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Port-vila Travel Guide, Vanuatu

The archipelago nation of Vanuatu comprises over 80 islands, each with their particular charm, but none rises to the level of Efate, the island that hosts the exotically decadent capital, Port-Vila. Built around the magnificent harbor of Vila Port, the city is a tropical paradise that possesses some of the most amazing beaches in the world. Divers will love the crystal clear water that hides exquisite corals and mysterious shipwrecks inhabited by colorful fish. Like many former colonies, Port-Vila is resplendent with European style buildings, which have become an integral part of the landscape and culture. The people of Vanuatu have not forgotten their roots despite the heavy European influence, and customs and traditional crafts are still flourishing nowadays in the capital and other cities. This Port-Vila Travel Guide will help you organize your dream holiday in the middle of this wonderful city.

Port-Vila Travel Guide - Transport

Vanuatu’s only international airport is located a few kilometers away from Port-Vila. Bauerfield Airport has connections to the large cities of the surrounding island nations, for example Suva and Nadi in Fiji, or Noumea in New Caledonia. Flying to Port-Vila is the quickest and most convenient way to get there, but not the most picturesque. There are numerous ocean liners and cruisers that can take you to Port-Vila, and a boat trip will offer you the chance to admire the scenic beauty of the South Pacific and the tropical islands dotting the clear blue waters.

The only way to get to Port-Vila from the surrounding islands is by boat, but you can freely travel to Efate by bus. Bus tickets are very cheap and they are a great way to mingle with the locals. Shared taxis are another affordable option, and although they circulate mainly in the city, they will take you to nearby towns as well. Port-Vila is not a very large city and you can easily walk your way around it; besides, there’s no better way to appreciate the city’s beautiful colonial architecture then on foot.

Port-Vila Travel Guide - Accommodation

Port-Vila is the country’s most popular tourist destination so there are plenty of hotels catering for all tastes and budgets. If your main reason for going to Port-Vila is sunbathing, you should lodge on one of the myriad of beach resorts. Eratap Beach Resort is made up of several villas with beautifully decorated rooms and great views. The resort organizes various events such as bonfire nights, island tours and picnics. Vila Chaumieres is another delightful resort, where you can eat possibly the best food in Port-Vila. If you prefer to stay in the city centre, this Port-Vila Travel Guide recommends Sebel Vanuatu. The hotel is only a short walk away from shops and restaurants, and it has ferry service to the nearby Iririki Island where there are several facilities for Sebel’s guests.

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