Linda’s Vanuatu Vacation – It’s a tough gig!
In early February I was invited to be a judge at the Vanuatu Tourism Awards, which saw me spend ten beautiful days in this stunning destination.
In the two months it took for me to come home, catch up on the day to day and write this blog, the incredible island of Vanuatu was devastated by Cyclone Pam.
As part of my official judging duties, I was required to explore and experience the region and discover some of its unique visitor experiences. In retrospect, this was not so much a duty, but an honour. As these tourism businesses rebuild from scratch, I feel that it is even more important to profile some of the wonderful activities you can take part in whilst there. Vanuatu is still open for business, and despite the devastation they are still smiling, but they need you to visit. By supporting this destination and its people, you can make a world of difference.
It was no easy task whittling the list of fantastic things to do down to just ten, but here are my highlights:
An award-winning abseil tour of the breathtaking Mele Cascades Waterfall. Not for the faint hearted, but if you’re a bit of a thrill seeker your bravery will be rewarded with some incredible, up-close views of this spectacular waterfall.
Note: Due to the extensive damage from Pam, Edge is currently closed.
2. Millenium Cave Tour. My trip highlight.
If you like the sound of trekking along narrow jungle paths, crossing bamboo bridges, walking through coconut plantations, swimming in rivers and waterfalls, visiting a local village, and exploring the astonishing Millennium Cave, then this tour is for you!
3. Jungle Zipline
A thrilling 200-metre zipline journey, 80-metres above a jungle canyon and finishing at a secret waterfall destination. An absolute buzz with some awe-inspiring jungle views.
Jungle Zipline website
4. Blue Holes in Santo
Crystal blue water holes surrounded by lush green jungle. You know you’re on holiday when you visit this attraction – it truly feels like living inside a postcard.
There are some fantastic opportunities for kayaking in Vanuatu and it’s a great way to see some of the out of the way spots. We kayaked out to a little island and snorkled around the reef.
6. Ocean Walker
An exciting activity for lovers of snorkelling and marine life. This innovative experience takes you right into the underwater world of the reef and lets you mingle with the tropical fish- without even getting your head wet!
Ocean Walker website
7. Mama’s Markets
Open 24 hours a day during the week, this market is run by the friendly local women (with some help from their adorable kids). Indulge on the delicious tropical fruits and sample local dishes.
8. L Houstalet
This provincial French restaurant has been running for 43 yearsand has not changed the menu for the last 25. Chargrilled steak, lobster and coconut crab are some of the delicious offerings served up every night of the week.
9. Thai Massage
The absolute best way to wind down after a long day exploring the sites and experiences of Vanuatu.
10. The locals
The locals of Vanuatu are some of the warmest, most welcoming people around. Be sure to stop and chat – they’re always happy to talk to visitors and are full of tips and recommendations for exploring the local area.
I encourage you to support Vanuatu. You can make donations here or book a holiday with the family and enjoy the culture and experience whilst you inject much needed cash into their economy! To view some amazing images post Pam, please click here.