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Port Vila is the capital city (town) of Vanuatu with a population of around 36,000 people. It is found on the island of Efate, where most tourists spend their time when in Vanuatu.

Vila is a very laid back town and isn't overly active, especially at night. Some days the cars and buses go mad on the streets and other days it seems there is no one around.

I really enjoyed walking the streets of Vila and looking through the markets and shops...and chatting to the friendly locals.

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  • Pros:Nice quiet town...
  • Last visit to Port-Vila: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    great tips!

  • CandS's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2008 at 2:42 AM

    We were there 3 years ago so it may have changed...although we didn't have a Mastercard, only a Visacard so maybe that's the difference. Either way, it didn't work when we were there. :(

  • onedad's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:50 PM

    We experienced no problems with atm's in Port Vila. We happily withdrew cash from our Westpac Mastercard at the Westpac ATM in the main street, and cash from our linked Visa debit/credit account from the ANZ ATM as well.

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2006 at 3:05 AM

    Port-Vila seems to be a nice and laid back town :)

  • Nov 23, 2005 at 7:24 PM

    Just got back from Vanuatu. Watch out for Barry driving the "Blue Vergin" mini van. He definitely knows how to rip off the tourists charging us $180 for a 15km. journey.

  • vesna04's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2005 at 12:40 PM

    Very enjoyble pages with beautiful photos. Greets!

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2004 at 4:11 AM

    Port-Vila sounds like a beautiful place for a holiday.. the lagoon looks so inviting. Like the wood carvings at the markets. ;-)

  • K.Knight's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2004 at 3:38 AM

    Excellent page. My wife and I enjoyed Port vila and the snorkelling in the lagoon at the Le Lagon Park Royal. The smallest roundabout ever seen is in the main street of Port Vila!

  • Travelchili's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2004 at 2:12 AM

    Sounds like a nice town. I love the main market picture. I bet all the vegetables and fruits were so fresh and tasty there..

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