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Shefa is a province of Vanuatu incorporating Epi, Efate, and fourteen other minor islands, including the Shepherd Islands. Efate is the most developed and populous island of Vanuatu, with a population of 66,000. Its capital, Port-Vila, is the hub of tourist activity in Vanuatu and the entry point of many to the country for most tourists. Outside Port-Vila, Efate's scenery is a mixture of coconut plantations, underdeveloped communal villages, and jungle. To the north of Efate is the Epi and Shepherd group of islands. Many of Shefa's islands are of volcanic origin and boast a stark contrast of rugged, steep terrain and pristine coves, beaches and tropical reefs. The abundance of wrecks, underwater volcanoes and diverse marine life have made Shefa's outlying islands a popular destination for snorkelling and scuba diving.


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  • Bauerfield International Airport (IATA: VLI) (ICAO: NVVV), is Vanuatu's major airport, situated ten minutes from the centre of the capital, Port-Vila. Most domestic flights to other islands originate from this airport. [1] Vanuatu's national carrier, Air Vanuatu, provides flights from Auckland, Brisbane, Honiara, Nadi, Nouméa, Suva, and Sydney. [2] There are limited flights from more popular Oceanic carriers; Virgin Australia flies only from Brisbane and Air New Zealand from Auckland. Other available pacific carriers include Aircalin, Fiji Airways, Air Niugini, and Solomon Airlines.

  • P&O Cruise lines operate regular cruises through Vanuatu waters.

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  • Blue Lagoon, Efate Ring Road, Eton (On the Ring Road, a few kilometres southwest of Eton village). The Blue Lagoon is a large swimming hole on the eastern coast of Efate. The water is clear, vividly turquoise and relatively clean from being close to the ocean. Temperature is either mildly warm or cold depending on the season and time of day. Basic amenities, including toilets and changing areas, are present. There are a couple of trees and rope swings to jump off of from a modest hight. A safer, more accessible swing has been built on a sturdy deck a metre high. The lagoon isn't a sandbank, but not incredibly deep. Keep an eye on children as the lagoon has a slight current, but is otherwise suitable for all ages. Consider visiting Eton beach which is up the road further north. 500vt.  edit

  • Mele Cascades, Mele Maat (Opposite Mele Maat village, before the road curves up the hill). A minute's drive from Mele village is a series of picturesque falls and one of the most-visited natural sites in Efate. Accessible from the bottom is a kiosk with some amenities, including toilets and a small cafe. The main falls are at the top of a thirty-minute hike up dry track and stairs, surrounded by gardens. There are some river crossings, and the last stretch of the climb is horizontally across slippery rocks with the aid of rope guides, so a decent pair of shoes is recommended. The top boasts Vanuatu's largest waterfall and a number of pools large and flat enough to swim in. 2000vt.  edit

  • The Secret Garden, Mele Maat (Opposite Mele Maat village, down the road from the Cascades), [3]. A combination of history display and garden, the Secret Garden is a cultural site set out over a few hectares of land at Mele Maat. There is plenty of variety between displays from local customs and traditions, folk beliefs and more recent military history. If nothing else, the displays succeed in bringing out the violent and bizarre elements of ni-Vanuatu history. Many of the displays carry an overload of information with abundant printed signs, but there is regardless at least an hours worth to see for the less passionate. There are some caged animals, bats, snakes, iguanas, and coconut crabs, but in passable condition. The conservation of native plants at the Garden as seen through the greenhouses there are impressive. Amenities include a pool, cafe, and tours and cultural events are available and held at the garden on a weekly basis. 1000vt.  edit




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