The two Deluxe Waterfront Villas are the newest luxury villas at The Havannah Vanuatu. These villas take full advantage of the wide elevated vistas across the sparkling, azure waters to the neighbouring islands. Divide your time between basking on the sun deck which extends out over the ocean, and cooling off in your private, 7- metre, infinity-edge pool. Refresh by showering in the garden or soaking in an outdoor bathtub. With separate dining and shaded day bed pavilions, you could choose to order room service or have Chef cook a private BBQ for you. You’d never have to leave the privacy of your villa! This is the ultimate in secluded indulgence.Please note that all villas accommodate a maximum of two adults only.
The six Waterfront Villas are located on absolute waterfront, each with a private plunge pool and daybed.
Admire the panoramic view from your Waterfront Villa across sparkling azure blue water to neighbouring islands and a dormant volcano. Relax on the sun lounges and take a dip in the plunge pool on your private deck.These split-level stand-alone villas are modern in style and furnished to accommodate you in comfort and splendour. All Waterfront villas are air conditioned and feature a king size bed with en-suite bathroom and walk-in shower and bath. Waterfront Villas all feature a flat screen TV, IPOD sound dock, in room safe, bar fridge and quality bathroom amenities. Your mini bar is stocked a la carte to your request.
Please note that all villas accommodate a maximum of two adults only.
The Lagoon Pool Villas afford tropical barefoot sophistication. Each stand-alone Villa is set atop the magnificent split-level infinity edge lagoon pool and offers the best of both worlds: your own private beach and swimming pool entrance and close proximity to the Resort’s white-sand beach. Each Lagoon Pool Villa offers either ocean or pool and garden views and has a private dining pavilion and day bed so that you can enjoy the outlook and stunning sunsets from your choice of location.Great snorkeling and water-based activities close by. Note that all villas accommodate a maximum of two adults only.
Tucked away in their own lush gardens, the Garden Villas are private nature retreats. Each villa has a beautiful tropical garden with its own dining pavilion, a shaded daybed, and tasteful modern interiors.In close proximity to the pool and beach. These Villas offer great snorkeling and other water based activities, only a few metres away. Garden Villas feature a king sized bed, en-suite bathroom and Wi-Fi throughout. The rooms are additionally equipped with flat screen TV, Rocku Movie system, iPod dock, in-room safe and quality bathroom amenities. An a la carte mini bar is available. Please note that all Villas accommodate a maximum of two adults only.
For a stay of 7 nights or more, please enjoy with our compliments a bottle of French sparkling wine on arrival and a romantic dinner for two on The Havannah Vanuatu jetty or beach one evening during your stay.
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In celebration of your union, The Havannah Vanuatu would like to offer all newlyweds staying with us two complimentary cocktails one evening.
What better way is there than to start your honeymoon together with a cocktail while watching the sunset over beautiful Havannah Harbour?
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For the ultimate romantic getaway, our Romance Offer is the perfect way to spoil your partner and yourself.
Incorporating the best of what The Havannah Vanuatu has to offer, this package will leave you feeling relaxed, romanced and truly indulged. The romance package includes:
· A bottle of Louis Roederer champagne on arrival
· One hour couples massage
· Romantic three course dinner on the jetty or beach
· Special turndown service on the night of your romantic dinner
· Private picnic on a secluded beach with a bottle of wine
If you already have a complimentary picnic included in your stay and do not want to have two picnics, we are happy to offer you either a visit to the local turtle sanctuary on Moso Island, or you can spend a romantic evening with a plate of sunset canapés and a bottle of wine in the location of your choosing instead.
AU$ 630 per couple (valid from 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2018)
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With 17 dive sites all located within fifteen minutes by boat from the Resort, The Havannah Vanuatu is the perfect luxury base for beginner and experienced divers alike. Offering the best diving in Efate, the Havannah Harbour area abounds with colourful hard and soft corals, tropical fish, turtles and dugong. The Havannah Vanuatu works in conjunction with a PADI dive centre who pick our guests up from our jetty in the morning, and drop divers back to the Resort in the afternoon, ensuring an easy dive day out for our guests. We also offer dive packages for the more serious divers who wish to experience the best of the dive sites on offer.
At the southern entrance to Havannah Harbour lies Eretoka Island, also known as Hat Island, due to its distinctive silhouette.
