Silversea Luxury Cruises To PORT VILA

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Port Vila, Vanuatu

An archipelago of smiles and warm welcomes, Vanuatu enjoys a reputation as the happiest place in the world. With an abundance of stunning isolated beaches, and endless reefs offering idyllic escape from the humdrum, it’s easy enough to understand why. Green-clad volcanoes rise from the depths of the South Pacific Ocean, creating 83 lush islands. Port Vila is the capital of this scattering of geothermal isles, where mountains brood, hot springs gurgle, and thick rainforests sway. View more

The sounds of water rushing - as you cut through rainforest trails - offers a clue that you’re getting close to the Mele Cascades - one of Port Vila’s most dramatic and spectacular natural sights. A remarkable collection of plumes rolls through the jungle, and down into the refreshing splash pool waiting below. Jump in, to experience the cool hit of the fall’s pure waters. Offshore islands offer exemplary snorkelling opportunities, and glass-bottom boat rides give privileged windows into the swirling worlds of colour below the waves. Explore more of the islands, to encounter traditional villages and Vanuatu island culture, or to seek out secluded beaches of crystal-clear water - where worries you didn’t even realise you had will drift away. Set on Efate Island, Port Vila is close to a selection of marvellous beaches like Eton Beach and Crystal Blue Lagoon. Visit one of the many restaurants serving food from across the globe, to try fresh Spanish mackerel and meaty chunks of seared tuna. Or the adventurous can pound through the jungle on horseback, kayak on the river, or hook fish from the island’s sparkling waters.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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Excursions in PORT VILA

ACTIV Centre & Wildlife Experience

Explore the flora and fauna of Port Vila in a unique new way during this immersive, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Port Vila, Vanuatu, Parrot Park, Local Birds, Snakes, Starfish, Stick Insects, Flying Foxes, Wildlife

Depart the pier for the short drive to the Parrot Park, a newly-opened facility consisting of a small-scale aviary housing a wide array of birds, including the Pacific wood pigeon, parrots, small finches and more. Parrot Park is also home to a number of other exhibits, including snakes, starfish, fish, and other interesting creatures such as enormous stick insects and flying foxes. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the facility along the sandy gravel paths. The small displays have seating areas so you can sit and observe the exhibits, and learn and ask questions about them. You can also sit quietly and see what emerges from the foliage, or walk around and go into the centre area closer to the birds for superb photo opportunities.


ACTIV, Chocolate Factory, Production and Tasting, Coconut Flour, Spices, Handicrafts

Next, continue on to the Alternative Communities Trade in Vanuatu (ACTIV), which houses a fully-functioning chocolate factory, along with a small gift shop offering local vanilla, pepper, other spices and a variety of handicrafts. The buildings are constructed, in part, with local thatch roofing and timber, and consists of several groups of buildings, each housing the variety of trade activities undertaken there. During your guided walking tour, view the chocolate processes, taste the locally-produced chocolate and see how they make coconut flour, too. The ACTIV centre has cooperative around the islands, and sources cocoa for its niche, high-grade chocolate factory. The centre also hosts other activities, and conducts training for rural villages in a range of industries, small crafts and the production of spices.


Tanna Cultural show is a small group of family from Tanna island living close to the river. To supplement their subsistence lifestyle they offer a taste of Vanuatu Culture with a warrior welcome and a small dance performance. A chance to meet locals and glimpse the rich tapestry of culture that is Vanuatu


Downtown, Free Time, Local Market, Handicraft Centres

At the conclusion of your visit and time-permitting, re-board your coach and proceed to the town. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to stroll around the local market and handicraft centres. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven, gravel, coral, sandy, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and uneven and timber steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, biodegradable sunscreen, insect repellent, bottled water, and local currency for purchases from the ship. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. Coaches, guides, hotels, restaurants, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. The coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.

Eden on the River

A scenic, fun-filled and exciting adventure awaits your arrival during this memorable, half-day excursion to Eden on the River.


Port Vila, Eden on the River, River Canyon, Suspension Bridge, Swimming, River/Canyon Walks

Depart the pier for the scenic drive to Eden on the River, a former cattle farm that was converted into an adventure park, with a natural river canyon being the main feature. It has cool, clear rock pools in which to swim, and a suspension bridge approximately 33 feet-66 feet (about 10 metres-20 metres) above the river; the bridge's walkway allows you to walk the full length of the natural canyon on top of the river. Alternatively, you can swim in the river and attempt the river-canyon walk along footpaths that explore the river's edge. This activity is fully-guided, with assistants and full safety harnesses. Suspension bridge walk numbers limited please indicate if you intend to Harness up and brave the arial walk so this can be scheduled.


