Silversea Luxury Cruises Nach Port Vila

Port Vila

Vanuatu is an island nation located in the southern Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is approximately 1,090 miles (about 1,750 kilometres) east of northern Australia, approximately 310 miles (about 500 kilometres) northeast of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and southeast of the Solomon Islands, near New Guinea. Located on Mélé Bay along the southwest coast of Éfaté, Port Vila is the capital and largest city of Vanuatu, as well as its commercial and economic centre. View more

Although Port Vila's British and French influences are apparent, its multinational population includes ni-Vanuatu, British, French, Chinese, and Vietnamese citizens. An active commercial port, the city is home to hospitals, hotels, casinos, markets and shopping districts, a sports stadium, cultural centre, teacher-training institution, campus of the University of the South Pacific, and several meat- and fish-processing plants. The municipality of Port Vila is divided into four wards, Malapoa-Tagabe, Anabrou-Melcofe-Tassiriki, Centre and South. The area occupied by Port Vila has been inhabited by Melanesian people for thousands of years. In 2004, an archaeological expedition unearthed a burial site with 25 tombs, skeletons and pieces of ceramic pottery dating from 1300 B.C. The Vanuatu Islands first had contact with Europeans in 1606 with the arrival of Portuguese explorer Pedro Fernandes de Queirós. Europeans did not return until 1768, when Louis Antoine de Bougainville rediscovered the islands. In 1774, Captain Cook called the islands the 'New Hebrides', a name that would last until their independence in 1980. In 1825, sandalwood was discovered on the island of Erromango, prompting a rush of immigrants that included Catholic and Protestant missionaries from European and North America, as well as settlers looking for land to farm cotton, coffee, cocoa, bananas, and coconuts. British subjects from Australia made up the majority of settlers, but the establishment of the Caledonian Company of the New Hebrides in 1882 attracted more French subjects. The land around Port Vila was converted into the municipality of Franceville in 1889. By the start of the 20th century, the French outnumbered the British, and the two nations agreed to govern the islands jointly by way of the British-French Condominium. During World War II, Port Vila was an American and Australian airbase. The New Hebrides National Party was established in the early-1970s. Renamed Vanua'aku Pati in 1974, the party pushed for independence. In 1980, amidst the brief Coconut War, the Republic of Vanuatu was created. The economies of Port Vila and Vanuatu are supported by the agriculture, offshore financial services and cattle industries. However, the abundant tropical beauty of Vanuatu has made Port Vila a popular tourist destination for outdoor and nature enthusiasts alike. Renowned for its tropical climate and exquisite, white-sand beaches and world-class fishing, the archipelago is a region of spectacular geographic diversity that includes spectacular volcanoes, mountains and valleys, along with idyllic jungles, rainforests, botanical gardens, mineral springs, and waterfalls. What's more, Port Vila offers easy access to exploring the city, Vanuatu and the offshore islands that comprise this wonderful South Pacific island chain. Port Vila consists of a diverse blend of Melanesian, Eastern and Western cultures that presents a unique opportunity to discover the people, traditions and history of Vanuatu. Cultural village tours are a fantastic way to meet the locals and experience indigenous lifestyles and customs through storytelling, music, dance, kava-tasting, and a traditional Melanesian feast. The evolution of Port Vila and Vanuatu can be explored during visits to the Vanuatu Cultural Centre and Museum features a collection of historical artefacts from the Vanuatu Island. Additional historic landmarks include Independence Park, the French and British residencies, Supreme Court, Georges Pompidou Building, World War I and II memorials, Tanna Coffee-Roasting Factory, and more. Vanuatu's verdant canyons, jungle-covered mountain peaks, volcanoes, waterfalls, botanical gardens, mineral springs, white-sand beaches, and rainforests invite a wide array of picturesque, memorable and exciting sightseeing venues for outdoor enthusiasts. Land-based excursions include bird-watching, bicycling and motor-biking, eco-tours, hiking through jungle and rainforest nature trails, horseback-riding at the nearby Sea Horse Ranch or Club Hippique Adventure Park, helicopter or seaplane flight-seeing, dune-bugging the beaches and jungles, 'zorbing' down the hillsides, abseiling down a cascading waterfall, volcano trekking and sandboarding, zip-lining through the jungle canopy, and golfing at the stunningly beautiful Port Vila Golf and Country Club, the only 18-hole championship course in Vanuatu and home to the PGA-sanctioned Vanuatu Open. Picturesque and fun-filled water-based excursions include swimming, boating and sailing along the exquisite coast of Port Vila and Vanuatu, deep-sea fishing for enormous dolphin, marlin, wahoo, dorado, tuna, swordfish, and sailfish, jet-skiing and high-speed jet-boating, stand-up paddle-boarding, surfing, kite-surfing, and parasailing. The archipelago also offers some of the world's finest snorkelling and diving at venues such as the Hideaway Islands Marine Reserves, JoJo Beach Club, Havannah Beach and Boat Club, and Iririki Island.Due to its compact size, Port Vila can be easily explored in just a single day.

