Port VilaVanuatu

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Visit Port Vila

With a rich South Pacific heritage, the capital of Vanuatu is a great spot for adventure, watersports and culture.

As Vanuatu’s capital city located on the island of Efate, Port Vila offers visitors plenty to see and do. The city centre is filled with centuries-old colonial-style buildings, including the former French Residency in Independence Park. Other notable architecture includes the pink building that is home to the Supreme Court and the French Quarter’s lovely Coeur Cathedral.

Go back to Vanuatu’s cultural beginnings and learn all about South Pacific history at the Vanuatu National Museum. With tribal clothing and musical instruments on display, you can learn more about the people of the South Pacific. The Michoutouchkine Pilioko Foundation Art Gallery in nearby Pango village is the place to go to see beautiful and exotic artwork and sculptures.

Besides the plentiful artistic and cultural activities on offer in Port Vila, the paradise beaches and beautiful scenery are the biggest attractions for visitors. Eton Village is home to a wonderful beach, and its church, choir and local school are also worth a visit.

You can hop on the ferry to the resort on nearby Iririki Island. Once there, you can take in the great views from the former British Residency – the ferry operates a 24 hour service across Vila Bay and is free to guests of the resort. Adrenaline junkies can ride a jet-ski to Paradise Cove – don’t forget to keep your eyes out for dolphins on the way!

If you’re looking for adventure then drive the short distance to Mele Bay, where you can take your pick from different nature walks and adventure activities. Explore the largest tropical garden in the South Pacific; take a jungle trek to Mele Cascades and take a zip-line ride 80 metres above a canopy forest.

Port Vila is a great place for shopping, whether it be for fruit and vegetables, handmade arts and crafts, or souvenirs and jewellery at Port Vila Market. If you’re a coffee lover then you really should pay a visit to an Arabica coffee factory, while a pioneer microbrewery is a great chance to sample some local beers. If you can, try and attend a Melanesian Feast, and try some kava, the national drink.

Top hotels in Port Vila

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
4.5 out of 5
Elluk Road Off Kumul Highway, Erakor Lagoon, Port Vila, Efate
AU$292
per night
8 Dec. - 9 Dec.

Nestled on the beach, this Port Vila resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Iririki Island, Port Vila Market and Pango Point. Erakor Lagoon and Parliament House are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (677 reviews)

"We where upgraded into an executive Villa . We loved the Villa we stayed in. Excellent service and very clean.I would love to stay in one of them all the time I am in Vanuatu."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019

Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
Grand Hotel and Casino
Grand Hotel and Casino
4 out of 5
Lini Highway, P.O Box 3061, Port Vila, Efate
AU$166
per night
8 Dec. - 9 Dec.

This family-friendly Port Vila hotel is located on the Strip, within a 5-minute walk of Iririki Island and Port Vila Market. National Museum and Parliament House ...

4/5Very Good! (474 reviews)

"Well located in the centre of Port Vila. The hotel was comfortable and clean and the staff were very nice."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2019

Grand Hotel and Casino
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
4 out of 5
Tassiriki Park, Port Vila, Efate
AU$235
per night
6 Jan. - 7 Jan.

Located in Port Vila, this beachfront resort is on the riverwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of University of the South Pacific, National Museum and Iririki Island. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (174 reviews)

"Water bungalow is the best accommodation. Hotel close to supermarket and Port Vila. View from main restaurant is fantastic."…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2019

Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

Popular activities in Port Vila

Port Vila Market
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Port Vila Market

4/5(200 reviews)

Peruse the stalls of this central market to pick up unique handcrafts and souvenirs or indulge in freshly baked French-style pastries and locally grown produce.

Iririki Island
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Iririki Island

4/5(81 reviews)

Famous for being home to the former British High Commissioner’s residence, Iririki Island is now a popular and luxurious tourist resort.

Ekasup Village
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Ekasup Village

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Taste traditional food, attend mystical ceremonies and learn about the magical world of the Vanuatu natives in this charming village.

Top activities in Port Vila

Jungle Beach Buggy Safari
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Jungle Beach Buggy Safari

AU$145

Jungle Beach Buggy Safari Tour - Every Afternoon from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Free pickup and drop off, anywhere in Port Vila vicinity, discount for child under 12 years old. Enjoy the best Buggy Tour in Vanuatu, since 2008, pass through a joyful trip to the bush and the most beautiful black sand-beach of Port-Vila.

Bridges of Eden Guided Tour. Explore, Unwind & Refresh
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Bridges of Eden Guided Tour. Explore, Unwind & Refresh

AU$42

The Ultimate way to Explore Eden on the River. Eden On the River is located 17 km from Port Vila.

Zipline Canopy Tour
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Zipline Canopy Tour

AU$110

Soar through the jungle canopy and experience a fantastic buzz while on 6 ziplines and 2 suspension bridges. Over 1km in total of ziplines high in the jungle canopy. Zip platform to platform high in the trees and enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the ridgeline down to Mele Bay.