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Port Vila, Vanuatu Highlights

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This insightful museum, part of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, aims to preserve, protect and develop the various aspects of Vanuatu’s cultural heritage. It offers a mix of historical and cultural artifacts, such as photos, tam tam drums, pottery and...
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Ring Road, Mele Maat, Vanuatu
Situated around 10 kilometers (six miles) from downtown Port-Vila, this deservedly popular attraction consists of a series of hilltop aquamarine pools that flow into an impressive 35-meter (115-foot) cascade. Visitors can enjoy a swim in one of...
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The grave of 13th-century ruler Chief Roi Mata was discovered by French archaeologist Jose Garranger in 1967 and—along with the settlement site of Mangaas (Roi Mata’s residence) and a cave on nearby Lelepa Island (where he died)—is now classified...
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This working village offers fascinating insights into cultural rituals and traditional systems. Villagers are happy to demonstrate elements of the local lifestyle, including how to use native herbs as medicine, how to preserve food and how to use...
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This colorful, well-known house has been run by artist Aloi Pilioko since his friend Nicolai Michoutouchkine passed on. The pair began painting vibrant canvases and collecting cultural artifacts here in the 1970s, and their home provides a...
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The lively markets in Port-Vila offer a vast array of produce, ranging from local fruits and vegetables—yams, coconuts, pawpaw—to handicrafts and souvenirs such as carvings, jewelry and clothing. Housed in a large, covered area, the markets are...
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Wharf Rd, Vanuatu
One of the best steak houses on the island, this welcoming restaurant specializes—as the name suggests—in stone-grilled steaks and other meats, with fresh local vegetable dishes served as sides. With great views of Port-Vila and friendly,...
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Wharf Rd, Vanuatu
Port-Vila’s friendly and inviting handicraft market is a great place to while away a morning or afternoon. Stallholders are always happy to chat, and the quality of the products, which range from clothing like sarongs and T-shirts to woven...
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This swish independent store, situated right in the middle of Port-Vila’s retail shopping district, is the go-to local store for all duty-free purchases. Its impressively broad stock includes high-quality lifestyle goods—jewelry, watches, perfume,...