Choosing the best Vanuatu accommodation is easy, provided that you know how to look for it. There’s a wide array of choices, from self-catering apartments to the finest beach hotels and luxury resorts. Available options include dive resorts, luxury and boutique hotels, holiday homes, island bungalows, couples only resorts, corporate resorts, self-contained properties, and even private islands.
To start with, you have to decide where you want to stay in Vanuatu. International flights arrive on the Bauerfield International Airport (VLI), in Port Vila, on the island of Efate. From Port Vila, you can either take a taxi to your mainland resort of choice or find the most suitable transfer option to the islands of Tanna or Espiritu Santo.
There are 65 inhabited islands and islets in Vanuatu, so expect to spend some time on this research. If you want a relaxing beach holiday but you don’t feel like getting too far away from Port Vila, choose one of the luxury beach resorts in this area. You’ll find sandy beaches and seafront bungalows within a short drive from the capital city of Efate.
The type of holiday you’re after is another factor that will have a direct influence on your Vanuatu accommodation choice. Different resorts offer different holiday packages and special offers such as romantic getaways, exploration trips, and children’s clubs. Always keep an eye on last-minute offers and special packages, as this could be your chance to save some money to splurge on the things you love.
Travelling with kids calls for a family-friendly venue. In spite of Vanuatu being rather a romantic and adult holiday destination, you’ll find several luxury resorts with child-friendly facilities.
Wherever you may choose to stay in Vanuatu, you’ll be fairly close to ferry services and boat tours. Getting around the islands is easy, thanks to the effective taxi services available. Since Vanuatu is all about getting out there to enjoy the fabulous scenery, the amazing food, and the local festivities, it comes without saying that you’ll be using ferries, boats and cabs big time. You can’t spend your holiday here and not see the Mele Cascades Waterfall, for instance. Sliding on your backside on that slippery rock surface to arrive into the pool below the waterfall is a truly memorable experience.
In addition, the turquoise water and the vividly coloured coral reef are nothing else but an invitation to snorkelling. The blacktip reef sharks, the green sea turtles and the clown fish are waiting for you to admire them in their natural habitat. Ensure you pack your underwater photo camera for your Vanuatu holiday, as you’ll find plenty of opportunities to use it.
Should you want to see this wonderful archipelago in its full splendour, take a helicopter flight. The crystal clear waters, the moss-covered rocks scattered everywhere around the islands, and the golden sand and sugary-white sandy beaches will make you never want to leave.
Last but not least, consider having the adventure of a lifetime by taking one of the zip-line tours that take you above the luxuriant tree canopy of the jungle.
Regardless of your choice of accommodation, you’ll have all these wonders at the reach of your fingertips.