Hideaway Island

This is a great place to go for kids of swimming age, if it’s a busy time of year they will make loads of friends here. The snorkeling is really great as it’s a marine reserve, and there is an under- water Post Office where you can dive down and send waterproof post cards to your friends. There is a restaurant/bar and lots of shade so you can lounge away the afternoon. It’s not flash, but it’s loads of fun for a day out.  Phone:. +(678) 22963


Coongoola Cruise

The Coongoola is Vila’s most famous day cruise. The 23m wooden sailing ketch sailsthe calm waters of Havannah Harbour and takes you to Happy Tok Beach at Sun & Moon Bay (the prettiest beach we’ve ever seen), Moso Island (turtle conservation area and caves). Snorkel, sunbathe, swim, and totop it off you usually you get to sail with dolphins on the way home. Pick up time from Vila is 8:15am, return around 5:30pm. You can also sponsor and name a tagged turtle and release it back to the ocean from the turtle sanctuary. The atmosphere and food is good (barbecue beach picnic - vegetarians should pack their own - also take your own wine if you don’t like beer or soft drinks). The only complaint we have about this tour is that at certain times of year there can be lots of really annoying flies at the beach, so enquire whether this is the case before you book. Phone +(678) 25020


Picnic at Eton beach

This is probably the nicest white sand beach on Efate (there aren’t very many). It really is beautiful, with a gorgeous turquoise lagoon, and there are lots of little whares that you can set yourself up in for the day for a picnic. The locals own and look after this beach and as such will charge you a small entry charge.


Cascade Waterfalls

Mele Cascades is famous in Vanuatu. The climb to the waterfall is not a difficult one and, once there, it’s a rewarding experience. You can hop into the pool at the base of the waterfall and swim under the cascade itself. It’s the outpouring of an underground spring so the water is cool, clear and refreshing. There are five pools at the top to jump into and it’s your choice to return via the track or the stream.


Horseriding

At Sea Horse Ranch at the end of Devils Point Road. Have a lesson with Eloise, the owner - an amazing French instructor. The horses are beautifully trained, definitely not typical kick along riding school ponies.


Dive Course

if you want to get your PADI ticket you can do a course at Big Blue. Here you can learn to dive in the pool at Casa De Mar or at Pango. Phone: Maggie- Office +678 27518
Game Fishing – Vanuatu offers some of the best fishing in the South Pacific. Marlin, wahoo, dorado, yellowfin tuna, swordfish and a host of other fighting fish. The offshore reefs and ocean offer one of the best blue water and coral fishing playgrounds in the world. There are some excellent boats that leave from the Waterfront Bar and Grill. The catch belongs to the boat but anglers are invited to dine at the Waterfront that evening to join in eating the catch.


Helicopter ride

Explore Vanuatu from the air with our good friend Simon, who owns Vanuatu Helicopters. The view is breath taking, and it will really help you get your bearings. If you’re feeling really rock star you can organize for the helicopter to pick you up from your own back yard at Casa de Mar/White sands Vila.Phone: +(678) 55 44106


Nakamals

Try this for fun.... Kava is completely safe, it is actually used as a natural anti anxiety medication in western cultures as it helps you to relax, with no bad side effects and no hangover. Nakamals are kava bars. Kava is sold in 50vatu or 100 vatu shells the term shell coming from half a coconut shell that it’s served in. To drink kava, take your shell and drink it down in one go (try not to breathe). It has a relaxing effect. As for the taste it’s like bitter peppered muddy water only worse. Ronnie’s Nakamal is popular with a lot of locals and expatriates. Wherever you see a light hanging from a tree, it means the adjacent house is selling kava. Unlike in Fiji, there is no ‘ceremony’ like hand clapping. You can take along a plastic bottle for take away if you’d like to savour the wonders of kava back at Casa de Mar, where no one can see you grimace.