Champagne Beach is situated 50 kms from Luganville; turning right off the main road when you get to the village of Hog Harbor & driving about 5 minutes down a mud road (about a one hours drive in total).
You can get local transport from outside Unity Shell petrol station in Luganville, that leave at around 3pm & cost 300 VT pp, or pay the approx. 4,000 VT one way to hire a taxi or private transport.
Being on a two year work contract here, the area is my favourite one in Santo & I must have been there over a dozen times.
Often during the week, I have been the only one there & a crowd is considered over 10 people.
Of course it is different when the tourist boat comes in & disgorges its 100's of people on to the beach ... tip: check that the boat is not around before heading out (approx. once per month)
The sand is fine, white & soft & the water is to die for .... & the beach is surrounded by hills with deep green lush vegetation.
If you forget to bring water with you, on low tide you can walk to the far end of the beach & drink the fresh aquafied water pouring into the sea from the sand ... a first for me.
I am into long distance sea swimming, so I usually stay at Towoc Bungalows (ph: Janeth 678-5636173, which is the closet accommodation to Champagne Beach, which is basic but very clean & friendly & well priced at 2,500 per single bungalow, with breakfast, plus free entry to Champagne Beach) & swim the 1 km to Champagne beach & back again .... the swimming is great, & you get to experience the mix of aquafied water mixing with the warmer sea water as you get close to the beach.
The snorkling from the beach is interesting, but not great; but don't miss Champagne Beach.
Check out accommodation at ni-Vanuatu owned, either Towoc Bungalows (a 5 minute walk from the beach) or the larger & slightly more expensive Lonnoc Beach Resort (a 8 minute walk from the beach). I recommend both of them, to experience local, traditional, friendly accommodation, both set right on the beach (an easy/safe 2.4 km swim from Lonnoc Beach to Champagne Beach, return)
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