Vanuatu holiday resorts and visitors guide


Port Vila Attractions

Attractions in Port Vila, the capital city of Vanuatu

When people consider vacationing in Port Vila, the capital city of the Vanuatu Islands in the South Pacific, the biggest draw is the location. The island is beautiful, tropical, covered in lush vegetation and palm trees that line the white sandy beaches. To say that it is picturesque would be a severe understatement.

Still, Port Vila has far more to offer vacationers than the regular sand and water. Tourists can find many things to see while in the city, things that they wouldn’t be able to experience elsewhere.

Tall palm trees in Vanuatu

Lush vegetation and tall coconut palm trees
provide for a typical Vanuatu holiday atmosphere

Bluewater Island Aquarium

The Bluewater Island Aquarium is not an “aquarium” in the sense that most people might think. You won’t find killer whales doing tricks and you won’t find any motion rides like you would in SeaWorld. This aquarium offers you a chance to get close to marine animals that you probably wouldn’t be able to in the wild.

The main park in Port Vila's town harbour

Port Vila offers many holiday attractions, including spacious green park by harbour,
with walking paths by the sea, where many locals and tourists wind down.

Visitors can hand feed sea turtles in one section of the aquarium. Another section has you feeding black-tipped reef sharks. It is a one of a kind experience.

Underwater Post Office

Located in the Hideaway Island marine sanctuary is the world’s only underwater post office. You can buy a postcard on land and then head to the underwater post office to mail it off – you do not need diving experience as it is only about three metres underwater. When you are in Vanuatu, this is something that you must do – not very many people in the world get the chance to visit the only submerged post office in the world. You can also stay on the island at Hideaway Island Resort.

Aerial view of Hideaway Island

A view of Hideaway island from the air - where you will find Underwater Post Office
and many other holiday activities and attractions, including a restaurant.

Horseback Riding

Handmade wooden souvenirs
Traditionally handmade wooden souvenirs can be found at Port Vila town markets.

You can take a relaxing horseback ride outside of the city. Travel through fields and rainforest or even along the beach, depending on the tour you take.

Most of the horseback riding facilities can show you the basics of riding a horse, so you don’t have to worry if you don’t have any experience.

This is a great way to see the land and to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Shopping in Port Vila

You will want to walk around the city and check out the different markets and shops that offer handmade items as well as other traditional souvenirs.

No one likes to come home without souvenirs – and don’t forget to get something for everyone back home!

These are only a few of the things that you can do that don’t involve lounging on a beach and sipping a tropical drink while in Port Vila – although, that sounds good, too!

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