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Efate Holidays Overview — Port Vila Outskirts & Erakor Lagoon — Efate Travel Details
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 Map
Reasons to Visit Efate Island
- Romantic Beach Holidays
- Sightseeing Holidays
- Chief Roi Mata's Domain & Lelepa
- Cascades Waterfall & Mele Bay
- Port Vila & Erakor Lagoon
Best Efate Hotels
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.
Eratap Beach Resort, Efate Island A$ 560 - 690
Tamanu on the Beach, Efate Island A$ 330 - 380
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.
Hideaway Island Resort, Efate Island A$ 105 - 250 per couple / dorm A$ 45
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.
The Havannah, Port Vila A$ 470 - 720
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.
Sunset Resort, Port Vila A$ 275 - 410
Continue to the Port Vila Travel Guide
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.