Vanuatu Weddings

Vanuatu-weddingsFiji weddings get a lot more publicity than Vanuatu weddings. Vanuatu is a well-kept secret for many people. While there are many terrific resorts in Vanuatu, it is much more than a ‘resort’ destination as there are so many activities, attractions and restaurants not far from most of the resorts. It is also closer to Australia, less expensive than most other Pacific destinations and it is easy to tailor weddings to suit couples needs and budgets (and, unlike some destinations, couples don’t have to visit the Registry Office in person).

Catholic, non-denominational weddings (with a pastor as celebrant) and civil ceremonies can be arranged. We only recommend properties that we have personally experienced and wedding packages range from $1500 to around $2500, depending on the location and the inclusions (a sample below). Following is an overview of some of the wedding locations.

We don’t charge a fee for wedding coordination when travel is booked with us and it costs you no more booking accommodation through us than going to the resort(s) direct.

MAIN ISLAND (EFATE)

ERAKOR ISLAND RESORT

Erakor Island Resort is a great location (five minutes from Port Vila by road and five minutes on the free 24-hour ferry). Erakor has lovely lagoon beach wedding locations and the charming historic open-air chapel (oldest in the South Pacific). There are a number of reception and accommodation options  – Garden Rooms, Deluxe Spa Villas, Lagoon Villas, Family Loft Villas, the Aqua Blue Beach House and Honeymoon Villas with private plunge pools. For the various wedding packages and more info, go to the wedding section on the Erakor Island Resort website. And here for info on a free wedding at Erakor.

COCOMO RESORT

Located just a few minutes from town, Cocomo Resort does lovely weddings (that are excellent value!) with an optional canoe arrival for the bride. Cocomo can be ideal for guests on a bit of a budget as there are self-contained apartments as well as waterview rooms, waterview spa suites and waterfront spa villas for couples. If you have around 40 guests the resort can be exclusively yours. There is a swimming pool and poolside cafe and weddings can be tailored to suit (e.g. all-inclusive with ceremony, celebration lunch or dinner or reception with meal and beverage packages). Guests staying at Cocomo Resort have free ferry access to the sister resort, Erakor Island Resort plus free watersports on the island – best of both worlds!

IRIRIKI ISLAND RESORT

Vanauatu Wedding Iririki Jay & AstleyIririki Island is in Port Vila Harbour, five minutes on the free 24-hour ferry from town. Iririki offers a beach location or on top of the island looking out to sea.

There are Island and Waterfront Fares (bungalows) and Deluxe Rooms (Deluxe Pool View, Deluxe Ocean View, Deluxe Penthouse Suite and Deluxe Penthouse). The resort has two pools, a casino, a Day Spa, choice of restaurants, tennis, watersports and all the facilities you would expect in a quality resort.

WARWICK LE LAGON RESORT & SPA

Vanuatu Wedding Le Lagon BridgeLe Lagon is a very popular resort wedding location, especially for couples inviting guests. With 140 rooms the resort has a range of accommodation options from ‘Classic’ rooms to Deluxe Superior rooms to Garden and Lagoon Bungalows to the four Island Suites. There are lots of facilities (golf course, watersports, tennis, Kids Club, pool with swim-up bar, choice of restaurants/bars etc) and weddings can be on the beach (traditional canoe arrival optional) in the gardens or in the lagoon front wedding pavilion. Le Lagon is on Erakor Lagoon, five minutes from Port Vila and 15 minutes from the airport.

ERATAP BEACH RESORT

Eratap is about 25 minutes from Port Vila and has the beach/ocean on one side and a lagoon on the other. With only 12 villas (including two Honeymoon Villas with private plunge pools), Eratap is a very nice upmarket resort with stunning wedding locations. (Note: Weddings with guests attending are only possible if the guests are also staying at the resort.) There’s very good fishing and watersports and the restaurant is excellent. Outside school holidays Eratap is adults only and it can be a great honeymoon option for couples who marry with guests elsewhere on the island.

THE HAVANNAH

The Havannah opened in 2009 and is located on the sunset side of the island at Samoa Point overlooking Havannah Harbour (where the Survivor TV series was made). It is adults only year round (even the restaurant, which is very good) and there are just six stunning Beach and Waterfront Villas (each with a plunge pool) as well as five Lagoon-Pool Villas and five Sunset Villas. There are also two honeymoon villas that are very private and spacious with their own pools (right). Like Eratap, The Havannah is a great honeymoon option for couples marrying with guests at other locations on the island. Couples choosing to marry at The Havannah usually opt for a beach ceremony.

TANNA ISLAND

Tanna Island is a 45 minute flight south of Port Vila. Rich with traditional ni-Vanuatu culture it is home to Mt Yasur, one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes. Tanna is more ‘basic’ (generator electricity etc) but accommodation options are comfortable and weddings have a more ‘traditional’ flavour.

WHITE GRASS OCEAN RESORT

Located only a few minutes from the airport, White Grass has very comfortable bungalow accommodation, a good restaurant, snorkelling, fishing etc and access to a number of scenic and cultural attractions. Mt Yasur is a couple of hours (4WD) across the island.

SANTO ISLAND

Santo is a little more laid-back than Efate/Port Vila and is home to the country’s best beaches, blue holes and some of the best diving in the South Pacific (the famous Coolidge wreck, Million Dollar Point etc. Santo is a 50 minute flight from Port Vila and there are weekly direct flights from/to Brisbane.

AORE ISLAND RESORT

Aore Island is 10 minutes by ferry across the channel from the main town of Luganville. Aore has Garden and Beachfront bungalows and a fine restaurant and offers garden or beach location for weddings (optional canoe arrival). We can also organise weddings on Santo at Bokissa Private Island Resort or Moyyan: House By The Sea.

Just drop us an email or give us a ring and we will work with you to match the best package/resort to suit.

Here are links to some of our other websites:

And finally, for now…

SAMPLE WEDDING PACKAGE

This is a simple, but lovely wedding package with the ceremony location on one of the lagoon beaches or in the historic open air chapel at Erakor Island Resort.

The package costs $1595 AUD and has the following inclusions:

• Personal Resort Wedding Co-ordinator

• Wedding Documentation & Fees

• Witnesses (if required)

• Pastor or Celebrant

• Outdoor Chapel or Beach Ceremony

• Ceremony Setting Decoration

• Bridal Bouquet & Buttonhole

• Outrigger Canoe Arrival (optional)

• Conch Shell Blower

• Bridal Couple Celebratory Drink

Note: This is based on a three-night minimum resort stay – for a wedding only, add $200 for the location fee.

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