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Things to do in Shefa Province

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Port Vila: Island Tour, BBQ Lunch, and Swimming with Turtles

1. Port Vila: Island Tour, BBQ Lunch, and Swimming with Turtles

Your island adventure begins with pickup from your hotel or cruise ship and heads towards a stunning blue lagoon. Upon arrival, be amazed by the stunningly clear waters and the jaw-dropping beauty of this untouched island paradise. Next, experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim up close with sea turtles, and snorkel along one of the prettiest white sand beaches the island has to offer. From your expert guide, learn about how the hatchlings of Vanuatu's two main turtle species are collected from the wild and nurtured until they are released into the sea. For an extra cost, you can also swim with sharks and giant turtles in their rock enclosure for an incredibly special experience. After your swim, enjoy a very generous BBQ lunch serving up tender and juicy Vanuatu steaks, locally caught fish, chicken, sausages, salad, rice, and chips. Once you’re all full up from lunch, head to the Rarru Cascades where breathtaking views and an imposing waterfall await you. Afterwards, spend some free time to exploring on your own or head off for some duty-free shopping. At the end of the tour, enjoy drop-off back to your pickup destination or if you prefer, the wharf market.

Mele Bay, Port Vila: Vanuatu Jungle Zipline

2. Mele Bay, Port Vila: Vanuatu Jungle Zipline

Start the tour with a free transfer from either of the 2 locations in Port Vila with transfers departing daily at 9 AM and 1 PM. Enjoy a 25-minute scenic drive in a 4WD Toyota Landcruiser up to the summit of Mele Bay. Marvel at breathtaking views right down to the harbor.  Arrive at the reception center to harness up and receive your safety briefing. When you're all set, embark on a 1.15-hour ziplining adventure as you zip from platform to platform. Glide high over the famous canyon and back with numerous incredible photo opportunities. Finally, return back to the reception center to retrieve your belongings from of the lockers, de-harness and get driven back to the starting point. Those who prefer not to zipline are able to pay for a Skybridge ticket and walk along the Skybridge to take photos of those zip lining underneath the Skybridge.

Bridges of Eden: 2-Hour Rainforest Walk, Swim, & Zip Line

3. Bridges of Eden: 2-Hour Rainforest Walk, Swim, & Zip Line

Combine zip lining, swimming, and forest walking on this 2-hour guided nature adventure at Bridges of Eden, a tropical garden paradise just 20 minutes from town.   Admire the flora and fauna of the riparian rainforest and take on the various suspended bridges – each one trickier than the next. Zoom down on a mini zip line and learn about your surroundings, all with the help of an experienced guide and with strict safety standards.  After the tour, cool off in the river and wander the gardens at your leisure. For the little ones, there's a playground and farm park on site. Enjoy tropical fruits and drinks during the tour, or purchase a tasty snack afterwards at the onsite café.

Efate: Eden on the River Day Package

4. Efate: Eden on the River Day Package

Enjoy our lunch-inclusive package at Eden on the River, Efaté's best nature attraction. Experience 2 guided tours plus swimming in the Rentapau River and mini-golf! Allow three to four hours (plus travel time) for this fun-filled adventure. Design your visit to Eden on the River with the various offers in the lunch-inclusive package. Choose any two of our guided tours. These tours are: our hero tour, the Bridges of Eden and our brand-new tours: Kava Plantation Tour, Yoku Farm Tour and Eden Cooking Tour. > The Bridges of Eden tour will take you through acres of tropical gardens and rainforest. Follow your guide and learn about the flora and culture from your tour guide. > Eden's Kava tour will have you learning all about kava, a traditional drink that plays an important role in Vanuatu Kastom and daily life. You get to know some of the history of the root and the different ways it's prepared. You also be able to taste a freshly prepared kava! > Yoku Farm Tour will show you what farming is like on our tiny little island. Gain insight into farming in Vanuatu on this small yet commercial farm. Gumboots are provided. > Eden's Cooking Tour will introduce you to traditional "slow" food in our interactive and informative experience, it also includes a tour of our kitchen garden. You will get to make and taste your own simboro, a favourite local dish. > Try to hit a hole-in-one on our tropical mini-golf course with 18 holes. Be challenged by the course's obstacles and try not to be distracted by the lush gardens. > Be served a BBQ buffet lunch accompanied by salads and tropical fruit and your choice of beverage. > Finishing the day with floating in the crystal clear waters of the Rentapau River.

Port Vila: Small Group Half-Day River Kayaking Tour

5. Port Vila: Small Group Half-Day River Kayaking Tour

Experience the serenity of kayaking down a gently flowing freshwater river, surrounded by lush tropical forest. Enjoy a cool dip, and have fun swinging on a tarzan rope. Discover the Rantepao River on Efate's East Coast as you paddle gently, accompanied by your experienced guide. Following pickup from your accommodation in Port Vila, relax on a 20-minute scenic drive to your start point. Follow your guide as you spend up to 2 peaceful hours seeing the rainforest of Vanuatu, passing by abundant wildlife and traditional villages. Paddle in a single or double kayak (with a guide if you prefer), with no strong currents on this stretch of river. Relax with a fresh fruit platter on the water's edge during your trip.

