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Port VilaVanuatu

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

Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
4.5 out of 5
Elluk Road Off Kumul Highway, Erakor Lagoon, Port Vila, Efate
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Nestled on the beach, this Port Vila resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Erakor Lagoon and Iririki Island. Port Vila Market is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

4.2/5Excellent! (717 reviews)

"great place on the water, property should have free shuttle to and from airport and free wifi"…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020

Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
4 out of 5
Tassiriki Park, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$249 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.

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! (192 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

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Breakas Beach Resort
Breakas Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Pango Bay Road, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$201 per night from 18 Feb. to 19 Feb.

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! (394 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.

Holiday Rentals in Port Vila

Waves at Surfside
Waves at Surfside
4 out of 5
Pango Rd, Port Vila
The price is AU$397 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Situated on the beach, this eco-friendly villa is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Erakor Lagoon and within 3 miles (5 km) of Iririki Island and Port Vila Market. Pango ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

":) Perfect view. Property was right on the beach, 2 minute walk to Breakers (breakfast/lunch/dinner). Hosts were very helpful and reachable after-hours. :( Wifi was not connected until the second day of our stay and was quite slow. Hot water was not turned on but was fixed within minutes. Overall, ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov. 2019

Waves at Surfside
Quest Apartments
Quest Apartments
4 out of 5
Tassiriki Park Road, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$82 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Situated in Port Vila, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Erakor Lagoon, Iririki Island, and Port Vila Market. University of the South Pacific ...

4/5Very 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
Troppo Mystique
Troppo Mystique
3.5 out of 5
Erakor Road, Port Vila

Situated in Port Vila, this villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of the South Pacific, Ekasup Village and Tana Russet Plaza. Port Vila Market and Iririki ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (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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