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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Warwick Le Lagon – Vanuatu
From: NZ$250 per room per night
Min stay 5 nights
Complimentary use of selected non-motorised water activities like kayaking, wind surfing, snorkelling, beach volleyball and catamaran, • Full breakfast •Free kids club •Children under 12 stay, play & eat for free •Daily buffet breakfast •Unlimited golf green fee and club hire per person •Free use of resort gym
Book by: 31 March 2018
Travel dates: until 31 March 2019
Blackout dates: 29 March 2018 - 15 April 2018, 30 June 2018 – 15 July 2018, 22 September 2018 – 7 October 2018
26 December, 2018 – 3 January, 2019
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Breakas Beach Resort
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Stay 7/5 – 2 course dinner for two & 2 free cocktails during happy hour & bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
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sales until: 31 March 2018
travel until: 30 June 2018
Aoredise – Paradise on Aore Island
Stay 3 nights NZD$581
Stay 4 nights NZD$774
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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: 31 May 2018
Travel dates: By 17 September 2018
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
Beautifully positioned above the beachfront overlooking the sea on the North West coast of Ambrym. After a refreshing swim, enjoy the sun set from your bungalow balcony. Access is either by boat from Craig Cove (2 hours) or by the North to West Volcano Trek. If you are short on time there is a one-day volcano trek you can do from here. Ranon also offers the opportunity to experience the world famous Fanla Rom Dance and Black Magic Tour.
Contact Air Vanuatu for flights to Ambrym
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Angelfish Cove Villas
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Includes: Free WIFI, Free use of Kayaks & Snorkelling Equipment, Self contained Villas
Book by: 31 March 2018
Travel dates: 20 January to 31 March 2018
From AU$430 per night
Bokissa Private Island – Espiritu Santo
AU$430 per night
Includes return airport transfers ex Luganville (Santo) and ALL MEALS for two adults.
Private, traditional-style, absolute beachfront Fares (separate bungalows)with timber shutters, mini bars, tea & coffee making facilities, hair dryer, ceiling fans and air-conditioning.
Stay 6 nights or more and receive a $100 resort credit per room per stay.
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Ramada Resort Port Vila – New Year Sale
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Buffet Breakfast daily
INCLUSIONS: Complimentary wifi up to 500mb per room per day
Complimentary snorkelling equipment, kayaks & stand-up paddle boards.
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Travel by: 01 Jan – 29 Jun, 24 Jul – 31 Aug 2018
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Travel – 12th Jan – 20th December 2018
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Turtle Bay Beach House – Espiritu Santo
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Includes: Wifi and 2 bedroom Holiday House with full kitchen