Vanuatu is reminiscent of Bali, 20 years ago. A small, untouched paradise offering a tropical Island getaway that won’t break the bank. If your idea of a holiday involves fresh seafood, poolside cocktails, day tripping, then sunset cocktails, Vanuatu is a destination you should layby!
Located in the South Pacific, Vanuatu is made up of 80 islands, with Port Villa being the capital and the main tourist hot spot. The flight from Sydney is just over 3 hours, door to door the whole journey was under 6, arriving just in time for sunset cocktails!
Everything about Vanuatu surprised me, unlike many hot spots now the service was fantastic and fresh seafood on the menu was exactly that, fresh. Vanuatu has made an incredible recovery since Cyclone Pam and the focus to drive tourists to this island means the hotels and resorts have stepped up a notch. Yet you still get a feeling you’re one of only a handful of tourists, the charm of Vanuatu is hard to beat.
Here’s a list of my top things to do on the Island!
1. Take a good book enjoy pool service at your resort!
2. Dinner on the beach with the sand under your feet, followed by a fire show is a must, most hotels offer a night like this. The Eratap Resort have one a week, plus another night of live music.
3. If you want to experience life as the locals do (they’re always happy) book a night for Kava, a green juice with certain magical powers, not for the faint hearted.
4. Picnic on one of the many small islands, The Eratap has access to one 5 minutes away, pack a picnic and snorkels, this was one of my favourite days!
5. If you like adventure, hire a 4 Wheel drive buggy and explore the island. We drove through stunning tropical rainforests, small villages, local schools, with freedom you’ll never experience in more regulated tourist spots. Just ensure the buggies come with helmets!
6. Book a fishing trip, if you’re hard core there’s game fishing charters, or if you just want to drift on the crystal-clear waters book a small local boat. Yellowfin and swordfish are in abundance and you just might catch your dinner!
7. Take a day trip to the Blue Lagoon swimming hole or Cascade Falls, both stunning spots. Avoid days when a Cruise Ship is in Port Villa if you want to avoid the crowds.
8. Ask your hotel for the best local snorkelling spot near you, there are plenty of beautiful areas to explore.
If you’re considering a layby holiday, this is a great one to look at, it won’t break the bank, it’s close to home, and it’s still relatively untouched. Tick it off your bucket list before it becomes the next hot spot!
Tip: If you want to save money, buy your alcohol Duty Free and enjoy a sunset cocktail in your Villa before you hit the restaurant!