My family and brother's family stayed at Tara Beach for 10 nights and found the experience to be a wonderful and unique time with the Vanuatuan people. This is the beauty of Tara Beach, it is run by a Vanuatuan family and the natives working there are mostly all from the near-by village of Mele. This gave a feeling that we were really guests of the native people rather than staying at a Hotel or Resort run by ex-pats. They did all they possibly could to ensure we were well looked after, nothing was too much trouble. The food was delicious, the bungalows were kept spotless and the atmosphere was peaceful and beautiful. The snorkelling in the bay was superb, I noticed tourists staying at other resorts would sometimes come to Tara Beach and they commented that this was much better than where they were staying. Bring reef shoes or you will be buying them in town. If you get a coral cut ask Carl or Christine to get you their own native remedy, it works much better than Betadine or anything else.
If you are going there, I would recommend plug-in mossie zappers and bring extra coils with your own matches (Port Vila matches are thin, tiny and break often) as there are no screens on the windows. The fans work very well and were running constantly as there is no air-conditioning. (it is hot and humid, don't bother with T shirts, just bring singlets and shorts, and something nicer to wear to dinner.)The bungalows are spacious and have a stunning lookout to the bay with the waves lapping close to the verandah. We hired a car after a couple of days to explore and have the freedom to come and go without asking for a ride on the resort's bus. Check the car very carefully before you leave the rental place. Go to the supermarket early in your stay to buy sandwich gear, drinks and anything you can make into an evening meal without cooking facilities, this will save a bit of money if staying longer than a couple of days. The Melanesian feast night is worth going to with lovely food and sensational singing from Sala on his guitar, he is amazing. It is a truly unique place to stay and an experience we will look back on always with a smile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tara Beach is absolute beach front situated on 12 lush acres fronting picturesque Mele Bay, Efate, Vanuatu. With crystal clear, safe waters at your doorstep, we are the perfect spot for snorkeling, kayaking, swimming and getting away from it all for a while. We also have a chilled out open air bar / cafe known as the Beach Hut that is also open to day visitors and locals. Located about 15 mins from town & 10 mins to the airport, we provide free airport transfers for guests. All bungalows have tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge, with ocean views a few metres from your door included as standard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tara Beach Bungalows Hotel Port Vila
- Tara Beach Hotel
- Tara Beach Port Vila
- Tara Beach Bungalows Vanuatu/Port Vila