Port Vila is more of a white man’s city than any of the other places I have visited in the Pacific. Business must be good here and that also gives a few options for Western run accommodation, bars restaurants. When checking into the dorms at the Australian run Travellers Budget Motel, I was put into a room with Avi- an Israeli who was the founder and editor of the travel page X days in Y. We had some good conversations over a few shells of Kava in the evenings and explored the island of Efate together.
One of the days we traveled around with the cheap (2USD per ride) local buses to go to the Cascades Waterfalls and Hideway Island. The falls reminded me a whole lot of the Waimea Waterfalls in Oahu, Hawaii and was a good fun for a couple of hours. The rest of the day was spent relaxing at Hideway Island, which is an island resort with great snorkelling and the World’s first underwater post office.
The following day we rented a 4WD car and went around the island. On the way we stopped at beaches, viewpoints, and other points of interest like the Tanna coffee factory, the Blue Lagoon and Taka Village for an exceptionally good lunch. For just 7USD we got an all you could eat lunch buffet with live music right at the beach. It was a place well hidden from the road and from the Lonely Planet Guidebooks, but still a gem of a place that I will be quick to recommend should anyone decide to travel to Efate, the main island of Vanuatu.