Vanuatu is an archipelago of tropical volcanic islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Located approximately 1,100 miles east of northern Australia, Vanuatu consists of 82 small islands scattered over 800 square miles. The islands’ tropical climate and stunning volcanic beaches make Vanuatu a beach lover’s paradise.
Beaches on Vanuatu
Beaches on Vanuatu
The beaches of Vanuatu are one of the island’s strongest tourism enticements. With volcanic sands ranging from white to gold, each of Vanuatu’s beaches are situated on the stunning turquoise waters of the South Pacific. Beachgoers indulge in swimming, snorkeling, and other various water sports.
One of Vanuatu’s most popular beaches is Champagne Beach on the island of Espiritu Santo. This white sand beach enjoys the tranquility of not having any nearby resorts, though fresh seafood is available at several beachfront cafes. Conveniently located near the city of the east shore of Port Vila is Erakor Beach on the island of Erakor Island. This white sand beach is home to Erakor Island Resort. Bokissa Beach, on Bokissa Island, is home to the Bokissa Private Island Resort, offering luxury amenities, including PADI certified scuba diving courses.
Efate Island is home to many stunning beaches, many of which include nearby resorts. Breakas Beach, only ten minutes from Port Vila, offers an adult-only experience at Breakas Beach Resort. Eratap Beach Resort is situated along the golden sands of Eratap Beach. Visitors prefer the Paradise Cove Beach for its calm waters, perfect for snorkeling. Hidewaway Beach, on Efate’s southern coast, offers a deep blue lagoon bordered by a white coral sand beach, popular for kayaking and diving.
The popularity of Vanuatu tours is growing rapidly. This South Pacific island is appearing on many land and cruise tour itineraries, including day tours throughout the island itself. Some of the most popular tour activities take advantage of the stunning waters surrounding the island, including a diving tour to a shipwrecked SS President Coolidge off the coast of Espiritu Santo. Day tours take brave souls to the summit of Mount Yasur Volcano on Tanna Island, the world’s most accessible active volcano. Another popular tour destination on Tanna is the world’s largest Banyan tree. Canoe tours on Espirito Santo transport visitors through breathtaking caves, stopping for a swim at a stunning lagoon called the Blue Hole.
Adventure tours transport visitors to the Mele Cascades on the island of Efate, where travelers can repel down a series of cascading waterfalls into a cave below. The unique perspective of seaplane tours offer a comprehensive way to see many of Vanuatu’s sites easily. Vanuatu tours are also an excellent way to learn the cultures of these islands. A guided hike visitors to primitive villages of the island of Malekula. Witness the annual Rom Dance on the island of Ambrym or the bungee-jumping Naghol ceremony of the island of South Pentacost.
Port Vila Image: PhillipC (flickr)
Port Vila is the capital of and largest port city in Vanuatu. Situated on the steep hills around Vila Bay on the island of Efate, Port Vila is the center of culture for the islands. The city is filled with resources for travelers, including resorts and hotels, as well as excellent gourmet cuisine. Colorful local markets dot the town with fresh produce and local crafts.
Vanuatu Hotels Image: PhillipC (flickr)
Many of Vanuatu’s best hotels are beachside resorts. The largest is Le Lagon in Port Vila. Situated on 75 acres of lush rainforest and white sand beaches, Le Lagon 30-year reputation of excellence is well deserved. On the flip side, Nirvana Resort, on Paradise Cove, is one of Port Vila’s newest resorts. The privately-owned Mele Magic Vanuatu Villa, located on Efate, is an excellent option for those looking for oceanfront seclusion.