Vanuatu is an island nation comprised of 82 islands in the South Pacific. It is located east of Australia’s Queensland coast, in the middle of a triangle formed by Fiji, New Caledonia, and the Solomon Islands. Vanuatu is hot and wet for the better part of the year, except for one quarter which is cooler and dry. Around 44,000 of the nation’s 225,000 population reside in the capital city of Port Vila on the island of Efate. Get a car for hire in Vanuatu so that you can explore Port Vila, Luganville on Espiritu Santo, and other popular tourist destinations such as Epi Island and Tanna Island.
Port Vila is the capital of the country. The main harbor is in the town, and Bauerfield International (VLI) is located 10 minutes’ drive away. Get a car for rent in Vanuatu and head for Eton Beach and Crystal Blue Lagoon Beach, located about 45 minutes by car from the town. Do not miss a swim in the Mele Cascades. Port Vila also has a few traditional tourist attractions such as the beautiful Vanuatu Parliament complex with its red-tiled sloping roofs. Casinos, nightclubs, and a whole lot of bars provide a sizzling nightlife.
Luganville is the biggest town on Espiritu Santo, which is the largest of the Vanuatu islands. Visitors will be dazzled by a flood of pristine white sand beaches with clear blue waters offering famous dive sites such as the SS President Coolidge, the world’s largest shipwreck dive site. You can take a tour of WW II relics at sites such as the US Hero Park, Million Dollar Point, 3-Bomber Strip, and the Quonset huts. The top beaches are Lonoc, Golden Beach, and Champagne Beach. You can take a fishing charter for deep sea sport fishing, or go island hopping on a kayak. The Millennium Cave offers a gazillion bats and millennia old stalagmites. You can visit quaint villages such as Port Orly, or go mountain climbing on Mt. Mount Tabwemasana near Lontige.
Tanna has everything from wild horses to underwater caves and corals. It also has the Mount Yasur volcano, which is just an hour’s drive from Tanna’s White Grass Airport. At the John Frum villages, they cult worship someone who claimed to return from the U.S. to shower them with gifts. If you stay in Lenakel, you could take a North Tanna black magic tour, which includes a lot of face painting and horsemen. You can also do some horse riding yourself at the Lenakel Cove Resort.
It would be a shame to restrict yourself to the main tourist sites and beaches. Each of the main Vanuatu islands has so much more to offer. Book your car rental in Vanuatu right now and plan for a coastal drive on Efate. You can start from Port Vila and Nanguile, and then follow the coast past Mele Bay to St Lawrence and Tranquility Island. You can do some island hopping to visit Lelepa, Pele, Nguna, and Emao. On Espiritu Santo, you can drive from Luganville to Turtle Bay.
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