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Port Vila Full Day Tour - Experience the Real Vanuatu
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Port Vila Full Day Tour - Experience the Real Vanuatu

By Vila Hope Tours and Transfers
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Ages 0-100, max of 50 per group
Duration: 6h
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Live guide: English, French
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  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry fees
  • Entry/Admission - Crystal Blue Lagoon
  • Entry/Admission - Rarru Cascades


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • If arriving by cruise ship, once at the wharf please walk 20 metres straight ahead. We will be there with a sign with your name on it and our business banner.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Airport pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
      • Bauerfield Airport, Port Vila, Efate Vanuatu
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Port Vila Main Wharf
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Wheelchair accessible
        • Stroller accessible
        • Near public transportation
        • Infant seats available
        • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 196882P2

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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        • You'll get picked up
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        • 1
          Crystal Blue Lagoon
          Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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        • 2
          Port Vila
          Stop: 60 minutes
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        • 3
          Rarru Cascades
          Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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        • You'll return to the starting point
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        • Vila Hope Tours and Transfers
          142
          Port Vila, Vanuatu
          Joined in November 2018
        • JenBen27
          0 contributions
          Snorkeling at hideaway island was the best
          We came off a cruise ship & booked this tour independently as it’s cheaper than booking through the cruise ship. We had a small group of 4 in our van which was great. It was beautiful weather. We had the lovely Lani as our tour guide & Johnathon as our driver. Our favourite spot was snorkelling at Hideaway island, lots of fish & we saw the underwater post office, my 11yo loved it. Then we went to see the turtles, it’s not a sanctuary but a petting zoo. We really felt sorry for those poor turtles getting poked & prodded & lifted out of the water. My daughter who is a real animal lover actually got quite upset about it. Lunch was fairly ordinary there, but Lani managed to get us some from the outdoor kitchen area. Then we went to Blue lagoon, which I could imagine would be quite beautiful usually but 1/2 the cruise ship was there, so very crowded. Still nice to have a swim tho. A bit of litter about the place. My daughter somehow found a men’s ring on the bottom of the lagoon, even tho visibility was poor. I gave it to Lani our tour guide as who knows whom it belonged to or how long it had been there. But a few hours later we were waiting in line with a few hundred people to get one of the tender boats back to the ship & the guy in front of us mentioned he lost his wedding ring in the blue lagoon. I couldn’t believe it, what are the chances. So I went & asked a security person at the port who called hope villa tours & they rang around & got the wedding ring back to the guy (it was his!) just as he was boarding the last tender boat. What a fantastic story, & thank you so much Lani & Hope Villa tours! It was a fantastic day. But a bit rushed as the cruise ship didn’t allow much time at port, which is a shame as I really wanted to see more of Vanuatu at a more relaxed pace.
          Written 30 January 2024
        • rachelmT7313VI
          0 contributions
          Best driver in port villa - grandpa George
          George our driver was fantastic and our tour guide Flo was very well educated on local knowledge and facts and spoke with such maturity and insight.
          Written 26 January 2024
        • Jackie K
          0 contributions
          Fun and worthwhile day trip
          Great day on this tour. The lagoon and turtle sanctuary are both beautiful and the barbecue lunch provided was delicious. Hideaway Island is very cute and has a nice cafe to while away the time which we did as it was raining during our visit (Jan is wet season, so it rained on and off some days). The tour bus fits 15 people so the groups are small and we had a nice bunch of people on ours.
          Written 24 January 2024
        • W5731HTkevind
          0 contributions
          Awesome day trip with Louise & Uncle Jack
          “Great day with Louise and Uncle Jack. Picked up straight from ship at 8 - we did the Hideaway Island, Turtle Swim and Blue lagoon - ending with Duty Free and Market. Louise was fantastic, a wealth of local knowledge and great stories. First stop was Hideaway island which was beautiful. Got there early so had the space to ourselves. Lots of seating to choose from & saw lots of fish from the get go. Spent just under two hours there snorkeling and enjoying the sun. Two quick warnings - you need reef shoes - the beach is entirely made of coral. Another - there are two jellyfish when you go past the drop off zone. Wifey got stung twice. Second stop was turtles - app a brand new area very much still being built. Daughter loved this experience. Small coastal/beach area caged off with 5 or so turtles in there. So you could go in and play/touch etc. Again daughter loved but not 100% sold from an animal wellbeing POV. Lunch was at the turtles - table with cooked food - chips, rice, sausage, onions, banana, pineapple, lettuce, chicken and steak. Not much for veggies or pescatarian but was tasty. Third stop was the blue lagoon. This was a lot of fun but def not for faint hearted or the safety conscious. Lots of swings and jumps into the lagoon which was fun - although getting out was an experience with regular stepladder being used. Lots of fun Last stops just local shopping & duty free. I will say was better than Aus prices - would say 30% less so lots of people grabbing booze and perfumes. Dropped back off around 330 for a 4pm sail time. Overall def recommend. Good day all round and Louise was excellent as our guide”
          Written 18 January 2024
        • T2380YJmickh
          0 contributions
          Hideaway Island, Blue Lagoon and Turtle Experience
          Hideaway Island was nice, however there was no direction or information given as to what to see or do. We realised later that we could have looked at the under water post office, but we were not told where it was etc. The food on offer at Blue Lagoon was at best average. It was cold and very uninviting. The turtle experience was interesting and the host friendly and informative.