Children's Playground, Abundant Birds and Farm Animals, Tropical Gardens, Mini-Golf

Other highlights include a children's playground, listening to, and watching for, local bird species, and a wide array of farm animals, including sheep, goats, pigs and cattle. You can also view tropical plants, many labelled for your information, during a delightful stroll through the garden, and/or play 18 holes of mini-golf on a course nestled amidst beautiful tropical gardens.


Handicraft Market, Shopping

Following your sea-kayaking and snorkelling tour, fresh seasonal fruit, water and fruit juice are served. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier. En route and time-permitting, guests may opt to be dropped off at the local handicraft market to browse for souvenirs, and return to the ship via shuttle bus.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity and a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.3 miles-0.6 miles (about 500 metres-one kilometre), at times over uneven and natural ground and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and numerous steep steps at the sites visited. This tour is recommended for active guests who are in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests with a fear of heights, guests who suffer from vertigo, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, biodegradable sunscreen, insect repellent, bottled water, and local currency for purchases from the ship. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Guests with waists wider than 47 inches (about 1.2 meters) cannot participate on this tour. Guests weighing more than 242 pounds (110 kilograms) cannot participate on this tour. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. A harness, helmet, gloves and raincoats (if needed) are provided for the zip-lining portion of this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. The tour sequence may vary.

Eton Beach Getaway with Lunch

Experience the local culture, villages, beaches and cuisine of Vanuatu during this fun-filled, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Port Vila, Local Village, Cultural Performance

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to Eton Beach, located. En route, a stop is made at a local village for a short cultural performance. Upon arrival at Eton Beach, approximately two hours is made available to enjoy the beach at your leisure.


Eton Beach, Sunbathing, Swimming, Snorkelling, Small Stream

A popular barbecue location and one of the most popular family beaches in Vanuatu, Eton is a lovely, white-sand beach with waist-deep, crystal-clear water that is very buoyant, and ideal for floating around, swimming and snorkelling. In addition, a small, clear stream flows into the sea at this beach. Guests are advised not to venture beyond the reef through the gap in the rocks, as the tides can be strong.


Eratap, Aquana Resort, Handicraft Market, Shopping

Following your visit to Eton Beach, re-board your coach and proceed for delicious lunch at Aquana, an upmarket resort in Eratap; please advise of any dietary requirements. After lunch, commence the approximately 40-minute drive back to the pier. En route and time-permitting, a brief shopping stop is made at a local handicraft market to browse for souvenirs.

Rainforest Zip-Line Adventure

Experience the lush rainforest of Vanuatu in a fun-filled and exciting new way during this panoramic zip-line excursion.

Port Vila, Vanuatu, Zip-Line Tour, Jungle Canopy, Iguanas, Wildlife, Bird Species

Depart the pier for the scenic drive to the rainforest, and a short trek through a jungle pathway to the zip-line area. Upon arrival, receive your safety and zip-line instructions, then get outfitted with a harness, helmet and gloves. After a training demonstration, get ready for fun and adventure. Walk up the 72 steps to the first platform and begin swinging down the zip-line to various platforms in the canopy. Zip-lining is a great way to experience the jungle environment, and get close to nature. Soar through the jungle canopy, marvel at the iguanas and wildlife, listen and watch for local birdlife, and enjoy the wind in your hair.


Handicraft Market, Shopping

At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier. En route and time-permitting, stop at Tanna Coffee to see the local coffee manufacturer and try some of the best coffee around then guests may opt to be dropped off at the local handicraft market to browse for souvenirs, and return to the ship via shuttle bus. Market may be limited on Sunday.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity and a moderate amount of walking for approximately 547 yards (about 500 metres), at times over uneven and natural ground and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 72 steep steps. This tour is recommended for active guests who are in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests with a fear of heights, guests who suffer from vertigo, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, biodegradable sunscreen, insect repellent, bottled water, and local currency for purchases from the ship. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Guests with waists wider than 47 inches (about 1.2 meters) cannot participate on this tour. Guests weighing more than 242 pounds (110 kilograms) cannot participate on this tour. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. A harness, helmet, gloves and raincoats (if needed) are provided for the zip-lining portion of this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. The tour sequence may vary.

River Kayaking Adventure

Experience the serenity of gliding down a gently-flowing river surrounded by a lush, tropical forest during this leisurely, half-day kayaking excursion.


Port Vila, Rentapao River & Kayaking

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to the Rentapao River. Upon arrival, a short walk brings you to the kayaking starting point. After receiving your safety and kayaking instructions and gear, embark your single-seat or two-seat kayak, and begin your guided kayaking adventure.


