Vanuatu's Island of Holiday Adventure
The nation of Vanuatu comprises 83 islands and islets spread across the South
Pacific, like emeralds on the crystalline waters. The most heavily populated island, and home of the capital,
is island of Efate. Port Vila, the capital of the island nation, is the home of much of
the estimated 50,000 residents, though there are numerous villages scattered around the island. A trip to Efate can
be an incredible experience and offers numerous ways in which to enjoy yourself during your holiday in Vanuatu.
You'll find numerous resorts and hotels on the island. Accommodations range from
budget-oriented hotels and hostels to luxury, all-inclusive resorts. No
matter what kind of accommodations you seek, you'll find an appealing option on this island. Port Vila is home to a
large number of the island's hotels and resorts, thanks to the deep water bay that has made this city such a
shipping and travel hub. However you won't find any skyscrapers in this capital city. The area, while relatively
populous, continues to be largely rural, though that has begun to change.
A simplified map of Efate island with the main points of interest included, such as Port
with airport in centre, Devil's Point, Pango and Erakor island, Eton village and Forari on right
Attractions on Efate
Efate offers a wide variety of attractions for visitors. You'll find jungle hiking and trekking expeditions, sea
faring, diving and much, much more. Exploring the island's beaches is an excellent way to learn about and enjoy
this inviting jewel, though the jungle also offers numerous chances to enjoy the splendor of nature. If you're more
in the mood for nightlife and dancing, then Port Vila is the destination for you. You will find a large number of
nightclubs featuring dancing and live music. Enjoy a shell of kava, a mixed drink of your choice or grab an ice
cold beer and enjoy the city. Port Vila is also home to the best shopping on Efate
island. Whether you want bargain souvenirs or upscale shopping, it's located here.
Travel to and from Efate
The dominant method of arriving in Efate is by airplane. The international airport in Port Vila has daily flight
arrivals. However, travel by boat is also available. This method is perfect for those with the time to explore
Efate island and enjoy the waters surrounding them. Travel on the island can be accomplished through car rentals, hitchhiking and taxis (in Port Vila). Additionally, you can charter a boat
around Efate island for your travel needs. Walking and bicycles are a dominant form of transportation across the
island, as well.
Smaller Islands Off
As is the case with many Vanuatu islands, the island of Efate is also surrounded with smaller islands, many of
whom are Vanuatu holiday destinations in their own right. On the above Efate map you can see some of the smaller,
more interesting Vanuatu's outer islands.
On the northern side of Efate you will see Nguna, Pele and Emao islands. Nguna is one of the most developed of
Vanuatu outer islands for tourism, while Pele island is known for its Pele Island
tour. Emao island is home to Namarou Paradise Bungalows.
On western side of Efate are Moso, Lelepa and Hat islands. Moso and Lelepa islands together form the harbour
known as Port Havannah, used by the American soldiers in WWII. Hat island is also known as Island of Artok,
considered a forbidden place.
On the south-west side of Efate are Pango Point, a well known surfing spot in
Vanuatu, and Erakor island, home to Erakor Island Resort.