Deciding where to stay in Vanuatu is all about the experience you’re keen to enjoy. Most islands offer at least basic accommodation like village stays and family-run bungalows.
If you’re seeking high-end resorts and the creature comforts of home, the best areas to stay in Vanuatu are probably Port Vila on Efate, and Luganville on Espiritu Santo. These precincts have long drawn the tourist crowd and offer a polished accommodation product.
Head a little farther off the beaten track and you’ll find options like beachside bungalows and bures, along with private luxury islands like Bokissa and Erakor.
Port Vila offers the greatest range of places to stay in Vanuatu, with resorts lining the township’s foreshore. Accommodation ranges from budget to high-end, and is popular due to its proximity to the nation’s major airport. There are also a host of boutique and eco-friendly options just outside the township, with further major resorts located on the nearby islands of Iririki and Erakor.
Tanna features a selection of accommodation that varies from rustic beachside bungalows, and upmarket but small-scale resorts to treetop accommodation overlooking Mt Yasur. Although there is a variety of accommodation facilities, services can be basic and this just adds to the charm. Tanna is a spectacular destination where the accommodation provides further experience of the natural, volcanic surrounds.
Espiritu Santo Island
The majority of Espiritu Santo’s hotels and resorts are clustered around the main township of Luganville, but there are more authentic options to explore. These include village-style bungalows, beachside retreats, and easily accessible resorts on the nearby islands. Whatever your accommodation choice, Espiritu Santo is the opportunity to discover sensational diving, swimming and snorkelling set in stunning natural surrounds.
Pentecost Island encourages visitors to get back to basics and explore an authentic island way of life. The accommodation here is limited but welcoming, comprising mainly family-run bungalows made of traditional materials. If you’re intending to stay, it’s a good idea to bring a few supplies, including drinking water, enough cash, and a gift for your accommodating hosts.