Find what you’re after in Beautiful Vanuatu
Danielle Norton gives us her take on the best things to do in Vanuatu, including a romance round-up when it comes to treating your loved one to something that feels that much more special.January 22, 2019
Rebecca MurphyJanuary 22, 2019
Have you ever stood on the crater’s edge of one of the world’s most active volcanoes? The adventure of a lifetime awaits you on Tanna island in the south of Vanuatu.
This isn’t for the faint-hearted but it’s an experience you will rave about for the rest of your life.
Unity Airlines offers different tour options depending on how much time you have to spare, including day- and overnight tours.
We recommend the Volcano Twilight Tour: Take off in a multi-engine airplane and wonder at the panoramic views of the islands below. Hop aboard for a 4×4 adventure driving through the jungle, across the ash plain and right up to the crater’s edge to witness the explosive Mount Yasur as the ground rumbles beneath your feet.
The finale to an unforgettable day is flying over the crater at twilight, when the crater explosions are like orange fireworks against the night sky.
If you’re keen to make the experience last, you can spend the night ‘Island Style’ at a resort on Tanna and relax over a lobster dinner and relive the day’s adventures. After spending the night, fly back to Port Vila refreshed the next morning in awe of the incredible experience you’ve just had!
Beachfront Resort Santo
Located just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Luganville, the Beachfront Resort offers absolute waterfront accommodation with great facilities for couples, families or groups, and will suit any price range. Rooms range from individual studio bungalows to larger apartments and includes free continental breakfast for all guests.
The on-site restaurant, the Coolidge Bar & Grill, serves local delights, including Santo’s famous beef and fresh caught seafood, perfect with an ice-cold locally brewed beer. It’s even a popular hangout for locals!
If you’re looking to kick back, you can lounge by the resort swimming pool, which overlooks the water and Aore Island.
Or if you want to get your blood pumping, there are plenty of adventure activities around Santo to keep you and the family entertained and all available for booking through the Beachfront Resort, including snorkelling tours, quad biking, boat charters, treks, caves and blue holes. You can even scuba dive World War II relics at Million Dollar Point, or explore the world’s largest accessible shipwreck dive in the world – the 200-metre SS President Coolidge!
For more information or to book, visit the Beachfront Resort website: http://www.thebeachfrontresort.com
Romantic things to see and do in Vanuatu
If there’s one thing that Vanuatu does well, it’s provide a picture perfect backdrop for your honeymoon. Around every corner is a dreamy white sand beach leading to the crystal clear blue ocean or a lush tropical forest, complete with a flowing waterfall.
For a heavenly escape after the frenzy of a wedding, try visiting one of Vanuatu’s 83 islands to unwind. Turn off your phone and enjoy some downtime without wifi and explore a diving resort where you will be so busy marvelling at the marine life that you’ll forget you wanted to instagram it. Vanuatu has so many romantic places where you can rest and bask in the glow of the sun and your new spouse.
In Vanuatu you will create lasting memories. Once you’ve snorkelled around the diverse underwater ecosystem of the colourful coral reefs, kayaked around the bays and met the friendly people of Vanuatu, you’ll want to return again and again. The honeymoon may be over but the romance of the pacific will never leave you.
An island resort close to the main township of Port Vila, Iririki offers honeymooners the chance to completely relax. Create timeless memories snorkelling in the glassy sapphire waters of Mele Bay that lap the edges of this island resort. If you’re a little more adventurous you can hire a jet ski or learn to scuba dive in the resort pool.
When the sun sets, Iririki offers entertainment every night of the week and, from dancers to fire twirlers, there is something for everyone. With a range of award winning bars, restaurants and cafes on the island, as well as room service, you will be spoilt for choice.
Take a cultural tour around greater Vanuatu and share a learning experience with your lover or take the stress out of deciding and join in one of the resort’s planned activities. Learn to speak a little of the local language, weave a basket, join in the Trivia Quiz or simply stay in your glorious room, cocooned from the world.
You can choose from an overwater fare, a deluxe villa or even penthouse accomodation. Every room is beautiful and luxurious and will make you want to stay forever.
Cafe du Village
Cafe du Village is an oasis on the main street of Port Vila. You enter through a pretty pergola and make your way down the steps to the dining space to look out across the water at Iririki Island.
There’s nothing more romantic than watching the sunset with your true love. As the sky softens and turns from bright blue to purple tinged with pinks and oranges, watch the fishermen packing up their boats from the terrace at Cafe du Village. Before you know it, night has set in and your drink needs a refill.
Not only is the setting picturesque, the food is divine. A comprehensive international menu offers Vanuatu organic scotch fillet steak, seafood dishes from Spain (soup), Thailand (beef salad) and India (curry).
Also open for breakfast and lunch, Cafe du Village is the perfect place to reflect on your honeymoon and plan your future.
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