Eretoka is one of the most remarkable sites in Vanuatu and has been added to the World Heritage list by UNESCO due to its cultural significance. The island was the burial place for the legendary paramount chief in Vanuatu, Chief Roi Mata, and is known as Chief Roi Mata’s Domain. The staff at the Havannah can arrange tours to Chief Roi Mata’s Domain which is a must for those interested in learning more about the history of Vanuatu. Chief Roi Mata is credited with bringing an end to the bloody inter-tribal conflict that beset the tribes of Efate during the 14th and 15th centuries. Legend has it that he prepared a great feast to which he invited all of the tribes. In what might be seen as the earliest manifestations of BYO catering, Roi Mata asked each tribe to bring along a particular item for the feast, including crabs, fish, meat, mats and kava. When the tribes arrived bearing their produce, Roi Mata declared that any two or more tribes that brought the same item were henceforth to regard each other as family. It is unknown exactly when Chief Roi Mata died. According to Vanuatu custom, his 20 wives and closest aides insisted on being buried with him. Everything that was known about the life and death of Chief Roi Mata existed only in the oral histories of Vanuatu custom that were passed down via word of mouth. After 400 years, the story of Roi Mata had never lost its cultural significance but to outsiders it was difficult to separate historical fact from exaggerated cultural legend. Verifying the story was difficult because the site was considered off limits according to local custom law. In 1967, French archaeologist, Jose Garanger found the burial site. This finding was significant for Vanuatu culture as the work confirmed the oral history. The detailed accounts were so accurate that Garanger was able to pinpoint the location of the burial site and other features solely on the strength of these oral histories.
Port Vila Market
The markets are open six days a week, 24 hours a day, Monday to Saturday.
Colorful, vibrant and often noisy, the Port Vila Market is used by local women to sell their wares. All the Efate villages share the market space, and take turns in selling a range of produce and handicrafts and even offering hair braiding. A great place to look for souvenirs.
The Tranquillity Turtle Sanctuary is a haven for the hawkesbill turtle, which is highly endangered and hunted for its prized shell which is used to make jewellery and decorative ornaments. We will take you over to the Sanctuary in our boat, and can either combine this with your picnic drop off, or make it just a short outing. The visiting fee goes back to looking after the turtles, and you also have the option of sponsoring a turtle – which means you get to name it and release it. If your turtle is caught by friendly fishermen or scientists in the future, you will be notified by email where your turtle was found.
A highly recommended full day tour visiting neighboring Lelepa Island.
Departing daily, except Saturday, your tour includes: return transfers; a delicious BBQ lunch, soft drinks; snorkeling gear; morning and afternoon refreshments. Lelepa Island boasts 160 acres of unspoiled tropical rainforest and palm fringed beaches. It is a short boat ride from the Resort.
This famed stretch of sheltered water following the 1000m depth line along the coast of North West Efate is home to some of the world's best game fishing.
Our local waters are teeming with reef and game fish and in no more than a 15-minute cruise from the Resort you can be in deep water where you can catch yellow-fin tuna, mahi mahi and marlin.
Yellow-fin tuna, skipjack tuna, dog-tooth tuna and giant trevally are commonly found year round whilst others are more seasonal.
Blue marlin - available all year round. Peak season November to March.
Black and striped marlin - available all year round. Peak season September to November.
Mahi Mahi and Wahoo – Available year round. Peak season April to November.
Sailfish – Available year round. Peak season June to November
We recommend you pre-book all fishing tours, as availability is limited. Please contact our reservations staff to enquire further about local operators and fishing packages.
Just a short 20 minute walk from the Resort is Tanoliu Village. The village is home to most of the Havannah Vanuatu team and by the coastal road near the centre of the village you will find Ernest's World War Two Museum.
During World War Two, Havannah Harbour played a significant role in the Allied Pacific campaign. Efate was a major base for the U.S Military who built a significant amount of infrastructure including Bauerfield Airfield- now the International Airport. Havannah Harbour was utilised by Allied warships on their way to the battle fields in the Coral Sea, Solomon Islands and beyond and was home to a squadron of Catalina flying boats. Havannah Harbour was part of a long supply chain that extended from Australia and New Zealand to New Caledonia and north to the major US base on Espiritu Santo.
