| Things you need to
know before you go
A photographic journey
Wedding Guest Information
Places to eat
Itinerary choices - join in or do your own thing .
Most of you have opted to stay at Le Meridien. This means that your breakfast and lunch are included daily so I have developed an itinerary based around this fact.
Le Meridien runs an activity programme for inhouse guests that you can join in on at any time. This includes activities such as learning to sail a catamaran, play tennis, join a swimming race, take out the kayaks, play golf, play footy or soccer etc. There is a daily activities board near the beach and a newsletter called "Tok Tok" that outlines the programme.
Apart from this you can choose to do any of the above activities at any time by booking at the activity hut near the big swimming pool. Equipment such as golf clubs, lifejackets, paddles and so forth are available for free to guests as is the use of the golf course, kayaks, catamarans, tennis courts, beach volley ball, swings and swimming pools.
Other tours can be arranged at the tour desk or at Adventures in Paradise in the main street of town. Day trips we have thoroughly enjoyed include the Round Island Tour and the Lelepa Island Tour. Other popular things to do include visiting the underwater post office at Hideaway Island; taking a discover SCUBA course with the dive shop next to the Numbawan Cafe (practice at Breaka's Resort pool and then to Pango Point for a dive); the 2-3 day adventure to Tanna Island to visit mighty Yasur volcano or a relaxing trip around town to the Cultural Centre and Diana Tam's art gallery.
Please let us know on the day when you'd like us to add you to dinner bookings and so forth. We'll see most of you around and about from breakfast on, so the itinerary is to let you know roughly what we plan to do and to welcome you to join us. The outline is based on a good selection for new visitors to Vanuatu. Of course you probably have your own list of things to see and do. Le Meridien's tour desk or Adventures in Paradise in town can handle most tour bookings.
Being in the downtown vicinity means you have easy access to the markets, supermarkets, Post Office, cafes and Goodies money exchange. Your need for buses will be to get to Le Meridien and any place out of town.
||Depart Brisbane - Arrive Port Vila, grab a bus to take you to your resort. The fare is 200vatu (about $2.40AUD) and maybe a little extra for luggage. Taxis are also available at about 1,500 vatu.
||2pm check in
3pm bus to Goodies Money Exchange
Wander through craft markets and duty free shops at your own pace.
4pm meet at cafe under Chill for a cuppa and fish photos
5pm bus back to resort
6.30 bus to Waterfront Restaurant for dinner - please advise numbers as Trev and I will book it while you shop
Live band, cool open air seating, beef ribs can feed two people.
||Resort rest - Trev shows pares around.
||Dut Da Daaaa! - The Wedding of the Century
||Resort rest - we'll probably need it.
||Bus to Erakor lagoon and ferry to Erakor Is for snorkelling, swimming & partaking of coffee at Roxy's overwater cafe. (Take a change of clothes if you think you'd like to stop off at the Pizzeria with us for dinner, very, very, very casual.)
||La Pizzeria - very casual, excellent food, low prices.
Try the leaning tower of Pizza, fish or chicken curry, or pepper steak washed down with a Tusker beer.
Bus to the Cascades - 200vatu per person for the bus, about 1000vatu for entrance fee and guided rainforest walk to the top of the waterfall. Swim and photos. Might need insect repellant. You can also do this as a half day tour by booking at the tour desk.
(nearby is the Secret Garden and Hideaway Island - for those who'd like to extend the excursion into the afternoon).
|Resort rest and activities of your own choice
||Hospitality School Dinner
||Bus to Honeymoon Beach for snorkelling, swimming, sunbaking, relaxing - take a drink and your own snacks if you want them. This is the best snorkelling beach we have ever been to.
||Resort rest and activities of your own choice
||The Melanesian Poolside Barbeque and evening entertainment. 1700vatu buffet with dessert and coffee included
Bus to Eton Beach and the Blue Hole for swimming, snorkelling, surfing if the surf's up and generally marvelling at the glorious white sand and fabulous water.
Or possibly the "round island" tour which includes swimming, snorkelling and a bit of look around the perimeter of the island.
Resort rest and activities of your own choice
Or if you've opted for the round island tour you'll still be on it. It is an all day adventure.
|Vila Chaumieres on Emtem Lagoon near Sunset Bungalows
||Bus to Central Kindergarten and/or downtown for coffee and fabulous treats at Au Peche Mignon French Patiserrie and duty free shopping.
||Resort rest and activities of your own choice
||Anchor Inn for drinks and shmooze with the locals and/or Tilly's at Chantilly's for brilliant upmarket dining beside the sea.
||Last chance to hit the duty free shops. Fung Kuey has some of the best prices, particularly for alcolhol.
Lookim Yu Back Agin
(Bislama for "See you later"}