Hostels in Vanuatu Hostels in Vanuatu

You are looking for hostels in Vanuatu? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Vanuatu hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Vanuatu.

All Cities in Vanuatu

We list every single hostel in Vanuatu and the world. In total, we have 5 cities in Vanuatu for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Vanuatu hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Vanuatu. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Vanuatu

The major island of Vanuatu and home to the capital city, Port Vila, is Efate. It is here that all of the international flights will arrive into the country and all of the other islands can be accessed from. The country is made up of 82 islands, but only 3 of these islands have hostels on them, Efate, Tanna and Espiritu Santo. These three islands all have their different reasons for being popular with travellers.

Espiritu Santo is the island renowned for its diving. They have spectacular reef to dive around and explore and also the famous Million Dollar Point, where the Americans drove all of their military tanks into the ocean after World War 2 to stop the French from getting their hands on their tanks. It is a larger island too and has many different things to do out of the water as well. Ask your hostel for more information on what there is to do around the area and what the best way to get around and see things is.

The main island of Efate has all of its hostels in the major town of Port Vila. Port Vila is basically one road heading down a main strip that forks off at the end, so you shouldn't get too lost finding your hostel along here. There are a huge number of different things to do here from abseiling down waterfalls, exploring the jungle on a buggy tour, taking a cruise out on a yacht and snorkelling, jetskiing ... endless possibilities. Your hostel should be able to point you in the direction of where you can organize these things and some might be able to organize them for you. Also, the markets around the town are really interesting to explore and you will find some really cheap fruits for snacks to eat during the day to stick to that budget. The cruise ships tend to dock here, so make sure you book your activities in advance, especially if you know that there is a ship due to arrive to avoid missing out as they get priority.

Flying south to the island of Tanna can be quite expensive. But if you are any kind of volcano buff, it is a must. The volcano, Mount Yasur, also known to the locals as the devil, is one of the most accessible active volcanoes in the world. You can take a day trip from Port Vila, or you can stay at one of the hostels near Mount Yasur if you want to spend more time there. The locals will drive you half way up to the rim of the crater and you will walk the rest of the way past the famous volcano post box where you can mail your postcards to your family. As you stand on top of the crater rim, you can see the smallest spot of lava spitting out of the crater as the whole thing rumbles below you. One of the most incredible experiences of the power of our world.

Whatever you decide to do here in Vanuatu, it is an incredible place and you should make sure you get among some cultural dancing and activities. Have a go at some of the kava (but not too much), and do as much as you can. There is no place on earth quite like it!

expert for Vanuatu hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Vanuatu hostels Globetrotter

Travel Tips for Vanuatu - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Vanuatu. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Vanuatu. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Vanuatu

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Vanuatu?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Vanuatu here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Vanuatu safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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