This spectacular garden is perched high on the mountain top behind Mele Bay. The Summit has much to offer including tropical gardens like you have never seen before, a great Café with the best views in Efate where you can enjoy lunch, a distillery which makes natural beauty products, essential oils and candles, as well as an arts and crafts workshop. The Summit is also the location of the Jungle Zipline, so you can combine the two for a day of adrenaline and relaxation in one. The shuttle will take you back to town departing at 2:00pm from the Summit.
Jump into our courtesy bus at 10:00am and ask to be dropped off at the Mele Casades, situated at the foot of the ridge. The walk to the top of the Cascades is a beautiful hike through forest and you can follow the river and numerous swimming holes until you reach the top. Once you have your fill of the Cascades, negotiate a local bus or a taxi to the Beach Bar (or if you are feeling more active after your hike – you can walk the 20 minutes through Mele Village to the Beach Bar) where you can have a pizza and a cold beer for lunch. Our courtesy bus can pick you up around 4:20pm from the Beach Bar if you have advised us, or you can continue your adventure to town and meet our bus at 4:00pm at the Post Office.
The Havannah Vanuatu is proud of its long standing association with rowing in Vanuatu. The Rowing Club welcomes anyone willing to have a row on the superb First Lagoon.
The club is open Monday-Friday 6.00am-9.00am & 4.00pm-6.00pm
Saturdays 6.00am-10.00 am
A visit to the Club can be arranged through the front desk on your arrival.
The Port Vila Golf and Country Club is only a short 20 minute drive from the Resort, on the road to Port Vila. Why not enjoy a round or two during your stay?
Tom Nangam, owner of Bellevue Ranch, is a man from the island of Tanna and has spent his whole life working with horses in Vanuatu. Bellevue Ranch horses have all been broken in and trained by Tom, who is know locally as the Vanuatu “horse whisperer”. Tom has trained in Belgium, Australia and his home, Vanuatu.
All guides, and Tom’s two sons, Wayne and Kiwi all speak English and they offer a fantastic and informative riding experience. The trail rides lead you through beautiful rainforest and countryside, only accessible through Bellevue Ranch.
Vanua Fire, a local performing group, stage a spectacular fire show every Friday evening at the Mele Beach Bar. Great music, lighting, and choreography make this a must-see while in Vanuatu. The troupe learnt their skills from a non-profit local Youth Centre that was started by a group of volunteers to give local youths skills and raise awareness about issues facing the Ni-Vanuatu today, including health, lifestyle, environment and governance. This troupe has embraced everything they have learnt and taken their skills to a whole new level. You will be amazed! This is a very popular event, so we recommend you get there early to get a good seat and order a pizza before they run out. Please note, this show is performed on a donation basis. Your contribution at the end of the show will be appreciated.
Round Island Tour with Atmosphere Tours Daily 8:00am-4.00pm
The mini bus will collect you from the Resort and take you to enjoy the attractions of rural Efate. You will visit a cultural village and see traditional custom dances, go swimming in the beautiful blue waters of the Blue lagoon or at Eton beach. You will then visit a local village and a huge banyan tree before stopping for lunch at a restaurant on the beach. Drive by coconut plantations, rainforest, villages and market stalls until you reach our local Tanoliu village where you will stop to see Ernest’s famous World War II Museum (Ni-Vanuatu style!). The bus will then drop you back at the Resort.
Private Island Tour
Take one of our contracted taxis for a private tour around the island. Just let them know what you want to see on your tour and they will make it happen. Stay in each location for as long or as short as you like….
We have three suggestions for your island adventure :
Please note, you are responsible for all entry fees and charges, and will pay your driver direct.
This is a fantastic adventure to give you an adrenaline rush. The Vanuatu Jungle Zipline has six ziplines and two suspension bridges over deep canyons, a waterfall and amazing jungle. The tour lasts approximately one hour and can operate in all weather. Wear suitable clothing (for wearing a full torso harness- no skirts!) and preferably wear closed shoes. The zipline is located in the Summit Gardens, so think about combining this activity with the morning at the Gardens, lunch at the café and an afternoon zipline; or a morning zipline with an afternoon at the Cascades. The zipline team can also combine your zipline with a fifty metre abseil down a waterfall at the end – but you will get wet – so be sure to bring a towel and change of clothing! (2.00 pm tour only).
