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For an ideal tropical retreat, plan a leisurely vacation on the Vanuatu getaway of Aore Island. One of more than 80 islands in the archipelago, Aore is a short boat ride from Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu’s largest island. Reserve some time in your planning to visit Santo as well.
Aore has all the relaxing splendor you might expect in a tranquil South Pacific island. Rest on a hammock stretched between palm trees to enjoy ocean breezes. Join an island tour on horseback. Sip tropical drinks. Have lobster and other seafood caught just hours before it is delightfully prepared for your gourmet meal.
If you’re staying on Espiritu Santo, travel to Aore for lunch at the Aore Island Resort and enjoy the amenities of beach, swimming pool and barbecue area. The resort has private boutique bungalows near the beach and a day spa. Paddle a kayak or outrigger canoe along the shoreline to view the lush vegetation. Snorkel with colorful marine life around the small pier in front of the resort. Check the ferry schedule between Aore and Phillips Wharf on the big island to catch one of several short crossings throughout the day.
The Segond Channel is narrow enough, and the waters pleasant enough, that each June avid athletes participate in the competitive 1.6-mile (2.6-kilometer) Espiritu Santo Aore Swim. Come to participate in the challenge or watch swimmers making the crossing, with locals in outriggers at their side cheering them on.
Espiritu Santo is worth a visit for a day or more. Enjoy climbing, hiking and swimming challenges on a guided tour of Millennium Cave, snorkel in blue holes and dive around several sunken World War II vessels and surplus military supplies discarded in the sea.
Travel to Santo-Pekoa International Airport from Australia or from Vanuatu’s capital of Port Vila on Efate. Take a short taxi ride to the wharf in Luganville and board the ferry to Aore Island, about a 15-minute boat trip. Then simply relax.
Accommodation in Aore Island
As there are no Aore Island accommodations registered with Expedia, try your luck in Luganville which is about 4 miles (6 kilometers) away. The Expedia-listed Luganville hotels include: the Espiritu and Village de Santo Resort.
This beachfront hotel is located in Aore Island, close to Unity Park, Luganville Market, and Millennium Cave Tour Office. Area attractions also include Santo Golf Course and Mount Hope Waterfall.
This beachfront cottage is located in Aore Island, close to Unity Park. Area attractions also include Luganville Market and Millennium Cave Tour Office.
Within easy reach of Unity Park, Luganville Market, and Millennium Cave Tour Office, this Aore Island resort is located near the bay and set on the beach. Area attractions also include Santo Golf Course and Millenium Cave.
Located in Saraotou, this beachfront guesthouse is next to a golf course and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mount Hope Waterfall, Santo Golf Course, and Unity Park. Nanda Blue Hole and Millennium Cave Tour Office are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in the heart of Luganville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Unity Park and Millennium Cave Tour Office. Millenium Cave is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) away.
Located in Luganville, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Millennium Cave Tour Office and Unity Park. Millenium Cave is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.
Situated on the beach, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mount Hope Waterfall, Santo Golf Course, and Unity Park. Millennium Cave Tour Office and Nanda Blue Hole are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in the heart of Luganville, this resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Unity Park and Millennium Cave Tour Office. Millenium Cave is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.