DIVING AND SNORKELLING
Tranquillity Island Resort on Moso Island, a short boat trip off the northeast coast of Efate, offers terrific full day diving expeditions and full and half day snorkelling trips in Havannah Harbour. You’ll see lots of fish, soft and hard corals and, if you are lucky, dolphins and maybe even a dugong. You can also visit its hawksbill turtle rookery which protects and releases turtles back into the wild. There are rustic cabins too, if you want to stay longer.
Hideaway Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary in Mele Bay offers scheduled snorkelling and dive trips, where you can even post a letter at the underground post office.
Enjoy the Blue Lagoon on the East Coast, a gorgeous blue hole filled with soft aqua fresh water mixed with seawater. You can swing off ropes, kayak and picnic here as well. Some of Efate’s most popular beaches include Mele Beach with its terrific Beach Bar (come to the Friday night fire dance) as well as Eton and the aptly named Honeymoon and Paradise beaches.
Efate has some of the best game fishing in the South Pacific. Just a few kilometres off shore there’s Pacific blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, spearfish, sailfish, wahoo, mahi mahi, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna and yellowfin tuna.
Ocean Blue Fishing not only offers a range of game fishing options but also has charming accommodation at Trees and Fishes Anglers Retreat on Havannah Harbour.
Every May, the Blue Marlin Lodge in Port Vila harbour organises the Vanuatu Marlin Classic.
Well-known waterfalls include Mele Cascades and Rentapo River Tour but the most spectacular are the tucked-away Lololima Falls on land owned by the Catholic church high above Port Vila. Atmosphere tour operator has the only permit to access it via mini bus.