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Our most recommended Port Vila Shore Excursions

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.

Efate: Full-Day Tour

2. 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.

Port Vila: Small Group Half-Day River Kayaking Tour

3. 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.

Port Vila: Full-Day Bus Hire with Driver

4. Port Vila: Full-Day Bus Hire with Driver

Your day of sightseeing and exploration begins with pickup in the morning from your hotel or port. Meet your professional driver as you board your own private minibus and discuss which sights and locations you’d like to visit. Then, sit back and relax as you travel from destination to destination. Spend the day exploring the island at your own leisure, without the hassle of taxis and public transport, or the pressure to keep up with a tour guide. Enjoy the freedom to spend more or less time at the locations that interest you most and the luxury of having your own private vehicle for an entire day.

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What people are saying about Port Vila

Excellent day we had visited places just beautiful for the eyes of the breathtaking landscape in particular the Blue Lagoon just magnificent on the other hand disappointed because we had to make a total of 7 stops we had only made 4 out of 7 damage but apart from that Excellent day especially with family .

The bus tour was great and the tour guide , Moses, was very informative and funny. The tour covered a large area and was good value for money. The swimming stop at the blue lagoon was refreshing and the swimming with turtles was amazing. Lunch was very good too.

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

2H ride on a river without current and obstacles. Absence of strong sensations but immersion in the luxuriant vegetation.

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