Cruise Ship Visitors in Port Vila

Tours in Vanuatu suitable for P&O Cruise Ship visitors

We are often asked what tours are there for P & O Cruise Ship visitors when they stop in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The real problem is trying to work out how many things to do in Port Vila can easily fit into the time allocated to visitors when on shore. The obvious choice for many is to see what local shopping is available.

Many of our tour operators will meet visiting P&O cruise ship guests at the terminal wharf; to make it easier and faster to start the tour or activity.

Helicopter Tour of Port VilaIf you want a birds eye view of your P&O ship and the beautiful Port Vila harbour try the Helicopter Joy Flight Tour . The flight lasts about 7 minutes and will give you a taste of Port Vila.

Prefer getting wet on a tour to help cool down; then you need to check out some of our water activities and tours.
You can choose from:

If you want to get your adrenalin pumping and have plenty of stories to share when you are back onboard your P & O cruise ship you have to try the Canopy Zipline. Make sure your camera or smartphone is well attached to you with a lanyard, so you can safely take pictures to share after the experience.

We have plenty of other tours and activities as well — these are all available by following this link to all tours of less than 3 hours duration. Means you could fit in 2 of these tours and still have time for shopping at the local markets.

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Plenty of Activity on Eco Tours Walking Trek

Family tours and activities in Vanuatu

The number of choices of tours and activities in Vanuatu; and especially in Port Vila the capital have grown a lot over the past 5 years. Families visiting Port Vila for the first time looking to experience something new are spoilt for choice.

children on walking tourThe type of activity or tour you choose will be determined by the age of family members. For younger families we suggest taking a look at some of our cultural tours. Your kids will love interacting with the always friendly local kids and their families. A great example would be the Ecotours Walking Tour; where children under 5 are Free.

Great activity on a wet dayFor the family with school age children, up to teenagers there is something for evriwan (Bislama: meaning everyone). For the adventurous types we suggest you look at the details of the Buggy, Beach, Pizza and Jet Ski tour. You start off around 8:30 in the morning near Mele riding in an automatic buggy for the thrill of a lifetime. This tour lasts for 3 1/2 hours finishing at the Mele Beach for a wood fired pizza for brunch. After the pizza goes down, go for a swim or jump onto a jet ski in Mele Bay or simply enjoy the view across to Hideaway Island.

rsz_1anemomefishFor the family interested in the water there are plenty of hidden treasures under the water in Vanuatu. The whole family could go for an afternoon snorkel safari from 1:00pm until after 3:00pm. There are plenty of fish and colourful coral to see up close. You get picked up from any of the city hotels and taken by boat into the calm waters of Mele Bay; away from the crowds. Fitted with a floatation vest, and assisted with a guide in the water with you at all times. Colourful reefs and fish everywhere.

rsz_-14If you really enjoyed the snorkeling experience in Mele Bay then the step is to try the Oceanwalker tour. A specially designed helmet with all round views is slipped onto your shoulders. All the family walk down a ramp into 3 – 4 meters of water to the specially designed habitat behind Iririki Island. Compressed air keeps the helmet fog clear for an amazing view of fish and coral. You are upright and walking along the bottom for up to 20 minutes, then just as easily walk back up the ramp to be taken back to your hotel. Don’t forget to bring an underwater camera to share the photographs you can’t get anywhere else.

Parasailing tour in vanuatuFor the family who likes some air, try Parasailing for an unforgettable view of Port Vila. This is for the family with older teenage children who may think Vanuatu is for oldies. They will be thrilled with this activity. A purpose built boat takes you out into Mele Bay and slowly winches you safely out to 60 meters above the water for a breathtaking view. Then you are brought back onto the boat without ever touching the water.

ready to zipIf your family prefers a birds eye view of rainforest then you will be thrilled by the zipline tours available. For a 2 hour activity this is hard to beat. Flying through the air high above Mele Village in the treetops. There are 6 ziplines and 2 suspension bridges. During the weeter months there is also a waterfall running through the course too. This is guaranteed to get the adrenalin pumping as you zip over ravines and way above the trees with an incredible view to Mele Bay. Remember to bring your camera, and have it well attached with a carry strap.

There are plenty more Things to Do in Vanuatu — check out all our other tours.

To help narrow down the search, click on a category right above the photos, and you will only be shown choices fitting that choice.


redVanautu team completes piste bleue walking through Vanuatu

La Piste Bleue – not an easy activity in Vanuatu

Red on La Piste Bleue

Last weekend redVanuatu founder Andrew Hibgame tackled the grueling inland trek “La Piste Bleue”. The race is an annual event in Vanuatu sponsored by Unelco the electricity supplier here and has been going for 17 years. The course changes every year but always runs through the middle of Efate (the island where the capital Port Vila is located).  Andrew had his fiancée, Christina, and a Piste Bleue veteran, Alan Churchill on his team. This year was Alan’s 15th race and at over 75 years old it’s not a bad effort!

Walking tour Vanuatu

redVanuatu founder and team mate Alan


Not only is the event a great (if not energy zapping) day out but a fantastic way to see parts of Efate you don’t often get to see. This year’s course was pretty tough with a lot of up and down hill sections. Fortunately the weather was dry so the track remained in good condition throughout the day and allowed for some spectacular views of the island of Nguna’s volcanic caldera near the end of the course. It also ran through rivers, passed water taro gardens and past some amazing banyan trees – locally known as Nabanga trees.


Banyan tree of Vanuatu

One of the Many Nabanga trees on the route

La Piste Bleue happens once a year at the end of August but if you like trekking and seeing the bush redVanuatu has some great walking, cycling and kayaking trips run by the acclaimed Ecotours. Click here to have a look at what’s on offer.

redVanautu team completes piste bleue walking through Vanuatu

View of Nguna Island in North Efate