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Port Vila on the main island of Efate, is a cosmopolitan capital and the gateway to your adventure holiday in Vanuatu. Port Vila is a delightful waterfront town with an excellent selection of fine cuisine restaurants, sidewalk cafes, duty free shopping and a bustling market place.

Vila has a large variety of accommodation ranging from lodges and self-contained studio apartments to tourist class hotels and deluxe international resorts - all within easy reach of the town centre. The vibrant Melanesian culture, welcoming smiles and natural warmth of the people will ensure your Vanuatu experience will be a relaxed and memorable one.

The pretty town of Port Vila remains the only town on the island of Efate. The international airport is a 10 minutes drive from town and all major resorts and hotels. The crystal clear waters and waterfront area is so unpolluted, visitors are stunned to look down from the seawall and see live corals and tropical fish.


  • Port Vila Geographical Information

    The island of Efate where the capital Port Vila is situated is the metropolitan centre where the majority of commerce and tourism takes place. The island has a rugged coastline, a rolling green countryside, fast flowing rivers, cascading waterfalls, isolated sandy bays and lagoons. The interior is dense, verdant rainforest disturbed only by a few walking tracks to remote weather and radio beacons.

    The capital, Port Vila, is located around a magnificent natural harbour offering stunning views of Iririki and Ifira islands, and looking out all the way to Malapoa Point.

    Havannah Harbour on the north side of the island is a spectacular natural haven used during World War II as a naval rear base by the entire U.S. 7th Fleet. It is also the site of some extraordinary archeological digs.

  • Things to do in Port Vila

    For the tourist in Port Vila there is plenty to do. Whether it be taking in a quick introduction tour of Port Vila’s sights, visiting the local down town Port Vila markets, playing a game of golf, horse riding along the beach or taking a stroll up to the Mele Cascade waterfalls through lush tropical bush to admire the view.

    For those that love the water there are plenty of day cruises and some overnight cruises available exploring spots like Hat Island and Paul’s Rock which are well known for their amazing fish and coral life, Pele, Moso, Nguna, Lelepa and Kakula Islands. Take a day tour to Hideaway Island and go snorkelling with an abundance of colourful fish or visit Tranquility Island to see the turtle conservation sanctuary. Eton Beach and Crystal Blue Lagoon Beach are located 45 minutes drive from town.

    Other activities include jet boating and jet skiing, surfing, sport and game fishing, ocean or river kayaking, cultural village tours, hiking and bushwalking.

    Port Vila has an active and fun night life offered by resort hotels, night clubs, pubs, and several casinos.

  • When to Travel to Port Vila

    Port Vila has a pleasant tropical climate with relatively high humidity. Winter is the drier season with average night and daytime temperatures between 21°C - 26ºC from May to November. In the wetter Summer season, average night and daytime temperatures range between 22ºC - 29°C from December to April.

    Cyclone activity may occur between January to April.

    Scuba diving is conducted year round in Port Vila and the water temperature varies between 22ºC - 30ºC depending on the season.

  • Hotels and Resorts in Port Vila

    Breakas Beach Resort
    10 mins from Port Vila

    Budget: $$$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: 1
    Restaurant: 2  

    Wifi: No (broadband)
    Onsite Shop: No
    Gym: No
    Spa: Yes
    Onsite Dive Shop: No

    Hideaway Island resort and marine sanctuary, Mele Bay, Vanuatu - Dive Adventures Australia Hideaway Island Resort
    20 mins from Port Vila

    Budget: $-$$$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: 1
    Restaurant: 1  

    Wifi: in reception/beach area
    Onsite Shop: Yes
    Gym: No
    Spa: No
    Onsite Dive Shop: Yes

    Iririki Island Resort
    5 mins from Port Vila via a 24hr ferry

    Budget: $$$
    Pool: 2
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: 4
    Restaurant: 4  

    Wifi: Fares only / broadband elsewhere
    Onsite Shop: Yes
    Gym: Yes
    Spa: Yes
    Onsite Dive Shop: No

    Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa
    5 mins from Port Vila on Erakor Lagoon

    Budget: $$$-$$$$
    Pool: 3
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: 3
    Restaurant: 3  

    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: Yes
    Gym: Yes
    Spa: Yes
    Onsite Dive Shop: No

    Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
    10 mins from Port Vila on Erakor Lagoon

    Budget: $$$-$$$$
    Pool: 2
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: 3
    Restaurant: 2

    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: No
    Gym: Yes
    Spa: Yes
    Onsite Dive Shop: No

    The Melanesian
    10 mins walk from Port Vila

    Budget: $$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: No
    Bar: 3
    Restaurant: 2

    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: No
    Gym: No
    Spa: No
    Onsite Dive Shop: No

    Tranquillity Dive & Eco Resort
    1hr by road and boat from Port Vila on Moso Island

    Budget: $-$$
    Pool: No
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: Yes
    Restaurant: Yes

    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: No
    Gym: No
    Spa: No
    Onsite Dive Shop: Yes

  • Scuba Diving in Port Vila

    Port Vila has a variety of dive sites with visibility ranging up to 40 metres. The outer areas of Mele Bay and the islands off the North Efate coast offer deep drop-offs, grottoes and overhangs with underwater tunnels and chasms formed over time by frozen lava. The running currents bring in an abundance of marine life and pelagic species while inside the protected waters of Mele Bay there are a number of interesting ship wrecks.

    Some of the more popular dive sites:

    The Cathedral

    A stunning cavern dive that is extremely weather dependant. The cavern is wide and open with beautiful shafts of light filtering down through the open roof. The Cathedral is home to shrimp, nudibranchs and leaf scorpionfish and entry is at 22 metres.

    Twin Bommies

    2 coral bommies lying side by side give this dive site its name. Dive along the reef plateau in 12-18 metres before dropping off to the white sand below at 25-30 metres. Many fish are attracted to this site. Butterfly fish swim amongst the yellow and blue staghorn coral. Leaf scorpionfish hide in nooks and crannies and turtles are often spotted.

    Star of Russia

    The 90 metre long "Star of Russia" is a three masted, square rigged sailing ship built
    in 1874 by Harland and Wolf (of the SS Titanic). Still intact, the steel hull sits upright on a sandy bottom in 34 metres of water. Divers can gain easy access to the wreck as the wooden decking has perished. Schools of fish now reside inside and batfish can be found hanging around outside whilst crocodile fish lie on the ship’s beams.

    Konanda

    A 45 metre island trader that was badly damaged by Cyclone Uma in 1987 and later scuttled in the harbour.  She now sits upright and intact on a sandy bottom at 26 metres and is an easy, fun wreck dive. Penetration is possible in the holds, cabin and bridge areas.

    Pink Panther

    This dive on the Mele side of the bay has pretty, colourful corals, plenty of fish and lots of pink anemones housing several clownfish making it a favourite dive for photographers. The reef wall drops down over 90 metres. Along the wall you can see morays and crayfish but you never know what you might spot out in the blue.

    Tasman

    An ex-Qantas Sandringham flying boat that hit a reef on takeoff in 1951. The Tasman was salvaged but later sunk during a cyclone and is in good condition lying in about 40 metres of water. Visibility can often be affected in this part of the harbour.

     

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