I'm planning a Vanuatu family holiday in September. Santo is the main attraction but we want to have 3-4 days near Vila. I say near, not in Vila itself. I've narrowed down to 4 resorts based upon reviews and pricing (1-2BR Villas or equiv - $250-$300 a night). Have ruled out Iririki, Erakor, Eratap, The Havannah for various reasons.
Snorkelling will be a big part of our holiday and our 5 year old is only just learning. Therefore getting in and out easily without coral cuts is a key consideration. So whilst I'm assuming Hideaway has the best snorkelling, what's it like getting in and out?
How might the snorkelling compare at the other resorts I've listed?
Am I right to be avoiding lagoon resorts due to poor snorkelling?
Next consideration is transport to Vila and other resorts for dining. Looking forward to the apparent range of quality restaurants in Vila area (compared to other South Pacific destinations). Obviously Breakas is closest to town and I read there's a free bus.
How expensive / frequent are transport options from other resorts listed?
Is it possible to dine out at night in Vila if staying at Hideaway?
Will you have to pay a premium for taxi's after dark to Benjor or Aquana?