Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Port Vila

National Museum of Vanuatu

This excellent museum, in a soaring traditional building opposite the parliament, has a well-displayed collection of traditional artefacts such as tamtam (slit gongs or slit drums), outrigger canoes, ceremonial head…
Top Choice Waterfall in Port Vila

Mele Cascades

This popular and photogenic swimming spot is 10km from Port Vila. A series of clear aquamarine pools terrace up the hillside, culminating in an impressive 35m waterfall flowing into a natural plunge pool. A slippery…
Top Choice French in Port Vila

L’Houstalet

Still going strong after more than 40 years, L’Houstalet is famous for its offbeat French creations including stuffed flying fox, wild pigeon and garlic snails. Simpler fare such as pizza and pasta (from 900VT) is a…
Top Choice Thai in Port Vila

Kesorn's Exotic Thai Kitchen

Spicy aromas waft from the kitchen onto the breezy elevated deck at this authentic Thai place. Alongside the fragrant curries (red curry duck, Penang prawn curry) are pan-Asian dishes prepared with fresh local ingre…
Top Choice Cafe in Port Vila

Nambawan Cafe

A great place to hang out by the harbour, this popular cafe has free wi-fi, snacks, tapas, pizzas, all-day breakfast and a full bar. The cafe is usually open from sunrise to sunset but Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday…
Top Choice American in Port Vila

Jill’s Cafe

This bustling American-style diner is always buzzing with expats, tourists and locals, seeking out waffles, burgers, burritos and chilli cheese fries. Try Jill’s homemade earthquake chilli and famous Port Vila thick…
Island in Port Vila

Hideaway Island

Just 100m or so offshore from Mele Beach, Hideaway Island isn't all that hidden but it's one of Vila's favourite spots for snorkelling, diving or just enjoying lunch at the island's resort (nonguests can access the …
Village in Port Vila

Ekasup Cultural Village

Futuna islanders talk about and demonstrate their traditional lifestyle at their kastom village. If you're not heading out to other islands, this is an excellent cultural experience close to Port Vila. Book through …
Bar in Port Vila

War Horse Saloon

There's more than a hint of a Wild West theme at this popular expat bar and brewery. With a range of beers on tap (including Vanuatu Bitter), wagon wheels for chandeliers, bison heads on the wall and live music, it'…
Island in Port Vila

Erakor Island

Erakor is one of Vila's excellent resort islands. Day trippers can swim and snorkel at the shallow white-sand beach, kayak around the island or dine in the Aqua Restaurant (the day pass is redeemable for food and dr…