Vanuatu Backpackers Guide to
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
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.
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 bring your own
Start Backpacking Efate in Port
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.
Hiking Efate will give you the best access to local villages and unspoiled
natural beauty. 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.
Hiking on Efate
island is made easy with many available bush treks, including along the Cascades
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
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
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
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.