Things to do in Efate

Our most recommended things to do in Efate

Port Vila: Island Tour, BBQ Lunch, and Swimming with Turtles

1. Port Vila: Island Tour, BBQ Lunch, and Swimming with Turtles

Your island adventure begins with pickup from your hotel or cruise ship and heads towards a stunning blue lagoon. Upon arrival, be amazed by the stunningly clear waters and the jaw-dropping beauty of this untouched island paradise. Next, experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim up close with sea turtles, and snorkel along one of the prettiest white sand beaches the island has to offer. From your expert guide, learn about how the hatchlings of Vanuatu's two main turtle species are collected from the wild and nurtured until they are released into the sea. For an extra cost, you can also swim with sharks and giant turtles in their rock enclosure for an incredibly special experience. After your swim, enjoy a very generous BBQ lunch serving up tender and juicy Vanuatu steaks, locally caught fish, chicken, sausages, salad, rice, and chips. Once you’re all full up from lunch, head to the Rarru Cascades where breathtaking views and an imposing waterfall await you. Afterwards, spend some free time to exploring on your own or head off for some duty-free shopping. At the end of the tour, enjoy drop-off back to your pickup destination or if you prefer, the wharf market.

Bridges of Eden: 2-Hour Rainforest Walk, Swim, & Zip Line

2. Bridges of Eden: 2-Hour Rainforest Walk, Swim, & Zip Line

Combine zip lining, swimming, and forest walking on this 2-hour guided nature adventure at Bridges of Eden, a tropical garden paradise just 20 minutes from town.   Admire the flora and fauna of the riparian rainforest and take on the various suspended bridges – each one trickier than the next. Zoom down on a mini zip line and learn about your surroundings, all with the help of an experienced guide and with strict safety standards.  After the tour, cool off in the river and wander the gardens at your leisure. For the little ones, there's a playground and farm park on site. Enjoy tropical fruits and drinks during the tour, or purchase a tasty snack afterwards at the onsite café.

Port Vila: Full-Day River Kayaking and Cascades Tour

3. Port Vila: Full-Day River Kayaking and Cascades Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation in Port Vila and set off on a scenic drive to the Rentapao River. Arrive at the local partner's exclusive kayak base in Vanuatu. Take some time to explore the onsite Garden of Eden upon arrival, and then get to know your guides and listen to a safety briefing.  Hop aboard your kayak and paddle down the river for two hours, experiencing Vanuatu's rainforest from a new vantage point. Get a feel for the everyday life of local villages as you pass by them. Cool off with a swim and then stop for lunch at a French bakery at the river's edge. Take a quick five-minute transfer to the Rentapao River cascades. Enjoy a relaxing walk along the river before reaching the final destination. Swim, relax, and take in the beautiful views at the cascades. Transfer back to your accommodation in Port Vila.

Efate: Eden on the River All-Inclusive Package

4. Efate: Eden on the River All-Inclusive Package

Enjoy your time at Eden on the River with an all-inclusive package. Build your own adventure with guided tours, a mini-golf game, swimming in the Rentapau River, and a BBQ lunch. Design your visit to Eden on the River with the various offers in the all-inclusive package. Start with the Bridges of Eden tour through acres of tropical gardens and rainforest. Follow your guide and learn about the local flora and culture. Then try to hit a hole-in-one on the mini-golf course with 18 holes. Be challenged by the course's obstacles and try not to be distracted by the lush gardens. Be served a BBQ lunch accompanied by salads and tropical fruit before finishing the day with floating in the crystal clear waters of the Rentapau River.

From Port Vila: Full-Day Nguna Outer Island Adventure

5. From Port Vila: Full-Day Nguna Outer Island Adventure

After pickup from your accommodation in Port Vila, head off on your choice of 1 of 2 morning walks. The Volcano Walk is a steep but rewarding hike, lasting 3.5 hours up the side of one of Nguna’s extinct volcanoes. Once atop the hulking mass of rock, take in sweeping views across the Shepherd Islands to the north, and south to Efate. If you’re in the mood for something less intense, choose the Environment Walk, perfect for families. Explore a community conservation area at Nguna’s smallest village, a fascinating mixture of old forest, historic relics, and community gardens.  After your morning walk, enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch by the beach, gazing out across the crystal-clear seas as you dine. Afterwards, head into the ocean and snorkel Nguna’s famous marine conservation area. Expect lots of fish, maybe the occasional turtle, and plenty of hard corals and small canyons and crevasses to explore. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred back to your accommodation in Port Vila.