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Glass Bottom Boat Adventure

Spend the day frolicking with the fish from both above and below the water. Your tour begins by boarding a brand new, custom built glass-bottom boat. As you glide over stunning coral reef formations, schools of brilliantly coloured fish and sea-life move to and fro. When you reach the shores off of the boutique resort Island of Iririki Island, you will have the opportunity get in the water and snorkel. Here the aquamarine and sapphire water is home to stunning coral reefs and teams with fish and underwater life. If you don't feel like snorkeling you are more than welcome to feed the fish from the boat, you will soon have a very enthusiastic gathering of tropical fish. After this delightful tropical encounter, your glass-bottom boat will take you back to the port.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity. It is not suitable for those with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear a bathing suit under a cover-up and suitable water shoes and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. It is suggest you may wish to bring your own equipment Please remember to bring your sunscreen, hat and towel. Although minimal walking is required, guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the snorkel boat. Waterproof cameras are highly recommended. Guests may not snorkel if they have consumed alcohol.

Mele Cascades Waterfall & Rainforest Hike

Discover one of Port Villa's most glorious sites during this tour to the breath-taking Mele Cascades Waterfall.

Begin your adventure with a short drive from the pier to the beginning of the trail leading to the waterfall. Your knowledgeable nature guide will escort you through the lush and verdant Rainforest on a steady hike. After a 30 minute hike, passing tropical flora, through small streams and over rivers, you will arrive at the glorious Mele Cascades Waterfall. The 164 foot (50 metre) high waterfalls are truly a spectacular sight. Feel free to swim in the naturally eroded pools at the bottom of the falls or simply revel in your natural surroundings. After relaxing in this tropical paradise, it is time to return the way you came.

Please note: This tour requires extensive amounts of activity. Guests must be able to hike up inclines for a prolonged period of time with few breaks. Expect hot and humid weather; dress in lightweight clothing and bring adequate protection from the sun. Footwear may get wet and muddy; wear appropriate shoes/boots. Guests wishing to swim should wear a bathing suit under regular clothing and towels. Please be aware that restroom's at the falls may be rustic.

Pele Island Beach, Snorkelling & BBQ

This full day adventure gives you a sampling of several of the best features that Vanuatu has to offer on a tour that combines stunning scenery, cultural insight, underwater activities and a delicious BBQ.


Your tour begins with a 35-40 minute driver where your knowledgeable guide will provide commentary on the scenery, history and the traditional way of life on this island. After this entertaining drive arrive at the jetty where you will board the ever-popular banana boats for a relaxed and enjoyable 20 minute boat ride to Pele Island. After disembarking your boats you will be greeted by the Island Chief where you will be given a fresh coconut drink.

Following your chiefly welcome, you will have an opportunity to relax on the beach, swim in the water or head out for a snorkeling safari. Subsequent to enjoying your beach-side activities, return to the beach where you will be given a BBQ lunch followed by music provided by local musicians. After this delightful respite, you will be given a brief tour of the local village, where you will be able to get a first-hand glimpse into traditional village life and even have an opportunity to meet some of the local residents.

After this tour, return to the banana boats and then the coach as you head back to the ship.

Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of activity and involves approximately 3 miles ( 5 kilometre's) of walking. You will be traveling in traditional and rustic, with only some protection from the sun. Expect hot and humid weather; dress in lightweight clothing and bring adequate protection from the sun. Wear a bathing suit under a cover-up and suitable water shoes and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship.

Spend the day exploring the nautral and cultural charms of the island of Efate. Begin with a short walk through the lush rainforest to Larofa Village where you will be greated by a traditional Melanesian warrior. Here a local guide will provide an informative commentary about the traditional customs and way of life in these small villages.

Here you will be able to view the time-honoured art of fire walking and learn of the tradition, sacrifices and preparation men undertake prior to this ritual. Morning tea will be served here.


After this display, conitnue to a refreshing natural swimming hole at Eden on the River. For those that don't want to have a quick dip, you can wander around the luscious tropical gardens. Visit idyllic Secret Beach where you have approximatly 20 minutes to walk the beach, swim or simply take in the beauty of the pristine water that in before you.


Journey on, passing more contemporary villages and catch glimpses of modern village life. Pass by the remnants of the "American forces" involvement in Vanuatu during World War II before arriving at a rustic local restaurant for a freshly packed lunch. Following lunch, continue along picturesque Havana Harbour to the beach used during the filming of "Survivor Vanuatu". On the way back to Port Vila pass Klems Hill Lookout, which provides a superb view over Mele Bay, Hideaway Island and the township in the distance.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity. This tour is not suiable for those who utalise a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. The buses in Vanuatu are not air conditioned. Expect hot and humid weather; dress in lightweight clothing and bring adequate protection from the sun.