Vanuatu is a perfect holiday spot to enjoy a bit of summer during the winter season in Melbourne. It’s a perfect spot to experience natural wonders and cultural heritage of Vanuatu. April-October is a wet season and is the best time to visit Vanuatu.
We chose Holiday Inn hotel because the accommodation package included The Kids’ Club that was open daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm so we could have a break too! Our 5 year old son absolutely loved it as it included various indoor and outdoor activities and the most exciting ones were: Hermit crab hunt & hermit crab race, Grass skirt making, Coconut skittle, coral and leaf painting, treasure hunt, disco nights and etc. A lot of fun! Next day it was pouring with rain so while our son was enjoying his time at Kid’s club we had a restful day at the hotel. Breakfast offered a big selection of food. Coconut milk from coconuts and a large variety of fruit every morning! Can’t be a better start for healthy breakfast!
Our first visiting spot in Vanuatu was Cultural Village. This is a trip back in Vanuatu’s history. We learnt how to preserve bananas for 10 years, fishing with spider web, chicken hunting, cultural dancing and much more.
The second stop of the day was at Turtle Bay. Here we got to see turtles which are over 200-years old. They are the main attraction of Turtle Bay. Some of the trips include lunch too prepared by local people. Food is very basic but it fills you up when you are hungry. In the afternoon we enjoyed a long walk to Port Villa center markets and local restaurants. We had a chance to meet local people and talk to them too. Vanuatu felt like a safe place to walk and explore.
Next day we boarded to the Hideaway Island Ferry for a four minute crossing to Hideaway Island for a snorkel. The waters around Hideaway Island are a marine sanctuary and are teeming with marine life and tropical fish. It is a great experience if you like snorkelling. My 5 year old son was so happy to find and see ”Nemo” family, while snorkelling.
During the last day in Vanuatu we enjoyed the facilities included in the hotel: canoeing, swimming pools and catching up with friends we met at the hotel. I am originally from a small country of Lithuania and I was joking to my husband by saying I am going to be the first Lithuanian who entered Vanuatu land. To my surprise I met a lovely Lithuanian lady at the hotel and I was told that there is a whole tribe of Lithuanians (five in total) living in Vanuatu!
I definitely would come back to Vanuatu again and next time I would explore the exotic beauty of surrounding islands of Vanuatu.