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Efate is Vanuatu's main island, politically, economically, industrially and in terms of population and tourism. Even so, outside of the capital Port Vila it's pretty low-key with some of the village life you'll find on other islands.

Efate has two of Vanuatu's best deep-water anchorages in Vila Bay and the expanding Havannah Harbour, as well as the principal airport. Drive around the island’s sealed ring road (opened in 2011) to explore its bays and beaches, islands and inlets. It’s also easy to access remote-feeling offshore islands such as Pele, Nguna, Moso and Lelepa.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Efate.