|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 4% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||March||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||$643||Average for round-trip flights in March 2020|
|Round-trip from||$580||From Melbourne to Port Vila|
MEL - VLI
$548 - $982
Port Villa experiences a tropical climate with a warm, dry season and a hot, wet season. Temperatures stay similar throughout the year, on average sitting in the 20s (Celsius), however, it is the variation in rainfall which dictates the popular times to book flights to Port Villa.
The wet season, December through May, sees temperatures on average between 22 and 28 degrees. These months are also humid and see a significant increase in rainfall which can be off putting for most tourists. If you’re happy to live with the heat and rain then this can be a great time to visit, especially if you are hoping on finding cheap flights to Port Villa. Do take into consideration when you book your flights that this period is also cyclone season.
The best time to book a flight to Port Villa is during the months of June through November which is when the weather is slightly cooler, on average in the high teens and mid-20s and less rain falls on the city. This makes for a much more comfortable climate with which you can discover all that Port Villa has to offer, for instance, wander around the historical buildings, relax on the sandy beaches and explore the beautiful lagoons. This is a popular time, in terms of tourism, so flight and accommodation prices may see a slight increase.
Why not make the most of your holiday in Port Villa by immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of Vanuatu, during one of their many festivals and events? Mid-July hosts the annual Port Villa Race Day, which is one of the biggest social events of the year. Spend the day at the lively race, bet on your favourite horse and enjoy the evening with a glass of champagne at the race ball. Unity Day is a national holiday, in November, which celebrates the nation’s heritage and culture. Festivities take place across the Island, with the Port Villa event featuring a grand parade with traditional singing, dancing and drums. Many festival seekers book their flights to Port Villa for the great festivals.
The charming town of Port Villa is the capital of Vanuatu which belongs to a group of islands located in the south west of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a favourite travel destination for visitors from New Zealand and Australia due to its close proximity to both countries. Port Villa is the largest town on the island with a population of around 40,000 people. Built around Vila Bay the town spreads up a steep hillside providing spectacular views of the beautiful harbour, lagoons and inlets. Port Villa has a relaxing almost French atmosphere due to the historical colonial buildings, narrow streets and friendly café scene. It’s certainly an attractive town with plenty of things to do and see. Pay a visit to the Cultural Centre to find out more about the island’s fascinating past, hidden treasures and the stunning white sandy beaches. Hebrida Market is a great place to shop selling everything from fruit and vegetables, clothing, flowers including local handicrafts. Golfing enthusiasts can enjoy a day out at the Port Villa Golf and Country Club. It has a challenging 19-hole course overlooking the fabulous Mele Bay. Only a 10-minute bus ride from town is the exciting, L-Hippocampus the Sea Horse Ranch. It’s one of Vanuatu’s major adventure attractions with fun trail rides, bareback swimming treks, rainforest rides, sunset trails and beach combing walks. How about going on a day cruise from Port Villa harbour to visit Tranquillity Island? You can also try snorkelling and go to see the turtle sanctuary.
Bauerfield International Airport (VLI) is located approximately 8 km north west of Port Villa. Privately owned buses are available to transport passengers from the airport into town as well as other resorts around the island. Many hotels provide their guests with free airport minibus shuttle services. Car hire desks are also located inside the airport terminal. Pre-booking a car rental in advance is advisable during the peak holiday season. Take a 10-15 minute taxi ride, but do agree a price upfront before setting off.
Getting around Port Villa isn’t a problem. Just wave a minibus down that has a red B on the left-hand side of the number plate and the driver will stop for you. They are cheap, reliable and the ideal way for travelling around town. For further afield, taxis charge standard fares but only those vehicles with a taximeter.