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About Port Vila

Things to do and Port Vila attractions

Port Vila is the capital (and the largest) city of Vanuatu and the key Vanuatu holiday destination. The city is home to a mix of South Pacific cultures, with Ni-Vanuatu Melanesian people being a dominant group.

This island chain stretches across the South Pacific, near Fiji and the Solomon Islands, north of New Zealand. What does Port Vila offer the traveler? Why journey to this small city in the heart of the tropics?

You'll find that Port Vila is the best place from which to start your Vanuatu holiday, whether you are planning to enjoy only the island of Efate (where Port Vila sits) or you intend to venture out to the other islands around the city. Here are some of Port Vila attractions.

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Port Vila is the gateway to Vanuatu and the destination where most of Vanuatu visitors tend to spend their holiday, offering numerous activities and attractions.

Shopping and Dining

For international travelers, Port Vila is the closest thing to a major city Vanuatu has. As such, it is the hub of shipping and transportation in the islands, making it the prime place to find great deals and great meals. You'll find that you can enjoy duty free shopping at several area outlets, as well as the local fruit and vegetable market. A trip to Chinatown will give you access to souvenirs, electronics, clothing and more, while you can shop with local vendors for authentic handicrafts from around the islands.

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One of the most popular holiday attractions just outside of Port Vila is the Mele Cascades Waterfall

You can also find the best dining in the island in the city. You'll enjoy international cuisine, try a cup of kava, head to the nightclubs and discos downtown or simply enjoy a great meal and a quiet drink at any number of area restaurants.

Things to Do in Port Vila

Port Vila is the best place from which to embark on a snorkeling or scuba tour, as well as the best place from which to reach any number of top beaches around the island. You can sunbathe, swim, dive, kayak and sail right from the city or head around the island for more options.

Make sure that you visit the incredible waterfall, Melée Cascades, while you are in town, or head to the golf course (the only championship golf course in the islands) for a challenging round of golf.

Getting to Port Vila

You'll find only two ways to get to Port Vila. You can fly into the Bauerfield international airport, or you can take ship into port. You'll find that flying in and out is the faster of the two methods, though taking a ship or sailboat can be an incredible experience. Visiting the islands around Efate is done in the same way; Air Vanuatu services most of the islands once or twice a week from Efate.

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About Port Vila

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