Vanuatu is a go for eco experiences and natural thrills now that borders are open to international travellers with a raft of hotels, resorts, tours and attractions ready to welcome holidaymakers back to the South Pacific island paradise.
Just 2.5 hours’ direct flight from Brisbane with Air Vanuatu and Virgin Australia (from March 2023), Vanuatu is the stuff of sundrenched daydreams, so swap your beach screensaver for the real deal.
It’s easy to enter – international travellers just need a certified negative RAT within 24 hours of departure or a certificate of infection and recovery from within the last two months before travel – but won’t be so easy to leave.
And there’s truly something for everyone in this 83-island archipelago, whether you’re travelling with the whole crew in tow or as a couple looking for a more exciting way to relax.
Vanuatu is the ideal spot to log out and unwind (with a IRL paradise island backdrop, no filter required) while you relax and reconnect in stunning resorts and hotels, or plug into an adventurous vacay with action-packed activities in untouched surrounds.
Check out our dynamic map and explore some of Vanuatu’s envy-inducing and sustainable stays before you go – many have added new offerings or undergone renovations before reopening.
Ready to choose your own natural adventure in Vanuatu? Here are some of our eco-friendly faves:
Visit an enchanted rainforest
Venture from Port Vila to a private, magical rainforest on the Crystal Cascades half-day trip. New and exclusive to Vanuatu Ecotours, the bewitching tour includes a scenic drive into the rainforest and a short walk to take a dip in one of the hidden cascades on Efate. Enjoy wildlife and bird watching, learn bush craft from local guides and sample a delish fresh fruit platter. Sustainable and soul-affirming, this tour will leave you spellbound.
Plunge into Pele
The immersive Pele Island Beach and Snorkelling Tour serves up a full day of boat-tripping, kayak-paddling, beach-lazing, snorkelling amid abundant marine life and swimming in some of the clearest waters you’ve ever seen. With a barbecue lunch, island tunes, traditional culture and local village visit to round out the full-day feel-good tour with Evergreen Vanuatu, you’ll return refreshed and revived.
If you went to Vanuatu and didn’t go all out on a buggy, did you really do Vanuatu? Buggy Fun Vanuatu is synonymous with the island experience and the exhilarating ride will take you off the beaten track to explore beautiful Port Vila via local villages, across sandy dunes and through the lush jungle. Book via Vanuatu Adventures in Paradise for a fun-filled two-hour open buggy ride you won’t forget in a hurry.
Tower over the jungle
Why take the low road when you can take the high way? Vanuatu Jungle Zipline in Mele Bay, Port Vila lifts you above the tree canopies on the thrill-tastic Vanuatu Sky Bridge experience for a panoramic perspective of the rainforest, reef and hidden waterholes below. The 120m-long and 65m-high Sky Bridge will take your breath away with its sweeping views – it’s a Vanuatu must-do.
Blue Lagoon bounty
With artisan chocolate, wildlife-spotting, swimming and cultural immersion, the Blue Lagoon tour really is a pick-and-mix assortment of Vanuatu. The Bountiful Tours and Transfers full-day trip includes Aelan Chocolate Factory tastings, a barbecue lunch, fire-walking and other cultural pursuits at Pepeyo Custom Village, spotting marine animals at Turtle Bay and ends with a splash in the pristine Blue Lagoon.
Run to paradise
Eco-friendly Eden on the River is full of freshwater fun and a favourite South Efate destination for all ages. Go on a guided garden tour, swim in multiple swimming holes, traverse the suspended Bridges of Eden, tee off at the 18-hole tropical mini-golf course (all-natural, no fake turf here!) and enjoy the cafe and many more amenities on site. Our tip: Go for the All-Day Combo entry if you’re keen to do the lot.
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