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A day in port Vila

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A day in port Vila

Hi,

We will be cruising the South Pacific in march. This will be our second cruise and we are more or less stoping at the same destinations. Our last cruise was in 2010. Last time, we hired a taxi and spent the day at the waterfalls and duty free shopping. We also went to the beach that has the underwater post office. This time we would just like to spend the whole day relaxing on a beach somewhere. Can anyone recommend a lovely, clam and sandy beach that is no more than a half hours drive from port Vila ? Also, does anyone know if resorts will accept visitors for a day and how one will go about organising this.

Thanks

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1. Re: A day in port Vila

Hi there,

My suggestion to you would be to do one of two things.

A. Take a bus to the Erakor Island jetty. Take the little boat to the island. There is a day visitor fee but you can put this toward lunch. If you plan to swim then expect to have an outdoorsy lunch on the small but lovely beach. Otherwise you can stay dry and enjoy lunch at Aqua the overwater restaurant. Lovely.

B. Take a bus to The Holiday Inn. Order lunch and drinks at the Pool Bar then relax on a lounger under one of the palm frond huts that line the lagoon. We were there a week ago and it was heavenly.

You'll need vatu to facilitate this process so either exchange money onboard or go via bus/taxi downtown to Goodies and exchange money there.

Happy Travels,

Jen

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2. Re: A day in port Vila

Erakor Island would be my pick too for a relaxed day in the sun on a lovely lagoon for a swim and good food theer too.

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Thank you so much. @jen...what do you mean by the visitor entry fee going towards lunch ??? Also are the other activities that you can do on Erakor island ?

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4. Re: A day in port Vila

Well the island has a day visitor fee which you pay to use the ferry but which you can redeem in the restaurant when you have lunch.

Erakor is a tiny but beautiful island. My favourite thing to do there is enjoy the view, however you can snorkel the lagoon for starters. There is also a small hire hut for things like kayaks and so forth which day visitors may hire. They also have a day spa so you can book in for massages at Essence.

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Thanks :-)

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does anyone know where the cruise ship docks on port vila?? I am in desperate need of the location and cant find it online anywhere

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7. Re: A day in port Vila

Hi Amy r,

The cruise ship nearly always docks at the wharf, which is on wharf road.

I have also seen it anchor in the harbour and use the tenders to take passengers ashore but that is not the usual practice.

If you click on this link below it takes you to a map of Vila. The ship docks between the two islands of Ifira and Iririki.

If you zoom in you'll see wharf road marked.

https://maps.google.com.au/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&q=map+port+Vila&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x6e89605ec8926013:0x3ce794672329c796,Port+Vila,+Vanuatu&gl=au&ei=7nwAUfTuLZGfiAfLvoGIBg&ved=0CDIQ8gEwAA

Cut and paste this link into your browser. I just tested it and it works fine.

Hope this helps,

Jen

Edited: 7:17 pm, January 23, 2013
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Hi beejaysgirl

We are going on our first cruise in march as well we may be on the same cruise we have been to Vanuatu a couple of years ago and like you have done the cascades and a lot of the touristy things we were thinking we will just go to the markets and then go to le lagoon resort for a swim and a drink at the swimup bar and then over to Erakor for coconut crab (if available ) for lunch we done this one day when we stayed in Vanuatu last time and we were not charged or refused service at ether resorts I know that prices went up in Port Vila when the cruise ship was in port so they may have a charge

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9. Re: A day in port Vila

Daveis,

Its 1000vt pp (about $11) to get over to Erakor but this is redeemable for food, drinks, hire equipment etc. After 4pm its free as they assume you will dine there.

Coconut crab are no longer commonly found on Efate as they have all been eaten so there is no breeders left. They take 7 years to get to eating size. If you find some in Port Vila they will have been bought in from another island (where they will be rare soon too). So maybe have a think about that.

You can go to Le Lagon for a swim in the pool as long as you buy lunch or drinks there.

The prices don't go up on cruise ship day but if you accept a higher price suggested by drivers they will gladly take it. It pays to do some research first.

Have a great trip!

Edited: 4:34 am, January 24, 2013
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10. Re: A day in port Vila

Yes this is VERY helpful! Thank you!!!