Vanuatu's main administrative island
where Port Vila city is located
When you at first arrive to Vanuatu, the first place you will visit
is Efate island and Port Vila town, after you go through Bauerfield International
This is the gateway to Vanuatu and its other islands. The town of
Port Vila is Vanuatu's capital and the largest town on the islands.
Efate Island is the administrative and political centre of
Vanuatu. Home to some 50,000 people, it's also the most populated island in Vanuatu
archipelago. Administratively, Efate island is in Shefa Province, one of 6 Vanuatu provinces, which were
established in 1994.
An artist-drawn map of Efate islands features some
of the many places of interest
on the island, including some of close-by islands, such as
Moso, Lelepa, Hat
and Erakor (home to Erakor Island Resort).
Being the gateway to Vanuatu, Efate
island is also the main destination for most visitors to Vanuatu. This is where you will find most
Vanuatu resorts and other holiday accommodation, located in Port Vila and dotted around the island.
This is not to imply that only Efate island is interesting in
Vanuatu. On the contrary, it's the other islands in the archipelago that attract a significant number of visitors,
especially those who like unusual and unique experiences, adventure travel, and out of the way places.
But majority of visitors tend to be drawn to Efate island as it's the
most convenient to visit, explore and find numerous accommodations and activities. The island's Bauerfield international airport also has a domstic airport,
which serves to fly to some of the other islands in Vanuatu, such as the largest Santo island.