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.
From Stay 7, Pay 6
The Terraces Boutique Apartments
Stay 7, pay 6
Stay 5, pay 4
Stay 4, pay 3
Daily tropical breakfast
4 x 30 minute massage per booking
Sales : until 31 August 2018
Travel : 13th April – 1 July, 25 July – 20th September, 12 October – 20 Dec
All room categories
Booking code : foc1nght+4x30minmass
From $1599 pp
You Travel Package – Nasama Resort
. Return Air Vanuatu economy class airfares ex Auckland including taxes
• Return airport coach transfers in Vanuatu
• 7 nights accommodation in a Beach View Studio
• Tropical breakfast daily
Sales: 30 November 2018
Travel: 01 August 2018 to 31 March 2019 (Closeout applies 21 September to 13 October and 15 December to 15 January)
Aoredise – Paradise on Aore Island
Price includes up to four guests;
Stay 3 nights from $552.00
Stay 6 nights from $1104.00
Stay 7 nights from $1288.00
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
From 40% Off
Receive 40% off the normal room rate with no minimum stay. Guests will continue to receive Sunset’s normal inclusions; a Welcome Drink on arrival, Daily Cooked Breakfast – with selected hot & cold items, Complimentary use of kayaks and Complimentary WiFi. Those who choose to stay a little longer will also receive:
Stay 5 pay for only 4 nights using the already 40% discounted rates and receive ..
FREE return airport transfers for two persons
FREE in-room WiFi
FREE welcome drink
FREE Fruit Platter in room upon arrival
FREE Romantic 3-course dinner for two
Sales: 30 September 2018
Travel: to 31 March 2019
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The Havannah Resort
Book early and save 20% off accommodation
Book at least 8 months in advance for a min 4 nights & save at least 20% off accommodation.
Travel: Now – 28 Mar 2018, 04 Apr – 21 Dec 2018, 07 Jan – 31 Mar 2019
Sales: until 30 Nov 2018
Special is non-refundable.
From $1159 pp
You Travel Package – Mangoes Resort
• Return Air Vanuatu economy class airfares ex Auckland including taxes
• Return airport coach transfers in Vanuatu
• 4 nights accommodation in a Garden View Bungalow
• Daily light breakfast
• Complimentary WiFi in Mangoes Restaurant
• Access to gym & tennis court
• BONUS! Receive 4x 30 minute massages per room
Sales: by 31 August 2018
Travel: 01 November to 19 December 2018
From 30% off
Deluxe Self-Contained Apartments in a Beachfront Resort from 30% off all year long
Stay 3 nights Save 20% off & Stay 6 Save 30% off
Deals applied on Beachview Studio & Luxury Oceanfront Suite!
Rate for the Beachview Studio includes 3 persons.
- Free wifi
- Kayacks / tennis table
- Outdoor gym / Volley ball court
- BBQ Area
Sales and Travel: 31 March 2019 - some blackouts apply
From NZ$35.00 pp
Malampa Travel – Ranon Beach Bungalows – North West Ambrym
From NZ$35 per person per night - Share Twin (VT2,250)
Looking for an authentic Vanuatu experience - Ranon Beach Bungalows on the Island of Ambrym
Contact Air Vanuatu for flights to Ambrym
From Stay 7, Pay 5
Breakas Beach Resort
Stay 7 nights and only pay for 5 nights
Two course dinner for two & 2 free cocktails during happy hour & bottle of sparkling wine on arrival.
Sales: to 30 September 2018
Travel: to 30 September 2018