I'm tentatively planning a trip for aug. 2015, here's some things i've been wondering.
-While staying in Port Vila would I be allowed to walk around & take pictures at places Erakor Isle and Breakas resort etc... without actually staying there ?
-How much drive time is involved with circling Efate ? I'd like to travel a lot of the coast looking for scenic areas and good photo ops. Would that take a couple days to do comfortably, or could it easily be done in one day ?
-I want to check out a couple of the offshore islands like Pele and Nguna. Is it easy to catch little boats over and travel around the islands on my own for a day ? Or do I have to be a part of some package deal ? If I stay over night there, is it mandatory to pre-book...or is likely that I can decide to stay somewhere while I'm there and they will have a place available ?
-Is it possible to leave a rental car on the northside of Efate while I go to Pele/Nguna ? Or should I just not rent a car/explore Efate until my final couple days in Vila ?
-Are there nakamals on those little islands too ?
-Any major cultural do's and don'ts I should be aware of ?
-How hard will it be to communicate with locals outside of Vila? I listened to some Bislama on youtube and could only pick out a word or two...
-Is the vegetation green year-round...or is there a season when it can become dry/brown ? Is august less likely to be raining a lot ?
-Should I only be drinking bottled water ?
-Will my cellphone work, from the states ? I went to Samoa a few years ago and it didn't. Not that I mind, it could just be useful in an emergency.
Thanks for any help...I'm sure I'll have more questions.