Santo as it is more affectionately known, is the largest island in the group and its capital Lugainville is Vanuatu’s second urban centre, but don’t expect a large, busy town. Santo is where you come for an escape to pristine nature.
Featuring some of Vanuatu’s best known attractions including the beautiful Champagne Beach and the Ri Ri Blue Holes, it is however, most famous for its incredible pristine snorkelling and reef diving.
Conveniently accessed from most resorts in Santo is the SS President Coolidge, a luxury liner that was converted into a World War II troop ship that sank in 1942 after hitting 1 Allied mines, and is today one of the most popular dive sites in the South Pacific.
When you combine these attractions with beautiful scenery and an extremely welcoming local community, you have a holiday experience like no other.
Efate & Port Vila
Efate is the most visited island in Vanuatu, and home to Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital city and commercial hub. This endearingly quaint town hosts a fantastic array of restaurants located around a magnificent natural harbour. Treat yourself to a selection of vastly different cuisines that are fast making Port Vila famous for its gourmet delights. The potpourri of expatriate cultures is reflected in food styles served in over forty restaurants and cafes. You can buy an Aussie meat pie or American chilli dog, sip a cappuccino in one of the many outdoor cafés or purchase paté or salads from a French patisserie in a supermarket to fill your picnic hamper.
Port Vila features the majority of Vanuatu’s resorts and hotels and a growing number of exciting day tours and activities. The surrounding landscape offers tropical mountains, rugged coastline and secluded beaches. Efate provides you with the ideal combination of a tropical beach/harbour holiday with convenient access to Port Vila township and the islands many activities.
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Some of Fiji’s most popular and beautiful resorts are found on some of its smallest islands. Each are unique in their own way and with such a variety available, it is easy to find one that fits your holiday needs and budget. Prefer to be close to the mainland? There are both family and adults only resorts located throughout this island chain and one is sure to suit you.
In surroundings beautiful enough to star in ‘Cast Away’ and ‘Survivor: Fiji’ these islands offer parasailing, windsurfing, dolphin-watching, famous dives such as the Big W and Gotham City, some of the best surf breaks in the world, and just about any other activity you can do on or under water. Young or old, party animal or looking for a family holiday, there’s an island for everyone.
Looking for an experience that’s a little more remote and off the beaten tourist track? Consider the outer islands or Yasawa Islands where intimate resorts are found in exquisite locations.