Rest & Relaxation – 7 Days
Spend a Week Relaxing in Espiritu Santo and Unwind from Your Busy Life
If you want to shake off the stresses of your day to day life, take a trip to Espiritu Santo and spend a week doing nothing but relaxing and unwinding. The following is an itinerary that is full of very little other than eating delicious food, enjoying the ocean, and sitting in the sand soaking up the sun.
Your First Day
You’ll spend your first day in Efate – Port Vila. You’ll arrive in Port Vila that afternoon by flying with the airline of your choice. The airlines that serve the area include Air Vanuatu, Air New Zealand, and Pacific Blue. Once you land, grab a taxi to take you to your hotel, or take advantage of one of the many airport transfer buses that are available.
That evening, step out for a wonderful dinner. Vanuatu has no shortage of dining experiences. Whether you adore French cuisine, prefer Asian fusion, or would like to sample the area’s fresh seafood, you can find any type of restaurant you can imagine scattered around the town. If you are tired from traveling or simply prefer a quiet night in, you can enjoy dinner at the resort or hotel where you are staying during your week’s vacation.
Your Second Day
You’ll spend your second day in Santo – Luganville. Leave your hotel in the morning and head to the airport so you can fly to Santo. Be sure to leave your hotel in time to arrive at the airport an hour before departure so you can check in. After you check in, remember that you are required to pay a provincial departure tax for every person in your party. The cost is VT200 per person.
Once you land, you’ll spend your afternoon at Champagne Beach where you will be so relaxed, you’ll nearly sink into the sand. You can plan a trip to this beach through your resort, but it is sometimes difficult to secure transport. To keep from missing this beautiful beach, confirm transport when you book your trip.
Your Third Day
You’ll spend your third day at Santo – Luganville. The morning will be spent at Nanda Blue Hole at Shark Bay. You’ll be picked up by a driver who will take you to the Blue Hole. This is a beautiful place to take a swim in the blue water. From there, you’ll go to Matevulu where you’ll hop aboard an outrigger canoe and take a leisurely trip down Riri River. After your boat trip, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.
In the afternoon and evening, you’re free to do as you wish. Spend time exploring the town or go out to eat. An excellent restaurant to try is Jardins des Saveurs. This is a French restaurant that is located right in the middle of Luganville.
Your Fourth Day
The fourth day of your trip also will be spent on Santo – Luganville. This day of your trip is the perfect time to spend a day at the Aore Island Resort, which you can get to by ferry. At 8:30 in the morning the ferry leaves from the Aore landing wharf, which is on Luganville’s ex BP wharf. The ferry ride takes just 15 minutes. One you arrive at Aore, there is nothing to do but relax. Enjoy the pool or take a nap under a tree on the beach. You can even schedule a Melanesian massage. If you’d like to explore the area a little, ask for a guided tour complete with a beach picnic to be arranged. Head back to the ferry for a 4:30 trip to the mainland.
Your Fifth Day
Your fifth day will be spent in Efate – Port Vila. In the morning, you’ll leave Santo via airplane to get to Port Vila. Remember to allow yourself one hour for check in and don’t forget the VT200 per person departure tax, which can be paid at the domestic airport. Once you get to Vila, you’ll be transfered to your hotel or resort.
You’ll spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel. Grab that novel you’ve been wanting to read and sip a frosty cocktail while you soak up the sun on the grounds of your resort. Some fantastic hotel and resort options in the area include the Holiday Inn Resort, the Grand Hotel, the Warwick Le Lagon Resort, or the Snorkelers Cove, which is located on Iririki Island.
Your Sixth Day
On your last full day of vacation, you’ll remain in Efate – Port Vila. Spend your morning with a little duty-free shopping. Port Vila is the only duty-free port in Venuatu, and shoppers are thrilled with the items that come out of the city’s cultural blend of French, English, and Melanesian products. Whether you are looking for French perfume or champagne, fun souvenirs to bring back home, jewellery and gifts for friends, or clothes like beautiful sarongs, t-shirts, beach clothes, and bathing suits.
After all that shopping, relax your tired feet at a day spa. Men and women alike enjoy the packages available that include massage paired with aromatherapy. Essential oils are used in facials, manicures, pedicures, body scrubs, and waxing treatments.
On your last night in town, take part in a two-hour sunset cruise through Port Vila Harbour. The cruises, which are run by Meridian Charters, leave every evening at 5 p.m. from the town side Iririki Jetty. During your cruise, enjoy French red and white wines, a selection of beer, or fresh orange juice. Freshly made appetizers are also available on the boat. Reflect on your vacation as you witness the tropical sunset. You’ll enjoy good company, delicious food and drink, and beautiful music. You’ll be part of a floating cocktail party as you watch the moon rise over the water. There is no more romantic way to end a vacation.
Your Seventh Day
On the morning of your last day of vacation, you’ll leave Efate – Port Vila. Head for the airport, allowing two hours for check in for your international flight. You will not be expected to pay an international departure tax at the airport because the tax is included in the price of your ticket.