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There is so much to do but where do you start...try the stuff that costs next to nothing and work your way up from there from the ideas you get along the way.
As this is my first go list I might have the process incorrect so please bear with me. The concept is to list ten things to do for almost free.
Under each numbered heading is a link to a reference photo for each item in the list.
Number 1 in my list which is fairly well free is to visit the seaview cafe under Chill in the main street beside the fruit and veg markets and watch the fish in the clear water (pick a sunny day). It is the best outdoor aquarium you're likely to see anywhere for free.
Number two in the list is to spend a day at The Holiday Inn (used to be Le Meridien) and swim in their lovely big pool followed by a mocktail and some chippys on a lounger around the lagoon.
Number three 3 in the list is to take the ferry across to Erakor Island for a snorkel in Erakor Lagoon which you then follow with a nice hot coffee or (if you bring a change of clothes) an early dinner at Roxy's overwater cafe where you can watch the little fishies swim by the light of the floodlights. There is a small fee for the ferry, the value of which you can use toward aforementioned drinkies and food.
Number 4 in the list is to hail a bus to take you to the cascades (200vatu for the bus) and visit the cascades which at 1000vatu (about $12.00) is not free but to do it this way you save quite a lot in comparision to the official tours. The cascades are a series of waterfalls and rock pools in which you can swim. A 20 minute walk to the top of the falls rewards you with a gorgeous scene. There are little caves in behind some of the falls and there is a fantastic lookout half way up that has views over to Hideaway (Mele) island.
Number 5 in the list follows on from the previous item. After the walk to the falls you can walk to Hideaway Island (1000vatu). The Secret Garden is about halfway between the two so keep going or hail a bus like we did if it all seems like too much effort. On a hot day you might prefer to bus it, either way it saves you tripping out twice to this neck of the woods. Then you can catch a bus back to Port Vila at the end of the day. At Hideaway island you can visit the underwater post office and for about $5 post a card with unique qualities to your friends and family back home.
Number 6 in the list is to visit the new swimming pool complex at Le Lagon resort which is situated near the mouth of beautiful Erakor Lagoon. Once again you can follow your swim with a pleasant lunch around the pool or change your clothes for a delicious Teppinyaki dinner at Le Lagon's excellent Wild Ginger restaurant.
Number 7 on the list is to visit the Anchor Inn on a Friday night where you can indulge in a few drinkies and enjoy the beautiful views of Port Vila Harbour, watch the Caraid sail past on its sunset cruise and taste the little trays of nibblies that are handed around to the patrons as they sit and sip their Friday night drinkies. - An update on this list item. The Anchor Inn now has a Gold Coast style timber deck floor and full roof overhead so the attached photo is more for nostalgia than anything else.
Number 8 on the list is a visit to The Grand (previously The Sebel) for a cocktail in luxurious surroundings. On the ground floor is Crystal's Restaurant and on the top floor is the swish bar for a nightcap. The Hemisphere bar on the top floor is open on Friday nights to non-members.
Number 9 on the list is the best value three course meal to be had in Vanuatu and it is at the hospitality school on a Thursday night. It is usually booked out so be sure to book first and be prepared to fill in the little form at the end of the meal which is a type of assessment for the students.
As this is number 10 and the last suggestion I'm going to leave you with a choice of three - top budget priced yummy food at the Pizzeria at Nambatu (update 2010 - The Pizzeria is no more so if you missed out never mind - try La Tentation for good food and a better view) - top drinkies with a view at Breakas Beach Resort and top beach to visit - out near Tamanu, Eton, Banana Bay way for pristine white sand and bright aqua ocean.