Espiritu Santo

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Espiritu Santo

Vanuatu’s largest island was the inspiration for James Michener’s famous novel and has become an appealing vacation spot for modern visitors.

Espiritu Santo, or Holy Spirit, is simply beautiful. While stationed here during World War II, James Michener wrote Tales of the South Pacific, which was adapted into a much-loved musical play and film. See for yourself how the beauty, culture and history of this island have inspired visitors for decades.

While the island is quite large at 1,500 square miles (4,000 square kilometers), most residents live along the eastern coast near blue seas and swaying palms. Enjoy snorkeling in blue holes and underground caves, and leisurely coastal sunbathing on white-sand beaches. Visit the pristine Champagne Beach on a day without cruise ship crowds or relax at Port Olry Beach slightly north, where you may notice sea turtles.

Among the many watering holes, Matevulu Blue Hole is a favorite for its rope swing and serenity. Nanda Blue Hole offers protected snorkeling. Book a local ecotour of Millennium Cave for a somewhat challenging day of hiking, rock climbing, swimming and marveling at beautiful scenery. Trek into the jungle-covered mountains on the western side of the island to Mount Tabwemasana, the island’s highest peak, and stop at some of the villages along the way.

If you’re a diver, explore some of the world’s best underwater sites around sunken remnants of World War II. The SS President Coolidge, a giant luxury liner that sank just off the southeastern shore near Luganville during its utilization as a troopship, has interesting features and draws colorful and curious marine life at depths of 65 to 200 feet (20 to 70 meters). Snorkel or dive at nearby Million Dollar Point, where living coral and tons of war surplus items dumped into the ocean have created an underwater wonderland.

Find Espiritu Santo accommodations in or near Luganville. Visit cultural villages at Ransuck or Leweton to learn about local customs. Purchase fresh produce from local providers at the Luganville Market near the Sarakata River. Fly to Santo-Pekoa International Airport from Australia or fromEfate’s Port Vila in 50 minutes.

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Where to stay in Espiritu Santo

Beachfront Resort
Beachfront Resort
3 out of 5
Red Corner, Luganville, Espiritu Santo
The price is $65 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 29
Located in Luganville, this beachfront resort is in the historical district, 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Luganville Market, and within 16 mi (25 km) of SS President ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (88 reviews)
"Everyone was amazing and super friendly. Beautiful property and the owner David is such a unique and wonderful man super smart and full of knowledge."

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Beachfront Resort
Turtle Bay Lodge
Turtle Bay Lodge
2.5 out of 5
Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Turtle Bay, Espiritu Santo
The price is $88 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
This Turtle Bay hotel is on the beach, 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Matevulu Blue Hole, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Nanda Blue Hole and Santo Golf Course. Champagne ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (75 reviews)
"Caught in a cyclone so miserable throughout!! I am sure it is beautiful without the rain"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Turtle Bay Lodge
Barrier Beach Resort
Barrier Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Lot 11 / Barrier Beach, Saraotou, Espiritu Santo
Located in Saraotou, this beachfront guesthouse is next to a golf course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Riri Blue Hole, Santo Golf Course, and Matevulu Blue Hole. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (62 reviews)
"Pleasant setting; good facilities, bar fridge could be updated."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

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Barrier Beach Resort
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Santo Seaside Villas
Santo Seaside Villas
3 out of 5
Main St, Luganville
The price is $93 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 29
With direct access to the beach, this Luganville apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Unity Park, Luganville Market, and Millennium Cave Tour Office. ...
Santo Seaside Villas
Mahimahi Villas
Mahimahi Villas
3 out of 5
Tides Reach, Saraotou, Espiritu Santo
Nestled on the beach, this Saraotou villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Santo Golf Course, Riri Blue Hole, and Matevulu Blue Hole. Unity Park and Luganville Market ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Jim's service and hospitality was way above and beyond any expectation. Nothing was ever a hassle, Jim did all our tour and dining bookings. He really did make our stay that so much more special as his service and friendliness was exceptional. . Highly recommended anyone to stay at Mahi Mahi ..."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2017

Mahimahi Villas
The Jewel in the Crown of Espiritu Santo
The Jewel in the Crown of Espiritu Santo
Saraotou, Sanma
Nestled on the beach, this Saraotou vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Riri Blue Hole, Santo Golf Course, and Matevulu Blue Hole. Unity Park and Luganville ...
The Jewel in the Crown of Espiritu Santo
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