Local Villages, garden of Eden, Rainforest, Mangroves, Banyan Trees, River Mouth

The ideal blend of adventure and eco-tourism awaits you during this picturesque outing. Whilst paddling along the warm, tropical, crystal-clear waters of the gently-flowing Rentapao River, take in spectacular panoramic views of your pristine surrounds and enjoy a refreshing swim. Explore the garden of Eden, mangroves, banyan trees, the mouth of the river, local kastom villages, and rainforest areas, and learn about the environment and local culture from your guides.


Handicraft Market, Shopping

Following your river-kayaking experience, fresh seasonal fruit, water and fruit juice are served. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier. En route and time-permitting, stop at Tanna Coffee to see the local coffee manufacturer and try some of the best coffee around then guests may opt to be dropped off at the local handicraft market to browse for souvenirs, and return to the ship via shuttle bus. Market may be limited on Sunday.

Sea Kayaking Adventure

Explore a tropical paradise in an eco-friendly new way during this invigorating, half-day kayaking and snorkelling excursion.


Port Vila, Sea Kayaking

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to the Mele Bay. Upon arrival, a short walk brings you to the kayaking starting point. After receiving your safety and kayaking instructions and gear, embark your single-seat or two-seat kayak, and begin your guided, approximately two-hour kayaking and snorkelling adventure.


Local Villages, Garden of Eden, Rainforest, Snorkelling, Coral, Tropical Fish, Mele Bay

The ideal blend of adventure and eco-tourism awaits you during this picturesque outing. Whilst paddling along the warm, tropical, crystal-clear waters of Mele Bay, take in spectacular panoramic views of your pristine surrounds. Visit a coral gardens, and snorkel travel through local kastom villages and rainforest areas, and learn about the environment and local culture from your guides. Stops are also made for guided snorkelling amidst the colourful coral beds, tropical fish and marine life of Mele Bay.


Refreshments, Handicraft Market, Shopping

Following your sea-kayaking experience, fresh seasonal fruit, water and fruit juice are served. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier. En route and time-permitting, stop at Tanna Coffee to see the local coffee manufacturer and try some of the best coffee around then guests may opt to be dropped off at the local handicraft market to browse for souvenirs, and return to the ship via shuttle bus. Market may be limited on Sunday.

Vanuatu Bush-Walking

Discover the splendid local flora, culture and lifestyles of Vanuatu on-foot during this scenic and informative, half-day bushwalking excursion.


Port Vila, Bushwalking Tour, Gardens, Villages, Rainforest, Local Residents and Lifestyles

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Eratap. Upon arrival at the starting point, join your guide for a fun, memorable and informative bushwalking tour. Along the way, stroll along main coral and earthen paths whilst exploring gardens, villages and rainforest areas, and observe locals going about their daily lives. In addition, your guides share their knowledge about the environment, and little-known facts about the local culture.


Fresh, Seasonal Fruit, Handicraft Market, Shopping

Following your tour, refreshments consisting of fresh, seasonal fruit are served. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier. En route and time-permitting, guests may opt to be dropped off at the local handicraft market to browse for souvenirs, and return to the ship via shuttle bus.

Vanuatu Culture & Secret Garden

The flora, fauna and culture of Vanuatu is yours to discover during this bespoke, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Cultural Centre, Customs, Musical Instruments, Orientation Drive

Depart the pier for the short drive to the Cultural Centre. Upon arrival, assemble for a short presentation of sand-drawing, recognized as an UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Intricate patterns are drawn in fine sand or ash with the finger in a continuous line representing custom stories, animals and a complex communication system. Afterward, listen to Eddy from the Cultural Centre describe the many different customs of Vanuatu and demonstrate traditional musical instruments. Leaving the Cultural Centre, re-board your coach and take a short orientation drive through Vanuatu Town en route to the Mele Secret Gardens.


Mele Secret Gardens, Botanical Garden, Lizard, Crab & Snake Displays & Free Time

The Mele Secret Gardens is a botanical garden with displays of green lizards, coconut crabs and tropical snakes, and sandy and coral pathways winding through the lush garden areas. Storyboards are placed around the garden outlining interesting historical and custom stories of Vanuatu. Upon arrival, take a stroll around the Mele Secret Gardens to view the exhibits, and an optional stop at the upstairs treehouse café via the narrow timber stairs with rope rails for cold drinks and coffee; there may be some demonstrations of local food preparation and tasting. Following your tour, some free time is made available to walk around the Secret Gardens and explore the cultural exhibits independently.

Port Vila, Free Time, Handicraft Market, Waterfront, Seafood Market

Next, re-board your coach, return to the town. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to browse the handicraft centre, waterfront and seafood market, and//or ask your guide for suggestions about local places-of-interest. At the conclusion of your tour, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.