If you’re trying to plan a getaway, but you’ve got one friend who’s a master scuba diver, one who fancies himself a sailboat captain and one whose main skill is drinking pina coladas—well, where do you go? Have no fear: Port Vila accommodation packages are here to save the day. The capital city of the Vanuatu Islands, located between Australia and Fiji, is back on the rise and regaining its popularity as an off-the-beaten-path destination.
Port Vila holidays have just the right amount of sun, sand and splash. The scuba diver in the group will definitely be happy: the Star of Russia was built by the same company as the Titanic. Red-lipped batfish and grouchy-looking crocodile fish await the adventurous explorer at this 90-m shipwreck. After your dive, dry off and satisfy the captains and beach bums in your crew with an island-hopping boat ride—there are more than 80 to choose from.
When you’re ready to put down the beach reads, check out lastminute.com.au’s sweet Port Vila car hire deals and head to the Mele Cascades. After an easy bushwalk, you can swim with the fishies in the pools and zoom down nature’s water slides: eroded rocks that are as smooth as your best pick-up line. Bring your swimmies and enjoy the crystal clear waters, then have an adult beverage at the cafe ( after you’re done swimming, please!).
Port Vila’s bustling Central Market is the place to be if you want local crafts and produce. Puka shells may not be “in” anymore, but native bead necklaces, colourful dresses and traditional woven baskets are always stylish. If you’ve literally shopped ‘til you drop, no worries: A holiday in Port Vila isn’t complete without a cup of rich, locally grown Tanna coffee.
Port Vila holiday packages will put you near more restaurants than you can shake a fork at. Craving frogs’ legs and escargot? You’re in luck in this former French colony. To eat like a local though, you have to go with farm-to-mouth menus featuring fish, yams, coconuts and more, probably grown right down the street. No matter where you dine, you’ll have a great view—many restaurants are beach or harbourside.
Enjoying a bona fide feast is often the start of your nightlife as well—most resorts hold Melanesian festivals at least one night a week, which include music and dancing lively enough to rival any club. We bet you’ve never shaken it to katsom drumming and slit gongs before! If your Vanuatu Island holiday package doesn’t include a Melanesian night at your resort, there are plenty to be found at the beachside bars and restaurants in the city centre.
“Never settle” applies to holidays, too. Just because you waited ’til the cows came home to plan your next getaway doesn’t mean you have to take a canned and tanned deal with no flavour. Port Vila package deals on lastminute.com.au let you choose your best airfares and accommodation, so you’ll have plenty of time leftover to finish up those projects and get a move on.
Being the nation's amazing capital, you're spoiled when it comes to finding the perfect digs. lastminute.com.au features more than 41 of the cosiest accommodations around, making selecting your Port Vila hotel simple.
Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2020
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^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.