The Nightlife of Vanuatu
Nightly entertainment in Port
Vanuatu visitors come to Vanuatu via the capital Port Vila, where most of the night entertainment is located.
The nightlife of Vanuatu can be surprisingly lively, giving you many options to be entertained during the evenings.
There are bars, clubs, cafes, restaurants and casinos, providing nightly entertainment to visitors.
When you visit some of these night spots, you will find that most evenings begin with a traditional island
drink of kava. Made from the root of specific type of plant that is part of the
pepper tree family, kava is traditionally served in a shell.
Music is an essential part of Melanesian feast night, which usually involves local string bands
playing music and singing.
Throughout the Pacific islands, Melanesians have used this drink for centuries as a relaxant. Although it's not
produced from alcohol, it can be intoxicating. So, beware and don't overdo it. With most visitors to Vanuatu, a
single drink of kava is quite enough, just to get the taste and be part of the crowd.
Another unavoidable Vanuatu experience is going to one of Melanesian feast
nights. These are organized by many major hotels and resorts in Vanuatu, as special theme nights. Some of those
are quite authentic, while the others are more commercially oriented.These theme nights are based around
Melanesian style feasts, which feature kava drinking, local string bands, traditionally story telling, and local
dance customs. It's a great way to have fun and ejoyment, while learning more about the local customs and
One of the most popular feast nights was Solo's Feast at Worawia resort, which is no
longer held due to the host's age. It was an authentic feats night that attracted visitors from other holiday
resorts. Now, one of the most popular feasts is held at former Mele Botanical Gardens, now called The Secret
After a "hard day" of holiday activities around Port Vila, it's time to enjoy refreshing drinks
at your favourite bar or restaurant.
Bars and restaurants
Port Vila has many harbour front restaurants and bars, as well as hillside ones with beautiful views, day or night.
From grill, barbecue and seafood to Chinese, French and Aussie-style.
Some of them are popular nightspots, featuring satellite TV, darts, snooker, and of course bars. There are
waterfront bars, which also include live music, which are popular with yachties and expats.
For example, if you’re looking for a good place to enjoy seafood, consider taking a jaunt down to the Waterfront
Bar & Grill, which is known for its beer and seafood as well as live entertainment on Sundays.