Our top 10 Vanuatu attractions
1. Mount Yasur:
This spectacular natural wonder on Tanna Island, is one of the world’s most active and accessible volcanoes. A short walk from the parking area and adventure seekers will be at the crater’s edge where they will see and feel the full bubbling, smoking, roaring force of Mother Nature.
2. Mele Cascades:
A gentle trek through lush tropical jungle leads to the clear, aquamarine pools of these stunning cascades. The trek is a little challenging in parts but ropes help guide visitors over the rocks and flowing water to the base of the waterfall and main pool. It is well worth the effort.
3. SS President Coolidge:
Lying just of the shore of Espiritu Santo is the 198-metre-long former luxury liner which was sunk while being used as a troop carrier at the height of World War II. One of the largest wrecks in the world, it has varying water depths making it suitable for both beginners and seasoned divers.
4. The Blue Holes of Espiritu Santo:
Imagine paddling through one of Espiritu Santo’s pristine waterways, when the riverbed drops away and you’re suddenly in a 30-metre-deep “blue hole”. These geological phenomena can be found throughout the island. People leap from overhanging trees into the deep pools, while others go for a snorkel to marvel at the underwater landscapes.
5. Hideaway Island:
This popular snorkelling spot just off the coast of Port Vila, is known for its huge schools of reef fish, eels, rays and richly coloured coral. Not to mention, the very unique underwater post office box that’s serviced by Vanuatu Post.
6. Naghol Land-diving:
Every April and May, local villagers on Pentecost Island erect huge wooden towers, then climb to the top of them and leap off with only two vines tied to their ankles to break their fall. This festival, a demonstration of manliness and virility, has become something of a tourist attraction, despite the fact only very limited numbers of visitors can witness it.
7. Vanuatu Cultural Centre:
Considered one of the most important institutions in Port Vila, the centre houses not only Vanuatan artefacts, but keeps the nation’s history, protects its many customs and traditions, and encourages research and the development of the country.
8. Champagne Beach:
Found on the east-coast of Espiritu Santo, this post-card perfect beach is considered one of the jewels of the South Pacific. At low-tide the clear effervescent waters resemble champagne gently lapping onto the soft powdery sand. A little slice of heaven.
9. Ekasup Village:
A visit to this village is a great opportunity to discover and experience Vanuatu’s traditional culture and lifestyle. Learn how to weave a basket, prepare native products for medicine or perhaps have a go at cooking Vanuatu’s national dish, lap lap.
10. Jungle Safari:
This has to be one of the best ways to discover Port Vila and its surrounding area. These easy-to-drive buggies will take you past beautiful beaches, through verdant farmland and into friendly villages where you will get to meet the locals.