In the South Pacific, 3 hours from Brisbane, is the island nation Vanuatu. It consists of 80 or so islands so you’re bound to find one you like. 10 minutes from the international airport in the capital Port Vila is Mele bay. From here, it takes only a few minutes to get over to Hideaway Island. Here are my top 5 things to do while staying at Hideaway Island:
1. Go for a snorkel. Several times a day. Every day.
The whole island is basically a big beach. You can go from bed to ocean in less than a minute and the snorkelling is pretty good! In conservation efforts the islands has created coral plantations where you’ll always find a few fishies hiding. Don’t be surprised if you spot an octopus or a cuttlefish.
2. Scuba dive until you can’t dive no more
The island offers great diving, and many different dive sites within just 10 minutes from the island. There are two different wrecks and a spot called Gotham City where you can spot the white tip sharks early in the morning. The site is named after a big school of batfish that sometimes hangs around.
3. Watch the fireshow at The Beach Bar
The Beach Bar has something going on almost every night, and one of the highlights is their fireshow. It’s a spectacular performance and every Friday night is packed – book ahead if you actually want a table!
4. Take a tour of the local village and try Kava
Hideaway Island arranges a weekly village tour, which I highly recommend! It’s usually one of the dive boys that will take you to Mele Village (the biggest in Vanuatu) and show you around. The tour usually ends at one of the local kava bars where you can give this… um… interesting beverage a try. Not for the faint at heart, but definitely an experience.
5. Hire a jetski
A great way to get a good look around the bay and of the island at a distance is to hire a jetski from The Beach bar. The water is usually pretty calm, which makes it good if you’ve never tried it before. Guaranteed fun. Oh, and prepare to get soaked.