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Port-vila

ABOVE THE WATER

Port Vila is the capital city of Vanuatu, and is a popular cruise ship port and family holiday destination. With a flight time of only 3 hours from Brisbane, Vila can be visited for a week or a quick break. The town is sprawled over a series of bays and lagoons so that every hotel is waterfront, and transport is easy with plenty of inexpensive taxis and buses available.

Port Vila has a very lively cultural mix. France and Britain jointly administered the country for almost a century, and a construction boom combined with tax haven status has attracted workers from all over the world. This is reflected in the diverse offerings in restaurants, with Port Vila having a surprisingly high culinary appeal for a South Pacific settlement. Little French restaurants can be found tucked away between resorts and shops, where you can eat the freshest seafood cooked in delicious sauces.

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BELOW THE WATER

Diving in Port Vila offers a variety of dive sites, from easy protected waters with no current, to shallow reefs and deeper drop-offs, with running currents bringing in the pelagic species. Popular dive sites include the Twin Bommies that offer a fantastic range of tropical reef fish, Mele Reef a protected marine sanctuary off Hideaway Island and the Cathedral in which you can witness incredible lighting bursting through the roof.

The Star of Russia is Port Vila’s most accessible wreck site. She was built in 1874 by Harlan and Wolff Belfast, who also built the Titanic! She is now submerged in 36 metres of water. She is 80 metres long and 13 wide and exists as an incredible artificial reef. Divers are able to swim through the body of the ship, alongside the huge masts, around the bow and can explore the wheel, rudder and anchor machinery.

Dive vessels depart from within easy walking distance of the town centre, with many dive sites close by in Mele Bay. Hideaway Island is home to the world’s first underwater post office, where you can post a waterproof postcard anywhere in the world.

Accommodation in Port Vila

Hideaway-Island-Resort

Hideaway Island Resort/ Hideaway Island Dive

  • Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: Yes
  • Resort Highlight: Eco-Friendly
  • Diving Highlight: The Underwater Post Box!
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Iririki-Island-Resort

Iririki Island Resort

  • Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Resort Highlight: Endless Activities On Offer
  • Diving Highlight: The Resident Dugong
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BREAKAS BEACH RESORT

Breakas Beach Resort

  • Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: No
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Resort Highlight: Incredible Coffee!
  • Diving Highlight: Get To The Dive Site Within Minutes
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Warwick-Le-Lagon-Resort-&-Spa

Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa

  • Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Resort Highlight: Excellent Facilities Including A Fitness Centre
  • Diving Highlight: Turtle Encounters
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Poppy's-On-The-Lagoon

Poppy’s on the Lagoon

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: Incredibly Friendly Staff!
  • Diving Highlight: Photogenic Macro Life
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The-Moorings-Resort

Moorings Hotel

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: Movie Nights!
  • Diving Highlight: The Wreck Diving
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THE HAVANNAH

The Havannah

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: The Watersports Hut
  • Diving Highlight: 117 Dive Sites To Choose From!
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The-Holiday-Inn-Port-Vila

The Holiday Inn – Port Vila

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: The Overwater Villas
  • Diving Highlight: Year-Round Warm Water
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Chantilly's-On-The-Bay

Chantilly’s on the Bay

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: Private Jetty For Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • Diving Highlight: Caves & Swim-Throughs
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Dive Operators in Port Vila

Nautilus-Watersports

Nautilus Watersports

  • Type: Dive Shop
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: Yes
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Training Pool: Yes
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Equipment For Sale: Yes
  • Dive Shop Highlight: Free Pick Up From Accommodation
  • Diving Highlight: Diving On The Star of Russia
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Big-Blue-Vanuatu

Big Blue Vanuatu

  • Type: Dive Shop
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: Yes
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Training Pool: Yes
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Equipment For Sale: No
  • Dive Shop Highlight: Project Aware 100% Aware partner
  • Diving Highlight: The Resident Dugong!
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Tranquility-Island-Dive-Centre

Tranquility Island Dive Center

  • Type: Dive Shop
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: Yes
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Training Pool: Yes
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Equipment For Sale: No
  • Dive Shop Highlight: Dive Sites Only Minutes Away
  • Diving Highlight: Incredible visibility
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