping area and the former French Quarter. View the distinctive architecture dating from the colonial era and other landmarks established by the Republic of Vanuatu. Take photos of Independence Square, the Irririki Island viewpoint and the picturesque harbor beyond. Visit a local Ni-Vanuatu village community to see how the villagers live. . Fresh seasonal fruit and a drink will be served at Mama's Market. There will also be an opportunity to shop for local craft and souvenir items.

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Bridges of Eden

3 hours | Port Vila | VLI-245
  • Outdoor Adventures

Your tour kicks off with a scenic drive to Eden on the River, a lush eco paradise just shy of Port Vila.

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Port Vila Horse Trek

3 hours | Port Vila | VLI-430
  • Outdoor Adventures

Giddyup! Thrill to a horseback riding adventure at Club Hippique, a spectacular riding facility located on a 400-acre copra plantation. Set off on a magical ride through the rainforests. When you come to the turquoise lagoon both you and your mount can take a refreshing dip followed by refreshments!

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Vila Pub Crawl

3 hours | Port Vila | VLI-215

Vila has a reputation as one of the best party towns in the South Pacific. Experience the lively, social side of the island on a traditional pub-crawl tour. Sample Tusker - the islands' famed local brew - and visit four of the port's best pubs. Cheers!

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Sea Scooter

1.5 hours | Port Vila | VLI-795

The Sea Doo Sea Scooter takes your snorkel experience to the next level. Enjoy a guided snorkelling tour exploring the underwater world of Port Vila.

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Helmet Dive Ocean Walk

1.5 hours | Port Vila | VLI-745
  • Aquatic Adventures

Don a mask, regulator, weight belt and protective shoes for a tour of Vila's underwater wonders. Scuba training isn't needed - you don't even have to know how to swim.

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Jungle Zipline

hours | Port Vila | VLI-400
  • Outdoor Adventures

Take your Port Vila adventure to new heights with this thrilling Canopy Zipline tour. Enjoy the best views in town as you fly through the lush, scenic rainforest on one of six different ziplines. Be sure to look out for the stunning hidden waterfall and other tropical treasures.

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Buggy Adventure

1.5 hours | Port Vila | VLI-550
  • Outdoor Adventures

Strap on your helmet and prepare for a thrilling, open-air dune buggy adventure! Traverse Vila's untamed wilderness, discover the bush-clad tracks of Tagabe, view the untouched natural beauty of Vanuatu and meet the friendly locals. It's a wild ride that includes photo stops and lots of mud!

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Turtle Reef

4.75 hours | Port Vila | VLI-680
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Aquatic Adventures

Escape Port Vila in air-conditioned comfort and journey to pristine Havannah Harbour in North Efate where you will board a stunning glass bottom boat and snorkeling cruise amidst tropical islands.

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Aqua Quad Safari

2 hours | Port Vila | VLI-790
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Aquatic Adventures

Take turns driving your own Zego Aqua Quad on a water adventure to stunning beaches and the many coves and sites in and around the Port Vila gateway.

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Certified Scuba Dive - The Twin Bommies

2.75 hours | Port Vila | VLI-939

Vila is renowned for its excellent dive sites. Certified scuba divers can explore the Twin Bommies on a 45-minute dive that travels to a maximum depth of 59 feet - right where the vertical reef wall drops off into the deep. PADI-certified instructors refamiliarize divers with equipment and safety procedures before the dive.

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Vila By Helicopter

1.5 hours | Port Vila | VLI-800

Enjoy a spectacular view of paradise and see more of Port Vila and the surrounding lagoons and resorts on a 7 minute helicopter flight past your ship and around Erakor Island.

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Island Discovery

8 hours | Port Vila | VLI-100
  • Traditional Village

Experience the wonders of Efate when you leave Vila behind and enjoy a narrated drive around the picturesque island. Your guide will share all the points of interest as you travel through incredibly varied scenery. Climb to the top of Klemm's Hill, over 600 feet above sea level. First stop is at Iarofa Cultural Village, where warriors in ceremonial regalia will greet you. Enjoy morning tea and watch a variety of cultural demonstrations. The highpoint of the visit is an opportunity to watch the ritual preparations required prior to performing a fire-walking rite. Then, travel to the sheltered cove of Secret Beach. You can enjoy a swim at a natural swimming hole at Eden on the River, or wander around the lush gardens.  Proceed through a series of small villages to a restaurant, where fruit and dessert accompany baguette-style sandwiches.  An island string band provides entertainment during lunch. Browse for souvenirs at Havannah Harbor before the conclusion of this delightful tour..

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Introductory Scuba Dive - Konanda Reef

2.75 hours | Port Vila | VLI-930
  • Aquatic Adventures

Explore the underwater world of Konanda Reef, a magical home to corals, tropical fish and moray eels, on a beginner's scuba diving adventure. No experience is required; participants are taught the basics at Vila's PADI dive school. A guided dive introduces you to the wonders of this popular water sport.

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Certified Scuba Dive - Konanda Wreck

2.75 hours | Port Vila | VLI-925
  • Aquatic Adventures

Certified divers will thrill to the underwater exploration of the famed freighter "Konanda." Severely damaged in a typhoon, "Konanda" was deliberately sunk to provide a fascinating dive site. Descend to the bottom some 85-feet below the surface and explore the vessel's cabins and holds. A perfect introduction to wreck diving.

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ATV Adventure Tour

3 hours | Port Vila | VLI-555
  • Outdoor Adventures

We start with a relaxing scenic bus ride to the Cascades taking in all the sights along the ring road travelling to Rentapoa.

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Reef & Sports Fishing

4 hours | Port Vila | VLI-740
  • Aquatic Adventures

Spend a morning or afternoon fishing around some of the untouched reefs of Efate or Mele Bay. The sea mounts off Pango Point boast fish such as Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi and Barracuda.

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Tranquility Island and Turtle Sanctuary

6.5 hours | Port Vila | VLI-110
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Traditional Village

Enjoy a taste of tranquillity as you encounter Vanuatu's majestic marine life on this one of a kind turtle sanctuary and snorkel experience. Sail by boat to the idyllic Tranquillity Island and get up close and personal with the island's Hawksbill turtles. Take a guided tour of the turtle sanctuary, before taking part in a short, guided nature walk across the island. Spend the afternoon at Jade Beach, where you can swim and snorkel from the shore, or hop on a tender to join in on a guided snorkel tour of the outer reef.

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