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Efate Island is the main island of Vanuatu, where the capital Port Vila is situated and is the metropolitan of where the majority of commerce and tourism take place.

Efate is also the international gateway to Vanuatu, with six international airlines flying to Port Vila. Regular return flights are scheduled via Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Noumea and the Solomon Islands.

It is also the key departure point for most domestic travel. Visit the Air Vanuatu to check the latest Air Vanuatu domestic timetable to plan routes and connections. Tourists holding a return Air Vanuatu international ticket are also entitled to a 20% discount on domestic fares.

The island has a rugged coastline and rolling verdant countryside, fast flowing rivers, cascading waterfalls, isolated sandy bays and lagoons. The interior is verdant rain forest cut only by a few walking tracks to remote weather and radio beacons.

Port Vila

The capital city Port Vila is located 10 minutes from one of Vanuatu's two international airports, is set around a magnificent natural harbour offering stunning views of Iririki and Ifira islands, and a lookout all the way to Malapoa Point.

Pretty, clean, uncluttered, with a newly opened Feiyawa seafront walkway and parkland, Port Vila is a signatory attraction in the region and is fast becoming known as the gourmet capital of the South Pacific.

The potpourri of expatriate cultures is reflected in food styles served in over forty restaurants and cafes. You can buy an Aussie meat pie or American chilli dog, sip cappuccino in one of the many outdoor cafés or purchase paté or salads from a French patisserie in a supermarket to fill your picnic hamper.

Nightlife in Vila has blossomed steadily. The atmosphere is fun and laid back, and is catered, for all ages, by resort hotels, nightclubs, pubs, several casinos and more. You can stroll along the waterfront, or darkened back streets late at night and feel safe. Passing locals are likely to wish you a soft 'goodnight', or perhaps strike up a friendly conversation.

Shopping is fun, easy going, and hassle-free! There's no such thing as a hard sell or pushy salesman. Prices are fixed and bargaining or tipping is not a part of the friendly lifestyle.