Hideaway Island

Travel Guide
Hideaway Island
Hide in plain sight at this Vanuatu island off the coast of Efate. Escape from modern distractions and focus on relaxation and enjoyment.

Snorkel, dive, dine and drink on Hideaway Island, a resort and marine sanctuary near Vanuatu’s Efate island. Enjoy some of the best diving in the South Pacific and plenty of non-diving activities as well.

You could probably swim the 300 feet (100 meters) from Efate’s Mele Beach to Hideaway Island, but it’s more convenient to take the free 5-minute ferry running regularly. Change into your swimsuit and quickly be on the beach for sunbathing and snorkeling. Swim to the Underwater Post Office just offshore to send a “Wish you were here” greeting to friends back home.

Diving is a key focus on Hideaway Island. PADI-certified divemasters host three dives daily, rotating through 18 sites along the island, from shore dives and caves to 90-foot (30-meter) walls. Join night dives three evenings weekly. Take instruction at varied levels, including night, wreck and photography specialties. The resort has updated rental gear, wetsuits, waterproof 12-megabyte cameras, underwater scooters and nitrox enriched air.

Wade into water just 6 to 13 feet (2 to 4 meters) deep to feed tame fish. Snorkeling just offshore will reveal anemones, fans, sponges and thousands of fish in the clear waters over the sandy bottom of the marine sanctuary. If you’re not a swimmer, appreciate the reef’s colorful corals and marine life via a ride on the glass-bottomed boat. A catamaran sailboat, pedal boats and kayaks are available for on-the-water excitement.

On land, play beach volleyball and have lunch and post-game drinks at the beachfront restaurant. Cross to the mainland for golf at Port Vila Golf and Country Club. Visit waterfalls, blue holes, rainforests or cultural villages.

Fly to Bauerfield International Airport near Port Vila and take a 10-minute taxi ride to Mele Bay to catch the Hideaway Island ferry. The marine park is open to non-resident visitors until late afternoon. Many activities are free to guests of island accommodations. Visitors can pay fees to participate. Transportation logistics work for cruise boat passengers to visit the island too.

Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
Tassiriki Park, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$265 per night from 18 Aug. to 19 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Port Vila. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (191 reviews)
it was ok
"We were coming for meetings with the other missionaries in the area and our meetings were being hosted at the hotel. We’d been told how epic the hotel was so we paid to stay there vs staying somewhere less expensive. It was alright. We were greeted with a traditional custom greeting when we arrived ..."

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020

Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, an IHG Hotel
Hideaway Island Resort
Hideaway Island Resort
3 out of 5
Mele Bay, Hideaway Island, Hideaway Island
Stay at this 3-star beach resort in Hideaway Island. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a private beach. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (208 reviews)
Exemplary
"Great breakfast only underwater post office snorkelling right out front Terrific fire show at beach bar"

Reviewed on 18 Mar. 2020

Hideaway Island Resort
Breakas Beach Resort
Breakas Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Pango Bay Road, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$312 per night from 17 Aug. to 18 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Port Vila. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a private beach. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (394 reviews)
"The location is perfection. The staff are so wonderful and go above and beyond. Super easy to get into town by local bus (that come around all the time) but also far enough away that it felt completely secluded in an amazing way. It was just such a magical escape and beautiful part of the ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2022

Breakas Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Quest Apartments
Quest Apartments
4 out of 5
Tassiriki Park Road, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$82 per night from 18 Aug. to 19 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Port Vila. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (33 reviews)
Nice place.
"Very nice place, the owner is very helpfull and friendly. You have your own kitchen to cook though it is a bit runned down. Great value for money."

Reviewed on 10 Feb. 2020

Quest Apartments
Chantillys on the Bay
Chantillys on the Bay
4 out of 5
279 Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$217 per night from 15 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Port Vila. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (157 reviews)
"Great location easy walk into main part of Port Vila. Loved catching the mini buses that go past the front if you want to travel a little further and didn't feel like walking, look for the B on the number plate and it will cost 150 VT each way. The apartment was large with a kitchen, but lacked cooking ..."

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2022

Chantillys on the Bay
Troppo Mystique
Troppo Mystique
3.5 out of 5
Erakor Road, Port Vila
Stay at this 3.5-star villa in Port Vila. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"The spot was just perfect and beautiful and Annie and Gary were so welcoming and helpful and went out of their way to ensure we had a great time. Could not have picked a better spot on the Island. The view from the villa was perfect for an Island holiday. Tranquil and stunning. cant wait to come ..."

Reviewed on 2 Feb. 2020

Troppo Mystique
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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