Destination

South Pacific

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29th edition
        2019

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Efate round island tour

 

Leaving Port Vila to head north, to go round Efate (Shefa Province) clockwise, represents a round trip of about 130 km which can be done in half a
day if you leave in the morning.

Alternatively, why not make the most of it by allowing yourself a couple of days and spending a night in one of the resorts dotted around Efate ?

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Leaving Port Vila to head north, to go round Efate (Shefa Province) clockwise, represents a round trip of about 130 km which can be done in half a day if you leave in the morning.
Alternatively, why not make the most of it by allowing yourself a couple of days and spending a night in one of the resorts dotted around Efate ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whereas the centre of Efate consists of extensive tracts of rainforest, with hidden rivers and cascades, the coastal area provides an ever-changing scenery alternating between rugged coastlines and lovely sandy beaches sheltered by the barrier  

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

reef. After 9 kms, you get to Hideaway Marine Sanctuary where you will find the one and only underwater post office just 50 m from the shore, at a depth of 3 m.

Surrounded by shoals of tropical fish, several diving mailmen take it in turns to man the desk and take the waterproof cards sold at nearby shops, brought to them by ‘clients’. The mail is then delivered to the main Post Office on a daily basis. After the Mele Cascades, the road runs along the shores of Havannah Harbour, looking out to Lelepa and Moso Islands.

At North Efate, after Undine Bay, not to be missed is Kakula Island, a tiny island with white sandy beaches, and Nguna which used to be famous for its volcano. Along the eastern coast, there are a number of pretty beaches one after the other, including Epule, landing stage for boat trips up the river, with traditional dancing for entertainment and a Melanesian

feast – with Eton beach a bit further along.
After 82 kms, you reach Forari village, site of an old manganese 
mine which employed over 2000 workers and represented the second hub of activities on Efate from 1962 to 1978. Another dive stop at Manuro, last relaxing stage before halting at Tamanu on the Beach, Eratap Beach Resort or Aquana Beach Resort, to close the circle soon after that.
Another very pleasant way of discovering Efate is to hire a plane or a helicopter. To this end, contact: Air Taxi, Unity Airlines or Vanuatu Helicopters

Efate round island tour

Leaving Port Vila to head north, to go round Efate (Shefa Province) clockwise, represents a round trip of about 130 km which can be done in half a day if you leave in the morning. Alternatively, why not make the most of it by allowing yourself a couple of days and spending a night in one of the resorts dotted around Efate ?

Leaving Port Vila to head north, to go round Efate (Shefa Province) clockwise, represents a round trip of about 130 km which can be done in half a day if you leave in the morning.
Alternatively, why not make the most of it by allowing yourself a couple of days and spending a night in one of the resorts dotted around Efate?

Whereas the centre of Efate consists of extensive tracts of rainforest, with hidden rivers and cascades, the coastal area provides an ever-changing scenery alternating between rugged coastlines and lovely sandy beaches sheltered by the barrier  reef. After 9 kms, you get to Hideaway Marine Sanctuary where you will find the one and only underwater post office just 50 m from the shore, at a depth of 3 m.

Surrounded by shoals of tropical fish, several diving mailmen take it in turns to man the desk and take the waterproof cards sold at nearby shops, brought to them by ‘clients’. The mail is then delivered to the main Post Office on a daily basis. After the Mele Cascades, the road runs along the shores of Havannah Harbour, looking out to Lelepa and Moso Islands.

At North Efate, after Undine Bay, not to be missed is Kakula Island, a tiny island with white sandy beaches, and Nguna which used to be famous for its volcano. Along the eastern coast, there are a number of pretty beaches one after the other, including Epule, landing stage for boat trips up the river, with traditional dancing for entertainment and a Melanesian feast – with Eton beach a bit further along.
After 82 kms, you reach Forari village, site of an old manganese mine which employed over 2000 workers and represented the second hub of activities on Efate from 1962 to 1978. Another dive stop at Manuro, last relaxing stage before halting at Tamanu on the Beach, Eratap Beach Resort or Aquana Beach Resort, to close the circle soon after that.
Another very pleasant way of discovering Efate is to hire a plane or a helicopter. To this end, contact: Air Taxi, Unity Airlines or Vanuatu Helicopters