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Port Vila

Known for Family-friendly, Beaches and Snorkelling

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

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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.

Activities in Port Vila

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

A charming beach town, head to Mele Bay for water and adventure sports, gardens, local coffee and beer.

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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.

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The sea life that rests off the shores of Port Vila is waiting for you on this immersive expedition into the Pacific. With a cruise on board a glass-bottom boat and some time for snorkeling around Ifira Island, you can see the fish and corals that form a true offshore paradise.

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See the sights of Port Vila below you with an exclusive tour that shows you the city from an unforgettable perspective. A personal guide takes you up for a helicopter flight over the natural landmarks and spectacular landscape before arriving on a white sandy beach at the resort of your choosing.

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The forests, rivers, and traditions of Vanuatu surround you on a trip filled with outstanding sights around the island of Efate. Your guide shows you to destinations from the lush wilderness of the interior to little villages and terrific viewpoints along the Pacific coast.

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Explore, unwind & refresh! Eden On the River is located 17 km from Port Vila. Our unique destination features: Acres of stunning tropical gardens to wander, A crystal-clear river with multiple swimming holes to explore (perfect for a dip on a hot day), The Bridges of Eden, a series of bridges suspended over the river, An 18- hole tropical mini-golf course, A children’s’ playground, & a small animal park and A café.

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After checking in to our office on the Seawall in Port Vila and a short safety briefing you will make your way to our glass bottomed boat moored beside the office. Our floating heli pad is a two minute boat ride away. A novel way to start your adventure.