My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on our week long trip in November 2013 – ahh Vanuatu you now have our hearts.
With a glass of wine in hand it was a very pleasant Air Vanuatu flight just over three hours from Sydney – it includes a meal and drinks but no movie , just tv shows and music. Going through customs was simple and quick and our transport was waiting to whisk us away.
Iced champagne and petals on the bed in the shape of a heart greeted us on arrival at our overwater villa at Holiday Inn (I have done a review) which was just all kinds of wonderful – it had a spa bath and separate lounge room and bedroom with a king bed and of course the balcony with lounge chairs overlooking the lagoon.
We walked into Port Villa a few times – about 30-40 minutes which was interesting but not my kind of shopping. We bought some bananas and nuts at the fabulous markets and bought some wine at the French supermarket and a couple of beers (and an opener) from another supermarket on the way home.
I’m not at all fazed by others’ shock reaction that we did not venture out of the resort to eat – it was divine. It was our most relaxing trip ever – first time since we have had our three children (now adults) that we had holidayed alone. Some nights we ordered off the menu and other nights, despite agreeing beforehand we would not, we would have the buffet. The only reason I say we would say we were not having the buffet was we would invariably eat too much! I am sure next time we go to Vanuatu we will venture out more to eat but like I said – this was a complete chill time not like our usual holidays.
I withdrew what I thought was the equivalent of $500 from the ATM at the airport but it was only $50 – we spent all that and the rest of my purchases went on our hotel tab which I settled with my card (28 degrees Mastercard no fees).
We had a trip to a local school which was wonderful and the sound of cherubs singing “This little light of mine” made me cry. I took some supplies over for a school donation but once we saw the school my husband said we could have taken a whole suitcase of supplies.
We did the cascade waterfalls which was terrific and the young couples we were with were so lovely holding my glasses while I got a nice photo which our tour guide Lulu took. Glad I had my $10 kmart reef shoes for that one! I’m not completely fit but found the walk pretty easy – some of the climbs up the higher rocks weren’t easy but I managed.
It did rain a lot when we were there but it was a pleasant 28 degrees and when the sun did come out it was very hot! So I didn’t come home with the tan I thought I would and didn’t get to use all my new swimsuits but just being above the water was actually enough!
The only thing I didn’t really like was the local coffee and tea (thought it was just the plane’s until we got to the resort) but plenty of earl grey etc tea bags to make your own!
We had insect repellent but did not see a mossie and only a few flies.
Glad I took: 50+ sunscreen; hats; reef shoes; plastic bags for taking home dampish clothes and shoes;
Wish I had of taken: more school supplies.
I cannot wait to go back!