Location: The island of Vanuatu is located in the South Pacific Ocean, made up of around 80 islands, stretching over 1,300 kilometres, and around 65 of the islands are inhabited. Port Vila is the capital of Vanuatu which is where my family and I stayed. We flew to Vanuatu with Air New Zealand.
Places to stay:
Pacific Lagoon Apartments – My family and I stayed at the Pacific Lagoon Apartments. It takes around 20 – 30 minutes to drive from the airport. It is only a short bus ride to the centre of Port Vila. The apartments are self contained so you are able to cook if you don’t want to go out for dinner every night. The accommodation has an outdoor pool which is great and a lovely outdoor area which has a BBQ that everyone can use. They also have kayaks that you can use to go kayaking in the lagoon which is only metres away from your apartment. This accommodation is great for families and the service was great! It was clean and a lovely place to stay.
Photo of the lagoon is below and the outside of the apartment that we stayed in. https://www.pacificlagoonapartments.com/
Places to Eat:
Jill’s cafe – It is a good local place to go to grab a bite to eat, nice food and good service.
Wahoo Bar – It’s a 50 minute drive from the Pacific Lagoon Apartments but it is an awesome place to go for lunch or dinner, great food and service. Great view as well!
Paradise Cove – This resort has a great couple of restaurants and the food is really good, another great place to go and you don’t have to be staying at the resort to dine at the restaurants. You can also go swimming in the sea while you wait for dinner.
Boots Brewery and Saloon – It’s Vanuatu’s first and only country and western themed restaurant. *Fun Fact: This Brewery has a cat that lives at the restaurant and his name is Boots. He also rings a bell when he wants fed. The restaurant serves Texas type food e.g. BBQ ribs. The Boots Brewery and Saloon offers free tours from Monday to Friday. Below is a photo of the Brewery and Saloon.
Local Farmers Market – This is a great place to get local fresh fruit and vegetables at a very cheap price in the centre of Port Vila.
Shopping – Port Vila has a few shops where you can buy souvenirs and other bit and bobs from. The main shops are located in the centre of Port Vila.
Around Vanuatu we caught the local buses and we walked around the shops and restaurants. My family and I know a couple that live in Vanuatu so they picked us up from the airport but there are airport shuttles available.
Blue Lagoon – A great place to swim in the amazing blue waters! There is an entry fee and you will need to get transport to the Blue Lagoon if you are staying in the centre of Port Vila. Swimming is a great activity that everyone can do and there are some great places to swim like the Blue Lagoon or if you don’t want to pay to swim, you can swim in the ocean or the lagoons located around Port Vila. The Blue Lagoon isn’t wheelchair accessible but it’s cool to go too anyway! Below are some photos of Blue Lagoon!
Cascade Falls – Another great place to swim, yet again there is an entry fee but this is an amazing site to go and swim at, there are beautiful rock pools you can swim in and a giant waterfall at the top! My family really enjoyed going here! Would recommend! Unfortunately this activity is not wheelchair accessible because you have to walk/climb up the rocks. Below is a photo of cascade falls!
Take a tour around the island – There are tour companies that can take you and your family around the island to see the famous sites e.g The Vanuatu Survivor Islands! (From the programme Survivor). The tour we went on took us to the places e.g the Wahoo Bar etc.
Take a very quick boat ride from Port Vila to Erakor Island, the boat ramp is not far from the Pacific Lagoon Apartments. Erakor island is private so it’s very relaxing and you can spend the day here or you can stay in the resorts. They have glass bottom canoes you can rent (this was a cool thing to do but the water did have a few dead rats in it which wasn’t that great to see!), you can also dine in the restaurants or relax on the beach. Below is a photo of the glass bottom canoe.
U – Power Zego Sea Adventures – This activity was AWESOME! You will find U-Power at the pontoon behind the Port Vila Market House on the sea wall. My family and I done the 1 hour tour which included driving the Zego’s around the different islands and keeping an eye out for dolphins and turtles. Paradise Cove is the half way point so you can take turns at changing drivers so everyone can have a turn at driving the Zego. You do have to be 18+ to drive one. You also have the opportunity to have a swim and snorkel but you do need to bring your own equipment. They provide lifejackets to wear for children and adults and the staff/tour guides are really good to deal with and they are very helpful.
For prices and other tour options click the link below and it will take you to their website. http://www.upowerzegovanuatu.com/tours.html
Below is a photo of what a Zego looks like.
Accessibility of Vanuatu:
The accessibility of Vanuatu is not that great unfortunately. The local buses are not wheelchair accessible and most of the sites aren’t either. Out of the places I’ve been too, it is probably the least accessible.
I hope you have enjoyed reading a bit about Vanuatu. Vanuatu is a great destination to go for families or couples. ~
*Have you seen my North Island – New Zealand blog yet?*