|Vanuatu islands, holidays and resorts guide, Port Vila accommodation and bookings|
When people consider holidaying in Port Vila, the capital city of the Vanuatu Islands in the South Pacific, the biggest draw is the location. The Efate island is beautiful, tropical, covered in lush vegetation and palm trees that line the white sandy beaches. To say that the island is picturesque would be a severe understatement. Still, Port Vila has far more to offer visitors than the regular sand and water. Tourists and visitors can find many sightseeing places to visit in the city, Vanuatu attractions that they wouldn’t be able to experience elsewhere.
The Bluewater Island Aquarium is not an “aquarium” in the sense that most people might think. You won’t find killer whales doing tricks and you won’t find any motion rides like you would in SeaWorld. This aquarium offers you a chance to get close to marine animals that you probably wouldn’t be able to in the wild. Visitors can hand feed sea turtles in one section of the aquarium. Another section has you feeding black-tipped reef sharks. It is a one of a kind experience.
Just outside of Port Vila are the Mele Village Cascades. Most hotels and resorts can assist you in finding tours that run to the Mele Cascades Waterfall. In addition to just the Cascades, tours can also include enough time to swim, as well as a visit to the Mele Botanical Gardens or Mele Village. Included in most rates are your return transfer, a guided tour, and refreshments. One of the most popular Vanuatu attractions.
Another place you can visit is a traditional village not far from Port Vila. Unlike the modernization of Port Vila, these villagers earn their livings as fisherman and subscribe to the authentic ways of the land. Touring the village will not only give you a feel for the history of the people, but a true taste of how the Melanesian people live their life day-to-day.
For beach fun outside of Port Vila, Eton Beach is one of your best options. Located on the eastern coast of Efate, Eton Beach offers guests beautiful, white sand and crystal clear, aquamarine water. Many days you can travel throughout the different beach areas and find a place where you have a secluded piece of sand. A memorable Vanuatu sightseeing experience.
One of the most unique Vanuatu attractions. Located in the Hideaway Island marine sanctuary is the world’s only underwater post office. You can buy a postcard on land and then head to the underwater post office to mail it off – you do not need diving experience as it is only about three meters underwater. When you are in Vanuatu, this is something that you must do – not very many people in the world get the chance to visit the only submerged post office in the world.
Vanuatu is a part of what is called the "Pacific Ring of Fire." This is an area where two of the earth's tectonic plates bump into each other and this has created several live volcanoes over the years. These volcanoes are a unique sightseeing sites and there are amazing stories about their eruptions, including one that split an island in half and blew up an entire island, causing only a few small islands to remain.
These are only a few of the Vanuatu attractions and sightseeings that you can see that don’t involve lounging on a beach and sipping a tropical drink while in Port Vila – although, that sounds good, too!