Port Vila: Small Group Half-Day River Kayaking Tour

6. Port Vila: Small Group Half-Day River Kayaking Tour

Experience the serenity of kayaking down a gently flowing freshwater river, surrounded by lush tropical forest. Enjoy a cool dip, and have fun swinging on a tarzan rope. Discover the Rantepao River on Efate's East Coast as you paddle gently, accompanied by your experienced guide. Following pickup from your accommodation in Port Vila, relax on a 20-minute scenic drive to your start point. Follow your guide as you spend up to 2 peaceful hours seeing the rainforest of Vanuatu, passing by abundant wildlife and traditional villages. Paddle in a single or double kayak (with a guide if you prefer), with no strong currents on this stretch of river. Relax with a fresh fruit platter on the water's edge during your trip.

Efate: Full-Day Tour

7. Efate: Full-Day Tour

The first stop on your tour is Iarofa Village where you'll experience traditional local practices and skills including dancing and an amazing fire-walking display. Then discover the Blue Lagoon, a wonderful quirk of nature. The water is slightly salty and so blue from the mixing of the limestone fresh-water springs and the tidal sea water. Try the rope swings into the water. After the lagoon, visit Eton Village and Eton Primary School. Chat with the teachers and meet the pikininis (the students) or tour the school and gain an insight into how our children receive their learning. The students may perform a song for the guests or invite you to join them in a game of soccer or volleyball. Then stop by Pangpang to see the ancient banyan trees, before heading to a beach-side restaurant where you can enjoy a buffet lunch to live local string band music  After lunch, learn a little about the World War II history of Efate with Ernest. You'll hear his story and see his collection of unique World War II relics. Finally, visit Vanuatu's "Survivor Beach" at Gideon's Landing, which was the location for Season 9 of the hit American TV series, and enjoy afternoon tea (or coffee). If time permits, it may be possible to enjoy some snorkeling or swimming near the end of the tour.

Mele Bay, Port Vila: Vanuatu Jungle Zipline

8. Mele Bay, Port Vila: Vanuatu Jungle Zipline

Start the tour with a free transfer from either of the 2 locations in Port Vila with transfers departing daily at 9 AM and 1 PM. Enjoy a 25-minute scenic drive in a 4WD Toyota Landcruiser up to the summit of Mele Bay. Marvel at breathtaking views right down to the harbor.  Arrive at the reception center to harness up and receive your safety briefing. When you're all set, embark on a 1.15-hour ziplining adventure as you zip from platform to platform. Glide high over the famous canyon and back with numerous incredible photo opportunities. Finally, return back to the reception center to retrieve your belongings from of the lockers, de-harness and get driven back to the starting point. Those who prefer not to zipline are able to pay for a Skybridge ticket and walk along the Skybridge to take photos of those zip lining underneath the Skybridge.

Port Vila International Airport to Hotel Transfer

9. Port Vila International Airport to Hotel Transfer

These services are based in Port Vila. This is a one way trip which takes you from the Port Vila international airport to your hotel. Once you have reached the arrival lounge, just look out for your name on a sign, one of the local team members will be there waiting for you. The local driver will provide some commentary along the way to your hotel and should you have any questions or whatsoever, do let your driver know along the trip. This in not a private airport transfer so chances are that you will be sharing the vehicle with other people who have booked the same service as well.

Port Vila: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

10. Port Vila: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

Experience the beauty of Port Vila located in the Republic of Vanuatu on a self-guided audio tour. Walk at your own pace and see famous places like Vanuatu Cultural Centre, Lookout Point, etc Download the MP3 audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area and start your adventure with your audio device as your guide. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to the stories and fascinating facts about the city. Visit the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, and learn about the traditions of the city. See the cenotaph, the Lookout Point, and a cathedral. Walk around the city to explore the markets and take a halt to see the Port Vila Post Office. Enjoy a hassle-free audio tour and immerse yourself into the magic of Vanuatu, a small piece of paradise.

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What people are saying about Efate

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 24 reviews

A fantastic day out and our guide Alfred knew everything there is to know about Vanuatu! And the blue lagoon was gorgeous! I highly recommend doing this your - easy peasy island time!

Our tour guide, Philip, couldn’t have been more engaging, friendly and accommodating! 100% recommend this to anyone visiting Vanuatu!

A wonderful experience, landscapes and extraordinary encounters and a guide at the top!!!

Wonderful day! Guide was amazing and very passionate and knowledgeable.

had a great day our host Gareth was fantastic everything was amazing