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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Took the water taxi rise to the end of town did a little duty free shopping had a drink and used wifi while waiting for the taxi back to the ship 2 hours later
Took the water taxi rise to the end of town did a little duty free shopping had a drink and used wifi while waiting for the taxi back to the ship 2 hours later Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Made our own arrangements here and had a great day touring the Islands iconic hot spots. Blue Lagoon etc
Made our own arrangements here and had a great day touring the Islands iconic hot spots. Blue Lagoon etc Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Unfortunately it was torrential rain while we were there. We didn't book anything because the main place we were excited about was Mystery Island - for a nice relaxing beach day. It was the first time this ship had ever been to ... Read More
Unfortunately it was torrential rain while we were there. We didn't book anything because the main place we were excited about was Mystery Island - for a nice relaxing beach day. It was the first time this ship had ever been to Port Vila so they closed down the main street and had markets set up - it was nice to have a bit of a walk around but unfortunate about the very heavy rain. Note - it was a VERY long line to get a tender! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Went to The Reef Vanuatu Zoological and blue lagoon. Long ride on bumpy roads.
Went to The Reef Vanuatu Zoological and blue lagoon. Long ride on bumpy roads. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The Bali of the South Pacfic I heard some refer to it that way I have never been to Bali but my daughter has and she it did remind her of Bali. Could not find any locally made crafts all seem to be made in China.
The Bali of the South Pacfic I heard some refer to it that way I have never been to Bali but my daughter has and she it did remind her of Bali. Could not find any locally made crafts all seem to be made in China. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Enjoted relaxing on Iriki Island enjoying the facilities of this beautiful resort overlooking the bay at Port Vila. Lunch was to die for and the beer, though a bit on the expencive side, hit the spot
Enjoted relaxing on Iriki Island enjoying the facilities of this beautiful resort overlooking the bay at Port Vila. Lunch was to die for and the beer, though a bit on the expencive side, hit the spot Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Took a local bus to the Cultural centre then walked into town, took about 10 mins. Walked up and down the streets. Went to Fung Kuei for our duty free, cheaper than elsewhere. Looked through the markets on the wharf before you get on the ... Read More
Took a local bus to the Cultural centre then walked into town, took about 10 mins. Walked up and down the streets. Went to Fung Kuei for our duty free, cheaper than elsewhere. Looked through the markets on the wharf before you get on the ship. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Another of my favourite ports and this time it didn't fail to impress. Got off early to find our usual driver, we found him but he is no longer driving. Its worth spending some time to mention some changes to the drivers at Port ... Read More
Another of my favourite ports and this time it didn't fail to impress. Got off early to find our usual driver, we found him but he is no longer driving. Its worth spending some time to mention some changes to the drivers at Port Vila, visitors would recall, especially first time visitors how daunting it can be when you get to the 100 or so drivers at the port all trying to get you into their cars, vans and utes. I am a little more seasoned to Vila and know how to handle the situation comfortably but I also know how this first glimpse of Vila can ruin the experience for many visitors and i also know how greedy some of the drivers can be. Now, they have established a much more coordinated group, its the same old cars, utes and vans, some in bad states of disrepair but a single point of contact will assist in your negotiations ensuring both driver and customer have agreed to a fair price before proceeding, as it turns out the driver I was looking for is now that coordinator but knowing how much I trust him from my previous visits I was happy to take his recommendation and ended up with Mathew. The drivers in this group now wear a blue uniform and they seem to have a bit more pride in presenting the best possible image for tourists. So onto our day. Driver fare negotiated, $100 AU for the day with a tip for a good day. On our previous visit we went to a turtle sanctuary and loved it so we asked our driver to take us there and then suggest some other nearby attractions, as it turns out there is 2 turtle sanctuaries and our driver recommended we go to this one https://www.facebook.com/thereefvanuatuzoological/ We absolutely loved it, I cant remember exactly what the prices were but 2 adults and 2 children is around $60 AU, sitting in the pond playing with the baby turtles was a highlight. Next stop our driver recommended we go to the nearby waterfall, we have been to the Mele Cascades before but it is expensive, Chinese owned sometimes not flowing and very busy with ship organised shore tours going there so we said no, he asked if we had been to the Rarru Rentapao falls, we had never heard of it so we put our trust in our driver once more and he certainly delivered again, I will post the FB link so you can check it out for yourself https://www.facebook.com/rentapaoriver/ the place is absolutely spectacular and the people running it are as beautiful as the place they work in. No photo can do the place justice but if you have been to the Mele Cascades before this place is even better, the water doesn't fall from as far but besides that everything else is so much better and to top that off, before you leave they have a variety of local fruit for you to try after your swim It was getting a bit hungry by this point so we asked our driver to take us to a restaurant, a nice one on the way back, so he pulled up at little place by the side of the road, the first thing we noticed was the beautiful gardens and well maintained path, we followed the path along, not knowing quite what to expect and we led to possible the most beautiful location for a restaurant I have even seen its call Vila Chaumieres Resort, it was expensive even by Australian standards with a very small (but very nice) piece of steak chips and salad costing near $40 AU but for the location alone it was worth it, they bring out some cold water for the table and a freshly baked bread roll with butter to start you off (no charge) before your meal arrives, http://www.vilachaumieres.com/home.html They also fed our driver with a meal that looked as good as mine did From there we moved onto the duty free store in town Fung Kwai (spelling most likely wrong) and back to the ship, After such a good day out we gave our driver 10,000 vatu which is about $120 Au plus we gave him another $20AU Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Very good volume of fish and variety of species to view underwater. Feeding fish during snorkelling was also provided and though unexpected, was a good way to bring in the fish for photos etc. Took a little to long to get to the dive ... Read More
Very good volume of fish and variety of species to view underwater. Feeding fish during snorkelling was also provided and though unexpected, was a good way to bring in the fish for photos etc. Took a little to long to get to the dive point, considering it was so close to the ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This was our unscheduled port so we weren’t quite sure what to do. Was also Easter Monday do not much was open. We took a ride to Hideaway Island where we were able to snorkel for a couple of hours and buy lunch.
This was our unscheduled port so we weren’t quite sure what to do. Was also Easter Monday do not much was open. We took a ride to Hideaway Island where we were able to snorkel for a couple of hours and buy lunch. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Ship berth, small little drive by mini bus. Duty free in town with reasonable prices. Perhaps the company should have arranged complimentary transportations to the city. Mini bus drivers nagged & hassled passengers for tour of the
Ship berth, small little drive by mini bus. Duty free in town with reasonable prices. Perhaps the company should have arranged complimentary transportations to the city. Mini bus drivers nagged & hassled passengers for tour of the island. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
The markets at the wharf are good, the locals are amazing! Prices are reasonable. There is a maul for taxis. Can be hit and miss, we paid $5 per person one way to the city. Duty free stores vary wildly in price. Also, watch for the ... Read More
The markets at the wharf are good, the locals are amazing! Prices are reasonable. There is a maul for taxis. Can be hit and miss, we paid $5 per person one way to the city. Duty free stores vary wildly in price. Also, watch for the people outside the duty free stores who place a lizard on you then expect you to pay $5 or $10 to take a photo on your camera. Read Less

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