Pango Bay, Port Vila – Image courtesy of Ramada Resort Breakas Beach Vanuatu
Once known as the New Hebrides Islands, Vanuatu is spread across 83 islands, 68 of which are uninhabited.
The islands of Tanna, Espiritu Santo, Pentecost and Efate boasts a good choice of luxury 5-star accommodation for honeymoon couples, as well as secluded resorts located on small, idyllic coral atolls surrounded by stunning aquamarine waters.
Here, you can either laze on the beach just a short walk away from a range of creature comforts dedicated to spoil honeymoon couples or choose from a variety of outdoor activities.
What to do and see in Vanuatu
Dig your toes into powder-white sand, kayak the calm lagoon, go deep sea fishing for blue marlin, dive on one of the world’s most famous wrecks, marvel at the volcanic display of Mount Yasur, watch ancient tribal festivals and meet kastom villagers wearing only nambas (penis sheaths) and grass skirts – for a rather different honeymoon experience.
Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu
The lush island of Espiritu Santo – Spanish for ‘the Holy Spirit’ and more commonly known as Santo – offers the adventurous honeymoon couple a playground of hiking, swimming, world-class diving and snorkelling.
Step into the past at Santo’s tribal kastom villages; hike into the pristine lowland forests of the Loru and the Vatthe Conservation Area; dive the magnificent WWII wreck of the USS President Coolidge; swim in a crystal-clear ‘blue hole’; admire the stalactites and stalagmites at Millenium Cave; and climb Mt Tabwemasana, one of Vanuatu’s highest peaks.
Or relax on one of many picture-perfect, palm-fringed white-sand beaches that fringe Vanuatu’s largest island that is home to numerous honeymoon resorts.
Efate Island, Vanuatu
Discover a rich Melanesian culture and relaxed tropical island lifestyle along with multicultural cuisine, world-class diving and awesome game fishing; as well as a choice of secluded beaches and idyllic offshore islands boasting romantic honeymoon accommodations.
Sunbathe on the beach, swim, snorkel or dive, jet-ski or kayak the tranquil lagoon; try abseiling and parasailing; hike to the beautiful Mele Cascades; or sip a cool drink in bustling Port Vila while people-watching the friendly locals.
Vanuatu’s hilly capital rises from a horseshoe-shaped bay and hosts an array of quaint little back streets crowded with restaurants, museums and shops where you can easily pick up an interesting memento of your honeymoon.
Tanna Island, Vanuatu
This beautiful island is renowned for its lush, unspoiled rainforests, traditional villages, ancient ceremonies, a giant banyan tree (the world’s largest living organism) and fuming Mt Yasur – the world’s most accessible active volcano.
Here you can horseback ride or hike across grassy plains and through pristine rainforest, stand under tumbling cascades, plunge into deep blue swimming holes, surf large waves, snorkel or dive rich coral reefs.
Watch ancient festivals and meet kastom villagers wearing only nambas (penis sheaths) and grass skirts – just perfect for the adventurous and active honeymoon couple.
Or just laze on a pristine, palm-fringed white-sand beach and watch the sunset while sipping your favourite cocktail.
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
Pentecost is world famous for the extraordinary land diving ceremony – the death-defying naghol (a ritual leap). For an amazing honeymoon experience watch as local men tie vines to their ankles and leap head first from a 30m tower.
Performed during April and May to ensure a bountiful yam harvest, the ceremony – once held in private – is now open to the public for a small fee, which goes towards local projects.
Where to stay in Vanuatu
Vanuatu offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including the following 5-star resorts…
Location: Efate Island
Prices: from AUD615 per room
Description: Situated on a private white sand beach, this boutique adult-only retreat features a lagoon-style swimming pool overlooking the ocean. Guests can indulge themselves at the resort’s luxury day spa. Each of these luxurious, air-conditioned villas at The Havannah Vanuatu features king-size beds, flat-screen TV, DVD player and an iPod docking station. Some villas have a private plunge pool, while others have direct access to the lagoon pool or private gardens. Free access to snorkelling equipment, kayaks and tennis courts are provided. The Point Restaurant offers international cuisine and a variety of French, Australian and New Zealand wines. Guests can dine on the beach, over the water, on the jetty or on their own private veranda. There is free daily shuttle service to Port Vila city centre, 30 minutes’ drive away. The tour desk can arrange trips to the World Heritage Site at Chief Roimata's Domain, which is 30 minutes’ away by boat.
Eratap Beach Resort
Location: Efate Island
Prices: from AUD600 per room
Description: Boasting beachfront villas with stunning ocean views, Eratap Beach Resort offers free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free use of water sports equipment. Enjoy a day spa, restaurant, lounge bar and outdoor pool. Relax with a massage, manicure and pedicure or body scrub in the day spa. The tour desk books fishing trips, scuba diving and visits to local islands. Enjoy free access to motorised boats with an on-board driver. The restaurant offers beautiful ocean views and serves Vanuatu’s famous organic beef, fresh lobster and the unique deep sea “poulet fish”. You can also relax with a cocktail in the lounge bar. Each luxurious villa features a private terrace with lounge chairs and ocean views. All include a flat-screen TV, DVD player and iPod docking station. Some feature a private plunge pool. Guests at Eratap Beachfront Resort receive free airport transfers on request. The property is located 20 minutes’ drive from Port Vila city centre.
Hidden Cove Eco Retreat
Location: Champagne Coast, Luganville
Prices: from AUD495 per room
Description: Hidden Cove Eco Retreat offers a small, private accommodation on the waterfront featuring luxury tents designed for couples. Guests enjoy exclusive use of a plunge pool and marble bathroom with a French bathtub for two. The spacious tent villa features a romantic four-poster bed and a tropical garden shower. Offering direct access to the beach, it opens out to a large patio deck with stunning water views, outdoor furniture and BBQ facilities. The fully equipped kitchen is stocked with self-catering facilities. Breakfast provisions of freshly baked bread, cereal, fresh fruit and yoghurt are delivered daily. Gourmet in-room meals and picnics can be arranged. Situated on Espiritu Santo Island, Hidden Cove Retreat is 15 km from both Luganville and Pekoa International Airport. Restaurants, a bar and a day spa are all within 5 minutes’ drive.
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Best time to visit Vanuatu
The best time to visit Vanuatu is during the dry season from May to October when the islands average 23°C (73°F).
The 'cool' season lasts from June to August, water temperatures drop to 21°C and the air is cooler – probably not the best time to visit if you’re hoping to laze on a beach, but great for hiking through the rainforest.
The summer wet season in Vanuatu runs from November until April, with heavy rains in January and an average temperature of 28°C.
For more climate info: Vanuatu Weather Guide…
The Vanuatu Islands are located in the South Pacific Ocean some 1750km east of Australia.
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Latest update about Vanuatu:
22 November, 2016
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