Private holiday house in tropical gardens set on the sheltered shores of Havannah Harbour 35 min drive on highway from Vila. Your own family-safe beach access off the front to snorkel over pristine coral gardens teeming with sea life. Free kayak use.
Perfect for snorkelling, diving or kayaking (free use of 5 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.
Disponible para huéspedes
Please 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 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.
Atención a los huéspedes
We will email you a pre-arrival pack with maps and heaps of useful information. We are happy to arrange transfers to and from the airport at very fair rates, and the mini-bus driver is also available for day trips to the many attractions around the island, or just to pick you up from the local restaurants.
The house will be clean and readied for guests, and access is available any hour with keys in a lock box at the door. Our friendly groundsman and boatsman, Dudley, will have the gardens in great shape, the sun-lounges, kayaks and life jackets out, and he is also handy around the house if required, as well as being a great source of local knowledge. Dudley will also be able to assist with arranging mid-stay cleans and linen changes (if required) and even child minding, all at very reasonable prices.
The owners are available by phone or email as back-up.
Otros aspectos destacables
Snorkelling 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 10 metres from shore, and is anything from 1 - 6 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 low tides and keep your eye out for the large turtles coming by.
Hiking through the escarpment just behind Havannah Blue will reward you with fantastic views, and exploring the nearby creek is also popular with guests. Excellent local licensed restaurants generally provide free guest pick up and return. The Havannah Store carries basic groceries, bread (be early) 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!
Keen fishermen (and women) have been having some excellent catches lately, including Yellowfin tuna, Wahoo, Mahi-mahi, Barracuda, Blue and Giant Trevally, and even Marlin!
We expect guests to respect the property as if it were their own. No smoking indoors please. Preserving the condition of the reef must be a priority, and we trust that our guidelines will be followed. Treating the cheerful locals with respect will help maintain the excellent relationship the owners have with these wonderful people
Married, grandfather of 11, business owner. Keen skier, diver, bushwalker
Hobbies- woodworking, travelling
Favourite ski resort - Telluride, Colorado
Favourite dive location - Hat Island, Vanuatu