5 Things to Love About Port Vila
Port Vila is the capital of Vanuatu and its largest city. It is also the first stop for most visitors of the country. The shared influence of France and Britain, gives the city a unique feel among other Pacific Island cities. There is much to love about Port Vila. Among our top picks are the following:
Shopping - This is the most famous activity in Port Vila. Visit the marketplace to find the best bargains. Whether you need a sarong, wood carvings, jewelry, clothing, island soap or Rastafarian themed trinkets, this is the best place to get them. Food shopping is another dimension of the buying experience that must not be missed. Stop by the fresh fruit market for really affordable fruits and local produce. Don’t forget to do some duty-free shopping while you’re here
Food - They say the French had a stronger influence on Port Vila’s food. That alone makes it worth exploring. There are a number of authentic French patisseries to try out to have your fill of pain au chocolate or crepes.
Nature - Natural beauty abounds in Port Vila. Among the many nature trips you can do, is one to Mele Cascades. Just 15 minutes by buggy puts you in the midst of lush greenery. Marvel at the astounding waterfalls cascading down a series of crystal clear pools. Another nature trip to take is to Hideaway Island Marine Reserve, where you can swim, snorkel or scuba dive.
Adventure - You have a lot to choose from when it comes to adrenaline-pumping action at Port Vila. Abseiling from the 50 meter tall rock face is a popular activity if you’re visiting the Mele Cascades. If that’s not enough, you can also do the jungle zipline -- a thrilling ride that over the jungle canopy at speeds of 100 to 160 kilometers per hour. There’s also blokarting -- a cross between a go kart and a wind sail which reaches speeds up to 15 knots. You can also bounce around the hilly terrain in a giant ball with Wet ‘N Wild Zorbing.
Culture - Vanuatu has an amazing culture and it’s fortunate for visitors of Port Vila that there’s an Ekasup Village nearby to help you experience just what the Melanesian culture is about. Futuna islanders talk about their traditional lifestyle in a kastom village, you might also be treated to some custom dancing, shells of wonderful kava and maybe even a fire-walk display.
There’s so much to do when you’re in Vanuatu, but you might be pleasantly surprised that doing nothing at all works just as well. This is the kind of place you will have a better appreciation of when you stay longer at one of the amazing Vanuatu accommodations.
While Port Vila is the main hub for shopping and tourist arrivals, there is much to explore in Vanuatu. We highly recommend choosing a Vanuatu accommodation that gives you easy access to the different activities you might like to do in the area such as diving and snorkelling.