We understand that everyone has different ideas on what constitutes a great day out, so at Go By Sea we have 4 different experiences in Port Vila to suit a variety of interests.
What you will always find with our Things to Do in Port Vila are Unique Experiences away from the crowds, with small groups going off-the-beaten-path!
Things to Do in Port Vila with Go By Sea
Far from the Crowds
On this Port Vila Day Tour, you will experience a couple of hours of quiet enjoyment and easy paddling along a picturesque river in the Countryside of Vanuatu.
This is a perfect escape from the hustle of a cruise ship – after a 20 minute drive you will arrive at a veritable Garden of Eden where you will embark onto the river.
The quiet splashes as you dip your paddle into the still clear water, gliding along the river – ahhh the serenity!
You will feel at one with nature as you kayak along this stunning river, feel the rhythm of the river unwind your soul and soothe your senses!
Watch out for the wild-life too. Herons and Eagles may be feeding from the river as you paddle past, and fish-life is prolific. It’s amazing what you can see from the quiet of the waterway.
Anyone can Paddle
Even a novice will have no trouble with this easy paddle. It really doesn’t matter if you have never tried kayaking before; this is the perfect quiet water opportunity to give it a go.
Both single and double kayaks are available, and your very experienced guide will keep a close eye on you throughout your journey.
The pace is easy and the kayaks are stable so you can relax and let the river carry you along.
Take a look into Local Life
As you glide quietly along the river you get to glimpse into the lives of the local Vanuatu people – ladies washing, kids swimming, and men fishing are all scenes that you may encounter. This is just a normal day for the locals that live along the river, but a special opportunity for you to witness life in another country.
Your guides are born story-tellers and love to share snippets of life in Vanuatu with you during your journey up-river, so as you watch life go by you will also learn about it.
And a Little Extra
Although the pace is easy, you will be ready for a swim after your kayaking experience. This is the perfect way to end your paddle; the water is deep, blue, clear and invigorating.
For the adventurous, entry to the river can be via the rope swing if you dare!
Then you can spend some time in the magnificent garden by the river bank and your guide may find some fresh seasonal fruits to share with you (depending on the season).
Half Day Tour
Our PADDLE experience is from 9am-1pm, giving you plenty of time for shopping at the markets or going to the duty free in Port Vila afterwards if you want to.
Your guide will pick you up from the Wharf, and you can be dropped back at the wharf or in town if you prefer.
After a morning paddling you will have earned yourself a Cold Tusker Beer overlooking the harbour… Ask your guide to drop you at a good spot if this idea appeals!
What will I Need?
Although the kayaking is on a gentle river, you will still get wet so bring a towel and a change of clothes if you don’t want to go back to the ship wet. There is a change room and toilet (island style) that you can use in the garden by the river.
The sun can be brutal in Vanuatu and at times you will be exposed so make sure you slip, slop, slap!
This experience is possible due to the generosity of local land owners, allowing us access to the river via their land. Your guide collects $25 AUD per couple that he pays directly to the land-owner for this privilege.
Why We Love It
Nothing beats time on the Water, and being in a Kayak you really feel a part of the natural environment.
Vanuatu can be hot and humid all year round, but being on the water in a kayak you avoid the worst of the sticky heat so this is a perfect experience for those that don’t handle the heat well.
The River is the lifeblood of the people who live along it and during this experience you enjoy a front-row seat into daily life along the river.
You can’t get more off-the-beaten path than our PADDLE experience – if you can imagine yourself as an intrepid adventurer exploring the wilds of Vanuatu, this experience is for you!