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The Vanuatu Cultural Centre, Port Vila

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Learn about Vanuatu's cultural history across numerous cultural grounds at The Vanuatu Cultural Centre. The museum features large collections of artifacts like masks, gongs, and outrigger canoes as well as natural finds including shells and fossils. View the video documentaries about the area's culture and history, and catch demonstrations on traditional skills like sand-drawing, dance, and storytelling. Consider hiring a tour guide to get extra details and fascinating histories on each object. The attraction also sells souvenirs like handicrafts and educational material. Add The Vanuatu Cultural Centre to your Port Vila travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Port Vila vacation trip planner.
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Where to stay in Port Vila

As Efate's largest town and the hub of tourist activity, Port Vila offers solid lodging options catering to foreign visitors. Consider staying in an upscale hotel or chain resort along the shores of Vila Bay for easy access to beaches and central attractions. Many hotels and guesthouses allow children under 12 to stay free of charge, and checking for this ahead of time can help you score extremely economical accommodations. You can also look for affordable rooms a bit out of town, at inland guesthouses or low-key resorts. If you do choose to go that far, consider renting a car.
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  • We visited the Museum and our guide Edgar was fantastic. He is a humble any quietly spoken man, who knew so much about Vanuatu and it's history. He is very talented, creating a sand drawing and playin...  more »
  • Interesting but needing improvement. Entry payment required, but hopefully that will help make it better.  more »
  • This national museum is well worth a visit. While the unique displays are self-guided, you don't want to miss the sand drawing which has been recognized as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage practice. It is a...  more »