VANUATU with KIDS
The Island of Espiritu Santo
You won’t find brand name resorts or even good wifi on the Vanuatu Island of Espiritu Santo. However, you will find stunning beaches fringed with coconut trees, fresh locally grown produce and fantastic snorkelling.
The Island of Espiritu Santo is a breath of fresh air and is one of the most enjoyable and easy places I have ever travelled with kids. Vanuatu is ideal for travellers of all ages and is an amazing destination to unplug, unwind and reconnect with your family.
My favourite places in Vanuatu with kids on the Island of Espiritu Santo
Staying in a simple bungalow on the waters edge at Lonnoc Beach Bungalows was a real highlight of our time in Espiritu Santo. The bungalows are only 30 metres from the beautiful shoreline of Lonnoc Beach. This means you can get around barefoot and in bathers for your whole holiday!
This particular beach is great for younger kids as its sheltered, making the waters quite calm. It’s perfect for snorkelling, relaxing and non-confident swimmers!
Just 10 minutes down the road from Lonnoc Beach is Port Olry. This beach is pure tropical island bliss and I’m so very glad to see that the locals haven’t given in and allowed any brand name resorts to ruin it’s pristine perfection.
Who needs luxury when you have a deserted tropical beach with fantastic snorkelling just off shore all to yourself?
The Blue Holes
The Blue Holes on the Island of Epsiritu Santo have to be seen to be believed. There are three open to the public and they are basically freshwater springs with really unique blue coloured water.
Even though it’s not the most beautiful, I enjoyed Riri Blue Hole the most due to the jungle surrounds and rope swing. Nanda Blue Hole is by far the most beautiful! It has more infrastructure such as a boardwalk and cafe and is also the deepest and clearest.
Freshwater Plantation is an organic plantation on the neighboring island of Aore. They offer tours of the facility and there is a lovely upmarket restaurant on site. Read more about my experience of eating organic chocolate bliss balls and touring the plantation here.
Santo Horse Adventures
Santo Horse Adventures is an amazing horse rescue facilities that offers a VERY unique horse riding trek through jungle, ocean and a crystal clear creek surrounded by a mangrove tunnel. I have never experienced anything like it before!
The horse ride is suitable for both experienced and beginner riders and will be one of the most memorable things you do in Vanuatu with kids.
Vanuatu with kids on a budget
We were on limited funds for this holiday and due to the simple accommodation available and flying in shoulder season, this was fairly easy to stick to. Check out my blog posts on how to manage Vanuatu on a budget with kids.
Don’t worry, if simple isn’t your style there are more accommodation options available closer to the main town of Luganville.