17 days in Vanuatu & Solomon Islands Itinerary

17 days in Vanuatu & Solomon Islands Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Tanna Island, Vanuatu
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h
4
Honiara, Solomon Islands
— 3 nights
Fly:  24 h
End: San Francisco, United States

5
nights
Port Vila, Vanuatu

Port Vila ©
The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
Port Vila is known for nature, parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Evergreen Cascades Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Underwater Post Office, step off the mainland to explore Iririki Island, and contemplate the long history of Ekasup Village.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Vila road trip planning website.

San Francisco, USA to Port Vila is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, train, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 19 hours traveling from San Francisco to Port Vila. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Port Vila are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tanna Island.

Things to do in Port Vila

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Efate, The Secret Garden
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Evergreen Cascades Waterfall ©
Evergreen Cascades Waterfall
Hideaway Island Marine Reserve ©
Hideaway Island Marine Reserve
Underwater Post Office ©
Underwater Post Office

2
nights
Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Tanna Island ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Yasur, then enjoy the sand and surf at Louniel Beach, and then get outside with Blue Hole Number Two. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Giant Banyan Tree, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, and then admire the sheer force of Lenuanatuaiu Waterfall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tanna Island day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Port Vila to Tanna Island takes 1.5 hours. In August in Tanna Island, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Espiritu Santo.

Things to do in Tanna Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mount Yasur ©
Mount Yasur
Blue Cave ©
Blue Cave

5
nights
Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Espiritu Santo ©
Espiritu Santo offers an impressive combination of natural beauty and cultural experiences.
Espiritu Santo is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Millennium Cave, explore and take pictures at Freshwater Plantation - Aore Island, stroll through Champagne Beach, and get outside with Riri Blue Hole.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Espiritu Santo online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Tanna Island to Espiritu Santo in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tanna Island in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Espiritu Santo, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Honiara.

Things to do in Espiritu Santo

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Millennium Cave ©
Millennium Cave
Champagne Beach ©
Champagne Beach
Nanda Blue Hole ©
Nanda Blue Hole

3
nights
Honiara, Solomon Islands

Honiara ©
The hustle and bustle of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, provides a nice counterpoint to the slow pace and laid-back atmosphere in other areas of the country.
On the 1st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Solomon Islands National Museum, pause for some photo ops at Solomon Scouts & Coastwatchers Memorial, take in nature's colorful creations at Solomon Islands Memorial Garden, then admire the sheer force of Tenaru Falls, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Vilu War Museum. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Guadalcanal American Memorial, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Honiara Central Market, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Barnabas Anglican Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Honiara route maker site.

Do a combination of car and flight from Espiritu Santo to Honiara in 6 hours. Traveling from Espiritu Santo in August, you will find days in Honiara are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are a bit warmer (76°F). You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Honiara

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Holy Cross Cathedral ©
Holy Cross Cathedral
Honiara Central Market ©
Honiara Central Market
Guadalcanal American Memorial ©
Guadalcanal American Memorial

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