Deco Stop, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

When we were staying at Barrier Beach House the manager recommended we visit Deco Stop Lodge.  He said, ‘You must at least get there for lunch because it has one of the best views in Santo’.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have time for a visit. But then we did. We checked into the airport for our […]

Champagne Bay, Santo, Vanuatu

When tourists come to Santo, the one place they want to go is Champagne Bay. Just a 40-minute drive from Luganville it is arguably one of the prettiest beaches in the world.  It has all those ingredients everyone is looking for; warm turquoise waters, white sand, tropical fish, a coral reef, together with that feeling […]

Diving the SS President Coolidge

Espiritu Santo played an enormously significant role during WWII yet somehow it seems its role was very much swept under the rug and only now is the island becoming known for its contribution to the Allied Forces. As mentioned in my post on Million Dollar Point, Santo was the USA’s largest army base during WWII. […]

Santo Horse Adventures, Vanuatu

There’s something about seeing a brochure or an ad on TV where there are people riding horses through waist-deep water on the beach that makes you feel that would be one of the best experiences in the world. When we went to Espiritu Santo we weren’t sure if you could ride horses but we quickly […]

Port Olry, Santo, Vanuatu

There’s a road that takes you up the coast of Espiritu Santo.  It’s the main road and it was a dirt road until 2011 when it was finally tar-sealed.  At a certainly point you get to the end of the road and that ‘end’ is Port Olry. Port Olry is a French-speaking village situated on […]

Velit Bay, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Just a half-hour drive from Luganville is Velit Bay, a property set on 1600 acres in a horseshoe-shaped bay. From the town of Luganville you drive along the coast road for around half an hour and when you see the sign, turn off and in front of you will be one of the best views […]

Oyster Island, Santo, Vanuatu

I do love holidays where you get out and about and do some exploring.  Shane, the manager at the Beach House, told us that just 6kms up the road from Barrier Beach House is a turn-off to the right where you head down a dirt road until you come to the water’s edge.  Lying off-shore […]

Millennium Cave Tour, Santo, Vanuatu

The Millennium Cave Tour is an absolute-must for anyone visiting Espiritu Santo.  It’s an all-day tour with a pick-up from your accommodation at around 8am and you will arrive back at around 4pm.  While the cave tour does require a level of fitness, being sure-footed is invaluable. Our guide was the grandson of the chief […]

Riri Blue Hole, Santo, Vanuatu

One of the loveliest things about the island of Espiritu Santo is that it is uniquely doted with ‘blue holes’.  The blue holes are naturally occurring and are formed by mineral water that comes up from the ground.  The base of the holes is limestone and it is the limestone that causes the transparent water […]

Barrier Beach House, The Dining Experience

Nobody travels to the South Pacific for its culinary excellence.  Reasons for traveling to places like Vanuatu are more likely to be because of its climate, the scenery, the culture, the laid-back pace, and the welcoming and friendly people. I believe the dining experiences in places like Fiji and Vanuatu are improving but just at […]