Another time. Another pace. The food is mostly organic. They still have dusty dirt roads in the city. The island is surrounded by crystal clear turquoise-coloured sea and nobody who provides a good customer service expects any tips! That is Vanuatu. I like the ‘back to basic’ lifestyle. Well, in fact, they stayed living a simple and basic life as if the island is stuck in another century. This Pacific island reminds me of a young child. It is happy, it is natural and it is innocent.
Amongs all the South Pacific tiny islands peppered with indigenous villages, Port Vila is surprisingly a bustling port town with hotels, restaurants and markets to delight independent travellers across the globe and passengers from the cruise ship. The French influence is evident in the local cuisine.
To get to the beautiful 150-foot-high Mele Cascades waterfall will take you about 20-minutes walk. It is the stunning place to refresh yourself in the South Pacific heat so I recommend to take minimal wet gears like your swimsuit, towel, reef shoes as it can get slippery, and preferably a waterproof camera. Be prepared to get wet.
To experience a glimpse of real Vanuatu culture and traditions, Ekasup Village is a must.
If you want to see a crystal clear green water (yes – green), then The Blue Lagoon Swimming Holes is another must go in the main Island. It is tucked away in the forest which makes it more magical. The Tarzan rope makes it nature at its best.
TIP: Avoid the cruise ship day when booking any tours. It can get annoyingly too crowded.