Peace and Beauty in the South Pacific
Are you looking for a peaceful
getaway from Port Vila or a great place for a relaxing vacation in Vanuatu? Epi Island
offers you exactly what you want. This quiet, lush garden island is the perfect place for families, hikers and
backpackers to enjoy themselves.
You'll also find wonderful beaches (many white sand and at least 2
black sand beaches) all around the island. Traveling to Epi is simple, especially from Port Vila. To make the most of your trip, combine it with
a visit to Emae island nearby.
What to Do?
There are many things to do on Epi.
You'll find that this paradise island offers numerous ways to enjoy the vast beauty of nature, as well as surfing
and much more. Lamen Bay is a great place for a swim; you'll find dugongs (a relative of the manatee) in the Bay,
grazing on sea-grass and sunning themselves in the warm waters. Lamen Bay is also the best place to catch the
Epi island offers a relaxing getaway in Vanuatu, ideal for those who like a lush island
(Photo courtesy of Volcano.si.edu)
If surfing is your thing, you'll
find the best waves in northeastern Epi and snorkeling is available throughout the island, though
Nikaura's Marine Protected Area is one of the prime locations
to enjoy the ocean. You can also find a number of walking tours around the island, or simply explore on your own.
The island has several roads, but there are relatively few vehicles, so renting a car or taking a taxi is largely
out of the question.
Where to Stay?
The Epi Island Guesthouse features upscale accommodations on a limited basis. 13
acres of tropical grounds, a private beach and homemade meals are also part of this location. You'll find some
other areas on the island, as well.
Epi Paradise Sunset Bungalows on Lamen Bay offers camping, as well as single,
double and group accommodations. Tours of the island are available from this location, as well as boating,
snorkeling and more.
Nikaura Sunrise Bungalows is another laidback establishment, featuring a single
bungalow and access to the ocean. The Marine Protected Area, an underwater volcano and other attractions are
The primary means of transport on
the island is by foot. Bicycle rentals are limited, as are cars and trucks. The island boasts 2 small airports,
both of which are serviced once or twice each week by Air Vanuatu. You'll find that this makes it perfect to spend
a few days on the island and then head back to Port Vila, where you will find more holiday attractions.