Best Beaches Vanuatu, Best Beaches Espiritu Santo
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“Champagne Beach on Santo is arguably the most beautiful beach on earth…this is the magical tropical beach everyone is searching for….”

Johno Fitzroy (Trip Advisor)

Vanuatu Beaches

Turtle Bay Beach, Santo Vanuatu

Vanuatu Beaches

Island Beach, Turtle Bay Santo Vanuatu

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Beach Oyster Island Santo Vanuatu


Santo has some incredibly beautiful beaches and many of them are easily accessible. Some require a small payment to the local village to access (which helps support the whole community), but this is usually only in the touristy areas and only amounts to a couple of dollars per person.  

Starting on your doorstep, Turtle Bay Beach House has its own private beach which links to a larger, nearby public beach and many of the islands directly across the bay also feature beautiful, idyllic white sand beaches. So if you want to play Robinson Crusoe on Vanuatu beaches and pretend you’re stranded on your own piece of island paradise then this is a great place to start!  

About 15-20 minutes farther south there are great swimming beaches at Lope Lope Resort (which also has the bonus of a large over the water restaurant and bar and watersports like sailing/snorkeling etc), and Moyyan Guest House  (a private beach but if you go for lunch you can have a swim at the same time!).

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And of course there is the famous Million Dollar Point (about 5km east of Luganville on Canal Road) which is actually a nice white sand beach that has  the bonus of having lots of interesting WW2 relics to dive/snorkel on within a couple of metres of the beach. This costs around $5pp to access.  

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Champagne Beach, Santo Vanuatu

Vanuatu Holiday Beaches

Lonnoc Beach Santo Vanuatu

Vanuatu Holiday Beaches

Port Olry Beach, Santo Vanuatu

However if you’re after Vanuatu beaches that are truly mind-blowing, you need to drive north. First stop, Velit Bay Plantation (15 mins north of Turtle Bay). The view as you drive in is worth the effort alone, but once there you can laze around on the white sand beach under picture perfect palm trees and grab a coffee, cocktail or snack from the little restaurant right on the beach (Note – Velit Bay was recently closed to the public but may reopen in the future).  

Another 15 minutes north of Velit is the turnoff to Champagne Bay and Lonnoc, where the sand is like icing sugar and the crystal clear azure waters look like an aquarium  (*Note – you have to pay the landowner to enter – about $5 AUD each) . Don’t make the mistake of going there when the cruise ships are in otherwise you might find yourself surrounded by hundreds of tourists! Lonnoc on the other hand is free and you can rock up to Lonnoc Beach Bungalows  and order a cold beer, lunch or a Coke (or even hire kayaks).

Vanuatu BeachesFrom Champagne head north towards Port Olry (another 20 mins up the road). About 6.5 km past the village of Hog Harbour there is a hidden turn-off to one of the prettiest beaches on the whole of Santo, called Golden Beach. The turn-off is not marked and the beach is on vacant private property so ask around for directions and make sure its Ok to go there. If you go past a dirt road on your left, you’ve gone too far (backtrack 100m or so)! Its about a 5 mins drive off the main road on a rough, overgrown dirt track.

Finally hit the road again until you reach Port Olry. It’s not really a port at all but a rustic fishing village with a couple of picturesque beachside restaurants. There’s a stunning white sand beach and a few tropical islands directly offshore. It;s a great place to relax and enjoy the best of Vanuatu beaches. You can actually walk across to the nearest island at low tide or you can hire kayaks or a boat and go exploring.