The SpacePerfect for snorkelling, diving or kayaking (free use of 3 adult and 2 children's kayaks and life jackets included), or just chilling on the deck or by the water with a good book and cold drink, waiting for the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see. The water's edge fare includes a large dining table for up to 10 and nearby is a fireplace in the shade. You have access to Dudley and his banana boat for inexpensive boat trips to secluded beaches, island village tours, fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling or just exploring, when available.
This stretch of shoreline is a marine sanctuary, but fishing can be done further off shore. Guest AccessPlease note that the minimum stay is 3 nights.
You will get full run of the house and fenced garden property. The master bedroom has a king bed with wonderful views of the sea and three nearby islands. Bed 2 has a queen bed and the third bedroom has a double bed and a bunk bed. A large pull-out couch sleeps 2 extra guests. The fully equipped open kitchen connects to the dining area on the deck. There are two full bathrooms as well as an outdoor shower for rinsing off. All bedding and bath towels are supplied.
All windows are shuttered and have security insect mesh, so you get a secure nights rest while enjoying the cooling breezes without mosquitoes. Ceiling fans in all rooms.
Phone reception on deck and master bedroom is good, but a bit iffy further inside. Reasonable internet is available by your own dongle (from Digicel kiosk at airport) or through your phone. Interaction with GuestsOur off-site manager will meet and greet, and will help you with any requirements. Our friendly groundsman and boatsman, Dudley, is also handy around the house if required, and a great source of local knowledge.
The owners are available by phone as back-up. The NeighborhoodHavannah Harbour is formed by an ancient volcanic crater on the sheltered northern side of the island of Efate. It does not suffer the rough seas and strong winds that affect much of the Port Vila area on the west coast. Havannah Blue is located in a part of the harbour that that benefits from enough fresh ocean water for excellent coral reef growth in close to shore, yet not in the surf zone that causes so much damage in big seas. We were amazed at how little reef damage was caused by TC Pam in 2015, compared to other areas that will take many years to recover. Getting AroundRental cars give guests the ultimate freedom to explore the island or visiting town for shopping, but buses and taxis are available. The manager can arrange for airport transfers and shopping trips for a fee, and can be contacted well in advance to help with your planning. Other Things to NoteSnorkelling equipment, suncream and beach towels should be brought with you and don't forget your underwater camera. Close in shore is shallow and great for kids, and the reef starts only 15 metres from shore, and is anything from 1 - 10 metres deep with very little current and virtually no waves. Even the little ones can enjoy the colourful fish in the shallows, and the older ones can try hand feeding the plentiful nemos on the reef. The amazing variety and abundance of fish, clams, corals and other sea life is just mesmerising, and observing the different fish's antics will keep guests in the water for hours everyday. Experienced scuba divers also enjoy the reef, and are amazed at the drop offs to 100m just past the reef. Equipment and tank hire is available in Vila.
Snorkelling and kayaking can be done most of the time except during the very lowest tides. Hiking and exploring the nearby creek is also popular with guests. Excellent local licensed restaurants provide free guest pick up and return. The Havannah Store carries basic groceries and fuel, but major grocery shopping should be done in Vila.
All locally based tours will pick up from Havannah Blue, and you can choose from sailing, snorkelling, diving, fishing and sport fishing.
We explored much of the coastline of Efate and stayed at many holiday homes and resorts that promised great snorkelling and kayaking before deciding on Havannah Blue as our holiday destination. We found no other holiday home that offered the same combination of family safety, easy beach access, reef quality, fish variety and on a sealed all-weather highway with public transport to your door!