Backpacking on Efate

Vanuatu Backpackers Guide to Efate Island

Backpacking and hiking across the tropical islands of Vanuatu is an incredible way to leave the workaday world behind and reconnect with real life. You'll find that the people of the islands are warm and friendly, welcoming travelers into their homes, lending rides when possible and much more.

While there are more than 80 islands in the archipelago, the best place to start your tour of the islands is with Efate. Whether you plan to backpack and camp or to hitchhike from one budget hotel to another, you'll find the best options here.

Bring your own backpacking gear

One of best ways to explore Efate island is to go backpacking or hiking around
the island, where you will find plenty of available backpacking accommodation.
But you should bring your own gear.

Start Backpacking Efate in Port Vila

Begin your trek in Port Vila. Not only is Port Vila the nation's capital, it's the only city on Efate; as such, it boasts an airport, as well as a port for arrival by boat. You should take the time to experience one night in the city, exploring the local markets, the nightclubs and the restaurants. When you leave, be prepared not to hitch a ride until evening. Traffic goes into the city in the mornings and leaves in the afternoon, with very little in between.

Backpackers Accommodations

Hiking trek
Hiking on Efate island is made easy with many available bush treks, including along the Cascades waterfall.

Hiking Efate will give you the best access to local villages and unspoiled natural beauty of this main island in Vanuatu country.

If you choose, there are a number of backpackers accommodations that can suit your needs.

There are three camping areas on Efate island that can help you enjoy your trip.

 Teouma Tropical Garden

This backpacker accommodation offers you toilets, showers and generator power for any electrical devices that you might need to charge. You'll find the scenery exotic and beautiful.

 Touvannah Mooring Base

Located on the island's coast and provides snorkeling gear, as well as tents. You'll also find toilets and showers onsite at Touvannah Mooring Base. This is a great place from which to start a couple of days' exploration of the incredible ocean.

 Tranquility Island Campground

You will find several choices for your convenience at Tranquility Island Campground. Tranquility Base also features hot and cold running water, BBQs, showers and toilets, as does Jade Beach.

Starfish Beach offers toilets and limited facilities. Small Island Beach offers no amenities and is completely natural. Food can be purchased at the resort nearby, for an added convenience.

 Juboe Bungalows

This is backpacker accommodation on Nguna Island, giving you access to a great place to stay, without the worries of modern life. You'll find that the bungalows can sleep three people each, making this a great option for group backpacking, or solo backpackers through the area.

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Efate Island Resorts
Efate Island Resorts
Backpacking on Efate
Backpacking on Efate
Efate Outer Resorts
Efate Outer Resorts
Things to Do on Efate
Things to Do on Efate