Romantic Island Escape by Helicopter
Daily from 10:00-2:00
A helicopter will pick you up from the Resort and take you to a secluded beach for swimming, sun bathing and relaxing. With a picnic hamper and bottle of sparkling wine in a beautiful location, you have all you need for the perfect romantic escape.
Adrenalin Canyon Flight by Helicopter
Daily at time of your choice. 20 minute flight from Port Vila or The Havannah Vanuatu
Fly fast down a jungle canyon, experiencing the adrenalin as it takes you swinging round the bends. The adventure flight starts with a flight over Hideaway Island Marine Sanctuary and the famous Cascade Falls before taking you above the dense jungle scenery and ravines, then leading you into Havannah Harbour. Flying up Havannah Harbour, you can watch dugongs and turtles swimming. The helicopter takes you next to explore the hidden secrets of the vast jungle, passing over bottomless blowholes and following Pete’s Canyon for an exhilarating flight back to Port Vila. You can also combine this tour with your airport transfer.
Best of Efate/ Havannah Canyon & Island Adventure
Daily at time of your choice. 25 minute flight
A fantastic flight showing you the highlights of Efate from the air. See the reefs, plantations, rainforest and islands and your pilot will explain all the sites to you. See Nguna volcano, the Cascades and Mele Bay; look out for dugongs and turtles in Havannah Harbour, and finish with an amazing canyon flight zipping through the island's rainforested ravines, landing back at the airport ready to begin your next adventure - your mind now filled with an aerial map of the island and its beauty.
Tanna Volcano Day Trip (optional Twilight Tour Add On)
If you wish to get up close and personal with an active volcano, Tanna is one of the few places in the world where you can do this. After a flight to Tanna airport, you will be met and taken on a two-hour bush drive as far as vehicles can go to the summit of the volcano. You will walk up the last 10 minutes to the crater's edge, feeling the earth rumble beneath your feet. This is a breathtaking experience, as the volcano shoots lava and volcanic ash clouds into the sky over your head. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, be prepared to do the lava shuffle! For a small surcharge, the plane will wait at the airport until dusk and then fly over the volcano on your departure.
Ambrym and Lopevi Volcanoes - Volcano and Northern Island Explorer
Daily at time of your choice (morning recommended for best viewing)
The neighbouring active volcanoes of Lopevi and Ambrym are only a 35 minute flight from Port Vila, and are one of the most scenic and spectacular sights in Vanuatu. The black lava plains, emerald green forests and striking blue waters are an amazing sight and at times you can see the lava flowing right down into the ocean. These volcanoes have large lava pools that dwarf the crater of Tanna’s Mount Yasur, so they are more spectacular by air than their famous Tanna cousin. Ambrym is one of the world’s top ten most active volcanoes, having been in a regular state of eruption for over 200 years. You will fly over the lava vents, which is an absolutely amazing experience. On the way back, you will stop off at Epi Island for morning tea and a swim before returning to Efate with amazing photos and unforgettable memories.
Nagol Land Diving (April-June only)
Saturday only during the season Full day by plane. Departure at 8:30am
The origin of the modern day bungy jump, the traditional version from the island of Pentecost is not for the faint hearted. Young men tie vines around their ankles and jump from tall wooden towers as a test of their courage. The ceremony is not only a rite of manhood, but is to ensure a plentiful yam harvest for the coming year. You can see the land diving on Saturdays through various air charter companies. The scenic flight will also take you for a flyover of the volcanoes on Ambrym and some companies include a lunch stop on Epi Island. This trip is a must if you are here during the Nagol ceremony months, and we promise that it will be an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience.
Island Hopper Tour
Full day tour
This amazing tour will show you the highlights of central and northern Vanuatu in one day. Fly over the spectacular reefs of central Vanuatu, volcanoes of Ambrym and Lopevi and mountains of Pentecost. Stopover in Maewo to visit the amazing waterfalls and experience village life. Fly over the beaches of Santo before stopping at Ratua Private Island for lunch. Heading back south, you will fly over the east coast of Malekula and stopover on Epi Island for afternoon tea before returning to Efate. Take your camera and be prepared for another unforgettable day.
Discover the unspoiled parts of Port Vila in this exciting and adventurous tour.
