Our family of four were blessed to spend 12 months in tropical Vanuatu in 2015-16.
These are our favourite day trips, holiday adventures, eating spots and memories. There is space below for yours too!
Top Day Trips
- Erakor Island for paddling, volleyball and gentle walks around the island
- Blue Hole for rope swings and laughter
- Mele Cascades for swimming under a waterfall
- Summit Gardens for stunning variety of flowers, plants and vistas
Top Restaurants and Cafes
- Stone Grill for delicious local beef perfectly cooked on a volcanic stone at your table
- Nambawan Café for smoothies and coffee with a view
- Au Peche Mignon for the best vanilla slice south of Paris. We can recommend the quiche too
- Aquana Resort for an incredible range of tasty meals, lovely outlook, and free tailored-to-your-child childcare!
Top Outer Island Adventures
- Pentecost Island for land diving, traditions, waterfalls and typical village life
- Tanna for volcanic eruptions at sunset
- Santo for the Millenium Cave tour and village overnight
- Nguna Island for the experience of simple living without running water and power, eating whatever can be gathered from the garden or sea that day.
- Stand up paddle boarding on Erakor Lagoon, skimming over red starfish, coral bommies and courageous clown fish. And, on one occasion, my fin hitting a rock, my board coming to a halt, and my body taking a plunge into the shallow water, surfacing to the sounds of great hilarity from local outrigger fishermen.
- Port Vila International School for the melding of cultures, beliefs, languages and experiences for our children, such as learning French from a francophone teacher, describing new friends by mutual interests rather than appearance or home country, and sharing in an international day more insightful than even a multi-cultural parade.
- Chats with my beautiful NI-Vanuatu friend Rosemary, for invaluable insights into the local way of life, and her personal unique blending of local and introduced cultures.
- Learning Bislama, possibly the most fun language in the world. For example haf ded is unconscious, basket blong pikinini is womb, save (said savvy) is to know or understand, stret (said straight) is correct or right, and yumi (said you me) is us or we.
- Christmas Lunch at Aquana Resort, an incredible three-course meal overlooking the turquoise blue lagoon, with Santa arriving by boat. Christmas Carols at the Triggs, overlooking a different lagoon, with Santa also arriving by boat, was also a highlight.
- Raspberries, coconuts, bananas and sweet potatoes at the markets!
- Snorkelling at Havannah, Hideaway Island and Moso Island
- Our gorgeous dogs, Lily and Spot, who adopted us for the year
- Friends! Blessed by so many beautiful friends.
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What do you love about Vanuatu? Do share!
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