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Luganville
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Luganville

An exciting port-of-call on the southern coast of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu’s second-largest city has a lovely waterfront boulevard with a busy market.

Experience local culture and easy access to some of Vanuatu’s premier attractions when you base your adventure in Luganville on the archipelago’s largest island. The large port, wide range of tour operators and laid-back atmosphere make Luganville the perfect first destination for your Vanuatu trip. Explore the coast’s unbeatable dive spots and geological formations and spend some time perusing the local produce at the market.

Get acquainted with the city by going for a stroll down its leisurely main road, which stretches along the waterfront. This is where you’ll find the majority of local businesses and tour operators. Look out across the Segond Channel to gorgeous offshore islands as you explore the range of boutiques, cafés and kava bars. At one end of the streets is the Luganville Port, while the other contains the Luganville Market. Near the Sarakata Bridge, the lively market is a meeting place for villagers from all over the island. Try local snacks and drinks or pick up delicious fresh fruit and vegetables.

If you’re ready for some adventure, chat with one of the operators about what tours are available during your stay. Join the guided-tour experience of Millennium Cave to explore an immense grotto in the middle of the rainforest, where waterfalls and rapids spill from the jagged rocks. Go snorkeling or diving at Million Dollar Point to see an underwater gallery of coral-crusted U.S. military equipment, which was dumped here after World War II. Take the ferry to the resort on nearby Aore Island to check out a series of short walking trails. Learn about the Ni Vanuatu people at the Ransuck Cultural Village and listen to water music at Leweton Cultural Village.

Luganville is located on Espiritu Santo’s south coast and has a range of transportation options. Reach the city via Santo-Pekoa International Airport, which is a 15-minute drive from the center of Luganville, or via its cruise port terminal. Taxis and buses are easily accessible. Book your accommodations at a waterfront resort or hotel for pretty island views. Also known as Santo and Kanal, Luganville is a fantastic first stop for your Vanuatu vacation.

Beachfront Resort
Beachfront Resort
3 out of 5
Red Corner, Luganville, Espiritu Santo
The price is $68 per night from May 1 to May 2
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (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
Deco Stop Lodge
Deco Stop Lodge
3 out of 5
Hospital Road, Luganville, Espiritu Santo
The price is $128 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
This family-friendly Luganville resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Unity Park, Millennium Cave Tour Office, and Luganville Market. Santo ...
4.4/5Excellent! (53 reviews)
"the room rate booked was with a sealing fun. Since the room was so hot I asked to use an air-conditioner by topping up another 2,000 Vatu. Distant view is very good, but the foreground is not admired, next of road and houses, and noisy. Beef pie was so good."

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Deco Stop Lodge
The Espiritu
The Espiritu
3 out of 5
Rue de Luganville, P.O Box 133, Luganville, Espiritu Santo
Free Cancellation
The price is $106 per night from May 5 to May 6
Located in the heart of Luganville, this hotel is 4 mi (6.5 km) from SS President Coolidge and 12.9 mi (20.8 km) from Matevulu Blue Hole.
4.3/5Excellent! (109 reviews)
Perfect Location
"Perfect stay, rooms clean, staff very friendly and helpful. The Espiritu has one of the main restaurants in town which was not only good food but extremely convenient. Also has one of the main dive shops attached for those interested in diving, if so highly recommend pacific dive. All in all a very ..."

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

The Espiritu
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Santo Sunset 'honeymoon' Beach Bungalow @ Surunda Bay
Santo Sunset 'honeymoon' Beach Bungalow @ Surunda Bay
Luganville, Sanma Province
Situated on the beach, this romantic vacation home is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Santo Golf Course and within 9 mi (15 km) of Unity Park and Luganville Market. Millennium ...
Santo Sunset 'honeymoon' Beach Bungalow @ Surunda Bay
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 ...
5/5Exceptional! (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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Aug 15, 2019

Two highlights were the Leweton Cultural Experience and the South Pacific WWII Musuem preview centre. (The museum plans to open in 2023.)

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Ryan

Oct 12, 2018

Is a great place to visit. Everyone is so friendly.

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