Efate Island Travel Guide


Efate Holidays Overview  —  Port Vila Outskirts & Erakor Lagoon   —  Efate Travel Details

Reasons to Visit Efate Island:

Port Vila Resorts
Sightseeing Holidays
Chief Roi Mata's Domain & Lelepa
Cascades Waterfall & Mele Bay
Port Vila & Erakor Lagoon

Efate Island is the main island in Vanuatu with the capital town of Port Vila and Bauerfield International Airport on the south coast. The island is hilly and rugged in the interior with flatter farmland along the coast much of which is given over to cattle farming and through which the 136-km Lini Highway circles around the island.

Efate Island Holidays Overview

There is little in the way of accommodation around Efate Island with most sightseers basing themselves at Port Vila where there's plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from. The exception is on the south coast of Efate, either side of Port Vila, where several secluded beaches have small boutique resorts.

picture of Eratap Beach Resort, Efate Island
Eratap Beach Resort is Efate’s most upmarket boutique hotel fronting a secluded and picturesque beachfront setting 20- minutes drive from Port Vila along the southern coastline of Efate. With eleven villas, this is a great choice for couples as well as families looking for a quiet retreat.
picture of Tamanu on the Beach, Efate Island
Tamanu on the Beach is a boutique beach resort on the south east coast of Efate Island, 20-minutes drive from Port Vila. With just six white washed bungalows overlooking a long stretch of wild beachfront, this is a romantic spot for holidaymakers looking for peace and solitude.

South Efate Island

The south west coast is dominated by Mele Bay with the islands most iconic attraction, the Cascades Waterfall inland, several small accommodation retreat's along the grey sand beach and the tiny but very popular Hideaway Island Resort within the bay, and heading back towards Port Vila, a championship 18-hole Golf Course.

picture of Hideaway Island Resort, Efate Island
Hideaway Island Resort is the liveliest budget accommodation in Vanuatu set on a private coral island three minutes by small boat off Mele Bay on Efate’s southern coast. With a coarse sand beach, fantastic snorkelling and an on-site PADI dive centre, Hideaway is a popular island for a holiday or day-trip from Port Vila.

North Efate

Off the north and east coast are a dozen smaller islands within the lagoon which make good side trips on day tours including Lelepa Island home to a legendary Polynesian chief.

picture of The Havannah, Port Vila
The Havannah Resort is a boutique beach resort set on the secluded north coast of Efate Island in a beautiful lagoon surrounded by offshore islands. With just 16 bungalows with traditionally influenced exteriors but modern and contemporary interiors, this is a great retreat for couples only to enjoy a relaxing and pampered beach holiday.

Port Vila Outskirts & Erakor Lagoon

Other options for exploring Efate include several small boutique style beach and lagoon resorts on the outskirts of Port Vila.

picture of Sunset Resort, Port Vila
Sunset Resort is an intimate lagoon-front resort on the outskirts of Port Vila. With comfortable and spacious accommodation boasting large wooden veranda’s perched at the water’s edge and tranquil views across the bay, this is a good choice for a relaxing holiday but with easy access to Port Vila and the island’s sightseeing attractions.

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Efate Island Travel Information

Although buses travel around Efate Island, schedules are erratic. Car hire is the best option for exploring, and the very energetic might even make it around the island by bicycle in a full day.

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