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Vacations & Travel - - On The Ground -

GET­TING THERE

• Air Van­u­atu flies di­rect from Syd­ney and Bris­bane to Port Vila. air­van­u­atu.com

WHEN TO GO

Van­u­atu is a year-round des­ti­na­tion. The best time to visit is dur­ing the dry sea­son from April to Oc­to­ber, how­ever, even dur­ing the wet sea­son it gen­er­ally only rains for short pe­ri­ods.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

• While it looks more like a Span­ish ha­cienda than a

French restau­rant, L’Houstalet has been proudly owned by Cle­ment Martinez for more than 40 years. On the out­skirts of Port Vila, this is where the dec­la­ra­tion of Van­u­atu in­de­pen­dence was drafted in 1980 and to­day it still ap­peals to a wide range of lo­cals, ex­pats and vis­i­tors who come for its sig­na­ture lob­ster dishes, ex­cel­lent steaks, piz­zas, French onion soup and, for the brave, fly­ing fox in red wine sauce. +678/22303.

• Over­look­ing the sec­ond la­goon, the palm-fringed Vila Chau­mieres of­fers su­perb lo­cal seafood like co­conut crusted lo­cal prawns and Tahi­tian fish salad as well as char­grilled prime Van­u­atu beef. vi­lachau­mieres.com

• Just a short ferry or wa­ter taxi ride away, Iririki Is­land Re­sort and Erakor Is­land Re­sort of­fer charm­ing al­fresco din­ing within min­utes of Port Vila. iririki.com; er­ako­ris­landresort.com

• Van­u­atu Beach Bar right be­hind the white sands of Mele Bay is the place to be for the Fri­day night fire show and Tues­day movie and pizza night. van­u­atubeach­bar.com

• Over­look­ing Port Vila Harbour, the Lava Lounge is a great spot for sun­set cock­tails, piz­zas, lo­cal Tanna cof­fee and live mu­sic. +678/26671; face­book.com/laval­oungevan­u­atu

• Le Fournil De Vila of­fers su­perb French breads and pas­tries made with flour im­ported from France while Au Peche Mignon, with its ter­race over­look­ing the mar­ket, of­fers ex­cel­lent cof­fees, sand­wiches and quiches as well ter­rific choco­lates and pas­tries. french­pas­try­van­u­atu.com

GET­TING AROUND

It is very easy to hail a bus to get around Port Vila. The cost around town is 150 Vatu per per­son. The fur­ther you travel out of town, the fare in­creases. You can also hire taxis or buses to take you to sights all over Efate. Driv­ers have their own rates de­pend­ing on where they take you and how long they wait around for you. You pay around AUD$184 for three hours but you can also ne­go­ti­ate.

• Full and half-day tours are also avail­able.

FUR­THER IN­FOR­MA­TION

• Van­u­atu Tourism: van­u­atu­travel.info

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