I’ll be honest – I hadn’t heard of Vanuatu until McKay told me he’d booked us a vacation there. I’m lucky he does his research because Vanuatu was a gorgeous place to visit…and just a 3.5 hour direct flight away from Sydney – it’s an ideal location for a quick trip. We travelled with our friends Brian and Linda to Efate, the main island of Vanuatu’s 83 islands where it’s international airport is located. See the video of our trip here.
Tips for while in you’re in Efate…
1. Stay at Eratap.
Good value and the staff and service are amazing. Check out my review on TripAdvisor for full details, but definitely take advantage of the free activities and dinner entertainment, do the island picnic, and visit the spa.
2. Scuba Dive with Big Blue
Their staff is amazing and they have great equipment. The Twin Bommies was our favourite dive.
3. Do a round island tour in Efate.
It only takes about 5 hours to drive around and you get to see all sorts of things around the island. The dive instructors from Big Blue arranged for their Uncle Joey to be our guide around the island and he was awesome. Must-visit spots are Mele Cascade Falls (gorgeous. Bring Reef shoes!), the Blue Lagoon (can get a bit crowded and touristy so go early), visit a village and pick up some toys/candy for the kids (so cute!), go to Wahoo Bar for lunch and get the Wahoo! Skip Turtle Bay – it’s not a sanctuary, more like a creepy, over-priced, poorly run zoo.
4. Try Kava if you’re into it.
It’s a traditional drink made from pepper root that is supposed to make you incredibly relaxed…
5. Visit Havannah Bay
Beautiful calm water snorkeling and gorgeous views.
6. Bring reef shoes and think about bringing your own snorkel as well.
Final Thoughts on Vanuatu
A gorgeous place that is a bit more untouched than nearby Fiji. The people are beautiful, friendly and kind. If we were to do it all over again, I think we’d do 4 nights in Efate (probably at Eratap) and then do the overnight trip to Tanna to see the active volcano and then do a few nights in Espiritu Santo (where the world’s largest ship wreck dive is located).