The Perfect Family Holiday In Vanuatu!

Apr 15, 16 The Perfect Family Holiday In Vanuatu!



Family holidays can be the best memories you’ll ever make, but they can also be unnecessarily stressful. We believe that it’s just as important for parents to have the holiday they want and need, as it is for kids to have a rip roaring time. To make sure everyone is happy, we’ve compiled a guide to getting the most out of a family holiday to Vanuatu!




When to go?

Firstly – timing! The autumn and winter months are a great time to book a holiday in Vanuatu, escaping both the major tourist season of island life, and the onset of cold weather back home. The weather in Vanuatu is lovely all year round and the water temperature barely varies, so an autumn/winter holiday will really just make things easier if you’re bringing the kids – it’s not so hard to keep track of them once the crowds have died down! What’s more, keep an eye out for special family-friendly sales from us in the next little while…


Where to stay?

Where you stay will depend on what kind of family holiday you’re looking for. There are plenty of options for self-catering accommodation if you’re looking for a homier atmosphere and lots of time spend as a family. It’s VERY important to check that your accommodation is family friendly, because there are a few popular, adults-only resorts for those who have decided to have a holiday sans kids. There are, however, also some wonderfully generous places where, depending on available deals, kids can eat, participate in activities, or even stay, for FREE! The Holiday Inn Resort is one such place with great deals for kids – visit the ‘Holidays’ page of our website for package details:


You can also win a getaway for the family staying at the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu! Read more about how to enter here:   

Competition ends April 25th, 2016 so enter today for your chance to win!


The Holiday Inn Resort has its own children’s playground, paddling pool and Kids’ Club, all of which is complimentary for in-house guests. The Kids’ Club has a range of activities for kids of all ages including arts and crafts, games, and activities for learning about Vanuatu’s culture.



holiday inn resort vanuatu


What to do?

This is the fun part! There are so many amazing things to see and do in Vanuatu, and we’ve compiled a list of activities that are enjoyable and exciting for parents and kids alike.


Hideaway Island

A daytrip to Hideaway Island Marine Reserve is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. Adults and older kids can snorkel or even learn to dive, or, if you’re there with young kids, the whole family can take a spin in a glass-bottomed boat and see all the beautiful marine life. There is even an underwater post office, where you can send a postcard to friends and family back home and share your Hideaway Island experience!


Cruise on the Coongoola

Now THIS is something that will bring out everyone’s inner child, parents included! The Coongoola is a fully restored, 23-metre historical sailing ketch. Enjoy snorkelling, feeding the fish and watching the dolphins frolic, and brush up on your best pirate slang. Cruises run daily from Havana Harbour on Efate Island.


Champagne Beach

Champagne Beach is one of the jewels of Espiritu Santo, famous for its snowy white sand and beautiful blue waters. Its waters are calm and there is plenty of room to play games and run around, so it’s a great environment for kids – but its stunning beauty will probably be more greatly appreciated by parents! Photo ops will be in abundance so don’t forget the camera!


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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is a 100% locally owned cultural centre with extensive gardens in Port Vila. Kids will love hearing stories, seeing the magic show and swimming in the pool, whilst parents will also appreciate the fascinating historical photographs, traditional sand drawing and 5 acres of beautiful tropical gardens. To learn more about the history and rich culture of Vanuatu, the Secret Garden is a must.


Tranquillity Turtle Conservatory

Vanuatu’s turtles are truly beautiful creatures, and by visiting the turtle sanctuary on Tranquillity Island, you can not only appreciate them but help to conserve their welfare by making a donation or even sponsoring a turtle. The spin across Havana Harbour to get there is an experience in and of itself – if you’re lucky, the spinner dolphins will come out to play! A cruise around Tranquillity Island is an interactive marine experience that the whole family will love.


Mele Cascades

The Mele Cascades are truly one of Vanuatu’s national treasures, and are a great way to add a little adventure to your trip! Reaching them could be a little difficult with very young children, but older kids should enjoy the small hike and the immense feeling of reward when you reach the cascades. A guided tour is advisable, not only because it will make your life easier and make sure everyone is safe, but also because local guides have an incredible knowledge of the history and culture of the area. Hot tip – don’t bring much with you on this day trip, and make sure you carry what you do need in a backpack. Especially if you’re bringing the kids, you’ll need your hands free to help them on the hike, as some parts are a bit of a scramble.


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Find information about Vanuatu, Flights, and Accommodation visit Air Vanuatu’s Website.

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