9 days in Vanuatu & New Caledonia Itinerary

9 days in Vanuatu & New Caledonia Itinerary

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Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 2 nights
Noumea, New Caledonia
— 3 nights
Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
— 2 nights


Port Vila, Vanuatu — 2 nights

The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stop by Vanuatu Craft Association, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hideaway Island Marine Reserve, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Wet N Wild Adventure Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Evergreen Cascades Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades Waterfalls.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Vila trip website.

Kahului, USA to Port Vila is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kahului to Port Vila is 21 hours. Traveling from Kahului in January, things will get a bit warmer in Port Vila: highs are around 87°F and lows about 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Noumea.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
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Noumea, New Caledonia — 3 nights

Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Attractions like Amedee Lighthouse and Ilot Maitre make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Du Pacifique, step off the mainland to explore Ile aux Canards island, and take in the exciting artwork at Arts Premiers Galerie.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Noumea trip planner.

Fly from Port Vila to Noumea in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Espiritu Santo.
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Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu — 2 nights

Espiritu Santo offers an impressive combination of natural beauty and cultural experiences.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanda Blue Hole and then kick back and relax at Champagne Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Mount Hope Waterfall and then relax and rejuvenate at Moyyan Day Spa.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Espiritu Santo attractions planner.

Getting from Noumea to Espiritu Santo by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
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Vanuatu travel guide

Waterfalls · Nature & Parks · Bodies of Water
Composed of 83 rugged islands spread out over a stretch of nearly 1,300 km (810 mi), Vanuatu features a huge diversity of natural environments and cultures. A fusion of British, French, Polynesian, and Melanesian influences, the nation combines devout religious devotion with the slow, relaxed pace of island life. Lush rainforests and thriving coral sanctuaries abound across the island chain and feature a colorful array of native wildlife and plant species that make for fantastic snorkeling, diving, and hiking excursions. Active volcanoes remain among the biggest attractions in Vanuatu, along with the chain's stunning beaches and shimmering blue waters. Despite the nation's harsh volcanic landscapes, rocky coast, and lack of arable land, Vanuatu is a warm and welcoming place to visit, as its people do everything they can to make tourists feel right at home.

New Caledonia travel guide

Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.