          Written 17 January 2024
        • flavioo578
          0 contributions
          Too rushed.
          Hideaway Island is just a strip of sand in a resort with nothing appealing. The Blue Lagoon was very, very crowded. The lunch served was good enough. The turtle experience is a small zoo with just a few marine animals. For me, the main problem was that everything was rushed, allowing just a few minutes at each stop.
          Written 11 January 2024
        • alisonk138
          0 contributions
          Best Port Villa Tours
          I just want to thank you for an unforgettable experience in Port Villa. Your tour guide, Joyce-lyn, was the most engaging, informative and beautiful young lady. she stole all our hearts. I'd love you to recognise her amazing communication and commitment to the tours. My group and I would recommend your company in a heartbeat.
          Written 10 January 2024
        • renup2024
          0 contributions
          Blue lagoon
          Blue lagoon was very over crowded due to the cruise liners otherwise highly recommended and well organised the tour guide was amazing
          Written 4 January 2024
        • courtdudge
          0 contributions
          Not as advertised
          This tour was largely underwhelming. We visited some waterfalls at the start of the day which were beautiful and great for a swim. We were then told as we were leaving that the waterfall visit was added in to the tour because we would not be visiting the turtle sanctuary due to poor treatment of the turtles and complaints from previous tourists. This was disappointing, and we should have been informed of this prior to the tour. The details of this tour need to be updated to state that there is no turtle visit as seeing the turtles was a key reason for booking the tour. Blue Lagoon was incredibly busy as there was a lot of cruise ship passengers (we are staying in Port Vila and didn’t realise there would be so many people visiting from the cruise). We had lunch here which was cold and had been left sitting out in the heat. Hideaway Island was also disappointing, with a lot of dead coral and rundown facilities. Our driver, Junior, was a good tour guide and did a great job all day.
          Written 31 December 2023
        • Samuel B
          0 contributions
          Scammed.
          Scammed our prepaid $730 for kids to swim with turtles and falsely told look for our name at port. After 1 hour in hot sun showing our printed tickets and blank faces. Luckily, 1 of us saw our name on a Hope Tours manifest and arrogantly told to wait. She then grabbed a bus owner and sent us with him and told us that the turtle tour was cancelled as the turtles were sick from too much chlorine in pool. Driver received $50 of our money,so we gave him $60 cash extra as it was Christmas eve. We hoped we weren't scammed and drivers hoped they got a job at the port
          Written 29 December 2023
        • megan19712018
          0 contributions
          Don't book with Vila Hope Tours!
          If you are staying in Vanuatu steer well clear of Vila Hope Tours. Their priority is cruise ship passengers which we found out the hard way when we waited at our hotel for 2 1/2 hours to be picked up after being told twice that they were on their way (keeping in mind we'd booked and paid for this tour 2 months prior whilst still in Australia). Eventually, after admitting they were full with cruise guests and couldn't pick us up they paid for a private taxi to take us to blue lagoon and Hideaway Island. To try and make up for it we were also taken to the waterfalls which was an awesome experience. As we'd missed out on the turtle experience (it was being held while we were still waiting at the hotel) they promised to pick us up and take us to it the following morning. We asked twice if that would work as the following day was Christmas and we were assured by Zack (tour operator) that it would be fine. The following morning a Hope Tours bus came to pick us up but informed us the turtle experience was closed on Christmas and boxing days. After speaking to other local tour operators we were informed that our situation wasn't an isolated case. The 2 stars we are giving this review are for the waterfalls and snorkeling at Hideaway Island. Definitely don't book with Vila Hope Tours!!
          Written 27 December 2023
        • lizmW6531JJ
          0 contributions
          Great day with amzaing guide showing us the wonderful sites of Port Vila.
