Mar 04, 2018 Vanuatu
We flew two hours off of Fiji to the Island Nation of Vanuatu. We spent one week there with our 6, 4, and 1 year old on the Island Efate. The island can be toured by car on a ring road that circles the island. The main city is Port Villa, where you fly into, and it is where the bulk of activity on the island is. We stayed 15 minutes outside the city at the Island Magic Resort. They have a great snorkeling reef right off the dock and a handful of homey beach bungalows situated in a very quiet and secluded area. You can watch our week HERE
The locals are nice and easy going. As a woman I felt completely fine and never encountered any harassment when by myself. It is a laid back place that is definitely on island time. It has very little infrastructure outside Port Villa and definitely feels like an undiscovered part of the pacific.
Top things to see and do on the Island
This place actually ended up being better than we thought! We got a full cultural tour on local animals, plants, and the history of cannibalism on the island. I mean our guide wore a snake for most of the tour and his grandfather was a cannibal. Talk about interesting! We came to see the infamous coconut crabs that they have and ended up learning and enjoying more about the island.
They have great reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving here. Plenty of fish, hard and soft corals, and if you’re lucky you might even see a dugong – or as we call them a manatee.
It is a little overpriced in my opinion but it is a very beautiful area to explore. You follow a meandering fresh water stream up a walking trail to a waterfall. Along the way are several swimming pools and areas to relax and explore. The water has a high calcium content so the water looks a little milky in areas. It is all your jungle waterfall dreams come true!
This fresh water lagoon is a picnic perfect setting. From beautiful blue water, to rope swings, to lush greenery. It is a great place for all ages to spend a day enjoying. Definitely worth the drive down the bumpy road too.
The world’s only underwater post office lets you buy a waterproof postcard on land, fill it out and dive into the ocean to mail it! We didn’t get around to doing this activity but the very novelty of it existing is reason enough to consider going! It is a quick ferry ride out to Secret Island where the post office is located.