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17 reviews
Kayaking for the whole family
Master bedroom with a view
Glorious sunsets
Breakfast on the deck
Happy locals
Front yard friends
Tropical gardens
Calm and crystal clear waters
Our island sunset
Dining view across the bay to three islands
Diving out front
Perfect family setting
Pristine snorkeling with beach access
Curious fish everywhere!
All your friends are here.
Free kayaks for adults and children
Your own beach
Never too young to enjoy the reef!
Lelepa Island beach
Keep those cameras handy
Children enjoying the end of another beautiful day
Local parking lot
Nearby wreck dive
Local commute
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Port Havannah, Efate

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charmaine...
Gold Coast, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Absolute Bliss .. Relaxed and enjoyed the stunning views”
Reviewed June 6, 2018 for a stay in August 2017

Went for our 25 Anniversary.. was informed about the attractions close by from fishing with Dudley, to his taking us to the most amazing snorkel spot where the fish and coral where amazing Highly recommend. Havannah Blue had all the amenities needed to make our holiday relaxing and special. Hans gave us info on restaurants close by and other places to visit during our stay. Highly recommend Havannah Blue as it is Absolute bliss being able to watch the sunsets either on the deck or on the outdoor chairs down by the waters edge. Canoes and equipment where provided as well to explore. Can't wait to go back again.

Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
Jun 7, 2018
Thank you Charmaine, we look forward to having you return, and maybe Stefan can get amongst those big tuna too for some sashimi heaven.
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OCBrakenr...
Cambridge, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Relaxed comfortable place to stay”
Reviewed July 12, 2017 for a stay in July 2017

Amazing location set in beautiful grounds sloping to clear water and fantastic reef snorkeling and kayaking. The Port Havannah area is quiet uncrowded and beautiful. The house was clean, great linens, off the grid which was new for us, and we made the most use of the outside dining living area reading and just relaxing loved that bit! A neighbour's dog BoBo was our constant pleasant companion and a great guard dog. Loved that we could buy bread right outside our gate from a local truck between 6.30 and 7am each morning.

Thanks to the owners who squeezed us in between longer bookings and were so accommodating and easy to work with. We would love to come back and stay again as our stay was so short that we couldn't make use of Dudley's services.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 13, 2017
Thanks guys. We would love to have you back for longer stay soon.
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Guide6261...
1 review
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“Havannah Blue Havannah Harbour, Efate, Vanuatu”
Reviewed May 5, 2017 for a stay in April 2017
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Havannah Blue
Havannah Harbour, Efate, Vanuatu

Hi Hans

Thank you for “Havannah Blue”
All went well from being picked up at the airport, by Emile in his mini bus,
We’ve swum, snorkelled, paddled kayaks, fished then watched the sunset from the balcony with a few quiet drinks at the end of the day. Oops! Forgot to mention “lazing in the hammocks, reading a book or having a snooze down by the water was a necessary part of the day for some!
That’s the beauty of Havannah Blue, you can be really busy and or just relax. Family and group friendly.
A big thanks to your groundsman Dudley, the property was very well presented .We met him, as you advised shortly after our arrival. First thing on the guys agenda was “let’s go fishing” Early starts were arranged and we went out 5 times with him .We caught: barracuda, dog tooth tuna, giant & blue trevally, yellow fin and wahoo. The catch was shared so Dudley, his village and us, all had fish to feast on. I’d recommend that anyone wanting to do the same (catch fish) will need to prearrange it with Dudley (he’s a very good fisho!!) and go out at least 3 times .The conditions & fish biting can change a lot. He also took our group (5 adults) out to the Islands for a school & village visit, snorkelling & to walking tracks to view other points of interest. The snorkelling is amazing, so many different fish and great coral (I’ll send the GoPro footage to you)
Our accommodation for 10 days “Havannah Blue” was as we expected, clean, comfortable and quite spacious. Being a totally solar energy home was new and an education for all of us. Your ‘handy hints/things to know guide’ was easy to follow. Having caught a lot of fish we did eat in most nights but we did go 2 local restaurants. The fish at “Eco Lodge “was excellent and the pizza at “Francesca’s nearly as good. (To be honest, a couple of selections at both places, were a little disappointing.)
Transport as suggested was so easy, just stand outside the front gate and wait for a mini bus .The locals were so good, stopping to talk, help out wherever, making sure we were OK and give any information they could and that was before we got on a bus! , then the same thing when one stopped and we got in, everyone wanted to talk to us .Into Port Villa or around the island , transport wasn’t a problem.( we were thinking of hiring a car but you miss out on all the interaction with the locals if we had)
We are all glad we did our research and found “Havannah Blue” a good time was had by all.

