There's an undeniable joy to life in Port Vila. It's pristine beaches and cascading waterfalls beg you to relax, while the welcoming locals treat you like family. Home to Vanuatu’s major harbour, Port Vila is a hub for holidaymakers who wish to explore the island’s rich Polynesian culture, while relishing in the comforts of a waterside lined with resorts, restaurants and markets.
Things to do in Port Vila
Soak up the natural beauty of Efate with a refreshing dip at Mele Cascades. An unmissable series of emerald green pools that tier their way up the hillside, culminating in an incredible 45-metre waterfall and heavenly plunge pool.
If you think swimming in aquamarine pools is exciting, just wait until you explore the Blue Lagoon. Just 30 minutes from the town centre, this natural swimming pool is a calm oasis, ideal for families seeking refuge from the Pacific Island heat.
The Secret Garden is an exceptional example of Vanuatu’s rich biodiversity, home to exotic plants and fascinating wildlife. Wander through the botanical gardens boasting beautiful views of Mele Bay, meet the larger than life coconut crabs in the reptile park, or browse the essential oils from the plant distillery.
Grasp the culture and traditions of the Polynesian people with a visit the Ekasup Cultural Village. Meet the chief and his warriors in traditional dress, sample the customary kava, and take part in a Polynesian song and dance.
Getting around Port Vila
Port Vila is a short 15-minute taxi or bus ride from Bauerfield International Airport. Once in the city, the most pleasant way to explore is by foot. Buses will take you to popular destinations around Efate Island like The Secret Garden or Mele Cascades. However, hailing one of the island’s many taxis is a more convenient option.