Efate: Full-Day Tour

6. Efate: Full-Day Tour

The first stop on your tour is Iarofa Village where you'll experience traditional local practices and skills including dancing and an amazing fire-walking display. Then discover the Blue Lagoon, a wonderful quirk of nature. The water is slightly salty and so blue from the mixing of the limestone fresh-water springs and the tidal sea water. Try the rope swings into the water. After the lagoon, visit Eton Village and Eton Primary School. Chat with the teachers and meet the pikininis (the students) or tour the school and gain an insight into how our children receive their learning. The students may perform a song for the guests or invite you to join them in a game of soccer or volleyball. Then stop by Pangpang to see the ancient banyan trees, before heading to a beach-side restaurant where you can enjoy a buffet lunch to live local string band music  After lunch, learn a little about the World War II history of Efate with Ernest. You'll hear his story and see his collection of unique World War II relics. Finally, visit Vanuatu's "Survivor Beach" at Gideon's Landing, which was the location for Season 9 of the hit American TV series, and enjoy afternoon tea (or coffee). If time permits, it may be possible to enjoy some snorkeling or swimming near the end of the tour.

Port Vila: Full-Day River Kayaking and Cascades Tour

7. Port Vila: Full-Day River Kayaking and Cascades Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation in Port Vila and set off on a scenic drive to the Rentapao River. Arrive at the local partner's exclusive kayak base in Vanuatu. Take some time to explore the onsite Garden of Eden upon arrival, and then get to know your guides and listen to a safety briefing.  Hop aboard your kayak and paddle down the river for two hours, experiencing Vanuatu's rainforest from a new vantage point. Get a feel for the everyday life of local villages as you pass by them. Cool off with a swim and then stop for lunch at a French bakery at the river's edge. Take a quick five-minute transfer to the Rentapao River cascades. Enjoy a relaxing walk along the river before reaching the final destination. Swim, relax, and take in the beautiful views at the cascades. Transfer back to your accommodation in Port Vila.

From Port Vila: Full-Day Nguna Outer Island Adventure

8. From Port Vila: Full-Day Nguna Outer Island Adventure

After pickup from your accommodation in Port Vila, head off on your choice of 1 of 2 morning walks. The Volcano Walk is a steep but rewarding hike, lasting 3.5 hours up the side of one of Nguna’s extinct volcanoes. Once atop the hulking mass of rock, take in sweeping views across the Shepherd Islands to the north, and south to Efate. If you’re in the mood for something less intense, choose the Environment Walk, perfect for families. Explore a community conservation area at Nguna’s smallest village, a fascinating mixture of old forest, historic relics, and community gardens.  After your morning walk, enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch by the beach, gazing out across the crystal-clear seas as you dine. Afterwards, head into the ocean and snorkel Nguna’s famous marine conservation area. Expect lots of fish, maybe the occasional turtle, and plenty of hard corals and small canyons and crevasses to explore. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred back to your accommodation in Port Vila.

Port Vila: Full-Day Bus Hire with Driver

9. Port Vila: Full-Day Bus Hire with Driver

Your day of sightseeing and exploration begins with pickup in the morning from your hotel or port. Meet your professional driver as you board your own private minibus and discuss which sights and locations you’d like to visit. Then, sit back and relax as you travel from destination to destination. Spend the day exploring the island at your own leisure, without the hassle of taxis and public transport, or the pressure to keep up with a tour guide. Enjoy the freedom to spend more or less time at the locations that interest you most and the luxury of having your own private vehicle for an entire day. Our minivan can only accommodate for a maximum of 12 passengers. If you have more than 12 people in your group it is highly recommended that you make separate bookings.

Port Vila: Jungle Walk and Suspension Skybridge

10. Port Vila: Jungle Walk and Suspension Skybridge

Explore the rainforest paths, visit our goats, take photos on the scenic Skybridge 65 metres high with sweeping 360 degree views, and have a refreshment at our covered tables while admiring the view. If those in your party require more adrenaline then the option to upgrade your ticket to Zipline or to try our Bungy or Giant Swing (opening August 2023) will ensure everyone has a great time. Watch and take photos of the Zipliners as they fly under the Skybridge or those dare devils jumping into the canyon off the Giant Swing! There are lovely cool rainforest pathways to explore and beautiful vistas galore.

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What people are saying about Shefa Province

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 61 reviews

This was such a wonderful day. We started at the blue lagoon - utterly breathtaking! Then we went to have a BBQ lunch (yum) and swim with the turtles. This part was incredible. We then went to the cascades while it lightly rained, and this was so refreshing. I could swim there all day. An unforgettable day out!

very Professional, on time and room is some fantastic places. We told Will our driver that we had a keen interest in WWII so he stopped off on some extra special places and had so much knowledge. Really enjoyed the day. The cultural tour in the village was a real highlight too.

This was such a great adventure. The terrain was rough, but I enjoyed every second. The top of the mountain was the reward - and what a reward it was! The lunch was delicious and the swim at Bele was divine. 10/10 activity

A perfect, picturesque day even with pouring rain. Guides were friendly and knowledgeable with excellent English while providing an authentic experience. Transportation and food were great.

Thanks George and Ronnie! It was such a fun activity!