          We had the most wonderful time with Vila Hope Tours. Our guide Brendan and driver Leo were amazing. Brendan was so knowledgeable about the island and very funny in his story telling. We had let Vila Hope Tours know it was our daughters birthday, but did not expect the celebration they had prepared. We were taken to a local bar where a cake and other Vila Hope workers were waiting to help celebrate our daughters day. A birthday she won't forget. We would use Vila Hope Tours again and will most definitely recommend this tour company to others. Thanks Brendan, Leo and Vila Hope Tours for a memorable and amazing time.
          Written 22 December 2023
        • Tourist01999263201
          0 contributions
          Just an amazing experience.
          Had an amazing experience with Villa Hope after a prior day with an alternative tour operator that was just horrible. We went the path of a private tour visiting a number of locations that we paid our own entry to. Our guide was named Brenton and it’s safe to say he made our trip to Port Vila a wonderful experience. He was so knowledgeable and stayed with us the entire time. We had a lovely air conditioned mini bus and over all the entire day was extremely pleasant. I couldn’t recommend them more if you want an enjoyable day filled with memories. Thankyou Brenton for sharing your knowledge and our day with us, we won’t forget it. Steve
          Written 16 December 2023
        • belinda240
          0 contributions
          Vila Hope tours are the best.
          Highly recommend Vila Hope Tours. From moment of booking through Facebook to greeting right on wharf in Vila - service and response was exceptional. On arrival we were greeted with big smiles. The day was spectacular. The places we visited were amazing. Lunch was delicious including fresh fruit at the falls. Your guide was super friendly, knowledgeable and a beautiful young lady - thanks Louise. Reasonably priced. Don’t hesitate. Book now.
          Written 15 December 2023
        • melissadF9360UE
          0 contributions
          Beautiful spots seen but some improvement needed
          Tour was overall very good and we saw some amazing places in Vanuatu. The weather was perfect. The spots we saw were very beautiful and we had the best cocktail in Hideaway Island! One negative would be that we felt a little rushed throughout the day because one couple were running late, so we started the tour about an hour behind. Simon, our tour guide was nice, but if you want to hear what he is saying about all the sites you drive past, sit closer to the front of the van, because we couldn’t hear him sitting at the back. Snacks weren’t included as stated in description. A bottle of water at least would have been appreciated. Another disappointing point is the road to the Turtle Sanctuary. It is in extremely poor condition for the amount of traffic it takes daily, and being a major travel destination spot in Vanuatu, some investment in infrastructure to improve the road would benefit this business even more. The ride was terribly uncomfortable on this road.
          Written 25 November 2023
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        09Bear
        Greystanes, Australia108 contributions
        Had a great experience with the tour guide and our friendly driver. For anyone visiting Vanuatu by cruise ship for the first time it can be a bit daunting as your bombarded by locals trying to sell tours and taxi rides. We were given clear instructions before hand on where to meet our tour and were placed into the air-conditioned bus while we waited to get ready to go.
        1st stop was at Blue Lagoon which is a magical spot to go swimming. The tour company has small shelters to leave your things in, then when your finished swimming there was a range of tropical fruits laid out to enjoy.
        Next stop was the turtle sanctuary which is always interesting and a delight to visit, it's just a shame that too many tourists were intent on man handling the turtles, including the baby tutles. BBQ style lunch provided with drinks available for sale then off to the cascades for a swim in yet another beautiful spot. Just be aware that if you have mobility issues the access up to the cascades will be a challenge.
        Definitely would recommend doing this tour if you get a chance, and give Villa Hope Tour's a try, you won't be disappointed.
        Written 1 March 2023
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        Thank you for the great review. Please come back and visit us again soon. Stay blessed.
        Written 29 March 2023
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        Ellen L
        Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
        Nov 2023 • Family
        It was a such awesome experience in Port Vila! Our guide Sharyn she was just amazing, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and her English was excellent! On the way, she explained to us about their culture, showed us the plants even we stopped on the side road to see the special spiders! Our daughter had such a fun day and turtles are cute. Our driver Kennett was very professional and tried his best to avoid holes on the road. Anyway, can’t love more and thanks for looking after us! We will definitely recommend to our family and friends, will be back to discover more!
        Written 4 December 2023
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        Amanda S
        1 contribution
        Nov 2023 • Family
        The tour said it’s a full day tour for 6 hours. However the driver came 1.5 hours late and all stops was shortened and the trip was only 4 hours. The lagoon and fall was good so would have been nice to spend more time there.
