Pango Bay, Port Vila – Image courtesy of Ramada Resort Breakas Beach Vanuatu
Consider the South Pacific island of Vanuatu for a relaxing beach holiday or romantic getaway.
With its unique blend of stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, friendly tribal communities and chic, boutique resorts that sit on pristine white-sand beaches, Vanuatu offers couples an unspoiled and magical beach holiday destination.
Once known as the New Hebrides Islands, Vanuatu is spread across 83 islands, 68 of which are uninhabited.
What to do and see in Vanuatu
The islands of Tanna, Espiritu Santo, Pentecost and Efate boasts a good choice of luxury 5-star accommodation for 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 guests or choose from a variety of outdoor activities.
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 holiday experience.
Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu
The lush island of Espiritu Santo – Spanish for ‘the Holy Spirit’ and more commonly known as Santo – offers adventurous couples 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 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 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 holiday.
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 adventurous and active couples.
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 holiday 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.
Best time to visit in Vanuatu
The best time to visit Vanuatu is during the dry season from May to October when the islands average 23°C.
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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