It doesn’t matter where you live in Efate –whether it’s Number Three, Teuoma or Tagabe, there is always a great swimming spot no more than fifteen minutes away. Living in a tropical paradise means that we have access to beautiful beaches all year round. These are the most popular beaches in Efate and unlike in Australia or New Zealand, you will probably find that you have it all to yourself during the weekdays.
Blacksands Beach is perfect for the family – in fact, it’s perfect for the whole village. Situated in Mele Bay, the beach is packed on the weekends, with chicken wings smoking on the BBQ and plenty of swimming to be had alongside a kilometer stretch of black, sandy beach. If you don’t want to bring your own food, the Beach Bar and Hideaway Island offer yummy kaikai and cold drinks. The Beach Bar even has floating beach toys in the water that is fun for both kids and adults. It’s approximately a 10-minute drive out of town.
Honeymoon Beach, Pango
Honeymoon Beach is situated approximately 5 minutes past Breakas Resort in Pango down a dirt road. This beach is ideal for families and friends who are looking for somewhere spacious to gather. A long sandy beach, complete with a makeshift volleyball net, sits beside a grassy park. It’s also close to a ‘secret’ surfing spot, so for those with a love of a sport – you know where to go! Entrance is 200vt per adult, 50vt per pikinini.
Cafe Leary Cove
This is a gem that’s not so hidden anymore. Its popularity has increased over the years, with wooden huts scattered across the sandy beach for families and friends to have a bit of shade and a BBQ. The beach is typical of Efate – a crystal clear, sandy beach with a wall of coral bed framing the sides of the cove. Bring the dogs and the kids – but make sure you keep an eye on them as the waves can get pretty big. The cost is 300vt per adult, 150vt per child and it’s situated about half an hour of town.
Eton Beach is probably the most iconic beach in Efate. A sandy beach leads to a clear blue hole with a coral backdrop. If you venture past the blue hole, you will find only coral reef. If you stay within the blue hole, you will be met with waves of cool water that is from the fresh stream of water that runs on the right side of the beach. It’s great to dip in after the salty water. Bring your own food and drinks for a BBQ. Access to the beach is 500vt per adult, 250vt per child, and it’s about a half an hour drive from town.
A trip to Moso Island isn’t as simple as a quick drive for a quick dip. If you intend to check out Moso Island, it’s a day adventure that needs to be organized in advance but it’s well worth it. Where else can you have a private island all to yourself? Situated about half an hour out of town, you can take a boat trip from one of the captains from Lelepa Island. From there, he will drop you to a secluded spot on Moso and pick you up at an arranged time. This is a great spot for snorkeling and swimming. Although you can bring the kids, there are no luxuries like a BBQ or toilet – you will need to arrange this yourself. Moso Island is perfect for adventurers, but if you want someone else to do all the organizing, why not cruise on the Coongoola who will provide transportation, fresh meals and take you to the best snorkeling spots as well as to Moso Island? You will even have a chance to see turtles and dolphins on the cruise.