Trip time! Discover the island views, beaches, and local cuisine in relaxing Port Vila.

Visit Port Vila to experience a rich South Pacific island culture, sample local products such as coffee and beer, or take part in outdoor adventures including zip lining or scuba diving.

Port Vila is Vanuatu’s capital city and is located on the island of Efate. Take a stroll around the center of the town to discover centuries-old buildings. Among these is the former French Residency in Independence Park, the pink building housing the Supreme Court and the Sacré Coeur Cathedral, which you’ll find in the French Quarter.

Learn about South Pacific history at the Vanuatu National Museum, which has a wide range of exhibits including tribal clothing and musical instruments. Find exotic paintings and sculptures at the Michoutouchkine & Pilioko Foundation Art Gallery in nearby Pango village.

Cultural attractions in and around Port Vila are plentiful, but the beautiful beaches and scenery are the biggest draws. The beach at Eton Village is a great place to relax. While you are here, visit the local school, church and children’s choir.

Catch the ferry across Vila Bay to Iririki Island, home to a resort. The ferry operates a 24-hour service and is free to resort guests. On the island, take in the views from the former British Residency. Ride a jet ski to Paradise Cove and spot dolphins.

Just a short drive from the city is Mele Bay. Head there for adventure activities and nature walks. Travel along a zip line suspended 262 feet (80 meters) above a canopy forest, walk through a rain forest to Mele Cascades, and explore the South Pacific’s largest tropical garden. If you have the time, join a scuba diving tour of the offshore shipwrecks and caves.

During your Port Vila stay, be sure to sample some local produce and check out the handmade arts and crafts. Shop for fruit and vegetables, flowers, souvenir shells and jewelry at Port Vila Market. Coffee and beer lovers will appreciate the chance to visit an Arabica coffee factory and Vanuatu’s pioneer microbrewery. Don’t miss out on a Melanesian Feast, which usually includes kava, the national drink.

Known for

Family-Friendly, Beaches and Snorkeling

Top Hotels in Port Vila

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Iririki Island Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Iririki Island, Port Vila, Efate
$139/night
Sep 17 - Sep 18
4.1/5Very Good! (418 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Port Vila resort is within a 5-minute walk of Iririki Island and Port Vila Market. Parliament House and National Museum are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (418 reviews)

"We were travelling with a 3 month old baby. The staff made our stay as relaxing as possible, even taking our baby off our hands anytime food came to our table in the restaurant, so that we could enjoy a meal together without the normal baby distractions. They were extremely friendly and made us feel ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Iririki Island Resort & Spa
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Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
4.5 out of 5
Elluk Road Off Kumul Highway, Erakor Lagoon, Port Vila, Efate
4.3/5Excellent! (655 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Port Vila resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Iririki Island, Port Vila Market, and Pango Point. Erakor Lagoon and Parliament House are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (655 reviews)

"One of the beds needed replacing, it was brought to there attention and they said it would be replaced."…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
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Grand Hotel and Casino
4 out of 5
Lini Highway, P.O Box 3061, Port Vila, Efate
$98/night
Sep 30 - Oct 1
4/5Very Good! (454 reviews)

This family-friendly Port Vila hotel is located on the Strip, within a 5-minute walk of Iririki Island and Port Vila Market. National Museum and Parliament House ...

4/5Very Good! (454 reviews)

"The outlook was amazing , breakfast great and staff were great anything you requested they tried to assist . The only negative was one of the lifts smelt and the carpet on level 2 was very dirty n aged ."…"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2019

Grand Hotel and Casino

Popular things to do in Port Vila

Port Vila Market
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Port Vila Market

Peruse the stalls of this central market to pick up unique handcrafts and souvenirs or indulge in freshly baked French-style pastries and locally grown produce.

Iririki Island
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Iririki Island

For almost a century this island was home to the British High Commissioner’s residence. Now, it’s a popular tourist resort famed for its luxury accommodation.

Ekasup Village
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Ekasup Village

Taste traditional food, attend mystical ceremonies and learn about the magical world of the Vanuatu natives in this charming village.

Top activities in Port Vila

Bridges of Eden Guided Tour. Explore, Unwind & Refresh
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Bridges of Eden Guided Tour. Explore, Unwind & Refresh

$25

The Ultimate way to Explore Eden on the River. Eden On the River is located 17 km from Port Vila.

Jungle Beach Buggy Safari
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Jungle Beach Buggy Safari

$99

Jungle Beach Buggy Safari Tour - Every Afternoon from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Free pickup and drop off, anywhere in Port Vila vicinity, discount for child under 12 years old. Enjoy the best Buggy Tour in Vanuatu, since 2008, pass through a joyful trip to the bush and the most beautiful black sand-beach of Port-Vila.

Zipline Canopy Tour
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Zipline Canopy Tour

$75

Soar through the jungle canopy and experience a fantastic buzz while on 6 ziplines and 2 suspension bridges. Over 1km in total of ziplines high in the jungle canopy. Zip platform to platform high in the trees and enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the ridgeline down to Mele Bay.

All Day Pass Eden on the River
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All Day Pass Eden on the River

$55

Explore, unwind & refresh! Eden On the River is located 17 km from Port Vila. Our unique destination features: Acres of stunning tropical gardens to wander, A crystal-clear river with multiple swimming holes to explore (perfect for a dip on a hot day), The Bridges of Eden, a series of bridges suspended over the river, An 18- hole tropical mini-golf course, A children’s’ playground, & a small animal park and A café.

Guided Botanical Garden Tour
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Guided Botanical Garden Tour

$16

Eden On the River is located 17 km from Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, on the island of Efate. Our unique destination features: Acres of stunning tropical gardens to wander, A crystal-clear river with multiple swimming holes to explore (perfect for a dip on a hot day), A children’s’ playground, & a small animal park and A café.

Private Departure Transfers: Hotel to Bauerfield International Airport
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Private Departure Transfers: Hotel to Bauerfield International Airport

$15

Enjoy a comfortable and stress-free airport transfer from your hotel to Bauerfield International Airport in an 12 seater private air con vehicule that can fit up to 12 passengers.