Thanks to you, Dudley, Emile and Mike.
Cheers
Jo Anne & Mark
Kathryn, Lachlan & Malcolm

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Management Response
May 8, 2017
Thanks Malcolm. So glad that you had a great time and that the fishing continues to produce stunning results. I have passed you kind words to the guys and trust that you will visit us again.
Hans and Bronwyn
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maree w
North Bourke, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Fishing extraordinare, worlds best”
Reviewed July 28, 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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person found this review helpful

This is our second holiday at Havannah Blue, we hired Dudley's fishing charters my husband caught 80 kilo black marlin, my 14 son 2 x 30 kilo yellow fin tunas, coral trout, sweet lip, barracouta and many more. Caught daily, beautiful tropical surroundings, perfect weather and accommodation for our large extended family. Totally amazing. We will be back

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Liked least: utensils
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
Jul 30, 2016
Thanks for your review Maree. Yes, the fishing continues to be outstanding this winter, and we look forward to your return next year.
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nelson
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Excellent beach house”
Reviewed July 24, 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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We (family of 4 including 11 and 13 year olds) stayed 4 nights at Havannah Blue and wished it was longer. The house is situated at Havannah Harbour which is quiet, beautiful and with crystal clear water. If you can be bothered going into Port Villa the town is only 30 min or so away. The house is modern and really lovely. It is very well equiped and spotlessly clean. The snorkling right off the beach was amazing - 1000s of fish (including a lion fish), healthy coral etc. Great hammocks, kayaks etc. Hans the owner was great to deal with, very organised and friendly. His recommendations of local driver and guide were helpful and both were excellent (definately worth going out in the boat with Dudley). We really recommend Havannah Blue.

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Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 50-64
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Recommended for:
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Management Response
Jul 26, 2016
Great to hear you had a good time and managed to find our elusive Lion fish! Many thanks for your kind words.
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MelMc7y
Springwood, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Made we want to buy a house in Vanuatu so we could do this more often!”
Reviewed June 19, 2016 for a stay in October 2015

We loved our stay at Havannah Blue! We stayed as 2 families - a family of 3 and a family of 5. The children were all very comfortable in their beds, playing in the yard and snorkeling. And there was plenty of room in the main bedroom for our portacot. The property was very safe for little kids. We made full use of the snorkeling equipment, life jackets and kayaks. Dudley was a great help and became like a member of the family. Our favourite things to do were kayaking to Lelepa island and visiting the local school there, sitting on the back deck for breakfast or an afternoon beer, and the kids loved snorkeling in the shallows just off the backyard. Just one tip for big groups staying - prepare with groceries and food well. The local shop has some things but you need to go to Vila for proper grocery shopping and this can take up to half a day for getting there, shopping and getting back.

Traveling group: Young Children
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Management Response
Jun 29, 2016
Thanks Melissa. I am glad you had a good time. Yes the local store just has the bare essentials. Vila is 25 minute drive away, so picking up food when you arrive from the airport is recommended. The mini-bus transfer guys can arrange a detour for this, or even pick up your whole party from Havannah Blue for a half day shopping trip.
Cheers, Hans
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TOTonTour
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Havannah Blue Nirvana”
Reviewed May 8, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Havannah Blue Nirvana! Our family group of 6 had a wonderful holiday at this beautiful place and would return in a heart beat.

The house is a great design and in such a fantastic location with beautiful views across to Lelepa Island. The big central deck with dining and living area was such a great place to hang out and the snorkelling straight out the front was some of the best we saw. We were all in the water by 7.30 each morning snorkelling before breakfast of tropical fruits. When the tide was low we took the kayaks out (to avoid walking through the coral) and tethered them to the buoy so that we could swim and snorkel more.

The kitchen was well equipped which was a delight with so many wonderful local ingredients to cook with. Delicious bananas, coconuts, & lychees could be bought at the stall just out the front gate. It was quite a long drive into Port Vila so we found that for a group it was definitely best to have a hire vehicle and we had a double cab ute for the week. Trips out in the boat with Dudley were a highlight with being able to explore the coastline and secluded beaches and more great snorkelling. We also enjoyed a wonderful visit to the village school on Lelepa, where after giving them some school books one of the classes sang to us which was amazing. Those kids can really sing and at volume too!

Also recommended is the "Fire Show" at The Beach Hut on Friday nights - book in for dinner and watch the show for free. Driving right around Efate is a must and for the best views recommend doing the drive clockwise. The Blue Lagoon on the far side of Port Vila is fantastic swimming, as is Mele Falls, another 'must' with gorgeous fresh water pools to swim in. Overall we had a superb holiday, it was the perfect mix of relaxing and activity with a lot of time spent in the water but also lots of reading. We all loved watching the sun go down from the deck and also sitting down by the water in the moonlight - which is when we discovered the secret message... Gideon's Bar a couple of kms down the road was a great place for a drink or meal with more great swimming. We would all love to return to Havannah Blue.

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Liked best: location and having 'our own house'
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
May 9, 2016
Great to hear from another guest that took advantage of everything that Havannah Blue and this wonderful area has to offer. Thank you for your review Tracey, we hope you will visit us again soon.
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