The islands of Vanuatu have a rich and colourful history with unique cultures and traditions and some of the most unspoilt natural beauty in the South Pacific.
Explore Efate, home to the capital of Port Vila, where you will be met with a colourful mix of shops, restaurants, markets and beaches.
Discover Santo, Vanuatu’s largest island, with world famous diving, blue holes and pristine beaches.
Be amazed on the island of Tanna, home to fascinating custom villages and Mount Yasur, one of the world’s most accessible live volcanoes.
These are the three most popular islands in Vanuatu for tourists but there are 83 islands full of hidden gems and natural wonders. For a more remote island experience consider Pentecost, Ambrym, Malekula or another to explore untouched nature and get a rare taste of a more traditional way of life. If you only have hours not days to spare then island hop from Port Vila and discover some of the stunning islands surrounding Efate.
A stunning island nation just hours from Australia and New Zealand, has been right in front of you all along.
Efate is the international gateway to Vanuatu, and is a vibrant island offering a mix of restaurants, bars, shops, markets and more. The capital Port Vila is located around a magnificent natural harbour and is flanked by a stunning lagoon. Waterfalls, blue holes and beaches are scattered around the island and there are plenty of tours to uncover them. Port Vila is the starting point to explore Vanuatu’s other islands. Most are a short flight away but some, including Lelepa, Pele, Nguna and Hat can be accessed by boat.
A 55 minute flight north of Port Vila, lies Vanuatu’s largest island, Espiritu Santo. Relax on the islands white sand beaches, or head to a blue hole, for a dip in fresh cobalt blue water hidden deep within the jungle. Dive world famous sites such as SS President Coolidge. North of Espiritu Santo are the Banks and Torres Islands, of Vanua Lava, Mota Lava and Ra. Be mesmerised by volcanic mountains and waterfalls on Vanua Lava. Enjoy magnificent views as you climb the massive rocks on Ra or the Sleeping Mountain on Mota Lava.
Tanna is rich in natural wonders. Visit stunning waterfalls, swim in underwater caves and meet the local people in their traditional Kustom villages. Take a 4WD trip to mighty Mount Yasur, Tanna’s most famous attraction and one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes, where you will be treated to a magnificent lava display. The Tafea Provence also includes the beautiful islands of Aniwa, Futuna, Erromango, and Aneityum, offering authentic cultural experiences, ancient rainforests and pristine beaches.
Vanuatu’s second largest island, Malekula has a rich cultural offering and is known for having some of the best custom dances in Vanuatu. Stay in a village and witness island tradition as villagers proudly share their history, dances and songs. Adventure enthusiasts can trek through the mountainous and rugged forest-covered interior. Easily accessible via boat are small neighbouring islands, such as Maskelynes along the east coast and Uri and Uripiv, in the north, offering sand beaches and snorkelling.
Volcanic ash and sorcery have earned Ambrym the title of the “black” island. For the very fit and adventurous, a trek to the twin volcanoes, Mt Benbow and Mt Marum, is a must to observe the boiling lava lakes and breathtaking views. Experience authentic culture and traditions, from custom dances and fern masks to sand-drawing and sculpted tom-toms (vertical slit gongs carved from trees). Witness the striking Rom dance unique to Ambrym, where masked “spirits” stomp out ancient rhythms to the beat of the massive tam-tams.
Pentecost is known for the daring land-diving ritual (Naghol) but also boasts pristine rainforests, waterfalls and clear blue waters. The Naghol land diving is said to have inspired modern day bungee jumping and occurs every Saturday between April and June. Visitors can also discover spectacular waterfalls or take a tour of a local village to see traditional dress, and the unique custom of sand drawing. For the more adventurous, climb Mount Vetmar, Pentecost’s second highest mountain and be rewarded with stunning views.
Head off the beaten track to remote outer islands to immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions which continue to thrive today. Largely untouched by tourism, ancient cultures and pristine landscapes await your discovery. Journey east of Santo to Ambae, a volcanic island with secluded beaches in the south and thick rainforest perfect for hiking, or discover the island of Maewo lined with black sand beaches, dramatic waterfalls, and lush flora and fauna. There are a plethora of islands just waiting to be explored.
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Poppys on the Lagoon – On Sale
35% off all Room Categories
Sales: to 31 March 2019
Travel: 01 September to 30 April 2019
From $528 return
Christmas & New Year Sale
Auckland to Port Vila Return
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Travel: 01 Nov 2018 to 31 January 2019
Sales: Until 30 November 2018
From $2199 pp
Our Pacific – The Havannah Resort
5 nights in a Garden Villa at The Havannah
Return Air Vanuatu economy class airfares ex Auckland includes taxes
Return airport coach transfers in Vanuatu
Full English breakfast daily, 1 x 30min massage per person per stay & 1 x romantic picnic on a private beach for one day * & a Hot Spots voucher book with over NZD$1600 of exclusive offers.
Pay $299per adult to upgrade to a Lagoon Pool Villa
*Massage and picnic valid for travel 01 to 31 Aug 2018 & 01 Nov 2018 to 14 Dec 2018 only.
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Mangoes Resort On Sale
Stay 7 nights and Pay for only 4
All room categories
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Travel : 1 Feb – 5th April 19
Chantillys on the Bay On Sale
NZ$880 per room
4 nights accommodation package, based on double occupation per room
- Continental breakfast
- Dinner for two (one main + one dessert + one drink) once during the stay
- 1 pizza and 2 drinks at Banyan Beach Bar once during the stay
Sales: to 23 Feb 2019
Travel: to 31 March 2019
Aoredise – Paradise on Aore Island
Price includes up to four guests;
Stay 3 nights from $552.00
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Extra guests $20.00 per person per night (maximum 6 guests)
Includes: Self contained accommodation for up to six people in your own two bedroom, two bathroom beachfront holiday house with your own 35 metre private beach. Free use of push-bikes and kayak. Easy walk to restaurant, five minute boat ride to town.
Book before: 30 September 2018
Travel dates: By 10th December 2018
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Breakas Beach Resort – On Sale
Stay 5 nights, pay 3
One lunch for 2 people once during the stay, 1 hour massage for 2 people, 1 bottle of sparkling wine
Daily tropical continental breakfast
Welcome fruit cocktail on arrival
Introductory scuba-divining lesson in resort pool
Local Cooking class
Guided cultural tour of local village
Sales: until 31 March 2019
Travel: 20 January to 31 March 2019
From $2729 per family
House of Travel – Warwick Le Lagon – School Holidays 2019
Based on 2 Adults and 2 children
✔ 5 nights accommodation (flights additional)
✔ Return airport transfers
✔ Full buffet breakfast daily
✔ Welcome drinks
✔ Use of selected non-motorised water activities
✔ Children under 13 years eat all meals FREE from the kids menu
Sales: 30 November 2018
From $750 per couple
Blue Bay Resort
NZD$750 per couple / NZD$945 per family
- 7 nights accommodation in our waterfront bungalows
- Return Airport Transfers
- Welkam coconut drink on arrival
- Daily breakfast
- Guided snorkelling and kayaking tour
- Guided cultural village and coffee tour
- Free use of BBQ Facilities
- Free use of Wifi
- Free use of snorkelling equipment and kay
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