Before our departure to the remote island of Tanna, we decided to play tourist for a day in Efate, the main hub of the country of Vanuatu. Leaving the city was a spectacle in itself, as the desolate roads and untampered land provided a real culture shock to those used to civilization. Every time we passed by a local, they greeted us with their big smiles and waves – Vanuatu has some of the kindest and welcoming people out of any country I have been to.
The drive to Blue Lagoon is about an hour from Port Vila, the most popular place for resorts or hotels, so make sure to plan this trip as a day excursion. If you do not have a rental car, I recommend hiring a bus to take you around the island, or sign up for an around the island day tour. Melanesian Tours is a great company that provides a number of different tours, including the “Around Island Tour” which Blue Lagoon is one of the main stops. Lunch, snorkels, and reef shoes are all included in the tour. Many of the beaches and points of interest are privately owned, which means that almost anything you want to see has an entrance fee for tourists. The Blue Lagoon is about three dollars American, so there’s really no excuse to not come to this place.
The Blue Lagoon is a fantastic place to take a family, as the lagoon provides a calm and easily accessible place to swim. For the older crowd, there are rope swings and trees you can jump off of into the water. If you are in Port Vila, the Blue Lagoon is a great place to get away from the main city and experience more of the backcountry of Efate.
- Entrance Fee ~ $3 USD
- Hire a Bus or a sign up for a day tour.
- Great for snorkeling, swimming, and a pit stop for lunch.
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