Feel the friendly welcome of villagers along the way. Drive along dense jungle tracks and on the black sandy beach. Stop in a local village for refreshments before returning to the main street of Port Vila town.
A gourmet walking tour with a difference. Wander through the gardens of Eden, whilst your tour guide educates you about our beautiful tropical flowers and fruits. Both exhilarating and beautiful, this tour takes you across a series of bridges suspended across our stunning, tropical riverscape.
Walk to Tanoliu Village
Daily at a time that suits you
If you would like to visit the local village, turn left at the security gate and walk along the path following the water for around 10 minutes. Ask for Ernest who will show you his World War II museum for a small fee. Go late afternoon and try kava at the local ‘Nakamal’. If you wish to do a full exploratory guided tour of the village with a local, please ask at reception and we can arrange this for you. The tour is a close look at daily life in the village with local refreshments – and afternoon tours include a kava at the local nakamal.
Weekdays. Pick up at 9:30am, and drop off late afternoon. Can be booked earlier on request.
The beautiful volcano you can see on the northern side of the resort is the island of Nguna. You will be collected in the morning and drive 20 minutes north before taking a banana boat for 1/2 hour ride to the village of Nekapa. You will be shown beautiful beaches, gardens, told "kustum" stories, and your guide will teach you about village life. You can then climb through the surrounding rainforest to a look out for a breathtaking view. You have time for lunch, a swim and snorkel in the colourful marine park around Nguna. For the more adventurous, you can opt to climb the volcano to the top, and even descend into the crater where the locals grow their gardens in the rich volcanic soil (surcharge applies for volcano walk).
Waterfall and River Tours
All Waterfall and River Tours run from 8:30am-12:30pm, or 1:00pm-5:00pm, Monday to Saturday
Lololima Waterfall Tour
An unforgettable half-day experience. Take a scenic drive through a private organic farm followed by short walk through beautiful bush before jumping into a clear rock pool. Swim deep into the heart of a tropical rain-forest to experience the tranquillity and relax. Explore a limestone cave complete with stalagmites and bats before returning to Port Vila in time for lunch.
Trekking Bouffa River
This tour starts from the top of Lololima Falls. An amazing trek, wade and swim up the river through spectacular jungle scenery.
Rentabao River Tour
This memorable walk begins with a gentle descent down to the river bank. You will swim in the amazing pristine waters of a gently flowing river. Discover the lush tropical rain-forest; enjoy the relaxing swim and much more.
All Bushwalking Tours run from 8:30am-12:30pm, or 1:30pm-5:30pm, Monday to Saturday. Walks are around 4 hours walk except the Sunset Kava Walk which is only 3 hours walking time.
Countryside and Waterfalls Walk
An unforgettable half day tour. After an easy walk in a countryside, discover the Vanuatu bush before you jump into a beautiful rock pool and swim deep in the heart of a tropical rain-forest.
Coconut Plantation, Beach and Village Walk
A wonderful half day tour through a coconut plantation, a remote village, local gardens, rainforest and two scenic bays where you can stop for a swim.
Tropical Rain-forest and River Walk
On this exceptional walk you discover a breathtaking tropical rain-forest with spectacular panoramic views over the mountains. Experience the tranquillity of the deep jungles of Vanuatu.
Sunset Walk and Kava Experience
A unique experience strolling through beautiful local gardens. A little further along our walk we will guide you to breathtaking panoramic views of the crystal clear lagoon. Then join us at a kava bar where you can taste the famous Vanuatu kava.
Mountain Biking Tours
Mountain biking tours are available from Monday to Saturday, 8:00am-12:30pm or 1:00pm - 5:30pm
For a real off road experience, you can go mountain biking to various scenic locations on the island to see areas you can not easily reach by vehicle. From easy 3-hour rides on relatively flat trails, to more active 4-hour cycles on dirt tracks, you can discover villages, waterfalls, the Vanuatu jungle and plantations - finishing with a well earned Tusker beer shared with your guide at the end of the tour.
Kayak down freshwater rivers through the lush, tropical rain-forest in single or double kayaks. An interesting trip where you will see tropical lagoons, local children at play by the river, beautiful overhanging trees…. a fantasy land come to life. This is a very special and relaxing adventure. Bring your swimmers!