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Advice please for 2 weeks in Port Villa

Cairns
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Advice please for 2 weeks in Port Villa

Hi

We are travellers that like to take our time exploring. Love simply walking the streets, exploring places, different cultures and lifestyles. Wandering the old part of a town or city, eating in local cafes, just being there. It gives us great joy

So :-

If we stay mainly in Port Villa, can we get to other places easily by public transport i.e. boat? e.g Mystery Island,Tanna Island, etc. Any other ideas - we are not tour / cruise people

Would like to stay somewhere mid range in an interesting part of town, where we can walk to find good food and services. Any recommendations?

Would like to go snorkelling (will bring own gear) Please recommend any good places

Thank you and safe travels

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1. Re: Advice please for 2 weeks in Port Villa

Hi DK,

First of all, really the only way to visit distant islands in the archipelago is by plane. There are boats but not any that I'd want to be on, unless you plan to do a liveaboard dive trip.

The closer islands such as Pele, Lelepa, Nguna and Moso can be visited by boat. You can stay on some of them as well. Mostly this is in village bungalows which are quite basic.

To visit Tanna or Santo you'd need to fly. It takes just under an hour on Air Vanuatu domestic.

Mid range tends to be a bit out of town although The Melanesian might fit the bill. It is a hotel (although called a resort it is really just a hotel) in a good location walking distance to the downtown area and the Nambatu Au Bon Marche (shop).

Also close to town is The Grand and Iririki Island. Pricewise they are a bit more but may still meet your budget.

Further out you have Le Lagon and The Holiday Inn. These are typically mid range in my opinion. Smaller options include Poppy's on the Lagoon, Mangoes, Pacific Lagoon Apartments, Breakas, Seachange, Erakor Island and Hideaway Island Resort. These are all fairly close via a 5 min busride to town and are all in good locations for wandering about. There are no shops to speak of close by though.

For snorkelling start with Hideaway Island, then explore further. Big Blue near the Mama's craft markets does snorkelling trips. Several day trips include snorkelling such as the Coongoola and Lelepa Island tours.

Hope this helps,

Jen

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2. Re: Advice please for 2 weeks in Port Villa

We had 4 friends to visit late last year and they did 4 nights at Coconut Palms in PV then 5 nights at Tanna Evergreen and then the rest at Breakas back in PV. They stayed at a budget place first (just somewhere to sleep after we spent 12 hours each day out busy), they did a round island tour on day 2 after settling in (we hired a great driver for the day and went to some places I had chosen based on their interests), then The Summit (ziplining in the morning and then lunch then Hideaway Island on the way home for a quick snorkel) , then exploring PV area on day 4 . They then flew to Tanna, relaxed on the first day and went to Lenakel markets, did the fantastic volcano tour 3-9pm on the second night, after swimming and snorkelling in the morning, snorkelled in front of Tanna Evergreen the next day, ate fresh lobsters and parrot fish, drank kava, went to Louinia custom village the next day, snorkel/rest the next day and then we hired a driver and went down to black sand beaches after finding the Prince Phillip tribe and giving them some UK hats and stuff and looking at some gardens in Middle Bush. After getting back to PV they stayed at Breakas, played golf, did shopping, snorkelled and swam to chill out before flying back to Australia. They said it was in their top 3 holidays ever (and they are very well travelled) with a good balance of action zip lining, adventure at the volcano, rest, relaxing and eating!

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3. Re: Advice please for 2 weeks in Port Villa

Thank you both.

Great information and ideas.

One question.

We plan to travel in September or October. Is pre-booking accommodation the way to go or book a place to arrive to and take it from there?

Thanks again.

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4. Re: Advice please for 2 weeks in Port Villa

You would probably get a better deal booking the first few nights in advance. Then you can get on the internet or make some phone calls to book your next place once you settle in.

Depending on your budget and how long you have, if you want to visit some of the more remote islands such as Mystery Island (Anatom) from Tanna, Malekula, Epi, Pentecost (there are 83 of them spread over 100's of km) at your leisure have a look at http://airtaxivanuatu.com. Even doing a scenic flight is worthwhile.

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5. Re: Advice please for 2 weeks in Port Villa

hi guys,

we just returned from a week at lagoon beach resort. Great unts , fully self contained, staff really good. Only about 300 vatu by bus into town. also you get a free use of erakor island resort as they also own that resort.

we paid 195 aus per night

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6. Re: Advice please for 2 weeks in Port Villa

Thanks everyone

Looking forward to an enjoyable visit

Safe travelling

Enjoy

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