Vanuatu

A tropical destination like no other, the islands of Vanuatu offer a diverse cultural landscape influencing a melting pot of dining tastes and flavours and a natural variety of amazing elements both above and below the earth.

The main island of Efate is where the capital Port Vila is located. The island has a rugged coastline and rolling verdant countryside, fast flowing rivers, cascading waterfalls, isolated sandy bays and lagoons. The interior is verdant rain forest cut only by a few walking tracks to remote weather and radio beacons.

The Havannah is just 30 minutes away from Port Vila on the North West coast and is a spectacular natural haven, neatly tucked away under the hills that divide the island, providing a natural rain shadow to the resort.  The Havannah enjoys only around 1/3 of the rain of the rest of the island... which means you can often have a wonderful dry stay when the rest of the island is under tropical monsoon.  

Havannah Harbour was used used during World War II as a naval base by the entire U.S. 7th Fleet.   As a result, the harbour is full of interesting dive and snorkel sites, so you can readily find WWII coke bottles lining the sea floor, downed sea planes, old artillery shells and other interesting artifacts.

Port Vila is where all the commercial and most tourism activities take place. From here you can take buggy, kayak or horseriding trips to remote parts of the island, enjoy a cold drink in one of the many bars or cafes in town, enjoy a lovely meal overlooking the harbour, and browse through the local markets.

The potpourri of expatriate cultures is reflected in food styles served in over forty restaurants and cafes - French, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Melanesian and Mediterranean.  The French influence means you can easily purchase gourmet cheeses, pates, breads and salads from the local stores to fill your picnic hamper.

Night life in Vila has blossomed steadily, the atmosphere fun, and caters for all ages. You can stroll along the waterfront, or darkened back streets late at night and feel safe. Passing locals are likely to wish you a soft "Good night", or perhaps strike up a friendly conversation.

Shopping is fun, easy going, and hassle free and you're likely to find some great bargains or souvenirs, particularly if you are after French items and need to stock up on your favorite perfume, champagne, cognac or perhaps a new designer handbag!

 


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"The setting for the resort is incredibly beautiful. Recommended to us by those that travel regularly to the pacific islands - it did not disappoint. The view from our villa of the crystal blue waters blew us away. Vanuatu is a wonderful place to visit and the Havannah helps to make the experience truly memorable."
Mr & Mrs Birrell – Sydney, Australia