With their sandy beaches and beautiful reefs, Port Vila's offshore islands offer some great opportunities for sightseeing, from rainforest walks to diving and snorkelling among the colourful fish and coral gardens.
- Iririki Island
This small bushclad island is just a few minutes by ferry from Downtown Vila. The island has two resorts, restaurants and bars, and watersports gear for hire.
- Erakor Island
This beautiful island is linked to Vila by a free ferry that leaves from a small jetty south of Le Lagon Vanuatu Resort. There is a small swimming beach and a good restaurant at the resort, and rainforest to explore.
- Mele Island (Hideaway Island)
This tiny islet has the best snorkelling close to Vila, with schools of friendly tropical fish (which you can hand-feed) and vivid corals of blue, purple, green and yellow. The surrounding reef area is a marine reserve. Visitors can hire snorkel gear, kayaks and catamarans. A free ferry connects Mele to the mainland. There is an island fee of VT 500 per adult.
- Lelepa Island
The island is known for Feles Cave, a large cave thought to be the resting place of legendary Polynesian chief Roy Mata. There is a long sandy beach on the eastern side, and beautiful coral gardens fringing the south-east coast. WWII remains include two crashed Corsair fighters.
- Eratap Island
Also known as Castaway, this tropical islet has a lovely white sand beach and good snorkelling. It’s a favourite barbecue spot for boat tours.
- Moso Island
This bush-clad island has deep caves on its northern side, and is also home to a turtle sanctuary that can be visited on the boat tours.
- Nguna Island
Lying off the north coast of Efate, Nguna has some lovely walking trails, and a long white sand beach on its north-western side. Mount Taputaora (593m) affords fine views over Efate and out to the Shepherd Islands. The waters surrounding Nguna and Pele Island are also home to one of Vanuatu's most spectcaular marine protected areas.
- Pele Island
Adjacent to Nguna and Efate Islands, Pele offers access via day tours, providing lunch, snorkelling and a relaxing beach to enjoy.
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