Nestled in the heart of the South Pacific, Vanuatu is an unspoiled tropical paradise waiting to be explored. This archipelago boasts a myriad of experiences for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. One of its gems is Tanna Island, home to the fiery Mount Yasur volcano, which regularly puts on a spectacular, otherworldly show of molten lava. The island is also a haven for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, with crystal-clear waters teeming with colorful marine life. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture, engaging with friendly villagers and witnessing traditional customs that have been preserved for generations.
Espiritu Santo, the largest of Vanuatu’s islands, is renowned for its pristine, postcard-worthy beaches. Its serene, aquamarine Blue Holes, natural freshwater swimming pools surrounded by lush forests, are perfect for unwinding. Thrill-seekers can explore the extensive underwater world by diving into the world-famous SS President Coolidge shipwreck. Cultural exploration is also abundant, with remnants of World War II, such as Quonset huts and military equipment, making for intriguing historical sites to visit.
Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, offers a lively contrast to the tranquil islands, with bustling markets, vibrant restaurants, and a kaleidoscope of cultures. Visitors can indulge in a wide array of local cuisine, and the town is also a hub for adventure activities, such as zip-lining through tropical rainforests. With its rich cultural heritage, diverse landscapes, and warm-hearted people, Vanuatu provides an exceptional destination for those seeking a unique and immersive South Pacific experience.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The hottest and wettest months are between December through to April, dryest are between June and November (although it is cooler).
Around five hours flying time from Australia (so going direct, at least 30 hours).
For a beach option when travelling to either Australia or New Zealand. You wouldn’t necessarily go just there from the UK.
HOW TO GET THERE
Best option is to fly to Australia, and then get a number of different services from the major eastern cities to Vanuatu.
Bislama, English, French
IDEAL TO COMBINE WITH
Ideal to combine with Australia as an idyllic beach resort (and something a bit different).