        Written 16 December 2023
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        kathy-jo m
        Adelaide, Australia27 contributions
        June 2023 • Friends
        A really lovely day out. Louise and Macdonald were very friendly and knowledgable. I must comment though on the slow start and standing around before boarding our mini van. We had a few older passengers who can not stand around with out being in pain. The van was over booked and three of the paying passengers had to ride on the front seat with one on a lap. Not ideal or safe or I imagine very comfortable. They were young and did not complain. I was looking forward to the smorgasbord of fresh fruit as pictured. What a joke. We were told no fruit as cyclone damage had destroyed. Hmmm. We got coconut in shell and local crisps! You had to be quick to get it too! Not a complaint but ..... disappointing. The lunch provided was okay. Cold bbq sausage and tough piece of steak. To say the local dogs did well is no exaggeration. The sweet potato chips (cold) were tasty and the salad was delicious. I would still recommend this tour as our group all enjoyed the places we visited.
        Written 5 August 2023
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        Thank you for the feedback. Yes, unfortunately we still have extremely limited fruits after the 4 cyclones earlier this year between December and March. It is very slowly to coming back to the markets. Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you again soon. All of your comments have been noted. Thank you again. Take care.
        Written 6 August 2023
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        Stevens710325
        9 contributions
        Nov 2022
        This tour was amazing - wonderful local knowledge, Zac showed us all the best places while telling the incredible stories that went with them. Was very flexible with times and locations . All the locals knew him and liked him
        At all times we felt safe and welcomed
        Transport was clean and air-conditioned, refreshments delish
        Cant wait to go back
        Written 15 November 2022
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        Thank you for joining us. It was a great pleasure to meet you. Take care and we hope to see you again very soon.
        Written 19 November 2022
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Luciano C
        Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
        Dec 2023 • Family
        We did this tour yesterday with my family , we love the tour guide Sharon , the van has AC, and the lunch was good. Still tour is a little pricey for what it is.
        We never got the bottle of water or snacks mentioned on what was included.
        On the tour is included the entry to The Reef Vanuatu zoological, instead we stoped on a random place where we have lunch and we can swim with turtles that were hold on a small bay. The place was nice and we swim with the turtles, but this was not what we pay for. The Rarru cascade and the blue lagoon were just amazing.
        Definitely recommend it, but I guess the should amend the description on trip advisor as you are not going to the reef Vanuatu zoological .
        Written 16 January 2024
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        Thank you for your feedback. Our information has now been updated due to changing locations where we visit. Please consider us for future tours on your next visit. Take care.
        Written 27 January 2024
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        melissa z
        1 contribution
        Jan 2024 • Couples
        We visited Rarru Cascades, the beautiful blue lagoon and the turtle sanctuary. Our tour guide, Sharron, and our mini van driver, Jake was SO accommodating, knowledgeable and provided great insight into the culture and traditions of Vanuatu.
        We learnt so much about the traditions of different island and tribes.
        The blue lagoon (half spring water and salty water) and Rarru Cascades (fresh spring) is a MUST visit.
        We also learn’t so much about the different animals at the Zoological - there is a goat, named Daisy roaming freely, we got to hold an iguana and pet turtles!
        Thank you so much Sharron and Jake for a memorable experience.
        Highly Recommend.
        Written 4 January 2024
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        Thank you for the great review. It was our pleasure. Come back to see us again soon :)
        Written 6 January 2024
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        Bec
        Brisbane, Australia7 contributions
        Dec 2022 • Family
        Absolutely wonderful tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and shared lots of information about Vanuatu and its history and culture. There was enough time at each place to fully appreciate and enjoy the wonderful experiences. Would definitely recommend.
        Written 8 December 2022
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        Thank you so much for the great review. It was a pleasure to meet you. We hope you can join us again sometime soon.
        Written 15 December 2022
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        Melissa E
        1 contribution
        Feb 2023 • Family
        Had a great day! Enjoyed all our stops but Blue Lagoon was our favourite. Steve our tour guide was the most informative guide we have ever had!, gleaning us with so much information about the Vanuatu culture and our surroundings. Highly recommend
        Written 22 February 2023
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        We are so glad you had a great day. Thank you for your review and we hope you can come and visit us again very soon.
        Written 22 February 2023
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        Ellen T
        5 contributions
        Sept 2022
        Annie arrived on time to pick us up from our resort. We went to the Blue Lagoon and enjoyed a beautiful swim and morning tea. We then went to Rarru River Cascades and thankfully Annie suggested we keep our towel and bags in the van as it BUCKETED rain. We had so much fun running through the rain to have a swim at the cascades and thankfully had dry towels to return to. Finally we went to Naiwe Beach to see the turtles. Naiwe Beach was a little underwhelming but we did have a really lovely lunch there. Overall it was a great outing and we really appreciated Annie's guidance throughout the day, answering all our questions and teaching us about Vanuatu.
        Written 28 September 2022
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        Thank you for using our service. Wish you all the best and see you again one day soon
        Written 5 October 2022
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