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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.

Hideaway Island Resort
Hideaway Island Resort
3 out of 5
Mele Bay, Hideaway Island, Hideaway Island
The price is AU$106 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Nestled on the beach, this Hideaway Island resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mele Bay and Port Vila Golf Country Club. Mele Cascades and Wet N Wild Zorbing are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (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
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$254 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in Port Vila, this beachfront resort is on the riverwalk and within a 15-minute walk of University of the South Pacific and Ekasup Village. National ...
4.2/5Excellent! (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
Breakas Beach Resort
Breakas Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Pango Bay Road, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$186 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
Nestled on the beach, this Port Vila resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pango Point, National Museum and Iririki Island. Port Vila Market and University of the ...
4.3/5Excellent! (391 reviews)
"From the moment we arrived and walked in we felt at home and our tanks being filled up. The place is beautiful, relaxing and shear joy. We were even given an extra fan to handle the humidity. The food was excellent and the free breakfast was great. Staff were very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

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.
PASI Lodge
PASI Lodge
3 out of 5
2 Nambatu Wallis, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$31 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Situated in Port Vila, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Parliament House and National Museum. Port Vila Market and University of the South ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (13 reviews)
"Property was good for budget accommodation. Neighbors were a bit noisy and dogs barking several times during the night"

Reviewed on 2 Apr. 2019

PASI Lodge
20 Dream Cove Offers you Affordable Luxury
20 Dream Cove Offers you Affordable Luxury
Lini Highway, Dream Cove Area, Port Vila, Shefa
Situated in Port Vila, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mele Bay and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Pango Point. Port Vila Market and Iririki Island are also ...
20 Dream Cove Offers you Affordable Luxury
Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments
Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Lot 6 Mele Beach, Mele Cove Estate, Mele, Port Vila
Nestled on the beach, this Mele aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mele Bay and Port Vila Golf Country Club. Mele Cascades and Wet N Wild Zorbing are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (28 reviews)
"We were very well looked after by the ladies at the Beachfront Apartments.Our room was cleaned daily. My husband used one of the kayaks which are free to use.They also have bikes , free to use, but we are a little old for that. The cafe onsite was great and there is a beach bar just down the beach. ..."

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments
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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